Hi everyone – first of all ‘Happy New Year’. Yes, it may be Jan 25th, but it’s the first time I have signed onto my blog this year. Shocking! It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, its just I haven’t had the time! Poor excuse I know, that old chestnut “I don’t have time”.
There have been so many things I’ve wanted to blog about over the past few months. Christmas was interesting this year. Not quite as stressful as other years, but that’s because daughter spent most of the time in her room watching re-runs of Coronation Street (her new obsession!). So it was actually pretty chilled/boring!
We’ve had mobile phone woes, and finally, we had to make the decision to remove the bloody thing altogether for fear of it being used inappropriately. This didn’t go down well for a while, but now daughter doesn’t even mention it!
So, what have I been up to the last few months? Well – basically, my brain has been consumed by all things ‘social media’ the last few months… more than it has ever been before. Having started a Social Media Manager course in September, I am constantly on my phone, looking for content, checking for followers/unfollowers and trying to think of useful/amusing things to post. I’m also learning all the many tools; Buffer, Trello, Pocket, Pexels, Buzzsumo, Scoop (that’s a very small sample) and trying to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to running social media for a client.
The client I am working for on the course is… ME! I am doing a Wellbeing campaign about taking small, achievable steps to better wellbeing. The idea for this came from my experience in the weeks leading up to my mum passing away. Spending every day for a month at the hospital meant my diet and exercise went to shit – and rightly so. I had much more important things going on to worry about drinking green smoothies and fitting in a workout. This all started at the beginning of the year (two years ago), so being tagged onto Christmas, I’d had a good three months of eating junk and drinking wine and by mid-March I was feeling awful.
Whilst I didn’t have the inclination to do exercise or eat better, I knew I had to for my wellbeing. Otherwise, I know I would’ve gone downhill. So, I made small changes in the right direction – stopped drinking (only for a month) and ate proper meals made of ‘real food’ instead of chocolate and processed crap. My body started to respond and I lost the excess weight and felt a little better in myself… apart from the grief I was feeling, that is a much longer process and one that never truly ends.
So, when it came to picking a campaign to run, this is what I chose to do… and this has been consuming my life day and night since the campaign went live on January 1st! I’ve been doing some vlogs on my Tales of a Mother’s Daughter Facebook page and pop a few things up on Instagram and Twitter, but I have truly neglected this blog, which is something I love doing.
I hope in the Spring (once the training is over) to look at this website and the content I share and give it a shake-up. I’d like to incorporate some of the subjects I’ve been covering in my campaign – Wellbeing, Mental Health, Exercise, Food, Body Positivity, Mindfulness… along with the other Mum woes I normally chat about!
I look forward to sharing the upgrade with you all.
I’m off now to fill up my Twitter feed with content for the campaign (‘Somerset State of Mind’ in case you were wondering!) … and I hope to be back very soon – bigger and better.
Love and hugs
Tales of a Mother’s Daughter