Dear Blog Buddy is a weekly opportunity for me to reflect on what has happened in the past seven days and talk to my favourite blogger. For those of you who like the idea of writing a journal, I find it very mindful. I publish this post every week.
I know I say this a lot but OMFG where did that week go?! I have been working my little socks off this week, both on my day job and my home ‘work’. So it was quite interesting when I opened up your letter to read you are trying to find balance. This is something I have always struggled to achieve. I think this is why I like being organised so much. If I can have a nice written list with all the things I need and want to do, I can easily see just how much I have to complete.
Mike says I set my standards too high. Don’t tell him, but he’s probably right! I think there is so much pressure, particularly on women to “have it all”. I know I get annoyed with myself sometimes if I have to leave even just one small email until the next day. My brain is so busy that I have to get everything done in order to just let it rest.
Ironically enough as I read your letter about you folding, I had just finished my own session of Kon Marie! I had just attacked Mike’s wardrobe and file folded all his trousers and t-shirts. Sometimes I wonder if we have some sort of telepathic connection!
Another thing I have started this week is reading at night.in particular, I have started a book about body confidence. As someone who has always struggled with their weight, more so recently with the stresses of the past year, I have been in a constant battle with myself over loving who I am. Although I have come to terms with the fact I am never going to be a size 6, I still battle with comfort and emotional eating. I also live with a man who is literally never full! You can see the challenges I am facing.
So when I heard about this book and how not only does it help you learn to love your body, but how to be healthy whilst doing so, I was intrigued. It has been sat on my bedside table since before Christmas , but now I feel like I am in the right mindset to read it without being cynical. Although I am not relying on it solving all my problems, I hope it will help me realise that I don’t have to be a supermodel to be happy with myself.
One thing I will always make time for and will ALWAYS love is this blog and what it has done for me. I am so grateful for the friends I have made (including you!) through the community and how much blogging as a whole has improved of culture. The only reason I found out about that book is because I read another blogger saying about how much it helped her. I spend days on end admiring plus size bloggers and vloggers, praying that one day I can be as confident as them. Now I am part of such a positive community, I truly feel it can be possible.
I’ll let you know how I get on.
Don’t forget to check out Lee’s blog for her letters in response and lots of lovely other content too!