I am such a home bird. I’m such a fan of slow living and if there’s one thing I believe, it’s that happiness starts at home. Give me a night in, with a pot of tea (or a large glass of wine), something to binge on Netflix and I will be the happiest gal you could ever hope to meet.
I like to think of myself as somewhere right in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum. I LOVE socialising (most of the time), but boy does it make me tired if there’s too much of it. I love going out and drinking too many cocktails, going to the pub with friends and getting invited to blog events. But I then crave alone time for a few days to recharge. I would get lonely if I was by myself too often, but that occasional alone time is essential for my mental wellbeing.
Being a blogger, especially one who is so obsessed with social media, can be draining. There’s always this unwritten expectation we put on ourselves for our lives to be interesting. All the time. 24/7.
There used to be this stigma around people who preferred to stay in than go out partying. I do think that stigma is reducing, and it’s becoming a lot more “acceptable” to hate clubbing until the early hours, but there’s a shift happening. I’m not sure if it’s just coming with me getting older, or if it’s affecting everyone, but I just feel like I should be busy ALL THE TIME. And it’s damn exhausting.
I feel like I should always be out eating brunch, or having cocktails with lunch on a roof terrace, or buying new clothes, or going on walks, or going on fancy holidays, or going out for dinner, or going to the pub with friends. The list is endless.
And, don’t get me wrong, I love doing all those things. So much. But, sometimes, it’s just not an attainable lifestyle to be so busy all the time. It’s expensive, it’s tiring and it’s just downright impractical to be out doing things constantly.
Don’t even get me started on the pressure we put on ourselves to be busy professionally, as well as socially. Being a blogger with a full time job, I get it. I understand how busy life is, but we’ve got to allow ourselves to relax. We’ve got to let ourselves wind down ever now and again. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking some time off. But, let’s be honest, that’s a whole other post.
I don’t know about you, but this gal needs Netflix, tea, PJs, staying in bed all day on a Sunday, doing nothing interesting after a hard day’s work, having a few weeks where I actually have zero plans. And I won’t be ashamed during those periods of non-busy anymore. (Even if it means the ‘gram is somewhat lacking.)
Happiness starts in the home. It is nurtured with hot drinks and candles and fluffy cushions. It can be continued with a night on the town with your best girl friends, or a fancy meal with your other half, or a swanky holiday somewhere almost unbelievably sunny, but, for me it definitely starts at home.
Thanks to Happy + Co for sending me these insanely gorgeous cushions and providing me with the inspo for this post. In case you haven’t heard of them, they’re amazing. For each product they sell, 10% of their profits are invested into the Happy + Co Farm in Cambodia. This provides much-needed jobs for the young men and women, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables for the whole community. And they sell really, really gorgeous homewares. <3