So here we are, at the start of another week! How's everything going with you? Wish it was the weekend already? I sorta do. It's been a bit of a mixed bag of a week, full of ups and downs and a little splash of stress thrown in just to make everything extra fun! But I'm not going to drone on about it. Or not yet anyway. Let's get down to business!
As a little disclaimer, I want to apologise for the hideous lack of original pics in today's post, but I'm currently in the middle of washing and packing pretty much everything I have with me. In a room with no natural light. That's the size of a prison cell. So soz about that, but I promise you that my pain's greater than yours. Next week, I'll be a better blogger. I swear.
1. Falling off the Fit & Healthy Bandwagon
I don't know what's happened to me. Well actually, I do - I'm bloody knackered. I've been working pretty solidly since January and travelling all over the place (I know, woe is me), and it's been amazing. But I'm tired now. I'd quite like to be at home and spend a week under my duvet drinking tea.
At the start of April, I was killing it. Work, exercise, healthy eating, organisation, you name it, I was winning at life. I got up early every day, went to the gym at least four times a week, kept bang up to date with my Passion Planner and ate a whole load of salad. And I felt great.
But over this last week I've been struggling to keep up the momentum. The whole trying to get ready to buy a house has been mega time consuming, and I've been trying to sort out my next year or so of work commitments at the same time. It's taking up a lot of energy, so something had to give for a little while. I've been to the gym once this week, and I've eaten my (and maybe a couple of other people's) fair share of chips.
I'm trying really hard to remember that that's okay. We can't always do everything. I absolutely believe that sometimes it's better to take a little break from things than try and force yourself to do them when you don't feel up to it. If you admitted that to me, I'd say GOOD FOR YOU, take some time to get yourself back to a good place and don't spread yourself too thin. But it's always a little harder to apply the same advice you'd give to other people to yourself.
So send me and my little chip-filled belly some good vibes, if you could. We'd really appreciate it!
2. Boots Skin Saviours
You may have read the post I put up a few weeks ago about skincare, and how I'm getting my poor little face back to normal after catching Chicken Pox? If so, you'll remember me extolling the virtues of Boots' Tea Tree & Witch Hazel line. And I'm gonna put it back out there again, cos frankly they're awesome.
I've been using their Spot Wand religiously and it's properly mega. Got a hint of a spot coming? Whack some of this baby on you, watch it fade away and laugh at it. You won this round.
That, plus the Charcoal Facial Mask and a combination Clinique / Sanctuary cleansers are so ridiculously good that my skin is starting to feel like it's mine again. It doesn't feel tight or dry, to the point that I now only seem to need to moisturise before I put my evening makeup on (the joys of a job with anti-social hours). And I'm not getting anywhere near the number of breakouts I deserve at the minute. Hashtag winning.
3. The Ups and Downs of Social Media...
I know. I wrote about this a little in last week's Monday Musings. But I'd like to take this opportunity to say hi, I'm Rebecca and I'm now officially a Social Media-aholic. Send me a badge or something. I think I could probably spend about 10 hours a day on Twitter and never got bored. In fact, some days this week I probably have just about reached that. Help me, please, I think I'm getting RSI in my thumbs.
The beauty of Twitter is that you can really connect with people. People who share your interests and your sense of humour. People who get you, and your predisposition to the overuse of monkey emojis. People you would almost certainly never meet in "real" life.
Unless you've lived under a rock for the past 10 years, I'm probably preaching to the converted but, hey, I'm late to the party so humour me. Please.
One of the many things I've discovered this week is Twitter blogger chats. They're practically life changing. I've "met" so many lovely, clever, funny people that make me go a bit fan-girl and OMG please like me and then maybe we can be real friends and that would be totes amaze. I'm trying to reign in my inner stalker, but she's getting quite excitable at the moment! Soz and that.
But the chats are also super useful if you're a blogger. I've learned so much already from just taking part in a handful of them, from Instagram tips to what blogging host / platform people like to use and what content other bloggers love to read. If you aren't on taking part in one or two, give it a try this week. They're ace.
Now. On the flip side of this, I have found that some aspects of Twitter aren't quite so friendly or, well, nice. Just so you can't say I haven't warned you, I'm gonna have a little moan now. If you're not into that or just want to see MORE THINGS PLEASE, feel free to skip straight on to item 4.
