Posts tagged life
How to Let Go After a Really Hectic Week

As brilliant as my job is and as fantastic as it is to be a blogger, that doesn’t mean it’s not stressful. We’ve all got deadlines, our inboxes are usually pretty full and there can be a huge overlap between our work and personal life. Especially for those of us who run a blog alongside a full-time job, it can be hard to find a cut-off point.

Sometimes, we become so consumed with everything we want to achieve in our career and with our personal brand that we forget about our own self-care. If we keep on running without pausing for breath, it’ll hit us in a very negative way. We can’t keep performing at our best unless we look after selves. What we need to do is figure out when enough is enough. But no matter how much control we think we have over things, sometimes it all just gets on top of us.

Over the past month, I’ve been very close to the point where I’ve run myself so far into the ground that the climb back up doesn’t seem manageable. I'm pushing myself with my blog to publish content every day, because it’s a change I wanted to make. I'm creating the #BloggingBreakthrough eBook for you. And from January until March, I'm doing two to three evenings a week at my job meaning I’ll be working 12+ hour days – not including blog work.

By Friday, I can be absolutely exhausted. So lately, I’ve been making some changes so I can really let go, switch off and enjoy my weekend. Today, I wanted to share these with you, in case you have a hectic week.

#1 Set Boundaries

It was only in December that I talked about the importance of setting boundaries in the run up to the festive season – but this applies to all aspects of our lives.

We've got to find that cut-off point.

Building boundaries between our career, blog and personal live is something we’ll probably be trying to master for a long time. I'm still figuring it out. But I always try my best to ensure my deadlines and to-do lists don’t spill over into the time I dedicate to relaxing and enjoying myself.

If a person didn't have a blog, they’d be able to come home and have a decent chunk of time to relax. For me, and some of you reading this too, we have to make our own rules. We have to decide how much work we’re going to do and when we’re going to stop so we can spend time with loved ones. Tom and I always give ourselves a deadline of when we’re going to stop working and after that, it’s our time. If we didn't have these things in place, we’d just work all night, which isn't healthy.

Don’t burn yourself into the ground. Your health and your relationships are more important than getting that blog post up within a limited amount of time.

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July Goals & The Month In Review

Summer is here!

Please tell me you’ve been getting some of the lovely warm weather that’s been making its way around these parts? I hope you have and I hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy it. As for me, it’s confirming that I hate being restricted to working in one place. I’m trying my hardest not to look out of the office window and I wish I worked somewhere that I’d be able to walk to.

Anyway, as I was writing this post, I kind of realised that I’d set these goals without thinking about the holiday I’ve just come back from. It’s never as simple as just going on holiday, is it? It seems in the few weeks leading up to it, all your free time is spent preparing for it! I think my goals weren’t very focused last month.

But here’s how it went:

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May: A Month In Review

I’m going to skip over the part where I freak out because we’re halfway through the year and get straight to it.

So – welcome to the final post of May where I review everything that’s happened in the world of A Branch of Holly this month. I did think about scrapping this monthly series, but after some lovely words from my readers I’ve decided to keep it. I hope you can gain plenty of encouragement and inspiration from this, and also take a look at any behind-the-scenes action.

Let’s see how we got on then!

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The Thoughts Of A 20-Something On: Growth

When beginning to write this post, I thought I’d turn to Google.

Just to see what came up if I searched “how you can grow”. The results made me laugh. They all contained links to advice for how to grow taller.

Not exactly what I wanted.

This made me realise that perhaps the subject of growth is just too unique for us to generalise. Which was actually the original plan for this post. I was planning on writing about how we see growth. To go into detail on how we all grow in unique ways and how each of our versions of growth are so different. But it's for those reasons that I decided to go about this differently.

So instead, I thought I'd reflect on this month's theme by talking about my personal growth so far, and how I want to grow in the future. I'm sure some of these will relate to you.

I hope they will inspire, help and encourage you to continue growing on your own path, in your own unique way.

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What To Do When You Think About Giving Up

50% of us suffer burnout at some point in our lives (source). 

