Although the title of this post series is ‘Weekly Highs’, when I made the decision to create and publish this series of updates, I promised myself that I would share both the good and the bad.
It was part of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 to be more honest about everything, so that meant if something shitty happened during the week, or if I was just feeling down, I’d share it with y’all.
I was fully prepared to write about having fights with Sean in the middle of Tesco about what butter we should buy, or about feeling like my job is going badly or the times when I feel like a big fat ugly mess. But the funny thing is, since I started doing these posts, bad things have stopped happening. Or at least, I’m not giving them attention anymore.
Knowing that I’m going to sit down on a Saturday evening and write about my weekly highlights, kind of forces me to see the good in situations that would have previously pissed me off or made me sad.
So I guess, what I’m trying to say is that, if you’re considering doing a similar weekly round up sort of thing on your own blog, I’d totally recommend it. I thought it would be a great way of documenting my life and making my blog more personal, which it has; but it’s also changed my mood and my behaviour for the better.
Family Fun Day
When the weather starts to get good (or less rainy), Sean and I always make a point of doing something outdoorsy during the weekend. It’s nice to see different parts of this little country and give the dog a good bit of exercise so that she’s exhausted by the evening and we can have a break.
On Sunday, we took a little trip to Mount Stewart to a doggy fun-day because we are unashamedly those people now; whose lives revolve around their pet and have dog treats or poo bags or both in their pockets at all time.
It was super fun. Rocket loved being around the other dogs and Mount Stewart was absolutely beautiful in the sunshine.
A Taste Of Self-Employment
For those of you who don’t know, I work full time in an office as a Digital Marketing Manager, but I also run my own freelance digital consultancy helping businesses with their online marketing. I usually only do the freelance stuff during evenings and weekends, but this Tuesday, I took the day off from my office job to work on my own stuff.
I had a public speaking engagement in the morning and then a Facebook Ad training session with clients in the afternoon. This was my first true taste of what it might be like if I was to go out on my own, full-time with the freelance stuff. It’s something I’ve been considering for a little while because I’m having to turn down so much work, but Tuesday made me realise that I’m not quite ready for the big jump yet.
It was really exciting and rewarding and I felt like I’d achieved so much by the end of the day, but it was also very stressful and made me appreciate the security of my full-time job. I always think that I have to work towards having my own business and being self-employed because that’s the mark of success, but Tuesday’s adventure made me realise that maybe self-employment isn’t for me (at least not yet). I love my job, I love the people I work with, I don’t have to worry about chasing invoices or doing my accounts, it’s secure, it’s challenging and rewarding and if I can do that, alongside my freelance stuff at evenings and weekends, I’ll be happy enough.
Social Media Break
After being super stressed last Sunday night, I decided that this weekend I would take somewhat of a social media break because I am addicted. For real addicted. I’m not exaggerating when I say that, apart from when I’m asleep, I don’t go more than thirty minutes without looking at Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or all of the above.
On Friday, I deleted all social media apps from my phone and apart from the minute or two I’ll take to schedule this post, I’m not going to so much as look at any social media until Monday morning. I’m not going to lie; it’s been fucking awful. Not because it’s difficult (which it is) but I hate how much I feel like a crack addict. Every now and then I pick up my phone just to feel it in my hands (I realise how crazy that sounds), but I’m hoping that it does pay off. I’m sick of spending so much time scrolling through other people’s lives, not really living my own, comparing myself to others and have the attention span of a…
Finding My Personal Style
Although the sunny weather is FAB, it always makes me believe that I need to empty my wardrobe into the bin and go shopping for summer clothes. But rather than just going shopping and buying new shit for the sake of buying new shit, today I had a huge wardrobe reordering session, moving all the winter stuff to the back and all the summer stuff to the front.
I watched this great video by Leanne Woodfull about finding your personal style, which made me more aware of my style, the clothes I wear most and what I should be purchasing when I go shopping. It was really helpful and made me realise that my thing is basics: jeans, tshirts, black, white and stripes.
I thought this was a complete revelation and declared that I was no longer going to waste money on clothes for the sake of it. But then I had to go to the shop to get mascara and obviously bought a pair of trousers and three tops I didn’t need in New Look. Old habits and all that…
I hope you liked my unusually long weekly highs and I hope you had a great week too.