Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Hello, it's me.

So I'm back, with one of the most original post titles may I say (eh). I really can't tell you how strange this feels, nor how long I've been wanting to do this but hey ho, it's 2019 and here we are.

I suppose I should probably start with what happened and why you simply haven't seen or heard from me in quite a while. There were a range of factors that contributed to my stopping blogging, but the main one would have to be my health. Whilst I don't have the worst health in the world, it certainly isn't where I would like it to be a lot of the time. I had quite a few life-outlook-altering diagnoses towards the end of 2015 and I didn't feel able to dedicate the time needed to learning about and coming to terms with those things at the time, so as you can imagine, that didn't play well on my mental health in the long run. As my physical health became more problematic, I felt more limited and didn't feel well enough to do the things I wanted to do. However, once my physical health decided to pick up a little, it left my mental health behind. I decided at that point that if I didn't take the time needed to work on and mend myself, then it simply wouldn't happen.

A part of that 'halt and recovery' period of my life meant that I needed to focus solely on me: my mental health, my physical health and general wellbeing, which at the time didn't include blogging. I wasn't able to take the photographs I wanted due to pain, and thus my negative feelings towards my blog, content and everything intertwined thrived in a manner that eventually proved detrimental to my perceptions of self-worth. I loved blogging, and until that point it had brought me nothing but joy, but at that point I just didn't feel in a position where I felt well enough in myself to write about myself and my life online so it just didn't make any sense to continue at the time.

On a more positive note, I'm pleased to say that that 'halt and recovery' period really facilitated that much-needed opportunity to explore who I was and what I wanted from life, and as a result I've been a much happier, fulfilled person for quite the stretch now (yay!). So why am I back now you ask? Because I want to be - and it feels great to say that. At current, everything I am doing in life is something I want to be doing and I couldn't be happier.

Because it's been so long, I figured it would be a fun idea to update you on a few things that have happened since I last spoke to you and to give a better impression of who and where I am in life right now:
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