Probably more than once. No matter how much we love our job or appreciate our lives, we’ll always have ‘those days. The days when we feel we’re not achieving anything. The days when we ask ourselves why we’re doing this. They just happen. Sure, most of the time we’ll bounce back from these situations. We’ll come up with an idea for a new creative adventure, or a solution to improve something we’re not fully satisfied with.

But what happens when you feel like you've lost purpose and meaning?

What happens when you just want to give up completely?

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Why Is It So Important To Refresh Yourself?

‘Busy’. It’s a word that’s been mentioned a lot around the blogging community recently. In our generation, we’re known as ‘busy’ people. During the last few weeks alone, I’ve seen many bloggers writing about the glorification of busy. How there's always something that needs to be done, and being intentional with our time. Something that's always noted is knowing we shouldn't be so busy that we have less time for ourselves. But that right there is the problem.

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14 Blog Posts You Need To Read In March

Creating this post every month really excites me. I love going through all the content I’ve collected over the past few weeks and picking out my favourites to share with all of you. This month you’ll see some regulars, and also some new blogs that I’ve stumbled across. No matter who they are, they’ve all got one thing in common – they love what they do. So here’s my collection of the blog posts you should read in March.

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Setting Goals For 2015 - A Man's Perspective

I've got a confession to make - all the blogs I read are written by women. Most of the people I follow on social media are women, and most of the people I talk to on Twitter are women. But whenever I read a piece of content written by a man, I'm intrigued and entertained. Which leads me nicely on today's post...

There is officially a new writer to the blog - my partner in crime, Tom.

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March Goals: Creating, Considering & Clothes Shopping

Welcome to my next set of monthly goals! Can you believe it's nearly the end of February? Time is going quickly, but I've actually been really looking forward to the end of this month, mainly because this weekend I'll be living it up in Newcastle. It's always really refreshing to get a new change of scenery and it's also a great time for reflection.

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Do You Live Your Life Through A Filter?

I have an announcement to make. I love social media. Interacting with people, reading useful tips and generally just having a little nosy really does fuel my life. I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m addicted – but I definitely enjoy it.

Saying that, I also love cottage cheese and my cat. Not at the same time (who knows what would happen). So how do they compare?

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November Photo Round Up & New Goals

November Goals Review

1. Get Christmas sorted [done] - Picture the scene. It's Saturday. You're going to the Trafford Centre. And you completely blast Christmas shopping. Yep, we did it! When you go with the right mindset, you've got a list and you take your time, shopping at this time of year can be really enjoyable. It was great and I can't wait to wrap everything we got.

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Ten Newsletters You Need To Sign Up To

Recently I've stumbled across some pretty incredible creatives. These people are not only great writers - they're helpful too. Even more than that, they know you. They're somehow magically in tune with their readers. One scroll through their recent posts had me signing up to their newsletters on the spot - and there wasn't even a pop up. I don't think you should miss out on these, which is why I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Well, ten of them actually.

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Blogs I've Loved in October

It's absolutely amazing how every single month I find a new list of bloggers to add to my Bloglovin feed.  The bloggers I follow are all so inspiring, creative and produce a gorgeous selection of online content for their readers. I've been feeling beyond proud to be part of this community recently and am thinking about opening up some new directions to take my little blog in. But for now, here are the people that inspire me to do one thing: keep blogging.

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My Daily Instagram Struggle

Are you on Instagram?

Of course you are. What a silly question.

The thing is, these days, we're all expected to be on it aren't we? Snapping and filtering our lives away. Don't get me wrong, I love Instagram and I love taking pictures of my life to look back at. But it seems that we're all guilty of one little thing when it comes to this app - we only take photos of the good stuff.

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How To Ace a Job Interview With These Killer Tips

You’ve found an ideal job and you’ve been asked to go for an interview – so what do you do next? What can you do to make sure you’re at your very best? What can you do to make yourself stand out?

According to this survey  the biggest mistake made at job interviews is the interviewee having little or no knowledge of the company they’re applying to work for. Two other high ones are failing to make eye contact and the way we dress and act.

To get to the point, there are actually a lot of factors during an interview that will help an employer to determine whether you’re right for the job. And sometimes, it can be very hard to know where to start.

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