For those of you still with me, thanks, you're a trooper. Okay, here goes. I guess I'm just not a fan of the whole "follow unfollow" culture that's going on on Twitter (and Instagram too, don't you think I've forgotten you). You know, when someone follows you, waits until you follow them, then unfollows you?
I'm like mate, we all want 20k followers, join the club, don't use me as a way to boost your numbers and make you look all cool and "relevant." It's not very sisterly.
And guess what? You're not as slick as you think you are. I noticed. I'm onto you and your game hun, imma unfollow you right back, even if I was actually into your feed and your blog posts in the first place. Irony sucks, huh?
If you're not interested in following me, don't follow me. I won't lose sleep over it. Cos if your tweets and content are good enough, and if you were secure in yourself and truly confident about what you're putting out there, you wouldn't feel the need to do it in the first place. Plus, I'd probably have ended up following you anyway. To me, you now just seem a bit desperate and a touch bitchy. So I'm out.
Rant over. I suppose I can rest easy in the knowledge that the people I'm writing about here won't ever find out. Because they're not following me anymore. LOL.
4. Coconut Lane Marble Phone Cases
I realise this isn't exactly groundbreaking, but hello Coconut Lane you absolute beauty! If you like blogs, which you probably do seeing as you're here, you're probably already familiar with this babe of a company. They rock.
Like most of the rest of the world, I've developed a bit of an obsession with marble lately. To the point that I'm planning a DIY marble coffee table for my house that I'm definitely going to get. Hopefully. Just think of the flatlays! I'll be so cool and current and down with the kids.
Anyway, I'm in love with these gorge marble effect phone cases. I may have to buy both and then switch between them to match different outfits. Or even to go with my moods. White = happy and chilled, black = sassy and maybe sorta dangerous? Love it. You can get the white one here and the black one here, and the best news? They're only £13 each. Be rude not to.
Just FYI, Coconut Lane now also have a 'Whirl' marble effect notebook that pretty much matches the white phone case. Don't lose your mind. Just buy it and be happy and sassy.
5. Considering My Blog Direction
It's only been two months since I set up this blog, and it's my baby. I love it. I love taking photos for it, and thinking about all the different things I want to write to you about. If anything, I think writing a blog has made me think more about life in general, and appreciate the good things I've got going on.
But I had my first little identity crisis this week. I started thinking that nobody wanted to read a blog with no real focus. For a little while, I made myself believe that I had to streamline my blog down to something more specific, something easier to summarise. I thought that maybe it was too confusing that I'm writing about my new Sephora lipstick one day, and then oh hey a random walk around Venice the next.
So I put up a little poll on Twitter. I asked "What's your favourite kind of blog to read?"
- A bit of everything?
- One main focus?
- A happy medium?
About 50 people voted. Only two said they prefer blogs that stick pretty much to one subject. Most people said they like blogs that do a bit of everything the most (about 60%), and the rest said they like something in the middle (just under 40%). And that really surprised me.
Because I like blogs that are a bit of a mashup, the ones where you're never quite sure whether you're going to get fashion, beauty, lifestyle or even a recipe next. I like to be surprised. And I think it's a better representation of the blogger themselves. None of us are so one-dimensional that we're only interested in one thing, and I like to feel like I'm getting to know a person when I read their blog. That's what makes me come back again and again.
But I always thought I was the weird one.
I touched on this topic during one of the Twitter blogger chats I took part in this week, and pretty much everybody there said the exact same thing.
So I'm not streamlining just yet. At the moment, I like that I'm never quite sure what my future posts are going to be about. I like to wait for inspiration to strike me. Never say never, I may well change my mind - probably by next week - but for now I'm sticking as I am. And I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.
And that's a wrap, folks!
Thanks for joining me, it means a lot to me to have you here and I hope you've kinda/sorta enjoyed reading what I've been thinking about. I'd LOVE it if you could find the time to write me a comment in that lil box below - maybe you've been thinking some of the same things?
Don't forget to find me on social media, the little beast. I'll basically be on Twitter ALL THE TIME so come say hi! Loves x