Pillow Talk #12

Good evening my loves!

Welcome back to my "weekly" Pillow Talk post. Real talk, I love these posts but am half considering making them fortnightly. We'll see how it goes...

The last couple of weeks have been manic. I've been so busy and feel like I've forgotten what it's like to have 8 hours of continuous sleep. Weekdays are flying by, we're already a week into April, and I don't know whether I'm coming or going. The bank holiday weekend? That already feels like forever ago. Oh, how I'd long to have a four day weekend every week!

Cutting to the chase, I don't like this being so busy I'm permanently exhausted malarkey. It's not healthy and I'm going to end up slipping up on responsibilities or being grumpy and miserable or worse, both. But what's made me so busy? A bit of a shakeup in my evening routines.

Let me explain. I blog in my free time, except, I don't. The thing is, I usually leave blogging until I'm at home sat at my desk. I occasionally write on the go when I'm cruising the underground, but for the most part, I'd dedicate two evenings per week to blogging. However, this often doesn't work out so well. There are distractions, like a comfy sofa, YouTube, Netflix, video games, chatting with my friends. Meaning writing a blog which should take an hour or so max (to write the content, not including editing, photography, and scheduling) can take more like three. Or not get finished at all! So... what I've started doing is scheduling one to two evenings per week in my bullet journal where I will go and visit a coffee shop. I'm trying to go to a different one each time, and as long as they serve peppermint tea I'm happy. I then set myself a limit of 1 hour there to blog & get photos edited, or admin completed before popping off home. This, touch wood, seems to be working! I'm getting posts written much quicker and have more time to perfect them. It seems to be a winning combo right now.

That's making me busy at least two evenings per week, and I'm also trying to head to the gym three times a week. Twice during weekdays and once at the weekend. I'm at a point right now where I'm actively enjoying the gym, and although tiring, I can feel and see the benefits. I would advise you not to do a load of deadlifts a day before having to stand at a concert for three hours though...

All of this is an effort to free up my weekends so I can properly switch off and have some down time doing whatever I like, without the feeling of guilt looming over me because I'm behind on a post. I think the shakeup is only feeling so tiring at the moment because I'm not used to it. I'll update you in a few weeks on how I feel then.

How do you balance blogging, a full-time job, and a social life? Tips, please!

In addition to this, I've also been fitting in social events and consuming some uh-maz-ing blog posts (more on that in a bit). This week I went to see MO in concert at Brixton Academy, she was super and made me feel all the love for pop/electronic music again. I've been swaying a lot towards indie rock recently but some change is in order!

Let get onto some blog posts I've been loving, shall we?

Advice For Bloggers Who Work Full Time | Style Rarebit

This kind of fits in with what I've touched on above, getting a schedule together is really helping me balance a full-time job and blogging. I really need to work on building a bank of photos to use for future posts though!

HDL Aligners | My Experience of Clear Braces | Mapped Out

Hands up who had a brace as a teen but didn't wear their retainer? Ha, that would be me. For the last couple of years I've been eyeing up orthodontic treatment to return my teeth to how they once were, and if Georgia's experience is anything to go by, this might be the way forward for me!

At The Bank - Conversations With Anxiety #06 | Alys Journals

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a melon trying to explain my anxiety to people, especially in scenarios that others might not even bat an eyelid at. This post from Alys is like exactly how I feel, specifically the bit about trying to not look weird and not knowing where to look!

Fake Followers, Likes and Copying. You're Ruining This Industry | Lauren Black

Somebody needed to say it, and Lauren sure did hit the nail on the head. Fakes, be gone! Seriously, it drives me mad when you see people working so hard in this industry only for others to cheat their way through it. Where's the enjoyment and satisfaction in that?

at what point do you start calling blogging your work? | Yasmin Stefanie

Real talk, Yasmin you're like my fave blogger at the moment. Keep it up gal I love your content! This is a post that I feel all us bloggers can relate too. Sometimes I'll say to my friends that I'm blogging and they just don't get it. They think that means sitting on Instagram or mindlessly writing things on the internet. Oh no my friend, there's so much more. And you know what, blogging, whether it's your weekend hobby, side hustle, or full-time job, you can love it and still call it work.

That, my friends, is where I'm going to love you and leave you for today. Please do check out the blog posts I mentioned, and just in case you missed it, do have a look at my bullet journal post from earlier in the week. I'm v. proud of it. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday x