Inspiring Bloggers Tag | Social Media, Blogging and Self-Love!

Before we begin, I need to thank the wonderful Pooja for nominating me. She is such a lovely and supportive member of the blogging community, and is constantly engaging with my content! Thank you for making this post possible, because I anticipate it’s going to be a fun one.

Rules

  • Thank the person who chose you.
  • Include the logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions asked to you.
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire.
  • Ask them five questions.

Questions

Do you prefer blogging or social media?

Unfortunately I spend way more time on Instagram than WordPress, however it’s a habit I want to change. Blogging is a more versatile platform and I appreciate it no end! Unlike YouTube, blogging isn’t an over-saturated platform and everyone earns an audience, whether that be big or small. Blogs are so fun to work on and there’s such a range of content, especially on WordPress.

What is your favourite post that you’ve published so far?

This is such a hard question! I love my post where I discussed all things blogging. It was a lengthy one but people seemed to enjoy it. It’s called The Hustler Blogger Award, and I’ve linked it here if you want to read it (please do!)

What is one thing you are grateful for?

One thing? There are so many things to be grateful for. While I’m sat writing, I’m surrounded by my family. I’m so lucky to be with people during lockdown. Despite enjoying my own company very thoroughly, I would go mental without them.

What inspires you to continue blogging?

I’ve got to make the most out of my short time on Earth, and blogging is a perfect way to do so. I find other people and build bonds, discuss controversial topics and expand my brain. It’s like schooling outside of school, and you all know I’m a big fan of learning! 

What is one thing you love about yourself?

I don’t know. Right now I’m in an inspirational rut and finding it so hard to commit to school work. What I used to appreciate about myself was my constant commitment to productivity, now that’s non-existent. It’s okay to have bad days, but this is a long string of bad days that I can’t seem to work my way out of. I stick to a routine, I do things I love, but I keep encountering a lack of energy and a desire to just read, blog, repeat. As a perfectionist, I find it hard to commit to work if I know I can’t complete it to my best ability. That’s my hardest fence to climb, but as I previously mentioned, I just don’t have the energy! 

*sorry for the abundance of personal pronouns in that paragraph, however you don’t talk back so it’s naturally a very one-sided conversation*

My Nominees

The Cozy Potato – Victoria really deserves to dubbed an inspiring blogger because of the effort she puts into her blog. Alongside a podcast, Victoria posts consistently on her blog. Plus, her Instagram is beautiful which you need to check out!

Simple Little Things – I discovered Ana very recently and she has an awesome blog. Very new to the blogosphere, but already writes with so much experience. On Instagram we have little chats and her commitment to blogging is inspirational. 

Zainab Chats – Pooja is to thank for introducing me to Zainab. She hosts an awesome blog with so much precision and planning that I almost think she is inhuman! Love the success she is making for herself through blogging. 

Meghan’s Teen Life – Meghan is so lovely! Her kind words make my day and when she pops on her Instagram story to chat – I smile instantly. We’ve recently collaborated so I encourage you to check out that post if you have time. She was so fun to work with, always spreading positivity. 

Times Of Trials – Anushka has recently began an Instagram account, which is where I found her blog. It’s such a fun website to read because it’s a real insight into a teen’s mind – which I find endlessly relatable. 

I’ve nominated upcoming bloggers who I find genuinely inspiring. Instead of my regular nominee list, I wanted to share a group of bloggers that you need to support! They are all quite small on WordPress now, but with your support can grow. So go and offer them support. All their blogs are linked above.

My Questions

  • What are you grateful for today?
  • What is your experience with Pinterest, has it grown your blog at all?
  • As a content creator, are there any problems you encounter?
  • What songs have you been listening to on repeat?
  • What does your content schedule look like?

Unfortunately we’ve come to the end of today’s post! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If I haven’t nominated you, still feel free to complete the tag. Just pingback to this post so that I can see it (copy and paste the link into your post). On the other hand, if I have nominated you don’t feel pressure to complete the tag. It’s all for fun!

Do you prefer blogging or social media?

I would love to write a post about my experience of both, so please do start up a conversation in the comments! Can’t wait to hear from you all. 

Happy Friday,

catherine x

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Awesome Blogger Award | Traveling, Music + Body Confidence

I am so shocked to be nominated for yet another award! This is another Awesome Blogger Award tag. I was nominated by my beautiful friend Megan from Megan’s Little Blog. We’re in fact working on a collab at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Megan writes LGBTQIA+ content, positivity and general life chats. Its such a pleasure to read her blog when a new post is released! I highly recommend you check out her content. It is massively underrated.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nomminated you
  • Tag the post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate 5 more bloggers and inform them of their nomination
  • Give them 10 new questions to answer!

