Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Hello! Let's Catch Up.

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Grab a cuppa, let's catch up.

As I write this, it's Monday. It's Monday and I'm feeling good. It's the start of a brand new week and, as I type these words, I am currently on a train on my way back to the office after getting some blood tests done. Albeit not exactly the ideal way to spend a Monday morn, sure, I can agree with you on that. However, it has been made better by the fact that I just purchased tickets to see Pinegrove (my all-time favourite band, if you didn't already know) across Europe over my birthday week in March. Now, I'm not one for wishing my life away, but holy hell, I need March right now.

I digress. Let's get back to the fact that it is a Monday as I note down these whirling thoughts and, for the first time in a very long time, I don't feel like my soul is literally being drained from my body with each passing second. Or like I want to do nothing but retreat back to the comfort of my bed, bury myself in my warm duvet and switch my mind off from anything and everything. No, I'm feeling quite the opposite, actually. After a long period of what can only be described as The Great Big Slump - I'm finally starting to feel motivation creep its way back in and I am absolutely here for it.

You see, life has been a little weird, complex and almost overwhelming as of late. After the passing of my beloved grandmother back in September, my mental health took a bad turn. Consequently, I allowed life admin and work-related things pile up on top of me until it almost reached breaking point. Alas, blogging and creating content was, truthfully, the last thing on my mind. As much as I craved a creative outlet, my mind went through a period of what can only be described as complete and utter blankness. Trying to come up with content felt like what I would imagine trying to jump over a 1000ft brick wall might feel like: impossible. It's no secret that dealing with grief is never an easy thing, especially given that it was a process that was entirely new and foreign to me. And, of course, emotions such as grief can only ever be made worse when kept bottled up and to yourself (which, for a few weeks, is exactly what I did).

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Thankfully, I'm finally beginning to feel more like myself again. I'm talking more about how I feel thus lightening the load of burdens that have been weighing me down. That said, grief is a complex process. Much more complicated than I ever imagined it to be, and although it's not something you can just "get over" in a matter of weeks, it is something that you can learn to process in a healthy manner. It's taking time, but with each passing day, I am getting better at it.

This particular Monday feels like a significant stepping stone - a stepping stone for my mental health, my motivation and for truly getting back into the swing of things and putting my utmost effort into my endeavours. When it comes to this blog, for the greater part of this year, it has felt like I've just hit one road-block after another. It all began around April time when I started to feel slightly disillusioned with blogging, then writer's block hit during summer and lasted for what felt like approximately 84 years, and then my creativity spiralled when my mental health took a dip. All the while, I was putting a monumental amount of pressure on myself to create, create, create - even when I physically couldn't bring myself to. Disclaimer: it is never, ever, ever, ever, EVER a good idea to do that to yourself. Just FYI.

And so, here I am - ready to once again immerse myself in what I love to do. For the first time in a very long time, I finally feel like I can - like I want to - come up with new, exciting ideas, shoot a bunch of photos with my incredibly talented photographer boyfriend during the weekends and write, write, write to my heart's content. I want to push the boundaries of what I do, both on this blog and in my working life. And while I do so, remember that it is both okay and extremely important to regularly check-in with myself and remember that taking time for self-care is so necessary.

Anyway, enough about me and how I've been - how have you been? Please tell me you've been obsessing over Stranger Things 2 just as much as I have? (Because in case you couldn't already tell - I have). Over the last week I have been positively immersed in the upside down and I have been loving every single second of it. So much so, in fact, that I couldn't resist buying a piece of merchandise from Topshop's exclusive Stranger Things range - the nostalgic feel of the bike print blue sweatshirt caught my eye immediately and I added it to my basket faster than you could say Eggos. Sadly, the majority of the range is now sold out, and to my dismay I don't believe it will be restocked (I knew I should have picked up more pieces) - but I'm sure there will be similar things to be found in the depths of online shopping.

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I paired the sweatshirt with my beloved teddy coat (which I'm still totally obsessed with and you'll likely see more of in the months to come, as it's the cosiest piece of clothing I have ever owned), these straight leg ankle grazer jeans (which are a staple for the new season and perfect for everyday), my favourite pair of flats (that continue to prove they go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe) and my other latest obsession - my baker boy hat.

So there you have it - a pretty clear yet concise overview of why I've been so AWOL lately, what's been happening, what I've been obsessing over and of course, not forgetting, what I've been wearing through it all. Here's hoping I can continue to share a lot more of that, with a bunch of other cool things and a regular pinch of positivity from hereon out.

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What have you been up to lately?

Katy Belle.
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