So I’ve had *another* blogging break, but this time it’s not really that dramatic. Yes, I’ve had the occasional crisis about what I’m doing with my life and trying to find what makes me happy (I think I’m going to write another blog post about that) but generally I’ve just been getting on and not really having time to spend on my blog. But I’ve missed my place on the internet and finally have a weekend of no plans to write something, so first things first, lets just have a little update.
Whenever I write blog posts I like to write a LOT. I don’t really like half par or short posts with no meaning because what’s the point? If you want a pretty picture and a short amount of writing then you have my Instagram (which I mean you should go and follow anyway…) My head is always floating with ideas, but recently when I’ve come to write I struggle to express what I want to say or just complete a sentence, causing me to get frustrated and give up. It’s a never ending circle of writing frustration! But if I’m honest, I don’t think my writer’s block has completely lifted, part of me still feels like I want to sack off writing this post all together and just spend my day watching The Good Place in my pyjamas but I’ve got to start back somewhere.
So instead of spending every weekend panicking about my lack of writing ability, I’ve also been working on a bit of a side project inspired by Catfish Confessions. For a while now I’ve wanted to do something more with the blog post I wrote two years ago but wasn’t really sure what I could do with it, but I finally came up with an idea! Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewing various people on Instagram, from bloggers to those who just use Instagram for fun, to discuss their experiences with social media and mental health. I’ve only really just started working on it, because unlike my normal self I’m not putting pressure launch it really quickly, and I’m already amazed with how many people have been so open with me about their experiences of mental health. I guess my only objective was to show how social media has an affect on such a wide variety of people, and how mental health doesn’t discriminate. I hope that this has already started a really important conversation and will continue to do so.
The last few months have also been full of parties on a Tuesday, which is weird because I’m actually a 40 year old trapped in a 20 year old’s body who enjoys nothing more than reading a book and going to bed before 10pm. But I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to a few brand events recently which I feel are worth sharing, because they were pretty fabulous! The first event was probably the coolest brand event I’ve ever been to, firstly because it was at the Sky Garden which I’d never been to before but secondly because it had a ball pit. Pretty cool right? The event was to celebrate the launch of the new Olay Whipped moisturiser, so was themed around clouds, floating and weightlessness, which involved dry ice all across the floor, floating photo ops, women falling from the ceiling on silks and candy floss. The highlight for me though was definitely watching the sunset over London’s skyline, it was insanely beautiful and I would recommend going up to the Sky Garden to watch the sunset. The second event was Marie Claire’s Future Shaper’s Awards, and I think it was this that really pushed me to do something with Catfish Confessions. Marie Claire awarded so many amazing women from the worlds of environmentalists to those in artificial intelligence, and it was actually refreshing to see ‘normal’ people rewarded rather than just celebrities. Kimberly Wyatt was also a DJ and watching her play a Pussy Cat Doll song was pretty wonderful. I’m not really sure how I end up at these events, but I’m very grateful I do and for once I got over myself and spoke to others there!
Back in September, (I can’t even believe it’s been that long since I last wrote on my blog), I spent a week in Cornwall with my family and Ben, which is always one of my favourite weeks of the year. I feel like Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the world, not only does it have beautiful beaches it also has fudge, cider and BBQ food, which is also pretty great. Every year when Cornwall comes around I feel like I really need that holiday and break, I’ve either started a new job or work seems to get crazy and a week away from it all is exactly what I need. It’s like taking a big breath half way through the year and before the craziness of Christmas.
So I think that’s you pretty caught up on all the big things that have happened in my life over the past few months. I’m hoping that my writing starts to feel more natural again, and the cloud of writers block finally lifts. Although part of me is annoyed at myself, especially because I’m not lacking ideas, I’m trying to be a little easier on myself and my writing will come when it comes.
Until next time (whenever that is),