I have been gone for a while but now I am back. At the beginning of this lockdown period I was trying to get back into blogging, but then found I was getting fed up with social media. So I took a break. After a while I have come back onto Twitter and Instagram. But I will admit taking some time away was very much appreciated.
During the time away I have been doing some online courses on Udemy which have been great. I have also been raising money for the British Heart Foundation on JustGiving. The other thing I have done is upgraded my WordPress account. So now I have my own domain, rather than a .wordpreess one.
The course on Udemy has given me more insight into how to get the most out of WordPress. If you’re interested then course name is 2019 Blog Blueprint: How To Turn Blogging Into A Career by Daniel Boehm. While I have been blogging for a number of years I recently moved to WordPress. I just wanted to feel a bit more confident with WordPress and found this course to be the right one for myself. I am picking up some useful tips along the way.
Over the past week I have been drawing a lot and I have been really enjoying it. With the pictures I have been drawing I am hoping to raise money for The British Heart Foundation.
I was born with Congenital Heart Disease and had Open heart Surgery at a week old. The problem is I have so many problems I want to donate to all the charities which are linked to the problems I have. Then you have all the other causes you’re passionate about. But I suppose if you do one nice thing, it’s better than nothing.
As I mentioned I have purchased a domain name. My friend suggested sticking with WordPress a they can do everything for you. So this is what I did. My brother cam up with the name and I found it funny.
Since this lockdown began and I have been at home I have tried to learn new skills. I might as well because otherwise I’ll get bored. This is not to say I haven’t had days where I have sat and done nothing. It is important in these difficult times to be kind to yourself and not let yourself feel pressured. When this lockdown started there was a lot of talk around having to learn a new skill otherwise you’re wasting your time, you’re not being productive, you’re being lazy….
Well you’re not. If you’re doing what feels right for you, then that’s what matters. Lockdown is stressful. You need to be kind to yourself. If you feel like laying on the couch and watching a film, do that, if you want to do a jigsaw do that, if you fancy doing an aerobics class with friends by zoom….do it. Do what makes you happy. You need to do what you need to do. Do not feel pressured to have to learn a new language, read a book a week, go for a run…do what is right for you.
Think about what makes you happy and do it. These are uncertain times for everyone. We can’t all be expected to just get on with it. We might have once thought ‘how great would it be to just sit at home?’ Now we know. We can learn to appreciate what makes us happy more. I know one thing which makes me happy, a nice bubblebath. So I treated myself to some nice face scrub stuff. It might not seem like much, but I really enjoy that me time.
We need to accept what is happening, reach out to one another more and appreciate if someone doesn’t want to chat, that’s OK too.
I’m going now, but please do remember to be kind to yourself, don’t feel pressured to learn something new. But you could set yourself one challenge. It is important to feel a sense of achievement. I think that’s why I have started the drawing.