Hello my lovelies.
As it approaches the launch of John and I’s (Charlene) #motbloggers, I am filled with excitement, enthusiasm and eagerness.
I think Charlene straight away took the words out of my (John) mouth. We’ve been talking about this for some time now, and have mentioned in a few tweets about the launch with a specific page on John’s Road to Volunteering.
Why did I choose Charlene to co-host #motbloggers with me? Why not?! Charlene to me is one of the best chat hosts out there and she’s only been doing it for a short period of time. It’s an absolute pleasure to launch #motbloggers on July 9th with her by my side.
This chat is giving people a chance, every single week, to motivate themselves for the week ahead, for life, for things they struggle with and various other aspects. All dealing with the subject of ‘motivation’, it is also an opportunity to motivate other people. We can bounce off one another, help and advise one another and share our thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Personally, my (Charlene) aim for this chat is to have a positive and fruitful discussion, with hopefully lots of lovely individuals, and for people to leave after the chat feeling motivated, refreshed and optimistic.
From my (John) perspective, I’m going to bring a darker look into motivation, utilising our past to motivate our future and to bring a feeling of ‘Wow! Look at how far I’ve come since ?? and what I’m going to accomplish in the future.
We’ve decided to host this chat every Saturday night at 8pm – 9pm (BST – UK Time) and we’ll take it in turns with hosting (you’re getting the best of both worlds).
Along with Charlene’s flattery (another reason why I’m looking forward to working with her), we both already host our own chats and have our own communities.
Every week, twice a week, I (Charlene) host #beechat, a friendly and active community in which I am immensely proud of and John hosts a chat every week based on volunteering, but covers other things too, sing the hashtag #JohnRdtoVolChat.
Both chats are completely different from one another so we will each be bringing something different and exciting to #motbloggers.
To leave you with a taster of what #motbloggers is all about, think about the name. ‘mot’ is a shortened version of motivation, but it’s also the abbreviation for M.O.T.
Imagine your car undergoing its M.O.T and the result. (Yes I’m comparing bloggers to cars)
When we have our dark days, we question, check and over-analyse our lives. Once the checks and over-analysing is over, the outlook is different. Our mood is different.
#motbloggers is the next step post over-analysing and your tool for enlightening the small part of your brain attempting to fight the dark days.
Charlene and I (John) will be there every week to not only give you the opportunity to use your over-analysing to good use, but to be the middle man/woman in unleashing your potential.
We all have potential at the end of the day, but sometimes we need a boost to get us going. #motbloggers is more than your M.O.T, it’s your chance to have a voice, to inspire and to prove to you that your path is right in front of you.
Obstacles and barriers are going to be broken and your future is about to open up.
Join us on Saturday 9th July @ 8pm BST (UK time) to launch the most influential blogging chat around.
Charlene will be hosting on the 9th, so keep an eye out for the topic and we’ll see you there.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. It’s been playing on my mind – agitating me – so tonight I thought: I’m not holding back anymore. It’s time to get this off my chest.
Hello my lovelies. Tonight I am in an exceptionally good mood which is a rarity these days. Let me firstly tell you why I’m on a ‘high’ and then I’m going to quickly tell you what I’ve got going on this week – as something very exciting (but nerve-racking) is happening.
Tonight, I received a direct message from a company telling me they were sending me something out as a treat. As a blogger: This is very exciting news. It’s always lovely to be acknowledged for what you’re doing. Receiving, what we in the blogging community call ‘blogger mail’, is a very rewarding and thrilling moment and so of course I am absolutely ecstatic at the moment.
The excitement for typing this blog post is real.
I am going to be writing about all of the lovely items I received in my box from Siobhan (@sparkledust13): A fellow blogger in whom I have befriended via Twitter. We got talking and decided we would do a ‘box swap’ with one another; this entailed that we agreed on a ‘budget’ and began buying one another surprise gifts to fill up the box. Both of us had no clue what to expect to receive in our boxes – which made it all the more exciting!
