Monday, 1 February 2021

LIFE UPDATE: TRAINING FOR THE LONDON MARATHON, JOURNALING AND 2020 REFLECTIONS

A screenshot of a tweet by @franciscarockey
I know its the 1st of February but Happy New Year! We made it through 2020, and we're alive and well to see another February. 

This is my first blog post in 3-4 months? I sort of fell out of love with writing here, I think this is a normal part of being a blogger but this unplanned hiatus was a little different from the usual, I wanted to delete my blog and give up my "blogger" title. I wish I was joking, but I deleted my domain, archived a load of posts, and I was going to use today, 30th January, to remove my blogger footprint and fully commit to freelance writing but a random conversation stopped that. 

I was speaking to someone about what I do, and I mentioned my blog, where I was when I started it and where it's taken me, the opportunities I have had and the people I've met, it was in that moment that I realised that I couldn't give this up. I just have to find my space in a different world. 

The blogosphere is not what it used to be when I started blogging in 2014, any blogging veterans will tell you the same. In 2014, we were doing Lush hauls, tags and personal posts that were a lot more explicit. The internet was a smaller place in 2014, so I could write about my school, my family, where I lived etc., and I felt pretty safe to do so, I wouldn't dare do that now, but I miss writing personal posts. I grew up on this site, I was 14 on the day I started this blog, and now I'm 21, turning 22 this year (I'm just as shocked as you are). I've said this before, but I'm a completely different person, and I want my content and presence in the blogging community to reflect that, which I don't feel it currently does.

Anyway, I'm rambling, but you get the gist. Here's to a better 2021 *clinks glass*.

I'm taking it old school and writing a life update post to bring you all up to speed on the last few months and share some exciting news. I love life update posts, I love reading them, and I love writing them,  I think its the reflective aspect. I'm sat here thinking "hmmm, what do my readers want to know?". 

If you follow me on my Twitter or Instagram (I feel like I always say this but I do regular updates there) you've already seen some of the following announcements. Firstly, I'm running the 2021 London Marathon for WaterAid. I have always wanted to run a marathon, I wasn't aware of how much effort training is, but I'm excited to challenge myself. I've always been a sporty person, and at uni, I'm a health & safety officer for our university Hockey team, so I'm not starting my fitness journey from scratch, but it will be a challenge. If you would like to follow my training journey, I've created a TikTok channel? Account? Whatever they call it and my username is @franciscarockey and my sponsorship page is here

At the end of last year, I started journaling. It's something I've wanted to do for years, I'll admit I used to think journaling was something only white yoga mums did, but in lockdown 2, I was really struggling with my mental health, so I ripped a few pages out of a barely used notebook and turned it into a journal. My first few entries were unguided, I would set aside time every morning and evening to just dump my thoughts, and then I discovered journal prompts so now I'm doing guided entries, but I allow myself to have a few entries that are just thought dumps. 

For my birthday, I got a gratitude journal from CGD London, and I fill it every evening, it allows me to keep track of the positives from each day. It can be challenging to see the positives of being in lockdown during a time like this, but this journal has taught me to seek light in every day, even the days where things are really sh*t. I won't say too much about journaling as I have a piece coming out for The Breakdown magazine next week about how journaling has helped me cope with lockdown so, keep your eyes peeled for that!

I wanted to end this post with a few reflections from 2020 and my intentions for this space in 2021. 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, we were thrown into a national lockdown, not knowing what a lockdown was or meant, many people lost loved ones, some had covid and survived, the world paused, and we were forced to slow down. People found new hobbies, I found my voice, our content became more creative, made new internet friends, and formed virtual communities to get through the pandemic, we started doing dance challenges and so much more. 

My only hope for 2021 is that coronavirus dies down, we're all able to get the vaccine by the end of the year, and we can start living our "new normal". I intend to post more regularly (like once or twice a month) on here, I think I've more of an "occasional blogger" now rather than a weekly blogger, and that's completely fine. I also intend to migrate to WordPress, I know I've been saying this for a good 2 years, but blogger is so restrictive, and I'll be able to blend my non-blogging pieces and work on one site with WordPress. If I haven't moved by Easter, scream at me until I do. 


I hope you all have a good week! 

Francisca 
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