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

Knowing when to switch off

 

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Sometimes I just want to throw my phone in the ocean and experience the weight of connectivity, responsibility and obligations lift off my shoulders. But would it actually work? Lately I have been coming back and back to that famous quote ‘There is no WIFI in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection’ and thinking about what this means to me.

On some days the urge to completely disconnect from everyone is pretty damn strong, from the notifications, emails and phone calls to the group chats and friend suggestions. I hide my phone in my room on silent for as long as I can and try to disengage, to spend time in ‘reality’, but then catching up on all the notifications when I pick the phone up again takes longer than if I had of viewed them in real time! It’s a no-win situation.

I think the answer might be in the balance. Yes, I can take time out and enjoy being in the present, engaging with people without the distractions of electronic devices. I can take time out to read my book, walk on the beach, play with animals and help my Nana with the housework. But at the same time, I can also stay connected with people in different cities, collate images I love which inspire me to dream big, and write my own thoughts down in the form of this blog.

Yesterday I went to the beach for my usual afternoon walk around dusk. I usually leave my phone in the car so I can listen to the ocean, but this time I took it with me so I could listen to some Ben Howard while walking. Instead of being able to live in the moment and enjoy nature, I found myself distracted by my apps and ads on Spotify, resulting in a very frustrating experience. I believe the importance of knowing when to switch off is paramount to being happy and truly living in the moment, and I’ve definitely learnt my lesson now!

Try it out as soon as you can – the more you switch off the more you will tune in to who you truly are and what you care about. And always remember, it’s about balance. Yin and Yang.

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Photo credits – earthspirit & meditation_inspiration