It's been a couple of weeks since the last post. Not a good blogger thing to be absent for so long... But I'm back now and here's another lifestyle post, my favorite kind. You know, I was researching blog for writers the other day and stumbled upon The Write Practice which is a wonderful source of tips for those who choose writing as their creative hobby or profession. This is from one of their latest posts, How To Find Inspiration Everywhere:
"What do you feel when you see something, a bird for example, or a tree, or a blank wall lit by halogen, or an ordinary coffee table?
If you feel nothing write that down. If it overwhelms you with some emotion, write that down.
When you get into the habit of writing with your eyes and your heart, your writing becomes fresh and alive".
I really liked that and felt like it corresponded with the idea of journaling that I had behind my little weekly reports. Just write that down. I feel like when I really, truly speak from my heart here, it turns out almost therapeutic, and the weight of whatever life challenge that I write about becomes less heavier. I believe more and more in journaling with a purpose to set changes in motion. Sometimes I just wake up so much more light-hearted that I was before I just wrote it down. Yeah, I know now that there's a always a particular reason why people turn into lifestyle bloggers. Have you ever felt anything like it?
I've been working a lot lately, and there's so much to learn in my new position. I feel better about it than before through (because I wrote it down). Last week was very good and I'd say it was even stress-free, with the exception of one day. I still get imposter syndrome symptoms (like finding it hard to believe my supervisor when she says I'm doing okay), I'm struggling with my own attitude, my tendency to take critique personally and scary feeling that everyone's watching me, but it's okay. I'll get there. I'd been doing lots of overtime last week and I'm pleased to have discovered that I'm hard-working af when I really want to succeed. They say it's way more important to be hard-working than talented, because a practical skill can be gained eventually if you put enough effort into it. And this is what I'm going to hold onto.
So yes, I've been busy but there was another reason to take a little break. Lately I've been feeling like blogging/writing started to seem like a part-time job in terms of effort put into it. Every single day I felt like I had to write. Every morning of any day off started to feel like another day in the office. If I didn't write, I felt restless, like I was missing out on precious creative time. As I said, if I'm determined to accomplish something, I tend to work hard to get there. But I also need to keep in mind that for me, writing is a hobby that is supposed to leave me feeling fulfilled, not drained. And blogging is something that I do purely for my own enjoyment.
So on Sunday I decided to spend the day truly relaxing and recharging. And I managed to switch off and had such a happy day that I'm so thankful for. We woke up early and headed out for breakfast, discovered a new cute local gem of a coffee shop that makes fresh croissants, the creamiest london fog and the yummiest iced mocha (much better than Starbucks, if you ask me!). We spend the whole day just handing around the neighbourhood, taking photos, exploring local shops, cuddling and eating a lot and finished it off with strawberry ice-cream. I'd say it was a truly lifestyle-post worthy day but oops, I forgot to take a single selfie, what a lifestyle post without one? :)
I really didn't feel like working today thought, but isn't it always like that after you've really rested? I went shopping after work and bought this black lace midi skirt and from H&M and styled it with a simple white T-shirt to dress it down. I've been eyeing lace skirts for quite some time, and since September will still be warm, I feel like I'll get lots of wear of it. Now can't take it for a walk!
Let's have an awesome week! <3