Embracing the Fear – Writing My First Blog Post

Hello all you lovely people!

I have spent a LOT of time putting off writing my first blog post. I’m not really sure why. Maybe there’s an element of fear – what if people don’t like what I write? What will close friends and family think? What if I don’t write enough – school teachers were always telling me to write more.But I realised that living in fear won’t achieve anything and sometimes, those things you’re most scared of are the things you most need to do.

I thought I’d start this blog as a bit of escapism from everything going on at the moment (I’ll try not to mention the ‘C’ word). I used to LOVE writing and since I haven’t read many books over the past few years, I have found my writing has gone down the drain as the only thing I can seem to churn out is marketing copy for a product or service we’re selling at work. I find writing quite therapeutic and it’s a nice little outlet to share my different life experiences. From travelling and planning road trips to face masks and property investing – this blog is all about my Life at Number 26.

So here I am.

As well as deciding to start this blog, this ‘lockdown’ has been a real time of reflection and although I have been working from home for the majority of it (which has been pretty full on launching new products in a matter of days). I have found myself with more time to do the simple things, like walking for example. Working in an office means I barely get past 2,000 steps a day. Now I’m managing 8,000+ which is awesome! I’m also smashing my reading list. 7 books in the bag which is probably the equivalent to the past few years of reading!

Back to the current situation… what have I learnt from this once in a lifetime experience so far?

  • Don’t take anything for granted.
  • Sometimes you have no control over a situation, but there is no point getting anxious or upset – instead, take it easy. Slow it down.
  • Celebrate the small wins. Got showered today? Good job!
  • Accept that some days you will be a productive machine with inspiration and ideas flying round everywhere. Other days you may find it hard to get out of bed and sit in front of Netflix all day – that’s okay!
  • Take a break! Stop stressing out about what you should or shouldn’t be doing.

Cor, I feel like I’m really in the writing flow now. I’m reminiscing about old holidays and travel experiences, so who knows. This could end up being a travel blog. As I’m writing this I’m thinking about my sailing holiday in Croatia which I never actually managed to write a blog about.

Phew! I think I’ve made it to the end of my first blog – now to figure out how to upload it…

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