If you’ve clicked on this post thinking it might be something related to Taylor Swift, I’m sorry to disappoint. Instead, I’m calling this post ‘Blank space’ as it is what I’ll begin with – an empty white page that I probably should have filled a long time ago.
So, what’s new?
In the last year, I haven’t been too good at blogging. With a day job that relies on a fair bit of writing and an evening job that focuses entirely on travel copywriting, I’ve been feeling a bit like I’ve run out of words.
Life has been a little stressful recently. Suddenly my head constantly feels full and I’m thinking about anything and everything from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. To stop myself from going mad, I’ve decided to start writing again. I’d almost forgotten how therapeutic it can be – splurging your thoughts onto paper (even digital paper) can get you through a time of stress, or uncertainty – along with long walks, long baths and long reads, it is probably one of the best things you can do to look after yourself.
Speaking of which, we used last Sunday afternoon to go for a beautiful walk along the South Downs Way. Beginning at Ditchling Beacon, we managed the four miles to Pyecombe before having a quick drink and trekking all the way back. The blue skies and sunshine made the South Downs look wonderful. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of that view. We’ve done the same walk in August, October, December and June and it is still one of my favourite places to visit, whatever the season.
We also had a well-spent Saturday night, catching up with our friends over a Thai takeaway and having a chat about all the box sets we’ll be planning in over the next few months. Anyone else looking forward to season two of Stranger Things? I’m almost wishing the summer away in anticipation of darker nights, warm drinks and thrilling television!
With a new house on the horizon (keep your fingers crossed), a wedding next September and a few adventures and misadventures to be had along the way, there’s plenty to keep me busy at the moment. As a treat, I’ve booked next Friday off work to have the ultimate me-day. I’ve arranged a massage for the morning (a leftover birthday present I haven’t got around to using), and I’m planning on spending the day doing things that I enjoy. At the moment, that means a nice walk somewhere, an indulgent Starbucks and a good book – although I’m open to ideas!
What makes you feel like you’re treating yourself? I’d love to know.