It’s Friday evening as I write this post and I feel SO zen. No mean feat considering how heavily I was hit with Mercury retrograde. That was no joke. In fact this whole week I’ve felt incredibly low, tired and cranky. It felt as though I had plenty to do but I couldn’t get round to doing so, because I was encased in a layer of marshmallow fluff. Sounds a bit woo-woo but it’s all true, I swear.
This week, I’ve been stacked with work. And I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about all things work related because I’ve felt so drained. I think it’s good to take time out and reassess your goals and, thus, realign your vision, and yet I haven’t been practicing what I preach at all. So right after I’m done writing this post, I’m going to bullet journal a little and write down everything I want from my working life, and plan how to do it.
My best friend Ebony visited this week! She was headed to some training for work over in Harlow, so I hosted her for three days and it felt so nice to have her around. We’ve been friends for more than 12 years and lived together at Uni, and so there isn’t much we haven’t done together! We headed for dinner, stayed up gossiping and then spent the day together getting our hair did, perusing local boutiques and eating vegan food. A true delight!
I am SO into my zodiac readings at the moment. Chloe and I have been banging on about Mercury retrograde all week and our colleagues think we’re nuts. But I absolutely believe in it. Briefs have been wrongly communicated to me all week (and last), I feel zonked and unmotivated, and I am exhausted. But my gosh am I glad to see the back of it.
I’m SO looking forward to my Pilates class tomorrow morning, followed by a 100-day baby party in Coventry. Pass the gin (and the Pilates mat).
Outside of Mercury retrgrograde kicking my ass, I did manage to finish two books this week. ‘Three Women’ by Lisa Taddeo is a non-fiction delve into the human and sexual relationships of three women. It’s an astonishing piece of work derived of phone calls, interviews, news articles and, ultimately, Taddeo living in each of the towns of the women. It absolutely blew me away; particularly the second half, which I raced through in a matter of hours.
‘The Orchid Sister’ by Anne D. LeClaire is a thriller, but I didn’t enjoy it. You know when a book really doesn’t seem to live up to its synopsis? That. I feel like I’ve been mis-sold PPI dammit. As it is ultimately a ‘thriller’, I won’t delve into the plot, but it felt badly executed, bringing in all sorts of random tokens throughout the second half.
On not having a niche
Such is life as a blogger/content creator in 2019… I’ve been spending my Mercury retrograde nights overthinking my online presence. Which is as awful as it sounds. Ten years of blogging will do that to a girl. What I mean is, I go through periods constantly of loving my platforms and then questioning them, loving then questioning, over and over again. Now that the blogging community has become an industry, there’s an undeniable pressure to find a niche.
But what if I blog because I just like to blog?
I don’t want to burrow myself into one corner because I like so many different things.
And so I came to a loose conclusion that I’ll continue not having a niche, and letting that be my niche: sharing a smorgasbord of content that all culminate in a cumulative online guide to living your best mindful life full of cosy moments and everyday magic, underscored by a go-getter attitude. Sound good?
Links I’ve Loved
- Jasmine Dowling is a huge source of inspiration to me — and she should be if you’re a fellow creative professional! — and this freelancers’ finance article really sung to me.
- As a prolific multi-tasker, Ruth’s post about attempts at focusing on just one task was super interesting.
- Loved Rosie’s post all about alignment, and what to do if you’re feeling out of, erm, alignment.
- Queen of the industry, Victoria, wrote a piece all about why blogging isn’t dying, you might just need to shake things up a little.
- Jaye shared her notes on phone-free weekends and why she’s changing the way she uses phones.
- Lastly, Evie has another batch of great reads to add to your reading list.
Posts This Week
How was your week? Share your posts this week in the comments below and let’s share the love, Daisybutter clan.