Hello, blog. It’s been a while.
A year and a half, if we’re counting. Even as I type this it feels weirdly alien. Putting my thoughts back out there, typing into WordPress.
Blogging used to be such a staple part of my life, a hobby that spanned years of creative ventures and growth. I started this blog in 2013 in my first year of uni as a bored 19-year-old looking for a creative outlet and it saw me through so many firsts – even helping me get my first job.
But somewhere in the last three years I lost my footing with this little space. I became too wrapped up in creating useful and meaningful content, delving into stats and trying to nail my niche, that honestly I think I just took the fun out of it. If you scroll my archives you’ll find all sorts of shitty posts – does anyone else remember the days where you’d be ‘tagged’ to create content!? – and I think those really show the spirit in which this blog was created.
I’m not saying that I don’t love the statistics and the content marketing side of this space, I’m literally a content marketer by day, but I think over the years I’ve become too caught up in that and lost the passion and sense of freedom that just comes from writing.
It’s become a bit cliché now to talk about how lockdown and a pandemic has changed you as a person, but I think it’s taken that to make me refocus. I picked up so many new (and old!) hobbies last year including cross-stitching, scrapbooking and gaming, but the one thing I struggled to get back into was blogging. I drafted so many posts but for whatever reason I never pressed publish.
So I guess this is me reclaiming my blog. Honouring the creative part of me that loves to write. Finding passion again in something that I used to love. With that in mind, let’s catch up on what you’ve missed…
We got engaged!
On 8 February 2020, Sam asked me to marry him whilst we were out on a walk. We’d been together just over seven years at the time and it’s safe to say I was over the moon. There’s something so lovely about the outpouring of love and excitement from other people about your happiness that just creates this really nice engagement bubble and it was so, so special.
We bought a house
It took us pretty much a whole year from our first ever viewing to getting a move-in date but three accepted offers later we finally did it. There’s nothing quite as stressful as buying a house, and I think it’s largely due to the sheer amount of just waiting on other people to sort their shit out.
Our solicitors in particular were a nightmare to get hold of and incredibly nit-picky about things that didn’t even matter, the whole experience was just super frustrating and overwhelming but we’re in – and have been for just over a year now – and I couldn’t be happier.
I got invisalign
Perhaps not quite as exciting as the previous two, but I started Invisalign treatment in March 2020 and my teeth look so much better. I’m considering writing a blog post on my whole Invisalign experience so let me know if you’d be interested in that.
Like many people, I’ve had a re-think on what I want from life. I’ve spent more time with family and friends and more time in my own company than ever before. I’ve been working from home since March 2020, and whilst it hasn’t been my favourite, I think it’s taught me a lot about myself. I’m much easier distracted than I ever realised, and an absolute queen of procrastination. I’m also incredibly focused if I’m challenged and more confident in my abilities than ever.
I actually quite like fitness
I’m writing this whilst sat in my dressing gown at midday, halfway through ten blissful days of annual leave in which I haven’t so much as thought about exercising, but over the last year or so I’ve definitely worked out what I do and don’t like when it comes to fitness. Last year I completed 3 Chloe Ting shred challenges which I really enjoyed, and this year I’ve been loving Kayla Itsines’ SWEAT programme. Chloe Ting’s challenges are free which is a huge bonus, but SWEAT with Kayla is a really great option if you’re willing to pay. I’ve ditched my gym membership after a year inside and whilst it’s perhaps a little harder to stay motivated, I’m finding that shorter HIIT workouts are far better than spending hours in the gym half-assing machines and doing sit ups after work.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to be back writing blog posts again but with the pressure off. I’m really hoping to maintain some sort of consistency moving forwards but also to create content I’m proud of and enjoy writing. I hope you’re as excited as I am. See you soon.