I am friendly, outgoing and caring person. I am also quite good a making people laugh and always try to make the best out of situations. I do love to make other people happy in whatever way possible – which taught me an important lesson:
I should never be afraid to be my authentic self.
When I first started blogging I definitely did follow the crowd and only post what was trending in order to gain more followers.
Though the more I have grown as a person, the more I have grown away from following what everyone else seems to be doing and just do my own thing.
This has made creating content so much easier as it comes more natural to me than before. I have fallen in love with blogging even more because of this.
Putting myself first
As a full-time student, my social media/blog does take a step back during the semesters, but I do enjoy having a creative outlet so I still keep it involved in my week.
My personal life does come first, as I don’t want to ever miss out on anything that life has to offer anymore (since missing out on years of being ill). I have even written two blog posts on the struggles I have had over the balancing blogging and my real life.
The more doors that I have opened since recovering from my eating disorder, the less time I have been able to set aside for my blog/social media.
The desire to help and inspire others has grown ever stronger, but with the pressures that I have felt from the industry to ‘follow the trends’ it had questioning where I am going to go with it all.
I have learned that my real life offline is where most of my time, focus and energy needs to be.
I take most evenings for myself: I only ever really cook for myself (which is a shame!) but I love to mix it up these days so I do have a lot of creative freedom with what I make. After tea I do tend to wind down, heading to my bedroom for a little bit of sanctuary. It has become a little cozy corner of the house lit by candles and fairy lights.
Balancing student life and the online world
My alarm always goes off bright and early because I love to make the most of every single day (yes even on weekends).
No morning start off without a good nutritious breakfast, so one of the first things I do is head down and cook myself something to eat. My go-to meal is zoats (you can tell by Instagram!) as they are quick, simple but incredibly delicious. I am always joined by my beloved dog Bella, who will often jump up on my lap for morning cuddles.
Though for as adorable as this may be, I struggle to eat as she is leaning on my dominant side, meaning I have to use my right hand (feels super awkward).
After breakfast, I take Bella for a walk, come back have a coffee then get on with the days To-Do list. I will always begin by checking my emails to respond to anyone who has got in touch regarding ‘The Growing Butterfly’.
There have been many great opportunities coming my way, but the greatest one has to be being asked to a brand ambassador for sports philosophy.
Their whole work ethic and brand ethos surrounds giving something back to society as well as supporting the fight to stop child labour. These are things that I am passionate about and feel incredibly privileged to be offered this opportunity.
‘The Growing Butterfly’ is a huge part of me because it is a form of personal expression and my way of reaching out to others in order to make a difference.
Which is why it is involved in my life every day.
I post at least twice daily on Instagram and do my best to stick to creating a blog post on a weekly basis (depending on my university/social life).
There are a number of different bloggers who inspire me on a daily basis for different reasons.
I love BanHass (@Banhass) for her no-nonsense approach to the fitness industry, Samantha for here divine food photography and recipes (IG @samanthahadadi) and Tally Rye (@tallyrye) for embracing everything about herself both inside and out.