Long time, no blog, in fact, no socials. I without realising naturally took some time off scrolling through socials and instead decided to re-focus my energy on working out, doing some DIY around the house and OK, binge-watching Netflix. I recently got inspired by the Netflix hit American TV series, “The Bold Type”. Three career-driven young American Women who work for an award-winning fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine, Scarlet. 

The Bold Type does a phenomenal job of representing important real-life topics, such as race; gender equality, sexual orientation and politics in America. In my opinion Sex and the city meets Devil wears Prada with a meaningful spin. 

During the first season, the publication sector goes through a huge change and some niche jobs are cut, redundancies are made and offices are forced to close. It got me thinking though, what a shame it would be for the digital world to destroy the traditional but modern means of publications, communication, and writing. Whether you’re a fashion lover, sports fanatic or expert baker, there has always a place for your interests in the pages of many newspapers and magazines. Yes, I do feel like a hypocrite slightly as this blog post is encouraging you to pick up your phone, but that’s for a bigger conversation, another day. 

It’s a luxury that we still have the option of stepping away from the screen to pick up a magazine. I wonder, how much longer will we have that option?. Whilst we can’t deny or stop the drastic changes other sectors are being forced to go through right now. Maybe we, as consumers can contribute towards the longevity of publications and traditional media outlets. 

You could start by choosing to access your monthly subscription through the post, rather than through your emails. You might decide to go out and pick up Cosmopolitan Grazia or Elle, rather than swiping up’ to read on Instagram. If we physically can access them, then why wouldn’t we?. I believe, we have all taken away something different from each lockdown but surely we have all have a common appreciation of real life, over virtual. 

Since first taking an interest in writing this blog post; I had the pleasure of an outside socially distanced coffee with my elderly neighbour Sue. I learnt that as a young single mother, she found herself looking for a job, and an opening came up at Waterstones; the first store based here: in Cambridge. Sue spoke so highly about her working life, how passionate she became about books and how she felt as though a phone could never replace the feeling of holding a book, the smell or the motion of turning the page.

We probably don’t realise that it’s always nice to have options, maybe we’ve taken how accessible everything we want is, for granted. So, next time you decide to buy your favourite read do it by, picking up the magazine, and putting down the phone. 



Love H x 

 


Hey, lovelies, it's embarrassingly been a while, yet again. I apologise every time and I do honestly mean it! So the title is exactly how I felt, time was escaping me and my to-do list kept getting longer and longer. I felt overwhelmed with the amount I had over-committed too and Instagram for me, got a little toxic. 

When you don't get the best engagement it can make you feel rather crap. I started to notice friends not supporting me and I called some of them out to their faces and honestly, I thought their excuses were piss poor. I honestly got fed up, the enjoyment of creating content went a little and I honestly was ready to hit the "delete" button. Why all of a sudden did I feel so pressured to be so f*ckin perfect I'm
not sure. It's incredibly disheartening to think that all the effort I put into creating content wasn't being seen or maybe it was and I just wasn't very good at it. Feel free to give me some pointers, it seems like mirror selfies, kicking your foot in the air and carousel posts are popular but, hmm I like my content to look varied, would you check out my page and maybe give me some feedback, thank you lovelies!

So it was time to take a break, a break from scrolling and comparing and even, creating. Like I work full time too, this is just a really cool AF hobby for me, I have no desire to constantly push promotions down peoples throats, I get more excited about a girl replying to a post than I do from a link earning a commission. That's when I knew I really had lost that part that I loved so much about even sharing what I do.

I decided to have a breather and not to take part in any Black Friday promotions and I turned down some collaborations to earn money too because I just didn't feel like me and when I'm not feeling 100% myself I think it comes across in my content. 

Top tips if you feel the way I did:

1. Unfollow / Remove people who make you feel like sh!t
2. Mute anyone that you temporarily don't want to see 
3. Put your phone down and stop scrolling for a few days 
4. Ask yourself, why am I posting on Instagram, what's the purpose of my account, and is it making me happy.

Follow that four-step process if you want to create a healthier relationship with social media.. my DMS are always open, you're never alone in how you're feeling and no, COVID-19 hasn't helped it's made me realise I thrive off being sociable and seeing my friends, travelling and going to the gym. Lifes luxuries I won't be taking for granted ever again. 

Stay safe, look after your mental health!

Love H x 

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