What is your top bucket list destination?

I would love to visit Provence in France, while the lavender is in season. I have been lucky enough to visit France twice, though neither of those times were trips to Southern France, on the Côte d’Azur (this is completely from memory, so I apologise if my French spelling is a little weak). Provence looks so picturesque and it’s my dream to visit there one day. I have a ‘7 Places I’d Like To Visit’ post linked here if you are interested to learn more.

What was/ is your favourite subject at school?

Geography! Both the humanitarian and environmental side of the subject are intriguing for me. I don’t have a fixed idea on a career however something like managing plastic packaging in a supermarket, or going into environmental politics. Although I don’t need a degree to get into that sector, I have always dreamed about experiencing student life so going to university would be ideal. After all, I absolutely love studying!

What is your favourite album right now?

There isn’t just one! I listen to a bit of every One Direction album on a daily basis but at the minute I’ve been playing Midnight Memories more than the others. Been obsessed by Favourite Worst Nightmare from Arctic Monkeys – all of their stuff is amazing but this one has stole my heart in recent weeks. And then Flicker by Niall Horan, and “Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All” by Passenger because the cello in that album is beautiful (I play the cello if you didn’t already know).

What are some things you do when you need a break?

I think I keep a good work/life balance, so this really isn’t a problem for me. Recently I’ve been chilling out by getting out my pencils, calling a friend and chatting for hours while doing a colouring. Here’s my progress, which you will have already seen if you follow me on Instagram!

What is your favourite way to stay organised?

Lists, lists and more lists. I really want to write a post about this, so let me know if that something you’d like to see. I do this thing called a ‘weekly reset’. You may have heard the concept before. It’s the idea that you treat each new week with the ‘New Year’ feeling. I find it really helps me stay on track and organised. 

Why did you create your blog?

At the time I began my blog, I just wanted to be Penny Porter from the Girl Online series. As a character she really inspired me. Now I look back they are the cheesiest set of books ever, but I like a bit of cheesiness every now and then. Honestly, I’m not sure why I began a blog. But when my audience started to grow and I could see my writings help people, that’s when I found the real reason behind my hobby: I just want to help people and the planet.

Do you have any tips for being more confident?

My confidence appeared a little bit over night. One day I was really conscious about my size, the next day I woke up and I was just embracing my cute little rolls. Body confidence isn’t an end goal sort of thing – you’re always making progress! That’s my tip, I think. Treat it is a journey not a destination. 

What is your go to meal to cook?

Anything with toast. Although it’s basic, you cannot go wrong! Cheese on toast, beans on toast, tinned tomatoes on toast… the list is endless. Plus you can accommodate for multiple tastes. It’s an easy meal and it’s delicious. 

What is your favourite concert/ gig/ festival you have been to?

I believe I’ve been to two gigs in my time on this planet? Both were a mix of small indie punk rock bands. They were in small venues too, so I didn’t get anxious in the crowds. If it is an artist I love, crowds aren’t really a problem. It’s being in the dark and not seeing other people’s feet! I fear I’ll step on someone then they’ll turn around and saying ‘what did you do that for?’ and pin me up against a wall. These are punk rock concerts I’m talking about, though. Maybe my fear isn’t so strange after all.

What is your favourite summer outfit?

My paperbag shorts and a baggy t-shirt! Or, if I’m feeling extra special, maybe an off the shoulder top. The weather in the UK isn’t always bright enough for that option though.

I Nominate

And anyone else who wants to participate! Don’t forget to pingback to this post so that I can see it.

My Questions For You!

  • How do you start every morning?
  • What is your favourite thing about yourself?
  • What object could you never live without?
  • Basic one, but what’s your favourite colour and why?
  • How do you spend time offline?
  • What blogging related tasks do you do every day to stay on top of things? (emails, reading other people’s blogs etc)
  • What tip would you give to any beginner blogger?
  • A question you would like to ask your future self?
  • What is your favourite physical feature of yourself?
  • What does your perfect evening look like?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I apologise that’s it’s a little longer than my usual posts, but you all seemed to love that last week. Hope you’re all having an amazing week so far!

