Who’s writing this? Nobody knows.

HELLO!

I’ve been gone for so long that you might have forgotten me but don’t worry – I’m not dead!

It’s been three weeks since I finished my lent challenge (also sorry I forgot to do my March monthly overview). I haven’t posted since, so I just wanted to address some things.

Firstly, I’m not quitting this blog. I really like blogging and I intend to continue with it. For the past three weeks I don’t really know what I’ve been doing. They’ve gone by pretty quickly but they’ve been some of the happiest weeks ever. I’ve been trying to get off my phone a bit and also trying to be a better friend and I’m hoping to keep it up in the future.

However, this week I got the news that exams are in 2 weeks so I’m going to be very very busy revising for those and won’t have much time to blog. I’m also working on building my confidence and identity so, in order to do all this, I’ll be taking a hiatus from this blog for about a month. Maybe it’ll be shorter, maybe longer, but I will come back at the end of it; hopefully with a better idea of what content I want to put out.

Thanks if you’re reading this now. I really appreciate your patience and I’ll see you in a bit.

– Sophie xx

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Day 46 (Overtime) – Finished!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, so therefore

I HAVE COMPLETED LENT!

Thank you so much to everyone who was there from the beginning, joined halfway or has just started reading now. This year for Lent I started a Productivity Project in an attempt to achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle for me. I exercised almost every night, did all my homework as soon as I got it and blogged every day for 46 days. I’d like to say a big massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped me throughout this journey and read my blog posts. I’m going to try my best going forward to apply this lifestyle every day; Lent or not.

Thanks for joining me through the past 46 days. See you soon!

All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

Day 45 (Overtime) – What is my blog?

Hi!

In my first blog post, I said that my blog would include:

  • Positivity posts
  • Study posts
  • Environmental posts
  • Cute posts
  • Appreciation posts
  • Lots moree

However, I feel like since then my content has changed quite a bit. Actually, I only have one study post on this blog, and I wouldn’t consider any of my posts to fit into any of the other categories. To be perfectly honest, I created this blog on a whim when I was bored one day. I didn’t even know how to create a blog until I saw a niche meme on instagram which had a blogging app on it, and I remember being pretty fascinated at the prospect of creating a website with my phone.

Then, I got bored. I didn’t really know what to do one day and then I remembered the post I’d seen. So, I looked for blogging apps and found WordPress. Starting the blog was really easy, but posting was hard. I didn’t think through what I wanted to do with my blog and that’s why the list I gave was really generic and random, and I think that, because I didn’t know which direction to take, I found it super hard to post. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and what things I wanted to share with people, and this became an issue.

At first, I wanted to be a generic blogger and ‘fit in’ with the general character of a teen who shares advice and experiences with her audience, all whilst appearing ‘perfect’ to those reading. I started the blog with a haiku, and I still do those today. One of my first posts was a little bit of writing about my friends, similar to what I do now. However, following that I posted a few blogs from October to December which fit the character of a perfect person I was trying to play. I spoke about the environment, and charities and gave advice to people. Don’t get me wrong, I do love helping people, but I don’t like blogging about it. I felt like I wasn’t happy talking about things I had little experience in and I wasn’t motivated or inspired to blog about those things.

I think that you can see how out of my depth I was in my first post after New Years, when I spoke about posting more often. I said I’d post once every 1-2 weeks, knowing full well I’d find it pretty hard. By starting my blog so quickly and without planning, I’d thrown myself into the deep end. I didn’t know what to do with this site, but I didn’t want to stop blogging – not because of my audience, because I didn’t have one other than my friends at that point, but because I didn’t want this blog to be yet another thing which I had given up or quit without trying.

All the same, I was struggling with what to post and I didn’t to abandon this blog.

