Why I Took A 6 Month Break From Blogging

I’ve finally found the time to sit down and just type… And it feels good! I always knew blogging was going to be demanding, especially if I wanted to be consistent and develop it into something special but for the past 6 months I just couldn’t get my head in the game! I just needed to chill, and as every blogger knows it can sometimes be demanding; keeping up with emails from different companies, interacting with other bloggers, keep your social media up to date. You really are the admin, marketing, creator of your own little world/ business. A number of things have contributed to me needing a small break from blogging…

I work 9-5 but have the worst sleep pattern on the planet… I would get in from work and crash. I mean literally crash out and not wake up until 8/9 at night, then I’m WIDE AWAKE until 1/2 in the morning! So of course, then I am seriously tired the next day and do the same. It was a constant cycle of being exhausted when I got in from work, then wide awake at daft’o’clock in the morning!

I have really been trying to improve my health. Not only from a “sleep pattern” perspective but my weight and overall fitness. Having hyperthyroidism has been a real struggle for me; it definitely contributes to my fatigue, but my weight has been an issue for a couple of years. In the New Year I vouched to lose 30lbs this year! I need to. So I have been concentrating on just generally getting fitter.

The past month or two I have slowed down but I have lost a total of 13lbs, which I am really happy with because I am so close to half of my 30lb goal! I have needed to change my diet and improve my fitness for a long time. I have found been using Protein World shakes and porridge and LOVE IT! It is the one “diet range” that I have been able to stick to and really enjoy using it! I have tried the Chocolate shakes, Salted Caramel, Vanilla and Latte. I live for the chocolate porridge with some strawberries for my breakfast, which I never used to eat! I won’t deny the fact that I am still quite bad, my diet definitely still needs improving but it is miles away from how bad it used to be! The gym is still my worst nightmare… I have 3/4 weeks that I love going and will go literally everyday, then I will have 3/4 weeks where I can’t stand the thought of going because of how tired I am!

But I am feeling extremely positive and ready to continue my journey to becoming healthier! So now that I’m feeling a littler more positive about my lifestyle I have jumped back on my laptop and decided I am ready to pick back up the mad world of blogging.

I didn’t plan to stop blogging for so long I just couldn’t find a second to do it! I’ve needed to concentrate on myself and get myself to a happy place for ages! I have so many drafts in the back-end of my blog that I am looking forward to picking up and getting published! I haven’t checked my emails for 6 months… horrendous I know! So I am slowly but surely catching up! Some times I forget that this is my blog and that I can do things in my own time and at my own pace. The pressure can be crazy!

But hopefully I can finally get my head back into the game and enjoy blogging again… when I have the time!

What I’ve Learnt From My First Year Of Blogging

I have been blogging since October 2015 and have learnt A LOT! I originally started my blog because I didn’t really have a hobby – I would go to work, come home and binge watch crap TV, basically do nothing valuable with my time.

My big sister; Emma, runs a blog (Em’s Mixed Bag) and I loved keeping up with it and looking through her photos. So I thought, I want to create my own!

I started quite nervously; who would want to read me waffling on? But I love photography and beauty so threw myself in the deep end and created Sophie Loves Beauty. So after a full year of blogging I want to share with you my top 10 realisations of running my blog…

It Is HARD!

Of course I didn’t expect it to be a walk in the park but I have found it difficult to really get my head in the game! At first I didn’t really know what to write about;  What if I’m boring? What if no one is interested in what I’m writing about? Am I doing this right!?!? Continue reading “What I’ve Learnt From My First Year Of Blogging”

Urtekram, Always Organic.

I suffer from very sensitive skin which gets irritated very easily; I have struggled to find a body lotion that does exactly what I need; smooth my skin, reduce rashes, reduces itchiness and doesn’t irritate. My main problem area is my shins; when I’m anxious I tend to itch my legs (very strange I know) but some nights, subconsciously in my sleep I have scratched then to the point they are bleeding; it definitely doesn’t help that I treat myself to extremely long pointed acrylics that are lethal! For many years I have used E45 Moisturising Body Lotion which works well but doesn’t have that luxurious feel I want. It helps reduce the inflammation from my crazy scratching attacks but it feels very medicinal to use.

I was lucky to be sent 2 products from Urtekram; an organic wholesalers, from their Coconut Collection. One of which was an Organic Coconut Body lotion. I have been searching for a body lotion that won’t irritate my sensitive skin but still feel like I have pampered rather than “treated”. Continue reading “Urtekram, Always Organic.”

Day out in Blackpool

 

It has been many years since I have been to Blackpool Beach and boy has it changed! It is so much cleaner and it just feels fresh.

There is a selection of buildings and places that will never change and have been old-fashioned / slightly run down even since I was there as a child but the buzz is so nice.

We decided (Me, Kieran and his parents) to have a spontaneous bank holiday trip up and it was great fun – and the weather was gorgeous! Continue reading “Day out in Blackpool”

Aloha Lola Cards

Due to the fact I am trying to develop my fan base and interact with fellow bloggers I tend to search the general blogger hashtags – #bbloggers, #fbloggers #bbloggerswanted. Today I stumbled across a REALLY cute account that draws little characatures of yourself or a loved one @AlohaLolaCards 

On this occasion I was lucky to stumble across an offer they were doing just for bloggers (a FREE Continue reading “Aloha Lola Cards”

Bootea Bundle Box

I have used a couple of the Bootea products before and was really impressed with the results. I used the 14 day teatox (£19.99) about 6 months ago and lost 9.5lbs – this was with little exercise and a slight change to my diet. I used the Bootea Shake but only for 5 days, but I still lost 3.5lbs. The reason I didn’t use the shake for the full 2 weeks worth of shakes is because I really didn’t enjoy the flavour! It is a shame Bootea don’t offer a variety of flavours for people who aren’t that keen on berry flavoured things. But this time I am determined to continue the full 14 days because the results will be worth it.

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Glitter Bling Sticker Case for iPhone 6+

Lately I’ve seen a lot of celebrities promoting phone skins. They are available in matte colours, glitter and metallic. It looked like a really fun way to give your phone a little makeover without having a chunky case. I hate it when a lovely case is bulky or just covers the back of the phone.

Because I was slightly sceptical about purchasing a phone skin I didn’t want to dive in and purchase a promoted one (www.strapzy.com – £10.98) I decided to search the internet for a cheaper alternative. I didn’t want to spend £10 on something that might not look like the pictures and not stick on properly. 

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