What are you proud of yourself for accomplishing this week? 

catherine x

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August Bullet Journal Set-Up 2020 | How I Stay Organised + A Pop Of Colour

Bon matin, mes amis! How are you doing? As I scroll through my published posts (almost 300!) I notice that I haven’t done a bullet journal set-up post since April… oops. I got into the rhythm of filming them for IGTV however, due to the poor wi-fi, I couldn’t edit them. That’s a shame. Maybe the YouTube career is purposely telling me to stay away, haha! So, today’s post is going to be an insight into my August bullet journal set-up. August, if you didn’t know, is my birth month. That’s why I decided on a yellow theme, because yellow is my favourite colour!

This font is new to me; I’ve never tried it before. However I was just experimenting with different ways to write ‘Monday’ and this style stood out to me. For that reason, I have incorporated into the rest of my spreads. I also did some weird squiggly lines, and a bit of black pen here and there. In my opinion, it’s cool. What is your verdict?

Although I usually skip over the quote part of a cover page, this month I thought, ‘why not?’. So here’s a motivational quote by Muhammed Ali.

Continuing on, we have the monthly spread. Here’s my calendar for the month, where I jot down important dates, events and to-dos. I do not use this one for any blog planning, just my personal life. I have 5 friends, two of which birthdays are in August alongside me. My best friend shares her birthday with my brother, on the 31st August. It’s a very busy month in the baking department. However, with a bit of 1D playing, it’s always enjoyable.

As we turn the page, you are greeted by a smaller calendar. This is where I plan what content goes out when. I will not write the titles of each blog post, or the caption of each Instagram post. I use a separate calendar for that on my phone, because my blog schedule often moves around due to collabs. This is just so I know that on Wednesday I need to post on Instagram and my blog, and on Thursday I must write a post for The Positivity Club etc.

Now for my ideas spread! I probably made this one a bit too small, but it’s cute. My problem is that I have so many ideas stored up in my little brain, but I don’t have the energy to actually write the full posts. Can you relate? Or is that just me?

Unfortunately, we have reached the final page of my August bullet journal set up. Sad times, or maybe you’re not sad because you want me to get this over and done with. Since it is my birthday month, I decided to make a page for a wish list. I don’t believe this is bratty, I think it’s very useful. Often we get to the week before my birthday and my lovely kind friends and family pose the question: ‘what do you want for your birthday?’. In that moment, I could choose any random article. That’s why I like to refer to a list.

Plus, a wish list also helps when you are swerved to buy something by an advertisement. You might see a bath bomb, for example, and think ‘ahh, I’d love to spurge my money on this’. Things like that, impulse buys, should really go onto a wish list then be contemplated for a few days before you decide whether or not you truly want it. In the process you may see something else on your wish list that you should prefer to buy, because you have wanted it for longer.

And this set-up only took four supplies, plus a old notebook!

I’m so lucky that I’ll be having a safe birthday this year, surrounded by family. I feel desperately sorry for those who have had to spend occasions, since the outbreak in March, apart from family. Additionally, I hope those in unsafe domestic situations are given the assistance they need. For too many people, staying at home has been the opposite of helpful. 

Wear a mask, wash your hands but don’t dehydrate them. Use hand cream! Please!

What are your goals for August? Do you have any plans?

As always, leave your response in the comments so that I can chat with you! To comment, if you’re not allowed directly from WordPress, you will have to click in the top right hand corner and ‘open in Safari’. It is a bit annoying, I do apologise.

Have a lovely week,

catherine x

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award | Life Chats, Self-Love & Getting Out Of A Slump!

Honestly, I’m a little bit drained of energy, Although I am incredibly excited to write this post, my eyes are barely open. I’m sat in a really thick jumper on a summer day, and I’m still cold. I don’t know what is wrong with me! Perhaps it’s because all I’ve eaten today is watermelon and cake mixture… and a cookie… oops? Although my window looks out into the garden so I can see a barbecue being cooked up outside. No meat for me, just a veggie skewer, but exciting all the same.

This morning I woke up at the grand hour of 9:00. That’s very late for me, but it did not deter me from having a good day. I ate watermelon for my breakfast, then baked a cake. I washed up the breakfast dishes, let the bunnies out for a run, then took a ton of bookstagram content. From tomorrow, the first official day of the summer holidays, I am going to be posting on my bookstagram every day. Make sure to check out my account to stay up to date with all of the bookish content!

Following that, I went for a walk with my brother (that autocorrected to bother, which is a little bit hilarious). We had a nice chat while walking in the sunshine! Once I arrived back home, I decorated the cake I had baked previously that morning. Of course I put on an episode of Doctor Who while doing so.

