SoftThistle Life

When your friends know you better than you do...

LifeMarylin8 Comments

A friend asked me today what was wrong. 

Nothing? I replied.

Nothing I've been hugely aware of anyway... 

Funny how our friends can sometimes see through the veneer we don't even realise we're putting on. 

I can't really put my finger on it. 

Maybe it was some comments made (jokingly) about my weight at the weekend, or maybe it's the pressure I've been putting on myself to be better, to learn more, to write more. 

Maybe it's just that it's that time of the month. 

Either way, I suppose I have been a bit off kilter the last week. 

Piling on the should's and must's - even when I know that never works well for me.

Feeling constantly exhausted, dishes and laundry piling up... ok honestly, the place is a tip. *sigh*

I guess that's the thing about depression. 

You can be doing great for weeks, months even, and then for no particular reason, you to end up feeling exhausted and lacking motivation for anything. 

And, well, I feel that this is something I want to be open about. 

Not everything is happy and awesome all the time. 

It's swings and roundabouts, isn't it? 

Cycles and rhythm.

There are good days, and there are bad days. 

I'm going to disconnect for the weekend (as much as I can without withdrawals that is!) and try to just relax, have some fun with my boys, maybe take them for a long walk with the dog, and get myself back on track. Whatever that track may be. 

Looking for the good bits that are in every day.

What do you do when life seems to lose it's shine? Let me know in the comments... ❤

Full Moon Reading September 2015

Soul LoveMarylin4 Comments

I can't believe it's the full moon already, and this is a special one with an eclipse to boot!

It's known as the Harvest Moon, being the full moon closest to the autumn equinox and the last full moon before the nights really start closing in.

There are a lot of things on the cards regarding the eclipse, and you can find out exactly what you need to know from my friend Jess Carlson's post on the subject. 

So... let's get started! 

Maeve: Cycles and rhythms.

With the post I wrote last week on rhythm, and the full moon upon us, I laughed out loud when Maeve literally jumped out as I started to shuffle the deck! She is here to remind us that if things are going kind of crazy right now, it will pass, as cycles and rhythms do, so don't worry! Honour those cycles and you will be just fine.

Aine: Leap of Faith.

I love love love pulling this card in a reading! Aine is here to remind you that you are held and supported at all times, so you can indeed take that big scary step in the direction of your dreams. Stop procrastinating. I know it feels easier to keep on with the status quo, but Rome didn't get built in a day and your dreams need you to take that leap for them to come true. 

Cordelia: Go Outside. 

It's so easy to forget to get out into nature, and yet doing so is one of the best ways you can boost your energy levels, so get out of the house. Even if it's just for a quick fifteen minute walk to the shops instead of taking the car (I know, it's so easy!). Not only is it good for your body, it gives your mind a chance to unwind from the chaos of life. Whether that's at home with the kids, the busy-ness of a full time job, or somewhere in between. Nature isn't just a sanctuary for wildlife, make it yours too. 

Long story short: 

This is the perfect reminder to honour the cycles in your life. Remember that whatever is going on right now will not always be this way. You may not always have the chance you do right at this moment so take that leap and get started on your dreams! And when you start to feel overwhelmed (if you're not, then dream bigger!)? Get your butt outside and let your mind wander while walking wherever your feet take you. 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your week is wonderful, but if it's not, just remember: you've got this. ❤

My Top Five Blogs About Blogging

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When I first started blogging back in 2007, there wasn't much around to be able to learn about blogging. It hadn't exactly made the mainstream by that point, so I was flying blind! I also didn't even really know what blogging was, but that's a whole other story! Accidental blogger, that's me!

These days it's easy to get lost in the huge amount of blogs about blogging, so I thought I'd put together my top five go to blogs when I'm needing some helpful tips and inspiration.

  1. The Nectar Collective: A recent find, I love Melyssa's style. For starters her blog is beautiful, and on top she has really well thought out posts about all aspects of blogging, from handling your social media (she's a Pinterest pro!), to monthly income reports where she details how she earns a living using her blog.
  2. Elle & Co: Lauren is a graphic designer by trade who specialises in Squarespace. In fact, her posts on switching over from Wordpress are what inspired me to do the same. She writes really practical and in depth guides about blogging, SEO, social media, and her branding is on point!
  3. By Regina: I swear to God, this woman is a freaking machine when it comes to content creation! She is, by her own definition, an infopreneur (someone who makes money using their knowledge and information), and has amazingly insightful articles ranging from how to start a blog to taking it to the pro level. 
  4. The Dexterous Diva: I've been a long time fan of Jo's blog, and have been following her for a good couple of years now. She is passionate, fun, and has managed to build an empire while also being a mama of twins, and living with a chronic illness.
    Jo's posts tend to have a lot of helpful hints about how to manage your time as efficiently as possible, and is a big believer in sharing her knowledge on being a solopreneur as an amazing blogger and business coach.
  5. Problogger: I don't think *any* blogs-about-blogging list would be complete without the big daddy of all blogs, Darren Rowse. His was one of the only blogs about back when I first started, and his content continues to deliver amazing value and information that's constantly up to date. 

So that's my list! 

Each of these blogs has been instrumental in my blogging life. I hope they continue to be as awesome as they are, because seriously, there should be a price tag on the information they give away!

I'm always on the look out for new blogs to add to my list so tell me: what are your favourite blogs about blogging?