Another month gone… Time keeps flying and slipping right through my fingers. It’s been a trying month, a lot of work to be done on my day job, a lot of blog work, covering events, reviewing products and it all became a bit overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I love going to events and trying out all the lovely things I get sent but these days it seems like all I do is work. I’ve gotten to the point that I was seriously risking burnout, having paid a visit to the walk in service at the hospital to be seen by a doctor as I was exhausted beyond words and seriously unwell. I didn’t collapse but I felt like I could. I’m not saying this to be taken pity of, or be a debbie downer, it’s just that I want to do so many things, there just isn’t enough time!
I’m taking some action to slow down – I am from now on and for the time being doing only one event per week and staying home more often. During this time I plan to take better care of my surroundings – I’m reorganising my stuff and clearing out my room – and I’ll carry on doing that more often, so my room is comfortable and a place I actually enjoy spending time in. I’m taking up embroidery again, as it is something I’ve always enjoyed doing and it’s also very relaxing. As I will have more spare time, I also plan on writing more creative blog posts – I have so many ideas, just not enough time to do them! I also plan to do a lot more drawing, which I hope will be good enough to share on here, as I haven’t done it in so long.
It would appear from what I just said that I’d still be doing a lot of work. Maybe so, but I like to keep myself busy but I think that by changing the nature of the things I occupy my time with, I will feel a lot more relaxed. I think the next few weeks will be quieter than usual, at least until I feel like I’ve recovered. Until then, enjoy the reading materials that have caught my eye during this month:
Great photography tips from Jasiminne: this time we learn how to take great photos outdoors. Seriously useful stuff for any blogger!
One of the problems a lot of us have is over commitment and when you’re creative, this tends to double up as people will either want your help or your time. We need to learn to say no and spend our time being creative, not just talking about it.
How did WW2 change the way we dress? This seems like a really cool exhibition I’m putting down on my calendar, about how make do and mend didn’t mean boring back in those days. It’s on at the Imperial War Museum until the 31st of August.
Getting older makes me think what kind of older woman I would like to be – should I be a Madonna or an Annie Lennox? I am of two minds on this as I feel differently about it depending on my mood. The reality is, we’re all living longer so there may be more and more Madonnas in the future.
If you have to deal with annoying business stock photos in your professional life, this will be even funnier. Add some fun to your collateral with Vince Vaughn’s idiotic stock photos.
We all love Veronica Mars and its clever script. Here’s a list of quotes and one liners you can start using in your day to day life.
Sleep deprivation is killing your career – As a terrible sleeper who struggles regularly with insomnia and anxiety, this makes a whole lot of sense.
Sarah from The Laughing Medusa interviewed me about my tattoos. If you were ever curious about them, now you can read all about them.
I’m not sure if any of these actually make any sense to non-portuguese speakers but here it goes: 20 funniest portuguese expressions and how to use them.
The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism”
I’ve been suspecting this all along, as my attention span decreases more and more by the day – we are overloading our brains!
I can hardly call myself a writer but I think that any of us can take a few pages from the daily routines of famous writers.
A very interesting article on social marketing (and blogging, to a certain extent, especially relevant if you are a pro-blogger). The industry is evolving and what has been learned during infancy now comes at a price in its teenage years – who wants to do it for free? This reminds me of the old discussion about blog monetisation, as some bloggers feel monetisation is somewhat dirty. My stance on this is that if you’ve spent time learning something you enjoy doing and someone wants to pay for that skill, I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Photos: Taken around London in the last few weeks.