Thursday, 14 April 2016

It's Time For An Update


It's about time I gave you all an update...and I'll warn you now, this is going to be a long ol' post...so perhaps grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy :)

Right, here goes...I want to start this post by sharing some recent thoughts I've had that involve this blog. Of course I adore my blog...writing about the things I get up to, sharing my photos and my thoughts and so on. I mean if I didn't, I wouldn't be continuing to do so. This blog has become a huge part of my life; it has been and is still really great for me, I can't stress that enough. Then, what makes this even more incredible for me is knowing that there are people, such as you who actually read this little blog of mine.

With that said, over the last month or so I've unnecessarily put pressure on myself with wanting to post really interesting, exciting and different new posts as much as possible which just isn't realistic for me to do, especially not at the moment.

In fact, if you're a regular reader you'll know that my current focus is to live my life as simply as possible; to stay calm and to enjoy living in and getting to know Brighton, as thats what is best for me right now.

The worry I have is that I'd hate for you as my readers to find my posts repetitive, or boring. For example with the photos I share. I absolutely love taking photos, and will inevitably continue to, especially now the weather is finally getting better, warmer and brighter. Then of course I love sharing my favourite shots here, on my Blog.

I'd find it useful to know your thoughts on this...do I still share my photos, even if they are mostly of the Seafront, and of around Brighton and Hove? Will this still interest you? 

Although I've had this worry at the back of my mind 'are my readers finding my blog repetitive'. It made me think back to the reasons for making my blog in the first place...which was and is still to use it to help me get through tough days, to perhaps channel any negative energy I find myself wrapped up in, into positive use, such as with writing, with sharing photos and more.

Saying that, I do want to touch on the fact that I didn't create this blog purely for myself, but also, hopefully with some posts, to help others. Such as where I write about challenges and experiences I come across in my day to day; letting those that find themselves going through similar that they are not alone. As well as sharing my interests and things that I'm inspired by such as art, design and more to give a little bit of inspiration and positivity.

Basically, I want to take you, my readers along my journey of moving forwards, getting through challenges, and learning and working towards better wellbeing, health, happiness and so on. So, yes I'm living as simply as I can at the moment, which is doing me a lot of good. And although I've been having a few rough days here and there, overall I am feeling a lot more positive and enjoying things; I'm feeling more at home being in Brighton than I've felt in a very long time and sooooo much more calm and relaxed too which is great.



Now I have that silly worry off my shoulders (let me tell you I'm feeling so much better for doing so!) I'll tell you a little about what I'm currently up to - starting with the most complicated thing going on for me right now...moving house.

My Mum and I are hoping to move into our new home pretty soon (hopefully this month). The whole moving process is very complicated, stressful and a difficult task. I'm sure those of you who have been through it will agree...Mum andI have felt this strain through the many months of looking, and now we have all our fingers crossed that the final leg of the move will go ok, and I'll be sure to keep you updated with this.

This brings me onto something exciting coming up...once we're moved in a lot of my time is going to be taken up with the renovation and decorating of the new place. I'm hoping to do some before and after photos, as well as sharing my DIY and interior design ideas and more...so watch this space if you like that sort of thing!

Now moving onto Yoga and Meditation, which I seem to love more and more everyday. In fact both have become my favourite thing to do daily. I find I love to start and finish my day with either a Yoga or Meditation practice at home, and I use a couple of different Apps to guide me through my at home practice which I highly recommend. These being 'Yoga Studio' and 'Calm' (you can get both in the App Store on your phone); both are great for beginner to advance practices, so definitely give each a go if you fancy trying some Yoga or Meditation in the comfort of your own home! I also still love going to classes at the great little Yoga Studio thats just a 10 minute walk away from me, the teachers are all so lovely and it has become very special to me.

Another current favourite of mine is reading, which in my last update I said I wanted to try and do more of and since that post I've definitely done just that. At the moment I'm reading a trilogy series of books, called the 'DIMLY' (Did I Mention I Love You) series by the author Estelle Maskame (click the link for more info: http://www.estellemaskame.com/dimily.html). I won't give too much away about the story as I don't want to give away any spoilers, but as you've probably guessed by the Title, its a love story. The reason why I was drawn to read this series in particular is the fact that the first of the books is set in Santa Monica which is like second home to me so this intrigued me. I'm now to the end of the second book which is just as good as the first and set in New York which is fab and I'm very excited to get started with the third!

Something I've recently gotten back into, and am enjoying a lot is baking. I used to be such a keen baker throughout my childhood, so of course I'm so delighted I've rekindled my love for it. I may even do a few posts on baking, including recipes and photos of what I like to make; so thats another thing for you to look forward to if you like baking :)

Finally, I must mention Spring! I'm delighted that it definitely feels like we're in Spring; although there are still some cold, windy and rainy moments, the days are getting longer, the Sun is out more, making outside feel brighter and warmer too. This instantly brightens my mood as I'm sure it does for many of you too! I just love it, and I plan to spend my time enjoying the fresh outdoors as much as I can, with time at the beach, reading, having picnics, going for sunny seafront walks. As well as spending my Spring/Summer time in Brighton I also plan on exploring the Sussex countryside which I haven't yet seen much of, so this excites me greatly!

The positives I've mentioned above are most certainly helping me keep me progress along my journey to better wellbeing, health, happiness. Having things to forward to, if its something I do daily, such as Yoga and Meditation, or something I'm looking forward to doing in the weeks, and even months to come, such as exploring the Sussex countryside really do help me keep my positive momentum, which I guess is what interests and hobbies are there for, ey? :). Plus, on the days I feel not so great I can think, "hey, I can look forward to this or that...", which can help to turn a frown into a smile.

To end this post I want to express my feelings on how important it is to make sure you do find time to do the things you love; such as your hobbies, interests, spending time with friends and family as well as taking that oh so important 'time out', or 'me time'...What ever makes you feel positive and happier inside - make sure you find the time to do it! I know its easier said than done sometimes, but taking time out for yourself is so important, and beneficial in many ways.

Now, before I go...one more thing - a hugeeeeee thank you, to each and every one of you who read this little blog of mine!

xxx