I had been writing little pieces and poems for a while, and sharing them with a few people. They’d compliment me on my writing, but I thought this was just because they were my friends and they have a duty to not make me upset. I felt like I hadn’t posted in too long some time in January, so in a panic I found a piece of descriptive writing. The post didn’t do to well. However, the day after that post was uploaded I realised Lent had started and on another whim I decided to blog every day. I probably shouldn’t have made this decision so hastily but it was the only thing I could think of to keep the blog going.

I had bullet pointed some ideas and I had all the pictures ready by a few days in, but I definitely did not have 40 posts ready to go. I knew I had to write about something and the only thing I could think of was something which I’d only typically and regularly speak about with my friend, Jake;

My weird, deep-rooted appreciation for the world.

I liked to talk with him, and other friends, like Ella, about the people and the things I loved most about the world. I decided the only thing I could do would be to start blogging about it.

Around Day 10 I stared realising that daily updates weren’t cutting it, so I started to write about the things I think about daily, and these things I love about the world. These posts seemed to do pretty well, or at least better than my other ones. In addition to writing, I started to share with my audience the books, films and people I like the most.

I’m much more confident in my blog now and I’m much happier with my content now. I’m not expecting all of my followers (who I’m very grateful for) to love every single post I make, but if they are interested in a certain type of post I make I’m so grateful that they take the time to read it. I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of my followers, whether they’re old or new, for taking the time to read my posts.

I hope I can continue to make people happy with my blog.

All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

Day 44 (Overtime) – Some Descriptive Writing

Hi! Today I’m just posting some descriptive writing I did for an English class a while ago. Hope you enjoy!

Early November. The wind whistles and howls and pulls the cherry tree in the front garden every which way. Leaves are ripped away from the tree; an autumnal rainbow of crimson, amber and scarlet. Falling, twirling and fluttering down onto the frosted forest green grass like raindrops, the leaves fall into never-ending slumber. Peace. The tree is gargantuan in comparison to the leaves, and they’re now scattered haphazardly around the floor, like sprinkles on an ice cream.

The sky is a bleached blanket of monochrome. It envelopes the clouds. The sun, barely visible in the sea of mist, casts its light onto patches of glistening grass. The bitter cold, bottle green blades gradually thaw: ice melting, water dripping, sliding down the spear of green, returning to the soil.

The flower bed at the end of the garden is decaying. The flowers draw their last breath. They wilt and they bow their heads in the dirt, dormant until Spring.

I want to prod and poke the crumpled leaves, regard their wrinkled faces. I want to smell the aroma of dewy grass mingling with the scent of wilting flowers, to hear the howling wind scream into my ears. I want to feel the iridescent sun warm my skin as the wintry wind nips at my heels and the icy air sends shivers down my spine.

Thanks for reading! All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

Day 43 (Overtime) – BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I finished the third Harry Potter book last week and I thought it was brilliant. It definitely exceeded my expectations, based on the last two. Although I’m starting to find the repetitive beginning and ending quite tedious, the plot was the most compelling yet. I had found the last book quite predictable because it was relatively similar to the first, but the ending of the third was harder to anticipate due to the different plot and new characters. I loved how we got to see development in characters such as Hermione, who started to become a bit more carefree and less tightly wound, and Harry and Ron who both seemed to develop more individual personalities. Lupin was an interesting new character who brought about many plot twists and new ideas, and he was the best DADA teacher yet. I loved the mystery and anticipation leading up to Sirius’ appearances, and how we didn’t learn much about him until Harry confronted him. It left me wondering what Sirius had to do with the storyline until that minute. I also loved the tension that was created in the chapters leading up to Harry coming face to face with Sirius. The twist at the end, I felt, brought everything together and was very successful in bringing the book to a close, and helped put the reader at ease. Overall, it was a great book and I highly recommend.

Thanks for reading! All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

Day 42 (Overtime) – Haiku

Hi! Just a haiku about windy days:

Light; airy, breezy

Carrying birds and insects

Making the trees dance

Sorry for a short post! All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

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