As I began taking my items out of my surprise box – I was genuinely like a kid at Christmas. I love the whole unexpectedness. The first two things I want to share with you are my Zoella products (which I have actually never had before but I’ve heard lots of positive things about). When I seen the pretty packaging I was fascinated – especially by the ‘soap pop’, soap on a stick, I’ve never seen anything like this! I can’t wait to use these products and let you know what I think of them.
Next, I fished out a scented spray because I noticed it was from Avon and I have not had anything from Avon in such a long time – I used to be a massive fan of their products. I was so pleased when I noticed it was a scented spritz spray in passion fruit and peony fragrance. This is exactly the scent I would go for if I was buying something for myself – you know me so well, Siobhan! There was also 2 face masks included in my box which is fabulous – I love a good face mask! One is an argan oil mud mask and the other is a very berry one: I’m very eager to try these out. I also received an intimate purifying cleanser which I can’t wait to try out. I love all of my lotions & potions so I’m very glad I have some new things to experiment with.
Furthermore, the wonderful Siobhan threw in some beauty products for me too! I received an NYX butter gloss and a stunning lipstick. I am buzzing to try out the NYX butter gloss as this is actually my very first NYX product: I regularly hear beauty bloggers bang on about how amazing NYX is – so I guess Siobhan has introduced me to a whole new world! The lipstick is so pretty that I am scared to use it. I just want to gaze at it in wonderment and put it on show in my room somewhere for people to see… I shall try it out some day if I have something exciting coming up!
As if this wasn’t enough, I was presented with 3 yankee candles and 6 rather big tealight candles in vibrant holders: I was blown away. I am such a big candle lover – but I never fork out for yankee candles – so it was lovely to receive them as a gift. The tealight candles are ideal for when I’m having a nice relaxing bath: I look forward to placing them gracefully around my bath tub whilst I soak, with a mud mask on, with my Zoella products – goodness, the life of a Queen!
In addition to this, Siobhan even provided me with some goodies! Lollipops, Parma Violets (my favourite) and some loveheart sweeties. So that is my Sunday night munchies sorted.
Lastly (yes, there is more) she gave me a beautiful pink and white polka dot scarf. It’s very pretty and I guess I can also use this as a background for taking photos with – and I can wear it too – yay.
Good Evening, my lovely lot.
Do you ever have a moment where you feel on top of the world: And suddenly you feel absolutely miserable? That’s exactly how I feel right now.
Today I was having a ‘down’ day: I’ve been having a lot of those lately. I think, for me, the worst thing is the thought of ever going back to that dark place I once found myself in.
Surrounding yourself with the right people: When you go through something as difficult as this; you realise who your true friends are. I had a ‘close friend’ publicly humiliate me on social media for suffering with Depression and trying to be open and speak out about it through my blog (just like I am now) and that set me back and hurt me more than words could ever explain. I had someone question why I smile in photos if I suffer from Depression (totally ridiculous, I actually wrote a blog post in response to this way back at the time). I am fortunate enough, now, to have a small group of the most wonderful, supportive and encouraging friends, a wonderful boyfriend, an incredible family AND the most magnificent blogging community which I am blessed to be a part of. Each of these people have been a very huge part in my recovery – without these people I would never have made any progress. I am indebted to you all – and you know who you are.
There are some other ways that I try and overcome my Depression and Anxiety but this post is getting rather long and so I may do a follow up (a part 2) of this post soon. I just want to say that I don’t think I will ever get rid of my Depression or my Anxiety – it’s too severe. My goal is to learn to live with it and try my very best not to let it control my life – the way I let it before. I will keep going to the gym, I will keep blogging and writing to my hearts content, I will continue to be the best friend, daughter, girlfriend etc that I can be and I just hope that in time I can learn to love myself.
I don’t want to hate myself every day. I don’t want to feel inferior. I no longer want to live my life like this. But by opening up, I pray that someone can relate to me and take some comfort from my words, and this alone would bring me great joy.
Until next time
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