Welcome to our New Blogger Spotlight. In this feature, we look through the newest bloggers to the community who have introduced themselves in the ‘New Bloggers‘ group. We then pick some of our favourite blogs that show the most promise to be featured on the HBC magazine. If you’re new to the community, check out our ‘Getting Started‘ guidelines, which have lots of advice on how to make the most of the platform and share your blog. Or, if you’re ready to start your own blog, try our ‘Zero to Hero‘ beginner’s blogging course in the HBC Academy!

Katie from Katie Take Care Blog – About me

 I’m a wellbeing blogger with a love of yoga and travel. I want to share my experience recovering from a brain injury to prove that with hope, kindness and persistence, life can be as beautiful as you.

My mission

In 2015, I suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst crossing the road outside work. I woke up in hospital some hours later having absolutely zero memory of the accident. It was a life altering experience to say the least, but one that had a surprisingly positive impact. It forced me to learn how to look after myself. In a way, it healed my relationship with me.

After a month or so off work, and once I could get out of bed, I realised that I had to be my own best friend if I ever wanted to recover and enjoy life. Slowly, I started taking myself on restorative yoga dates, journaling and prioritising a fresh, lean and green diet. I started to cultivate a more mindful approach to life, and I started my blog to document everything I was doing to aid my recovery.

My vision is to share the coping mechanisms and techniques I’ve picked up along the way to help anyone going through a hard time, basically. If you’ve suffered a physical injury, traumatic experience or suffer with mental health problems. I want my blog to be a resource and platform to help you. I credit my recovery to reading inspiring blogs and I have found blogging to be a great way to build a support network, especially if you struggle to get out of the house.

Finally, I truly believe that yoga, and the mindset that comes along with it can help you to navigate through life in a more flexible and positive way.

How I got into Blogging/Instagramming

Growing up in the digital age, sharing your life online in some form, is increasingly the norm. We all want our own little bit of recognition. I grew up with Myspace, Tumblr and LiveJournal. So having a space online to share in a creative way has always had a place in my heart.

Initially, I found Instagram a great way to keep up with what my friends and family were doing. Over time I’ve started to appreciate its potential for connecting with like-minded people, lusting after fashion I’ll never afford and just gawping at awe-inspiring travel photography!

The post you’ll love…

Caring for yourself as though you are your own parent. Journaling exercises to build self-esteem! I had a real lightbulb moment when I started to think of myself as a parent because it made me take responsibility for my own happiness and wellbeing. I share a list of happiness hacks to treat yourself more kindly.