Writing; A cathartic release for my soul.

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Sometimes before actually looking at my blog I get asked by people what I write about or what inspires me, and I have to take a second to think about my answer because in all honesty – I don’t have a general theme or angle. I suppose if I had to blanket my articles under a category, it would be ‘life’ – but this is pretty broad and leads to the question ‘What is life?’… For me, blogging is about being able to channel all my thoughts and feelings into a neat, well flowing story. It’s not about impressing or attracting readers, or making money. It’s about a girl, letting the words flow from her mind and seeing what the finished product looks like.

My blogs are actually a work in progress, like a continuing cycle or a very large puzzle. Whenever I have a spare few minutes I browse through images online, looking for special moments that really capture something significant. I only choose images that have moved me, or reminded me of a memory / time / place… images that inspire me to write about things that have happened in my life, or a general topic and my views. Sometimes I might bookmark an image and not return to it for a few weeks, until I’m reminded of why I chose that particular story line or am feeling the same way again. Other times, I’ll find an image and simply can’t wait to write my story – the words literally come rushing out and I need to catch my breath at the end. It’s always an interesting process watching my story unfold – I never know what I’ll be discussing at the end until the time comes which is what I enjoy. It’s organic, authentic and from the heart.

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing from a young age. I suppose being an only child until I was 10 had something to do with it – I needed to find something to fill the time, so I turned to journalling and reading fantasy books. I’d get lost in the world of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter over and over again, escaping into a land full of magic, secrecy and intrigue. I loved English at school and went on to complete a degree in Journalism majoring in Communications, but I must admit during my university years I lost a lot of my passions. Since starting this blog 4 months ago I’ve felt a real sense of contentment and pride, as though something has finally fallen into place. Put simply, I think I’m meant to write.

I encourage everyone to keep following their curiosity in life, until they find something they can own, enjoy and be proud of. I may only get a few people reading this post, but if I can inspire one person or make them reflect on what it is that feeds their passions, I will be happy.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Maya Angelou). 

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Photo credits – twbloves & hubs_united

Choosing yourself: Thoughts on being the most authentic you, every day.

 

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We here it time and time again; ‘be yourself’, ‘don’t follow the crowd’, and ‘think outside of the box’. While this is all well and good, sometimes it can be hard figuring out who our authentic selves really are, from a lifetime of learning to conform to certain behaviours and activities. We go through school in a regimented fashion, each having to learn the same things in the same way, and sit the same exams, even though numerous studies have shown we all learn in different ways. Some people can grasp something from pure theory alone, some need to engage in the practise time and time again to get the hang of it. Some people prefer group learning and team activities, while some people cope better with minimal engagement and more quiet time. We’re told to express ourselves and be original, but at the same time we’re expected to follow societal norms and fit in. No wonder it’s confusing and most of us are completely lost as to our true callings in life!

As someone who has recently resigned from working in a large international company, where regimented procedures and red tape was a constant barrier to creativity, I know first hand how frustrating this can be. How can we come up with unique and exciting ideas when they have to pass through various tiers of management to get approved, and then need to be dulled down so as not to appear ‘risky’ or offend people? Sure there are some benefits to working in a huge company, but in my mind the downfalls greatly outweigh the positives. Small companies have much more freedom when it comes to being creative, acting on sporadic ideas, and being flexible. Yes, they may not have the funds or backing to get them from A to B in a hurry, but I think I’d much prefer having creative input into a position than having to follow guidelines and protocol.

As the great Albert Einstein once said, ‘I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking’, I think we all need to take a leaf out of his book and stop following the crowd. Don’t worry about people judging you – 9 times out of 10 they’re just wishing they had the guts to act on their own dreams. ‘Speak your truth even if your voice shakes’, is another one I like to use because it’s so true. Yes, it’s scary putting yourself out there. You might get criticised, you might make mistakes, you might fail. BUT at least you’re doing something! It’s all trial and error on this journey and we only have the one lifetime to feed our curiosity and most importantly, be our authentic selves 🙂

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Photo credits – mimibaileyny & georgiestclair

On authenticity and happiness

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I keep getting drawn to this image… there’s just something about the quiet wholeness to it. The genuine smile on his face, the simplicity of his surroundings. In the one breath he makes me joyful inside, but jealous too. Jealous of his emersion in nature, of his lifestyle free of materialistic possessions, and of his ‘take it or leave it’ attitude.

It’s difficult in today’s world to live a simple life, and I say that with gratitude for how lucky I am to have been raised in a safe, socially and economically sound environment. What I’m referring to though is the money-hungry, image-obsessed culture we are apart of, where life is a constant blur of advertisements, debts, shopping centres and selfies. This complete saturation makes it hard to live an authentic life – with a few clicks we can manipulate everything about ourselves and how others view us. We spend so long controlling everything that we can’t truly live in a moment or appreciate the simple things.

While I understand how useful technology is in various fields, I can’t help but feel that with it comes a detriment to our relationships and self-worth. We keep up with our friends online while losing that genuine connection and human interaction, we can easily cancel plans without being held accountable, and we can end relationships with a short message and no regret. Out of sight, out of mind as the saying goes. It just doesn’t feel right and humans were not built for such virtual existences. Even the realms of communities and villages have been destroyed, with most people having no idea what their neighbours names are. Forget borrowing milk from them, we can just get an Uber to deliver it to our door.

Of course, I appreciate how technology has greatly extended the fields of medicine and science, I just wish it didn’t come with all the other crap! (Excuse my language). I suppose the only thing we can do is focus on the things that matter – friends and loved ones, creative pursuits, health and wellbeing, and community service. To me these are the key elements to living an authentic and happy life, something that I am striving towards every day.

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Photo credit – fursty