I love reading blogs. There really are some awesome blogs out there. It was stumbling across a blog post, resulting in a mass binge of the said blog that lead me to start my own online space many moons ago.
Reading blogs can not only offer information, be thought-provoking and relatable, but as a writer myself, they help me creatively. My mum always used to say to read more. She was quite the wordsmith, as a journalist you’d expect so… But now, I get it.
However, reading other blogs is a source of recognition. You’re supporting the writer. That pageview means a lot more than you’d think. Weekly, I try and set aside time to read blogs/new posts. Also, I always try and share my favourites on Twitter. Recently, I came across the lovely Lucy . Her latest post at the time was honouring her favourite reads that month. I loved the concept, so I thought I’d join in, so here are five of my favourite reads from last month, November.
The blogging world. Online journalling. It can become all-consuming, which can lead to blurred lines. There’s a real difference between sharing IRL to friends to ‘just writing about it’ on a blog. I may seem no biggie doing the second, but personally, I see oversharing as a potential security risk, as well as the fact that I don’t open up easily to people IRL so the thought that stranger would know more by my online sharing makes no sense. I think this topic is definitely something I thought more about since I had the boys. Hannah wrote about her reasoning perfectly.
I don’t know about you, but although there are a lot of aspects that can make the perfect weekend, there’s only one thing that makes a Sunday. A good roast. I’ve featured a few here myself, but not near enough. Recently my good friend Rach has taken up a feature of her on named the Sunday Roast Diaries and well, you can kinda see why we’re friends. Her review of Yard Coop Manchester was a stretch on the Sunday Lunch theme, but it’s now definitely on my list!
Isn’t it weird how much can change over time? Looking back at where you were as a personal/mentally even say a year ago. It sounds weird to say, but I do prep talk myself in situations that can sometimes intimate or cause me to back out of. The fact is that it works and that through doing some things I feel stronger and I always feel better about myself afterward. Sophie recently wrote about finding the courage to do the things that scare you and it’s a great read.
Talking about mental health, Sam wrote about the simplified basics of wellness . In the post, Sam talks about the few things that she does that makes her days and therefore herself the best. Sam also challenges the idea of wellness and what it is and whether it’s different for everyone?
It may be November, but my theory is that it’s past the 5th, so it’s totally acceptable, so, Christmas! I bloody love it. I also believe that when you have children, you love it, if it’s possible, that little bit more. Children are so innocent and this time of year is magical to them. Alice wrote a fantastic Christmas bucket list and I think it’s a fab idea. Places really jump on the supply and demand of this time of year and costs to do things can be extortionate, but there are so many less-expensive things you can do that can add that little bit of joy to children and your own life this festive season.