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Monday, 26 October 2015


Head Above The Water: A Lifestyle post on learning to deal with high levels of stress.
“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” 

It’s safe to say that lately I’ve struggled to do even that. Keep my head above the water, I mean. 

Leaving my steady, reasonably well paid job to blog full-time, creating my own routine, managing my money, managing expectations of clients, managing my own capabilities with a heavier workload, adjusting to the extra pressure I've found I'm putting on myself for my work, moving back in with my parents, venturing in to a new relationship, dealing with feelings from my last and trying to work through the significance that each of those points hold individually in my life, has been overwhelming to say the least. 

Needless to say, each of these changes independently bring me so much joy - they have been, without doubt, the best decisions I could’ve made. But all together? I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel like I was drowning sometimes…most of the time, actually. And with that feeling comes guilt, because I’m so happy. I feel full to the brim with it, so when the sadness trickles over the edges of a bursting pot of greatness I’m not sure if that’s really okay. I mean, how can you be both happy and sad at the same time?

If I took each change, one at a time, I feel like I’d be able to address them in a far more constructive, healthy way. But in reality, that’s not how life works - they’re all happening now and I don’t want any of them to go away. So, I’m just going to have to take each day as it comes - baby steps, until I find a moment of calm and clarity in my brain that I can apply to each situation and move forward with more purpose than the day before. 

It’s been hard and it will continue to be.
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There is a silver lining though, in the re-design of this website. I mean, the internet basically holds my future in its fickle, ever changing, but ever incredible hands. So making this a place I feel inspired and happy is key. Focusing my mind, being asked the question: ‘What do you want from this?’ has helped me see where I envisage this part of my life taking me. It’s given me drive. 

And I love to swim. 

I’d been swimming for years in a calm, serene pool of love for blogging. And I guess I’d just forgotten how good it felt to let myself move forward, I’d let myself tread water with a tired body and a stressed-out mind for a little too long. 

After all, we are only human. It’s okay to admit that sometimes life can be too much. That you don't have all the answers and you can’t always do everything. 

But what I do know is this - that I love to get wrapped up in the beauty of this world - and how my blog lets me express that through my words and photos and videos is something I’m so grateful for.

And now, for the first time in months I feel excited to share content with you. 

The huge changes I’ve made to my life are going to take a while to adjust to. And I think being at peace with that is the first step to moving forward in a positive way. 

But for now, baby steps is what I’ll take, and I’ll make sure I look back on these photos and this new blog design in days of self-doubt to remind myself how much I really do love to swim.
Head Above The Water: A Lifestyle post on learning to deal with high levels of stress.
Photography by Alexandra Cameron.



Jamie said...


Kelly Noble said...

You are totally awesome and I love you very much xxxx

Maïté D. said...

Second WOW of my day ! Ahah ! So beautiful, I have no word anymore !
Congrats too for your new design ! It's very clear and more "professional". You are a very beautiful girl with a lot of ideas and I want to say to you : Continue like this. You can help a lot of people in beauty routine and style !!

Have a great day !


Maïté. http://undress-fashionblog.blogspot.com

Charlotte Jade said...

I love your blog and the change in look is really great. I find your blog really inspiring and love reading it I always look forward to the next post.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading future posts


Claire S said...

Your new site is absulutly gorgeous! As are these images <3

Gisforgingers xx

Izzy said...

Oh this is stunning! And I do know what you mean about the happy and sad at the same time, recently I've been more content about everything but have started getting super stressed. I feel like I can't cope with everything but at the same time love what I'm doing, it's crazy! <3

The Quirky Queer

Sheren Mhanaya said...

I know that drowning type of feeling. It's not the greatest and can literally take over but I'm glad to hear your decision to blog full-time has brought you so much joy :) As for the photography, you look amazing X


Malu Swartjes said...

omg these shots are amazing! You look stunning:)

xx Malu

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Sophie Blumenthal said...

These photos are INSANE, breathtaking! It's alright to be drowning yet happy, It's pretty similar to my sitch atm too. Just keep swimming!

Sophie x

Sara Chergui said...

These photos are looking incredible !


Rosie Craig said...

Beautiful photos and words.

Bella said...

You are so incredibly beautiful.
I know you probably hear this a lot, but I really mean it. And so are these photos, you look like you are part of the water around you, belonging together. Also you always kind of remind me of Florence Welch in pictures like those, maybe not in your appearance, but the whole atmosphere !

Lots of love,
Bella xx
time is dancing

Amelia Boswell said...

You look amazing in these photos!!
For ever my blog inspiration xx

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