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”

Christmas Decor Hacks

Christmas is fast approaching and I can’t wait to get the tree up, brighten the house up with Christmas lights, and spread festivity EVERYWHERE! Even the bathroom gets given a festive touch.

But we all know how expensive Christmas is and if you’re like me; you dread having to part with so much money for one day and plead for January payday. It can become so stressful making your pay check stretch. Which is why I hate splashing out on Christmas decor for it to sit in a box for 11 out of 12 months of the year. Why can’t we become DIY enthusiasts or savvy at Christmas and not splash out? I have put together some ideas that have inspired me to become more conscious of the price of decorations this Christmas… and in some cases, they are just plain genius! Continue reading “Christmas Decor Hacks”

Schwarzkopf vs.TRESemmé – Styling Sprays

When choosing a styling spray I want to ensure my hair dries soft, full of bounce and naturally shiny. I have struggled to find one that gives me all three but I have found the perfect combination!

Schwarzkopf Got2b Mind Blowing Xpress Styling Spray – £4.19 Continue reading “Schwarzkopf vs.TRESemmé – Styling Sprays”