Well, I never thought that I would be uttering those words in the same sentence in a million years!!
But there you go, it’s proof that life is full of surprises!
I’ve been reflecting on my blog a lot this past week and what it means to me. I’ve been looking at it and wondering what else I can do to improve it (any suggestions gratefully received!).
But the thing that has stood out to me is how I feel when I start thinking about it, or about a new post I can write…I love it! This feeling bubbles up inside me which I can only describe as happiness and enjoyment. I have even loved learning all the techie stuff associated with it (although there’s no guarantee I have understood it, but I’ve found it interesting!).
It may be hard work at times, there may be moments when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, or that I have nothing to say (as demonstrated at the beginning of the year when I lost my blogging mojo for a little while), but I’ve always found my way back and the enjoyment has bubbled up to the surface again!
Writing about my travels has allowed me to focus on them in more depth. It’s allowed me to keep the travelling spirit alive in between my trips. And, most surprisingly to me, it’s actually given me a greater appreciation of what I already have around me and on my doorstep. I always want to jet off somewhere far away…that desire isn’t disappearing any time soon and I am lucky enough to be able to satisfy that whim as often as I do. But I also have amazing places to see and visit right here. Sometimes that will just have to do!
Apart from travel, I have drafted quite a few personal posts, which, as of yet, I don’t feel ready to publish…but maybe one day I will! Through writing I’ve found a way to reflect on the issues in my life. I go back to those posts every now and then and re-read what I’ve written, I surprise myself with my candidness, not something that I’m known for when talking about my personal issues….but it’s so much easier to write about them!
Blogging has also opened up a world and an amazing community to me that I had no idea existed. It’s given me back some of my confidence that had disappeared over the years and I’ve rediscovered a little of my self-belief!
I know I’ve said it before (and I will no doubt say it again!) but thank you to those who have helped and supported me along the way. Thank you to everyone who has liked, commented, followed and interacted, it’s been absolutely brilliant so far and long may it continue!