Episode 1 : Me, Myself & I

Listen to the My Self Love Style podcast…

Hello & welcome to the My Self Love Style podcast, a brand new podcast designed to help you focus, slow down and de-stress.

I’m so excited to have you along with me for this journey into mindfulness!

I wanted to kick things off today by telling you a little more about the girl behind the screen (or microphone in this case) and my story; who I am, what I do and why I do what I do. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Let’s get the show started with a little introduction into who I am, what I do and hopefully into what the My Self Love Style podcast will be like over the next few weeks.

*Spoiler alert, they will probably be a little bit better that this one*

I’m hoping that this will be a 10-part series (it could be a few more or a few less, let’s see how we go) and I guess I wanted to create a podcast that I would find relatable in the hope that it would resonate with people like you, who are also trying to balance many plates spinning in the air.

For example – I work full-time as a Project Manager but then I’m also a business owner (running HarmonyBlaze is the equivalent of having another full-time job), a girlfriend, a daughter, a friend … I’ve got all these plates that I’m currently trying to keep spinning in the air and sometimes it can feel as though it’s all a little too much.

It gets on top of me.

So I wanted to create a podcast for people just like me who are struggling with balance.

But who am I?

Well as you may or may not already know, I’m Emma and I’m a thirty-something blogger (let’s just keep it at that shall we) and I’m based in West Yorkshire. I have a massive ASOS addiction and a little bit of a love of lycra and adventure – by that I mean I like running and I like going on holiday!

Beyond that there isn’t really much else to know about me but it would be a bit of a short introduction and bit boring if I was to leave it there and didn’t go on wouldn’t it?

So what else can I tell you about me? I much prefer nights in to nights out, I much prefer a night in with friends, a good meal a glass (or two of wine) putting the world to rights than going out somewhere – I’m a real family gal and I’m a huge softie. If you’ve read my ‘about me‘ page you will know that I cried watching How to Train Your Dragon!

That’s just who I am.

I’ve been blogging for about 5 or 6 years now and I set up HarmonyBlaze back in October 2014 as an outlet for my thoughts and feelings on life, love and everything in between.

Although HarmonyBlaze may have purely started off as a pseudonym that gave me the confidence to open up online without people knowing who was behind the blog, it has now become a big part of who I am as a person.

I didn’t post any pictures of myself or put my name to anything for a long time after I started, and whilst I do think that helped me to mould what I wanted out of my online persona and my “tone of voice”, but it did mean that I had another plate to keep juggling.

This is where I developed my interest in mindfulness eventually developed from, I was spending a lot of time online building my brand, researching content, networking at events and whilst all of this is fantastic and is something that I truly love – it can be quite draining as it takes up a lot of your so-called free time when you’re doing it alongside a full-time job, just for the love of it.

I know I keep coming back to the analogy of the plates spinning, but when you have so much going on it can be really daunting to think about your to-do list. This triggered my interest in looking after myself more and over time my content has evolved, reflecting this.

Like many I started out producing mainly beauty based content (reviewing false lashes and hair pieces no less), which I think a lot sites start out like, and it then changed into more fitness based content, almost more diary like in it’s structure as I started to learn more about what my body was capable of.

These days I’m quite into thought provoking pieces, I don’t like this current trend of people going after millennials for being too narcissistic and that being your true self is often persecuted for being just this. But I think you need to be a little narcissistic at times to truly look after yourself, to appreciate what you can do and what you are capable of.

I’m looking to create a no-judgement environment.

One where you can have aesthetic goals and shout about them from the roof top if that’s what you want to do. I don’t care what people think about me for having these goals and I want to help others to embrace themselves too.

I’m not perfect – I’ve failed in the past, my journey has helped me to come back stronger and I want to pass on what I’ve learnt to you too.

Next week I’m going to be talking to you all about the ‘poo taboo’ and how mindfulness has helped me to control my IBS over the years as opposed to it controlling me.

I hope I haven’t waffled and bored you too much – but I’m so excited to have you along for this journey, this is our community and I’d loved to see you all getting involved, so pop up a screenshot of you listening to this podcast or slide into my DMs with anything you’d like to hear me discussing over the coming weeks.