Happy new year!
I hope you’ve been doing OK despite us, yet again, living life in a lockdown. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL. Somehow life seems to have gotten in the way which is incredible considering we haven’t got anywhere to be!
I’m part of Official Bloggers UK on Facebook and saw that Sarah Bailey (Life in a Breakdown) and Rebecca Smith (Futures) run a blog series called ‘Life in a lockdown’. The idea is for bloggers to share their experiences of lockdown and see things from different perspectives.
So, I thought I’d get involved. A big thanks to them for coming up with the idea and for getting so many bloggers involved.
Life in a lockdown has definitely been interesting and most definitely a learning curve.
So, here are the questions that were asked:
- How are you feeling/coping?
- What have you been up to over the past 7 days?
- What do you think the coming weeks and months might hold for you (or the world)?
- If you could remind yourself something about this time in years to come what would it be?
- What have you bought this week that others might like? Especially if from as small business.
- What is a unique (or not) technique you have used to get you through this time?
- What is something your readers might not know about you?
- What have you been grateful for over the past 7 days?
And here are my answers:
- How are you feeling/coping? I’m currently feeling quite frustrated and overwhelmed. Before Christmas I had a virtual meeting with my psychiatrist about my diagnosis. Since 2017, they’ve told me I have borderline personality disorder (BPD) but now, they’re not sure if it. The diagnosis doesn’t quite fit and the psychiatrist said she ‘strongly suspected’ that I was autistic. I’m on the year-long waiting list for an assessment but until then, I have to try and get my head around it. I’m so confused about who I am and feel a bit of a fraud! I’m coping by spending time with my fiance and doggy, going out for walks and writing, which is so therapeutic. It is a struggle and some days (like today) I don’t get dressed.
- What have you been up to over the past 7 days? I took part in a creative writing workshop on Saturday morning with the lovely author and journalist, Fiona Thomas. She was helping me and 12 other people find our creative spark. We spent three hours writing which was incredible. 2021 WILL be the year I write my book. There, I said it. Committing to it now! I’ve also worked flat out and am now feeling like my brain might explode. I’ve been making creative content on Instagram and talking to people on there more which is lovely.
- What do you think the coming weeks and months might hold for you (or the world)? The short answer? Who knows! I think that’s the issue for so many people. It’s the thing that’s affecting people’s mental health not knowing when the world might return to normal again. In the coming weeks, I want to properly start beefing out my book and the ideas I have.
- If you could remind yourself something about this time in years to come what would it be? Celebrating our would’ve been wedding day with our families before the world went into lockdown. We were supposed to get married in June but because of the pandemic, we couldn’t. It was a lovely day and it made me appreciate the amazing families we are so lucky to have.
- What have you bought this week that others might like? Especially if from as small business. I haven’t bought anything lol!
- What is a unique (or not) technique you have used to get you through this time? I’ve just gone with the flow. I’ve made sure that I’ve got a structure to my days and that I’m creative at least once in that day. Keeping myself occupied has really helped with passing the time. It’s also meant when I finish working from home, I can go and do some frontroom dancing or writing.
- What is something your readers might not know about you? My readers might not know that I’m writing a book. I tried not to tell anyone but if I put it out into the universe, I will be held accountable!
- What have you been grateful for over the past 7 days? I have been grateful for my partner and pooch who have been putting up with my meltdowns and stresses and making me feel better. I’m also so grateful for having a job with lovely people, despite the fact we all haven’t seen each other since March last year.
Thank you for reading and take care