Blogtober 15th

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It’s the 15th of October which means it is also the fifteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 14th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Thinking about the logo competition that work is running has made me feel enthusiastic.  I had a few ideas but have now narrowed it down to 2 which I think would work really well within our workspace to convey what my employer is looking for.  I don’t want to share too much right now but my train of thought is on flowers and Celtic symbols.

  • What drained me of energy?

Physio drained me of energy today.  The last time I went I got given a few different exercises to do but at some point in the week, I stretched without thinking one morning and have made my shoulder worse.  I did get the results of my X-ray back and there doesn’t seem to be any underlying problems though so that is good.  We did some more exercises and movements and the physio said that he thinks I have damaged the tendon in my rotator cuff group.  I have another physio session booked for next week and after that, I will probably be getting referred for a steroid injection to see if that helps matters.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that it is good to let ideas sit for a bit and to really think about things, make notes along the way and see what comes up.  Not all ideas that we have are always the best ones and I need to give myself space to think and mull things over first.

Blogtober 14th

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Its the 14th of October which means it is also the fourteenth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 13th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Doing some housework made me feel enthusiastic today.  It was nice to spend some time doing laundry and cleaning the house.

  • What drained me of energy?

Worrying drained me of energy.  It was nothing super specific that I have been worrying about but I have felt that feeling of being worried all day which then triggered my anxiety.  I think part of that worry was caused by my hospital appointment in the morning.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I can get enthusiastic about even the most mundane tasks when I make them fun.  I set the stopwatch on my phone and raced myself to see how quickly I could get things done versus how long I thought the tasks would take!

Blogtober 13th

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Its the 13th of October which means it is also the thirteenth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 12th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I felt really enthusiastic about getting up this morning and being able to spend some time with my Mum, Dad and brother.

  • What drained me of energy?

I had a dull headache creep up on me early afternoon and by the time I got home, I was so tired that Roxy and I went to bed for a few hours.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that spending time with my family can be really uplifting for my mood.  There is something really comforting about being with my family.

Blogtober 12th

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Its the 12th of October which means it is also the twelfth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 11th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I had an e-mail in work today about a design competition that is being run which really made me feel enthusiastic as it is something that I would love to partake in.  I love designing and have already got a few ideas of what I could do for my entry.

  • What drained me of energy?

My mental health hasn’t been particularly good for the past few days but today it felt pretty bad and I spent a lot of time battling negative thoughts, you know the kind – the ones that tell you that you aren’t pretty enough, clever enough, popular and all the rest.  I know that on a normal day, most people get these thoughts and can brush them off but, today was just a never-ending battle and it was just so tiring.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that despite the battles inside my head there are moments of calm and sometimes, to get through the tough days I have to hold on to those moments of calm and breathe through the bad stuff.  That, and sleep really can be a cure at times.

Blogtober 11th

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Its the 11th of October which means it is also the eleventh day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 10th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Getting up this morning the rain was absolutely hammering down but I felt really enthusiastic about getting up and getting ready to start my day.  I think this was helped by today’s outfit choice of wet look leggings, red tunic jumper dress and floral Dr Marten boots, cosy, comfy and totally work appropriate!

  • What drained me of energy?

I stayed in work until just gone 6pm which in itself was good and I managed to get a load of things done that would have been hanging around until next week if I hadn’t stayed late but what drained me and made me feel totally lacking in energy was how dark it was when I left work.  Just a few short weeks ago it was still proper daylight at that time of the evening but it was dusk, with a dirty grey sky overhead that was full of rain.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that having the right outfit choice for the morning can have a really positive effect on my day and because I chose an outfit that I love and that I feel good in while also being comfy and warm I felt pretty good all day.

Blogtober 10th

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Its the 10th of October which means it is also the tenth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 9th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Painting a wall in my spare room after work today made me feel enthusiastic.  It is a job that I have been wanting to do for so long and was not really sure of the colour I wanted having ummed and ahhed over having it a lilac colour or something brighter.  When moving furniture the other day I found some leftover paint from when I moved in and have decided to use some of the pink paint I used in my living room.  The colour goes so well with the bedding I use in that room.  I will also be adding a few pops of lime green paint once I have given the wall a second coat of pink paint.

  • What drained me of energy?

Working out the times for putting food in the oven drained me of energy, some things needed half an hour, others needed 12-15 mins and other things needed 8 minutes but I really could not work out when to put things in so that they were all ready at the same time.  Luckily, my friend was here and he did all the calculations for me.  It’s not that I am bad at maths, I’m just super useless when it comes to times!

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that by doing something that I enjoy (painting and decorating) it can give me the energy to complete other things I don’t enjoy so much and not just that but I seemed to enjoy those things a bit more than normal too…laundry and dishwashing I’m looking at you!

Blogtober 9th

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Its the 9th of October which means it is also the ninth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 8th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I’ve been thinking of having a re-jig around of my home office space but, until today I wasn’t sure how all of the furniture would fit in the space together.  In work, I finally had an “Ah-ha” moment and figured how I wanted the space to be.  I felt enthusiastic to get home and see if my plans would work!

  • What drained me of energy?

Funnily enough, moving furniture around was also my downfall and has drained me of energy.  My shoulder is still really painful and I think I should probably have left moving furniture to another day.  I also underestimated the time it would take to move things around too…

  • What did I learn about myself today?

Sometimes the best plans can be made but should be sat on until a day when I have not done a full day in work.  Patience, as they say, is a virtue…a lesson learned the hard way today.

Blogtober 8th

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Its the 8th of October which means it is the eighth day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 7th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I have a few ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for some time and today I decided to see if they would work.  So far so good and I’m happy with the results!

  • What drained me of energy?

My physio appointment really drained me.  I was really anxious before I went because, although I know the hospital, I was really unsure of where I needed to go.  I worried that I would be late for my appointment and then worried about what the appointment would entail.  I had to move my arm around and the physio assessed it, then I had to lay face down while my back was worked on (pressure was applied to my spine in several places and it clicked a ton of times).  I then got sent to have an X-ray and have to go back next week.

What did I learn about myself today?

Sometimes, I really need to trust myself and worry less, I had a vague idea of where I needed to go and living 5 minutes from the hospital meant that I wouldn’t be late unless I left the house late.

How is everyone’s Blogtober going?  I will be attempting to collate a list of Blogtober participants to share shortly, so please let me know (and leave me a link to your blog) in the comments!

Blogtober 7th

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Its the 7th of October which means it is the seventh day of Blogtober!  Today I am answering my questions based on 6th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

There are 2 things that made me feel enthusiastic today

  1. Getting all the little things done in the house, like washing up and putting things away.  it’s true what they say about a clean space being better for your mood.
  2. Converting some of my Inktober sketches to digital format.  It has been really good to see my sketches take on another life in a digital format.  I have gained a lot of inspiration to continue sketching before committing my ideas to digital format.
  • What drained me of energy?

The ongoing pain in my shoulder has really drained me of energy.  I have been having to really think about what I am doing and what I can do in order to minimise any strain or pain in my shoulder and its starting to get really exhausting having to think so much about what I am wanting to do before doing it.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I’d never really given it much thought before, but having a tidy home and workspace can do wonders for my mind.  I feel like my headspace has increased and feel so much more productive and inspired just by cleaning the kitchen and doing the washing up!