September 2019 Round Up

September 2019 Round Up

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This blog is for helping people feel a little less alone when dealing with mental health issues. For that to work, it needs to feel like there’s a real person behind the words – and there is. I’m a (relatively) normal person living a normal life and I want to be more accessible to you, the readers. I thought it would be fun to start writing monthly round up posts, so you can catch up with me and see what I’ve been up to each month.

As it’s the first ever monthly round up post, I want to start by mentioning the year in general. It’s been exhausting! Ollie and I are approaching one year living in Scotland, and it’s our first time living on our own without family. We’ve learned so much about ourselves and each other, and I feel like I’ve done more growing up in the last year than I have most of my adult life.

September for me signals the beginning of Autumn, my favourite season! I’m breaking out my much loved mustard jumper, and I won’t be taking it off until next year.

I’ve thrown myself right back into blogging and freelance writing. Which reminds me, if you would like me to write for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I love writing, and I’m so passionate about spreading awareness of mental health. I’m still hoping and dreaming that I get to turn what I love into a proper career. I’ve been brushing up on my SEO knowledge and I’ve got an actual marketing strategy. I. Can. Do. This.

What I’m reading: I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the chance to sit down with a book. I finished Counting The Seconds in August, a book that started as a writing prompt on Reddit. I really enjoyed it, and hope it’s not a one off from the author! Now we’re getting into October I’m desperate to get stuck into a cosy book and I’ve updated my Amazon wish list.

What I’m watching: I’m a bit late to the party, but I watched The Great Hack recently and it floored me so much I had to watch it again. It was such an eye opener and made me think twice about the ways I use social media. It also started a discussion between Ollie and I about how we’d stay safe if the world plunged into a Max Max dystopia, but we have a lot of hypothetical conversations like that anyway.

What I’m playing: I love video games and have regularly praised them as a healthy outlet for my anxiety.  However I tend to play new releases much later than everyone else because above all things, I am frugal (Can’t wait for all the Red Dead 2 discussions in 2025!). At the moment, I’ve been binging The Sims 4, as I tend to when I feel like my life is all over the place. I take it out on virtual people; either by giving them a perfect stress free life and living through them, or torturing them. Does anyone else watch GrayStillPlays? His mad sims experiments never fail to make me laugh.

What I’m listening to: I went to Glasgow Summer Sessions this year and I was so disappointed by the 1975 – it was all style and no substance. Twin Atlantic were supporting and they were much more fun and memorable. Since then I’ve been listening to their albums non stop and I’m not tired of them yet. Their first album, Free, is my favourite.

Favourite blog post: Emma Brooks’ Being Busy as a Badge of Honor is such a great read. It’s something I really identify with as the constant pressure to fill up our days with productive and money-making activities isn’t sustainable, and almost always results in burnout. I loved Emma’s take on the topic.

Goals for October: Publish a new post at least once a week. I’ve really neglected my blog because I’ve had such a hectic summer. I’ve missed it, and I’m ready to start dedicating more time to it. I’d also really like to grow my email list so please subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already!

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