When I say I’ve found my happy place, I mean within the blogging/writing world.
Personally my happy place is a long way off but that’s a completely different blog post to write isn’t it?
I’ve blogged on and off for a long time now and sometimes it can be such a tiring task. The effort that has to be put into everything you do these days just sucks the fun out of it at times.
When I first started a blog back on good old blogger in 2014, I used poorly shot phone pictures and wrote pretty basic posts to go along with whatever item I was reviewing that day.
I thought that a beauty blog was the way forward as that is what EVERYONE was doing and while some took risks and thought outside of the box, it took me a lot longer to get to my comfortable place.
Fast forward a good few years and I’m finally there. I work from home, write about the things I am passionate about and as it isn’t my full time job I can really invest my interest into the things I write about without fear, without pressure, without the knowledge that I may not get paid for this regularly.
There is something quite wonderful about posting less and writing more.
I’ve tried posting every day, every weekday, even every other day and while I always manage to keep it up, I’ve always felt the joy leave after a while as I tend to pile on the pressure for perfection, like a lot of us seem to do.
So while that is great and I have nothing against those that choose to do this, for me I take pleasure in spending more time writing about the things I love and not being strict or running to an unrealistic schedule.
I’m still trying to find my happy place and concentrate on the things in life that are important so to throw in added stress would just be ridiculous and a disaster waiting to happen for sure.
A few things I’ve enjoyed lately.
I’ve enjoyed changing my focus online, I’ve started writing for a couple of other outlets as well as here on my blog, which is exciting for me as it’s opening me up to a whole new audience.
I’m really liking the fact that I share my honest thoughts more as they seem to have gone down really well amongst my readers. I’ve braved tackling my mental illness on the site and will continue to encourage, support and struggle through whilst sharing my experiences online for those that may need to see they are not alone.
Having a massive clear out of my social media channels and fine tuning what is of interest has been a good move, okay, it was a challenge and I felt bad but I shouldn’t have as it was very much needed, although one positive is I’ve been on the lookout for new people to follow that inspire me so hit me up if you know any.
Spending more time on the channels that I love, i.e less time on Twitter as it can be a nightmare place to be, full of falseness, jealousy and too much drama for my liking, and more time on Facebook as this is where my highest traffic source is and the place where I can engage with people on a more personal level.
I’ve enjoyed posting on Instagram again for me, rather then for others. Yes, I still include hashtags but I’m not that bothered about what my “theme” looks like, or whether I get 20 likes on one photo and 80 on another. It’s not real life is it?
I’ve also been working on a lot of animal welfare stuff of late, it’s something I love doing and that I’m 100% passionate about which is what life is all about isn’t it.
Having spent so much of my life around dogs, be it family pets, show dogs or even looking after puppies and socialising them before training etc they are a HUGE part of my life and I love them dearly so working with animals has the be the best thing right?
A few things I’m aiming for (mini goals if you will)
Write for a few more well known online media sites, I’d love to get my articles on some of the big guys, you know which ones I mean, I’m working on it though and fingers crossed it’ll all go well soon.
Spend more time writing articles for my animal welfare site “Butty the Pug” as juggling articles can be a struggle when I also have real life to deal with.
Land a dream job in an animal environment this year, I may as well push for my passions and let the enthusiasm shine through hey.
Put more thought into creating image content. It’s always been about the writing for me but as I see everyone flashing their stunning images everywhere, feeling jealous as any sane person would, it’s time I stopped putting it off and actually started to make a proper effort.
A quick snap of my brew just isn’t going to cut it anymore is it? and I know I said I’ve started to post on IG and the likes for me, but it’s for me that I want to start making an effort. Whether it’s thinking about what I’m wearing rather then just sticking to the same old jeans and a hoodie. Or putting effort into wearing make up and doing my hair rather then the standard mum bun and lack of eyebrows… a little self-care perhaps, to show that even while suffering with illness, you can partake in the self-care phenomenon. I spelt that without having to check (go me!)
Anyway I’m sure 1000 words later you’re bored and have more important things to do, like get off of the internet and go out and seize the day, or whatever it is that you’ve been putting off because you are glued to your phone screen.
I mean feel free to poke about on the blog a bit, it does wonders for my views but no pressure, the big wide world is pretty cool too.
What are your goals for the year? Have they changed since the start of January? What have you been loving lately? SPILL all below and let’s discuss it!
– Emma Allen –
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