How are you?ย  I hope everyone reading this blog will have a wonderful day and are having a great February. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I do’t often do little updates of what is happening with me but I felt it was time to let you know, in case some of you are wondering about my slightly sporadic behaviour online recently.ย  Things have been going well for me in general, although I have had a few setbacks through this last month which have made it more difficult than usual for me to keep up with everything I had set out to do.

Reading challenge

At the start of the month (well a little before the month began) I came up with the idea of #Febookary a reading challenge to help encourage everyone to try reading something they would never normally try.ย  The idea of this challenge came about from my own personal experiences having struggled to enjoy reading when I was younger, as well as the experiences of many others who struggle with reading or have been put off it completely.ย  I wanted to help those who felt that reading ‘wasn’t for them’ and I wanted to encourage everyone to get involved online (and offline) in getting others motivated to read something new and different.ย  Book worms were encouraged to join in as much as those who are new to reading and everyone could find a book that they wouldn’t usually read to challenge themselves to read this month.ย 

Unfortunately, this last month has been a very hectic one, and hectic in a way I didn’t expect it to be when I began the challenge.ย  Doing any reading challenge requires a lot of commitement and I am sorry to say that I just haven’t been able to keep up as much as I would have liked. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I had every intention of being more active (than usual) on twitter and instagram with this challenge but in fact the opposite has happened and my activity on both social media sites has been a bit on-off with some days active and then bouts of not being there at all. ๐Ÿ˜ฎย  Despite everything though, there have been some amazing people who have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the reading challenge and who are actually taking part, and to those who have can I just say a massive thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

With the month almost gone I’m still proud of coming up with #Febookary and hopefully next year I’ll be more able to prepare for the challenge and have a lot of things scheduled and set up beforehand to make the event even better. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  For those still interested:ย  It’s not too late to take part in #Febookary.ย  There is a lot of information on this challenge and its very simple rules if anyone still wants to take part this year (you can read it all by clicking here).ย  You only have to read one book minimum and it’s a leap year so there’s a whole extra day of February to complete the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

Busy, busy, busy

The last month became very busy for me offline with lots happening and visits to see relatives I haven’t seen in a long time.ย  Unfortunately, travelling, especially when it involves trains and the London underground, is very tiresome for me personally and I did a lot of it during the worst time of the month – during a raging storm!ย  Although London wasn’t badly hit by the wrath of what was known as Storm Dennis, it’s still a bit of a dismal experience having high winds and rain pelt you when you’re moving about outside and of course the London underground can be efficient but it does also get tiring and hot down there, especially when the tube lines you wanted to take are closed and you look for alternate routes to get around the city and then find yourself walking what feels like miles underground as you transfer from one tube line to another (I shouldhave been better prepared and found the secret shortcuts obove ground)!

After travelling through all of that (it took me 3 hours to get to where I wanted ๐Ÿ˜ฎ -ridiculous right?) I felt like all my energy had been sucked out of my body and it took me quite a few days to recover.ย  I don’t know if any of you every experience extreme tiredeness after travelling, but it’s definitely something that does take it out of me if I’m not in a car.ย  As a result writing new blog posts and just keeping up with everyone else’s I just couldn’t do as I felt so tired and sleepy all the time!ย  I plan to catch up with you all but in the meantime please forgive me for not visiting your blogs as often as I usually do.

Blog change

The last thing I want to give a brief nod to is the slight change I’m going to be making on my blog.ย  If it wasn’t clear in the post I made recently (Can Pushing Yourself to Achieve, Do More Harm than Good?) I was putting too much pressure on myself to keep up specific content type on specific days on this blog.ย  As a result I felt a strain in keeping to a schedule that I had set up myself.ย  Having decided that I can’t keep to that schedule all of the time I am going to mix up some of my content and rather than setting aside Wednesdays as always having something positive, and Mondays as always having an article-type post, I’m no longer keeping to that commitement as it just was too much.

I still plan on posting 7 days a week, at the moment, as I still have quite a few old blog posts from much older blogs I still want to get transferred to this one, but I don’t want to commit to writing up a new post for Monday and Wednesday with specific content in it every week as I just am not able to sometimes and I’d rather not disappoint you (or feel disappointed myself) if I don’t write up a new post.ย  Instead I’d rather post something new and different when I can, and feel proud (and surprise you) if I am able to post up more than expected. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our blogs are for us, and although we want to share our words with the world, what matters is that we ultimately look after ourselves more than anything and if that means cutting back on content for a while then I’ll be doing that.ย  Instead I will feature some more of my poetry (including some of the sadder/darker ones as they are a part of my journey into becoming who I am now and were a cathartic experience to write ๐Ÿ™‚ ), as well as more book reviews (I got a lot of books recently!) and hopefully you will enjoy whatever I post anyway as most of you don’t even know my old blog posts so probably all the content will feel new to you anyway, lol – it sometimes does to me as I don’t always remember everything I posted all those years ago! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

A BIG Thank You!

I hope you will continue to want to read this blog whatever is posted up and check back in the future as I hopefully will be able to build up more blog posts ready for the future during this little (sort of) break.

A big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for reading this and for reading my blog in general.ย  I have said it before but I don’t think it is acknowledged enough how amazing you all are!ย  I appreciate every single person who has ever read any of my blog posts, and a special extra thank you to all of you who take the time to like, comment and even share my posts.ย  This blog is not far away from having 2,000 total followers and I’ve managed to get over 500 wordpress followers alone, and it’s not even a year and a half old yet!

You are all amazing and I wish you all have a wonderful day, week, month and year!ย  May all your wishes come true and may you all have a beautiful, amazing and happy day! โค ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have any recent life updates you want to share?ย  Have you achieved or are you close to achieving any blog milestones?ย  Let me know what you think in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