We didn’t have lunch, because we are having a mid-afternoon barbecue. I don’t know why we decided to have it mid-afternoon, but oh well. Hopefully I can eat soon! I’m terribly hungry! 

Oh, and then I sat in the sunshine editing the photos I took in the morning. While doing so I listened to Niall Horan. I absolutely LOVE his album Flicker, so it’s been playing on repeat.

That brings us to now, quarter past three in the afternoon where I have decided to write a blog post. I’m really excited to bring you this post, the ‘Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award’. I was kindly nominated by the lovely blogger behind ‘Hiddenzzzzz’. I highly recommend you check out their awesome blog! They are so lovely too. I look forward to answering the questions, so I hope you look forward to reading them!

Stick around until the end to see if you have been nominated. Without any more rambling, let’s get into the post:

Rules

1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog

2. Answer their questions

3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions

4. Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog

5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo

6. Provide a link to the creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award: Rising Star

Questions

What motivates you to keep growing your blog?

Seeing my impact on other people’s lives inspires me to continue branching out to other creators, therefore growing my blog. ‘The Plastic Plan’ in particular (my climate change series) has gained so many positive responses from young activists like me. Seeing my writing help other people be more environmentally conscious will never fail to inspire me. Because even my small platform of 730 followers can make a difference. That’s a school full of people that want to listen to my ramblings!

These were some initial ideas for The Plastic Plan series!

What message do you want to give to the world?

I wish for my lasting legacy to be kindness. Sometimes, more often that I’d like, I snap at people. I might give up on something too soon because I’m tired of it. I want to build resistance against that, I want to be less selfish and give my time to worthy causes. When I eventually depart from this planet, I hope the small amount of people who did know me remember me as the kind one.

What is your current favourite book?

I can’t answer that question! There are so many current favourites. But also I’ve been in a reading slump which isn’t fun. With the libraries not being open, I haven’t been able to get my hands on any physical books. Although the eBook option is available (which I’m eternally grateful for) they don’t spark the same sort of magic. I’m sure readers will understand what I mean! If you do love reading, you should check out my bookstagram. Cheeky little plug I know! But I post bookish content every day on there.

These are the sorts of photos I post on my bookstagram!

When was the last time you felt uninspired?

Probably last week. I wish I had a better relationship with inspiration. It naturally comes in waves, but those waves differ in size. At the moment I have loads of ideas, but I’m too excited by them that I don’t have the commitment to sit down and properly write them out!

Sneak peek to my August bullet journal set up!

What do you love about yourself?

I love that I don’t care what people think about my blog. Offline, there are bitchy girls that tease me about my blog. But it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. I don’t even know what their aim is, because they would never be able to stop me from blogging. In fact, the more they tease me, the more motivated I am to prove them wrong! I like that part of my personality. I know some people are really sensitive to teasing. 

I Nominate

Francine @ Ancine’s Alley

Meg @ What Meg Means

Jessica @ Jessica E Larsen

Pooja @ Life’s Fine Whine

Rachel @ Little World Of Rachel

Everything Me

Victoria @ The Cozy Potato

Anushka @ Times Of Trials

Rose @ Girl Online

My Questions

  1. What book are you reading?
  2. What song/s have you playing on repeat recently?
  3. How do you stay motivated?
  4. What tip would you give to anyone trying to get out of a writing slump?
  5. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given?

Right, so that’s it for today’s post! I’m really looking forward to seeing your responses. Don’t forget that if you weren’t nominated you can still take part! Just copy and paste this link into your post so that I can see it. Hope you have liked the rambly posts this week! I will probably go back to a less chatty style on Friday’s upload. Please leave your honest opinion on the long posts this week! I don’t mind receiving your criticism. 

What song/s have you been playing on repeat recently?

Stay tuned, because I might react to your favourite songs in a later post!

catherine x

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The Uprise of Self-Care Sunday | Does It Negatively Affect Your Mental Health?

When I say ‘it’s okay to do nothing’, I genuinely mean it. If your social media feed looks anything like mine, you have probably heard this a lot. Some people host a Sunday event called ‘self-care Sunday’ which I think is an amazing idea. However, the mainstream connotations of self-care: baths, pampers and baking are not going to work for everyone. Now I have already written about this. But revisiting it a few months later is beneficial, since there are so many of you that have joined since then (thank you for 700 followers!)

