What a fab excuse to have a catch up with you all is showing you my incredible new Thomas Sabo charm necklace and pendant! This is a sponsored post but let's have a catch up SHALL WE.
Wow I've really been lost in a haze of silly Love Island updates, launching a new site and writing stuff that I felt it important to write about because of what's been going on in the news, (domestic violence and football and emotional abuse) and y'know what - I haven't written that much FOR ME.
So what's been going on behind the scenes and what's coming up for the rest of the year? I have absolutely no fucking idea but let's roll with it...
So Love Island
I set out to do daily blogging of the show we've ALL been obsessed with these past few years because I thought it would be bloody fun and we'd all be hooked and in our feelings for the 8 weeks it's on.
And for the most part, it's been great. It's given me the opportunity to write for The Independent twice and appear on BBC radio. The feedback I've had has been amazing too. My traffic has been buzzing, DMs from readers and ex-contestants alike have been encouraging and it is kinda fun being so sarcastic about these living room TV stalwarts on the daily.
But for the other part, it's been shit. I was offered a slot on the podcast VERY early on. Fees, travel arrangement and dates all discussed to find myself being ghosted and then told they'd had way too many guests mooted and could I possibly do a phone in instead - but yep, ghosted about that too. Oh my god, they coupled up and I got dumped didn't I? I'm Idris.
It's also wiped me of so much energy. 1000 word+ posts a day has meant the stuff that I've wanted to write for myself has been way-layed because TOO. MUCH. BLOGGING.
BUT there are two weeks left and upon finishing I can already feel ANOTHER re-direction for the blog coming up.
The New Website
I launched 'Exciting Emails' primarily because I love to blog about blogging but I didn't want to blog about blogging on this blog because then it would be too many blogs on blogging. Wow. Tongue twister.
I also wanted somewhere to list all of the information I wanted to share on the coaching I'd been doing for the past year and wanted to develop. I've actually been overwhelmed by the response. I never position myself as an 'expert' AT ALL. More like, 'lol somehow I took my blog full time even thought I was working 60 hours a week as a teacher previously, if you want to do the same, here's what I did, it might work for you, it might not but if it doesn't NO REFUNDS lolololol.'
Oh AND I've been loving doing my newsletter and giving out resources to help other bloggers in a totally non patronising way because ew, I hate people that are the patronising version of me so I thought a site would be a great way to share them.
But it also means I have somewhere ELSE I need to create content for. Which is fab. But energy and time yo. It's in short supply round these parts.
Growing Social Channels
My head is honestly spinning with all of the places I should be trying to, 'boss' and I basically give up.
Twitter grows naturally because I'm always on there so that's fine.
I reeeeaaaally can't be arsed with an Instagram theme but I do like posting pictures of myself because I know I love seeing people who look similar to me in terms of shape, height, style and think - ok maybe I could do that for others too, although not quite sure anyone wants to see a black tshirt 5 days in a row but sure, let's roll with it.
I do want to make video content but I really don't know if I should go with YouTube and da fuq is IGTV in all honesty.
Pinterest gives me a massive headache and I know it'll help boost my traffic but I just don't have the headspace to learn how to do it properly, so yeah, it's TOO MUCH. I'll just stick with pinning ideas for how to have deceased guests feature at your wedding and crying into my Diet Coke.
I love it guys, I really do. She Did What? has been the MOST FUN to make. I've chatted to some AMAZING people and learned so much but again, the ENERGY. It takes hours to record, edit and then promote and I just don't have the time whilst Love Island is still going on. I bit off too much and can't chew it. Which is a metaphor but also how I approach a roast dinner so, appropriate.
Plus there are the knockbacks. Once it launched I had a plethora of RIDICULOUS guests lined up; best-selling authors, award-winning comedians, a Spice Girl, TV personalities and wrestling champions but there were drop outs after drop outs and I just felt so dejected.
It's almost as though you already need to be a well-known name to get a podcast off the ground because being discovered is virtually impossible. Therefore, the only reason I was doing it was for the love of doing it. Which was a great love. But not enough to keep me going when I had a million blog posts and articles to write.
Did you know I'm engaged? I've only mentioned it a sickening 634621 times but OK. But with an engagement comes great responsibility. Like planning a wedding. Because of alllll of the spare time I've got. Hahahahahah cries into a bridal magazine hahahahah.
Million Degree Flat
Guys, England is having a fucking Summer and I CANNOT COPE. It doesn't help that our new-build flat isn't properly ventilated and every room is a minimum of 32 degrees, 24 hours a day.
This means I cannot get any work done at home.
Either I'm sat in front of the fan and getting annoyed is it blows my shitty pieces of hair that don't tie up, into my face OR I cook in my own juices. It ain't pretty.
A Good Ol' Clear Out
I got my wardrobe down from 186 pieces of clothing to 22. TWENTY TWO. And it's ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS.
I'm living in my light trousers and plain vests and t-shirts that I accessorise with my new Thomas Sabo necklace because developing a capsule wardrobe is all about investing in some good quality and timeless accessories. I was lucky enough to be sent a piece from the new Generation Charm Club range. This gold crescent pairs perfectly with a pendant from the personalised engraving collection. Thomas Sabo offer over 13,000 engraving options and because I'm a soppy mess, I went for a B+V.
I hang my charm and pendant on a gold necklace which the perfect length to wear on its own or with shorter necklaces and I've worn this with EVERYTHING in my new wardrobe.
So What's Next?
Oh god the PRIVILEGE dripping from this post as if my problems are the worst in the world - I KNOW, I'M SORRY but all I'm trying to say is that, after I left teaching in May, I decided to pile as many projects on myself as possible and I'm now suffering.
I need to concentrate on a few things and do them REALLY well rather than spread myself thinly over everything.
So what can you expect from me for the rest of 2018?
Here on the blog I'll be writing a mixture of personal and helpful posts. I want you guys to leave with discussion points, answers, inspiration and enlightenment but I also want to get back to catching up with you all like mates.
I might dump some of the categories too because I'm the world's worst vegan and I'm just not a good enough activist (yet) to be preaching about things I'm still learning about (like how not to just be a white feminist, how to be body positive about myself etc).
I'll be writing more about the blogging world over on Exciting Emails and continuing to book in coaching and make resources because I really enjoy it.
The podcast is taking a series break for now and may be revisited in a few months time - watch this space.
Love Island will be finished suuuuper soon, which means I'll have more time and energy for everything else.
I'll always be on Twitter and Instagram ready to chat shit and lend an ear.
A wedding will be planned and I'll find a way to SOMEHOW show you the 3 ASOS wedding dresses for under £40 I found.
And I'll continue to document how I dress my size 14/16 body with a capsule wardrobe, limited funds and tiny sense of fashion.
If there's anything you want to see from me, please tell me - it really helps!
As I mentioned above, this post was sponsored by Thomas Sabo and the necklace was gifted but all life updates are my own. Otherwise, that would be weird.