In the past few weeks I have seen a lot of posts on social media and blogs from girls I consider beautiful and flawless admitting that they don’t like the way they look. Having spent my whole life feeling self-conscious about my weight and bad skin, it really struck a chord with me. In one way it was almost comforting to know that these gorgeous women who have hundreds of followers on Instagram and look amazing in every picture they share are plagued by the same worries and anxieties that I am.
On the other hand, it also made me stop and question why we put so much pressure on ourselves to look a certain way. When I think back to my teenage years, I can’t remember a time I didn’t compare my looks to that of other women, be it the popular girls at school or actresses on TV and in films. With the rise of social media, and in particular photo sharing sites such as Instagram, there seems to be an increasing feeling among young people that they have to present a certain image of themselves to the world.
Interestingly I know quite a few of my friends who don’t like getting their photo taken. They will look at pictures taken on nights out or special occasions and say they look awful. Until recently I didn’t realise that I also do this. Looking back over recent pictures I found myself disliking how I looked in every single one.
It was that attitude that inspired this post. I wanted to try to boost my self-esteem and show myself that despite my imperfections, I can look nice in a photograph. I decided to share a recent picture of me that I quite like.
At the risk of sounding narcissistic, I like this photo because I actually look happy. It was taken on a day trip to Stirling and it was one of the first times I had felt properly happy in months. I also like my hair in this picture, especially the wash-out blue streaks I had sprayed in that morning. I might not look perfect, but that’s because I’m not. I’m nearly 30 so of course I have crow’s-feet. Instead of focusing on that as a sign of ageing, I want to see it as a sign of maturity, of gaining life experience and wisdom.
All of us have something about ourselves that we would like to change. I think it’s human nature to never be one hundred perfect satisfied with how we look. I know I am always going to wish I was thinner and had better hair, but instead of letting this get to me I am going to try to accept my imperfections and realise that, given the right light and angle, I can look okay in a photo.
The inspiration for this post came from two sources. First of all, earlier this week I read a great post on a blog I follow, Flux and Flow, entitled ’30 thing you didn’t know about me’. It was really interesting to get an insight into the life of another blogger. We all post things about our travels and adventures, but how much of ourselves as a person do we really share online? You can read the post here: http://kuuleilaniblog.com/2015/01/28/30-things-you-didnt-know-about-me/.
My second source of inspiration came from Facebook, where the current trend is to share 7 things people might not know about you. I was nominated by one of my friends and I was surprised at how difficult it was to come up with seven interesting facts. I’m not entirely sure I succeeded in the interesting part, but it got me thinking and I decided to do a similar thing over here at my blog. Some of you have been following me for a while now and you probably all know I am a bookworm and cat lover, but today I will share some, hopefully, new facts about myself. Continue reading “10 Things You May Not Know About Me”
Today’s post is inspired by a conversation I had with my mother the other day. We were discussing Christmas presents when she declared that she never knows what to buy for me because she doesn’t know what I’ll like. I don’t know whether to be worried that after 26 years she still doesn’t know my likes and dislikes, or just plain insulted, but anyway, at least it gave me an idea for what to blog about this week. The following are a list of (some) of my favourite things…
Continue reading “These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things”
Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about how good WordPress is and seen as though I had to sign up as part of my publishing course I thought I may as well give it a try (there’s no point in an empty blog, after all). I do have another blog (http://fadeintoshadow.blogspot.co.uk/) which I have been concentrating on till now, and I’ll probably merge the two in a short time.
Before that, though, I should probably use this as an introductory post. I’m studying MSC publishing and we have all been encouraged to get blogging. At first I was a bit hesitant, unsure that I actually have anything worthwhile to blog about. However, I was inspired by the wonderful blog of two of my friends to start one of my own. So far I’ve been blogging about books, my course and events I’ve been to.
I have three main goals that I’m trying to meet this year:
1. To be more proactive
2. To exercise more
3. To take my first steps in getting a job in publishing
It’s been a challenge trying to fulfil these goals, but I like to think I am striving towards them every week. In meeting the first goal I have tried to push myself forward more and do things that take me out of my comfort zone, for example, I put my name forward for subbing for one of the magazines we are producing and I agreed to do a presentation. I’ve not been as successful with exercise, although my friends and I did agree to start swimming every Monday. As far as getting a job in publishing goes, obviously doing my course is one step, but I’ve not made much more progress here either. I plan on trying to secure more work experience and keeping my eyes open for any opportunities that come along.
So, if you didn’t run away screaming after that, welcome to my blog. I hope you will stick around and in return I promise to update you on my progress in meeting my goals and, hopefully, give you something to smile about along the way.