Thursday, 3 January 2019

Adventure & Anxiety's Third Birthday!

Tomorrow will be three whole years since my first post here on Adventure & Anxiety. Time flies, right? I started this blog at a low point in my life, depressed over a job that hadn't turned out how I'd imagined and anxious about how little I seemed to be achieving in my life. I had no idea that blogging would introduce me to some of the most wonderful people I've ever known, help me to feel part of a community of talented, hardworking people, or bring some of the most incredible opportunities my way. 

2018 Highlights

One of the best parts of 2018 is that I finally met some of my favourite ladies! I got to meet Sarah at a gin event in Glasgow, and she was just the most welcoming and friendly person ever. Even though we originally met in 2017 at a Lush Halloween event, I was lucky enough to go to a Kiss lashes and nails event with the hilarious Louise. We had a really good time, briefly chatting to Lauren and Louise who are both lovely - and then we met up again a few weeks later for a Nirvana Unplugged tribute act (more drinking and conspiracy theory chat soon please!). I also finally met Abbey and we went to Mary King's Close together which was really fun. She came back up to Edinburgh later in the year, so I met up with her and the lovely Charlene and we had a lovely day together. Then just before Christmas, Charlene invited me to an event at Urban Fox where I met Hayley and Lorna! It's been a great year for blogging friends and I'm hopeful that will continue into 2019. 

Other highlights of 2018 have been some of the opportunities I've been given thanks to this humble little blog. Alongside the Urban Fox post above, I was also given the chance to review The Radhuni and therefore discovered my new favourite restaurant. I also got sent some incredible items like these flowers, this jewellery, the most deliciously-scented wax melts ever and, well, this vibrator (just being honest!). But my joint favourite blogging-related adventures were our trip to Bristol and getting to go see Kinky Boots in the theatre. I've been incredibly lucky this year and I still get a shock when anyone wants to collaborate with me. It really is very humbling and exciting.

Other highlights from the year include my holiday to Antigua (which I am still yet to properly blog about, whoops). I also finally feel like this year I managed to make some real improvements with my mental health, although there is still a long way to go.

What's in store for 2019?

In terms of blogging, I want to change things up a bit. I realised that a good 75% of the posts I published last year were either gifted collaborations or sponsored content. I found I wasn't blogging unless I had a deadline to meet. While I'm incredibly grateful for these opportunities, I don't want my blog to be one big advert. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I won't be doing any brand collaborations in 2019 (at least, I hope that's not the case!) but I do want to find a better balance. I want to post much more personal content like I used to do. I want to talk openly about mental health again, talk about what I'm reading, what I've been up to, where I've been exploring. Basically, I want more of me in my content (yes, I'm a narcissist, soz). 

One of my major resolutions for 2019 was to put my phone down and spend more time in nature. I have been finding myself a bit overwhelmed by online arguing and the completely trivial nature of it (a vegan sausage roll isn't going to kill anyone, Brenda). I want to focus more on the things that bring me joy, and I have to admit that as I get older I find myself becoming a bit more spiritual about the natural wonders on this planet. I want to sit in a forest and listen to the noises, I want to swim in a loch and feel alive, I want to lie outdoors at night and gaze up at the stars. So I've made Blair promise to join me on a mission - one microadventure (at least) a month. Basically one overnight stay in the great outdoors - yes, even in the winter. I just want to get outside and experience the world. And despite this seeming heavily contradictory, I want to document it. So expect some more 'travelly' content this year!

I'm so thankful for everything my little blog has brought me, and I hope it continues to be such a positive factor in my life. All I need is to tweak things a little bit to make sure I can continue to be authentic and genuine, and I truly believe that both my content and my happiness will benefit. Thank you to every one of you who have taken the time to read my rambles, left a supportive comment or followed me on here or on social media. You've helped me change my life and I'm so grateful.

Here's to many more years of blogging!

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