Well hello December, you crept up on us a little! As I write this, I can’t quite believe that November is over and another new year is not even a month away. Over Winter I tend to attempt hibernation which means that things can get a little quiet. Don’t worry though, I still have a few highlights to share!
At this time of year, I find it more difficult than usual to drag myself out of bed. A lot of us are more tired, grouchy, and prone to snapping at people over things which wouldn’t bother us quite as much if the sun was shining. None of us want to feel down or to exude negative energy though, so it’s important that we take care of ourselves to ensure that we’re not. Recently I’ve been taking care of myself in a luxurious way.
Well hello, and happy penultimate month of 2018. Grab a cuppa and get comfortable because after having a rather slow September, I have quite a few October highlights to share!
There’s no place like home. Whether you’re returning from a trip or just a long day at the office, no other place is able to welcome you in quite the same way. Homes littered with sentimental items and personal touches are the best and most comforting kind, but it’s also important to remain in love with your living space. I find that the easiest way to avoid that fed up feeling caused by same old is by tweaking and refreshing seasonally.
Autumn and Winter can be amazing for so many different reasons. If nothing more, both seasons provide ample excuse to partake in fun and festivity but also to enjoy some downtime. Self-care should be a year-round ritual, but these seasons are colder and darker, so I’d argue that it becomes even more important. With many of us allowing the gloom and chill to get the better of us, nurturing positivity (in ourselves and others) is definitely a necessary habit.
This Autumn we’ve been really lucky with the weather; during the day it’s been bright, sunny and much warmer than we all expected. I am though, dreading the nights inevitably drawing in and gradually forcing me into driving both to and from work in darkness. In the spirit of finding a silver lining, I admit that I’ll take any excuse to get cosy; in Autumn there are plenty of them. September has been the first month which I haven’t written a monthly blog highlights for. If I’m being honest it’s because I just didn’t have enough specific highlights. I certainly wasn’t going to make any up in an attempt to pad out a post, either. Instead, I thought I’d reflect on how I did spend September and why I’m not pressuring myself to post for the sake of a schedule.
Time is more precious than almost anything else, it’s something most of us wish we had more of. We say that we need more hours in the day to get things done and we long for more time spent doing things we love with the people we love. Recently I’ve been considering how I spend my time. Finding a perfect balance between work and play sometimes feels impossible but I’m determined to stop wishing away my work days and only enjoying a certain percentage of my life.
It’s been just over a year since I plucked up enough courage to start my very own blog. What began as my very own creative project soon turned into something bigger; I grew a sense of belonging within the community and began receiving more opportunities to work with amazing brands. It still baffles, scares and excites me in equal measure that so many people seem to be interested in little old me; the stories that I have to tell and the opinions that I share. Fear of failure and lack of confidence held me back from blogging for a long time, but after a year of Sophie Hearts, now Soph Hearts the only thing I regret is not establishing myself sooner. I’ve learned a lot of lessons in the past year so what better place to share them than right here?