“I’ve been a little slack on the blogging front over the last few months … or in 2019 in general if I’m honest and for a change it isn’t because I don’t have anything to say, in fact, that’s the problem. I have so many things I want to say and share with you all, knowing where to start is the hardest part! So as it’s been a while, I thought I’d start back with a little life update.”
Since my last post back in July (hence this little life update); I’ve spent a week in Crete completely recharging my batteries (doing little more that reading on my sun-lounger and sipping on Pina Colada’s), I’ve made the most of the Summer and spent many a night dining alfresco with Mr D and I’ve also started to work with an amazing life coach who is helping me unravel everything I have going on inside.
Greece is fast becoming one of my favourite places to visit for a quick week in the sun thanks to it’s amazing climate and the wonderful cuisine (give me all the feta and olives please). However, we didn’t leave the hotel the whole time we were in Crete so I definitely need to go back and explore!
“But my week in the sun was a great opportunity to reflect on the year so far – what have I achieved, what do I still want to do … what should I be focusing on?”
I realised that this year I have spent so much time worrying about what others expect of me, what others think I should be doing and what others have been telling me I should be doing in order to be “successful”, I’ve kind of forgotten to listen to the most important person in my life.
I’ve been focusing on “niching down”, following the mould and trying to crack the Instagram algorithm, that I had started to lose sight of who I am and what I want to do most of all; create.
It had got to the stage where I genuinely started to think about walking away from writing and the #blogosphere as it felt like there were too many false standards being brought in by people, too many goals that you must have and that as a result the whole industry had began to feel very manufactured.
A few months ago, someone made the comment that they felt my blog and feeds were ‘like an inflight magazine, covering loads of topics with a light touch’ and I still to this day don’t know if they meant it as a compliment or a criticism, but it’s something that has stuck with me.
“I want to share beautiful photography, vibrant editorial content and a unique (aka my) perspective on things. I want to create content that’s insightful, inspiring and informative.”
Essentially I want to create my own inflight magazine for life that can be enjoyed by people around the world at their leisure.
I realised a few days ago that there are now just under 60 days left until 2020 arrives and whilst that probably should (and usually would) scare the crap out of me, it actually makes me feel quite motivated!
As of today I have 59 wonderful opportunities to make memories, I have 59 chances to take a step forward to reaching my goals and 59 opportunities to seize the day. I have a real hunger in me to succeed again and so every day between now and January 1st I will do one thing that gets me closer to achieving my dreams, no matter how small that may may be and at the end of every day I’ll be thankful for that one achievement.
“And so here I am, whilst the wind swirls outside and the golden leaves grace my garden, taking my first step forward (for what feels like the first time this year) by writing this little life update and getting myself back online.”
Over the next few months you can expect more travel related content (I’ve got a 24-Hours in Harrogate feature coming up and some potential adventures further afield in the pipeline for you to come along on), the introduction of some style pieces and also some more opinion based features too, offering the perspective of a 30-something over-sharer!
Since making the decision to focus my attentions on things that bring me joy, it feels as though all of the pieces have started to fall into place a little more and I’m feeling much more like my old self again.
I never realised how much of an effect other people can have on me until this year and when I sat back to take stock of my year I was surprised how easily I had been led away from my own hopes and dreams.
But by putting some perspective on the rest of the year and seeing it as an opportunity as opposed to a deadline, I’m excited to see where the next 59 days take me.