Hello May

Hi, lovelies. 
Happy bank holiday Monday! Did you get up to anything nice? 

I have some exciting (or not so exciting) news for you: I now officially have my own domain – yay! For those of you that don’t really understand what I mean by that well basically now, instead of having ‘blogspot’ in my URL it is now my very own. I feel so free and a lot more individualistic. It’s a great feeling. I have to admit, it was a bit of a palava trying to get it all sorted, but it’s done now. And it was 100% worth it. The blogger community were so helpful and kind; they all pitched in to try and help me get it up and running. I’m so grateful.

Unfortunately, the downside to me upgrading my domain to my very own is that I have lost ALL of the previous comments on every single one of my blog posts: Am I gutted about this? Absolutely. However, I guess I can just look at it from a different perspective and think: hey, this is a fresh start, I can begin building my comments up from now on and they will accumulate again some day. There were a lot of very heart-warming and encouraging comments on some of my blog posts so I am genuinely disheartened by this loss. But let’s not dwell on it.

I have had such a quiet weekend; I used this opportunity to engage with other Bloggers, organise Twitter Chats, jot down notes and ideas for Blog Posts and a variety of other things. It’s been a very fruitful and productive weekend for me. Just the way I like it.

I have been getting contacted by several people since my first time writing a Guest Post for another blogger; many other people now want me to write a guest post for them – covering a mixed range of topics! So, that should be fun and keep me busy! Other Bloggers have been requesting that I start doing videos (as well as my blogging) and that they would really love to see me doing this. I guess it is something I will think about – it is something I would enjoy doing – but it’s about getting my confidence back. It’s been years since I done anything like this so it would take me a while to get back into it.

Another thing I want to briefly mention (just now, anyway) is that it has been a while since I spoke about my Depression or Anxiety: It hasn’t gone away – I’ve just been trying to put it to the back of my mind and focus on all of the good things. I’ve been trying my hardest not to let it get the better of me this time. I am thoroughly enjoying blogging and the support and encouragement I have been receiving has been mind-blowing. I can not believe my blog has 20,000 views and that people are regularly reading my writing. I began blogging, as you may or may not know, because I was suffering from mental health issues and I guess writing was my escape. Now, it is so much more. It is my escape: but it is also my hobby, my routine, my entertainment and my whole shebang. I wake up with ideas; I go to bed thinking of them. They over power the negative thoughts that I was tormented with for so long. They are still there, don’t get me wrong, but somehow blogging and writing and fulfilling my passion makes them seem less important. And that is what I will keep reminding myself. 

I want to keep progressing and moving forward; bettering myself and challenging myself – but I need to try and accept when I am doing too much and not let myself get too carried away. If I push myself to the extreme then I am fully aware I can set myself back. Baby steps. I always tell myself slow progress is better than no progress – always.

As always, I’ll share my links with you. Feel free to contact/follow me in which ever way suits you best. Leave comments (since I have none) and share! 

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney 

EMAIL: charlenemcelhinney@icloud.com

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