Workaholism

I find that when people take you through their ‘self-care Sunday’, or ‘rest day’ they are still being mega productive. The workaholic mindset is worrying, especially among young impressionable people. Self-care Sunday should be for self-care: not for sharing it on your Instagram. Also, other people’s ideas of rest days might be more or less productive than your’s. So if you see someone going for a run on their rest day, that’s them. That makes them feel better. But if you sit on your bed eating chocolate raisins and watching Doctor Who all day, that can also make you feel better. Everyone has different ways of caring for themselves so please don’t compare them.

Is This The Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy For Instagram?

Telling your followers that you do take days off for self-care is important, they need to be aware that you’re not a Boss Babe 24/7. When influencers share their seemingly perfect self-care on the Internet, you speculate: are they doing this to take care of themselves or to post it on social media? Followers need to know that you’re not always working at the desk, but they also need to know that self-care isn’t just bubble baths and long walks.

For some people, going for a walk isn’t self-care. Diet culture perceives walking as a way to lose weight, and how can you enjoy an activity that intends for you to lose weight? There are so many people that can’t enjoy exercise because they’re only thinking about the end result, and disordered ideas that thinner is better. Rather than run for the fun of running, in the back of their mind (or the front) they’re thinking about how this will help them get fitter and potentially thinner. Glamourising weight loss is a whole other story.

I keep getting side-tracked. Wow, that shows how rusty I am with posts like this. Anyway, rest is a sub-category of self-care. Let me show you this:

Self care 

  • Eating well
  • Getting exercise
  • Doing your hobby
  • Journaling/getting out your thoughts in some sort of medium

Rest

  • Chilling in bed
  • Catching up on telly
  • Eating chocolate
  • Cuddling with your cat

Taking care of yourself also means getting things done, to unload unnecessary stress. You can’t eat chocolate and watch Netflix all day every day, without consequences of bad health. Similarly, procrastinating an essay until the night before it’s due because you’ve been binge-watching telly is not self-care. Although watching Netflix might be a way of taking care of yourself and relaxing, prioritising it over the work that needs to get done will not make you feel any better. Self-care means something different to each individual, but the main principle is taking care of yourself as the word states.

Scenario

It’s a Monday afternoon, last lesson of school. The teachers sets you an essay, to be completed by Friday. You’re so tired by the time you get home; you don’t get started yet. However, this pattern continues until Thursday. Now you’re in a panic! Only a few hours to get this essay sorted? Why didn’t you do it sooner?

You didn’t do it sooner because you prefer to watch Netflix in the evenings. And chilling out, according to your social media feed, is self-care. That excuse keeps you going.

But, is waiting until the last minute really self-care? No. Perhaps getting a chunk done, rewarding yourself with an episode of Stranger Things, then getting another chunk done would be self-care. Otherwise you’re spending the entire week watching Netflix with the pressing concern of completing the essay in the back of your brain. You can’t properly enjoy relaxing in front of the telly when you know something is due in a few hours.

I will explain procrastination in further detail, as a separate post. However this one is supposed to be about self-care. Sorry the tangents are a bit annoying; I can’t help it! Eventually this will get better, but at the moment I don’t want to erase any paragraphs because I feel like they contribute to the post. 

Self-care is individual. 

Even I, the one preaching this message, need a reminder sometimes. I need to be told that taking care of yourself is not solely watching Doctor Who and eating chocolate raisins. It’s getting my work done, then rewarding myself with Doctor Who.

Okay, and back to the first paragraph. It’s called cyclical structure, and perhaps it will improve the continuity of this article. Umm, commenting on my writing as I’m writing is a little bit strange. I don’t know: do you like it? Or would you prefer me to shut up and get the facts down?

“It’s okay to do nothing”

What is nothing to you? You can’t simply do nothing. You are always doing something. Now, watching TV is not nothing, is it? It’s watching TV. So if you spend an afternoon watching TV, label it as such. Do not fall into the trap of calling relaxing ‘doing nothing’. Because relaxing is something. Relaxing is a key part in taking care of yourself. Next time you sit in a bath, singing along to 1D and using a hairbrush as a microphone, call it SELF-CARE. Not NOTHING!

As Winnie The Pooh says, ‘doing nothing leads to the very best something’.

How do you practise self-care? Does it consist of journaling, exercise or TV?

I hope this post starts up a conversation. I would love to chat with you. Although it is dissimilar to my regular content, I did really enjoy writing it. Let me know your thoughts: whether you read the whole thing through or just skimmed over parts? I know I am not usually compelled to read through chunky posts, I much prefer ones laid out with questions and answers. What about you?

Take care of yourself.

catherine x

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