How has 2017 been treating you all?
I feel like I have been gone for an age and have gotten a bit out of touch with the blogging world a little. I have tried to keep active on Twitter and keep an ear to the ground as to what people are reading and for new releases. This is NOT an apology post; it’s a “here’s-why-I’ve-been-awol-and-blogging-less-frequently-for-a-while-but-I-still-love-you-all” post.
I love books. I love tea. I love mindfulness and well-being. But for so many more months than I care to quantify, I have been doing none of any of those things as much as I would like. My relationship of over 5 years was becoming increasingly strained and ended earlier this year. To make matters worse, we lived together and so having to endure each others’ company while counting down the days until my lease came to an end was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. The end has affected me more than I thought it ever would. I was (and still am) just going through the motions. Going to work, remembering to eat, getting some sleep and continuing the cycle again the next day. Existing but not really living.
As is typical with my life, I can’t have big changes occur little by little. In the space of 3 months I had a breakup to deal with, find a new place to live and coordinate a move and also get a new job in a great new company that I have always wanted to work in. I am still surrounded by moving boxes! But while I’m getting used to the actual changes, the mental adjustments are taking a bit longer. Ironically, mindfulness and trying to meditate is really helping me not to dwell/ wallow too much; I’m taking each day as it comes. There is a really great app called Calm which I would highly recommend for getting started in meditation. I sometimes use it in my morning commutes into work when I can find a seat. There are also ‘sleep stories’ which you can listen to at bedtime, one of which I was extremely excited to find was being read by Stephen Fry!
(Let me know if any of you have tried this app!)
Slowly I am finding myself again and indulging in the things that make me happy and make me me. My Etsy shop has been a huge support, I have started a new skincare routine and today I baked again for the first time in months! (I made chocolate brownies with avocado!) Next week I am trying a sketching class and will hopefully tell you all about it so watch this space!
The next thing on my list of rekindled pursuits is my blogging. I have been desperately wanting to blog again but not being in the right mental space for it. Bear with me. I’ll get there.
Till next post,