An honest evaluation of my blogging journey so far…

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The New Year seems like a good time to evaluate and reflect on my blogging journey (more like expedition!) over the last 12 months.

Blogging has been a blast! Since publishing my first post back in February I have gained over 700 followers, published 200 posts and connected with so many of you from all corners of the world.

The Highs…

Starting out I had no idea which direction I would go. I had a sassy web address, a desire to write, a passion to be authentic and an insatiable appetite to help others see how fabulous they truly are too. It was exciting and scary and fun and overwhelming all at the same time and I was a total virgin at all of it!

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I started #itsthelittlethings as a way to document the little things that made me smile throughout the week and now it’s become a bit of a catchphrase for when something goods happens around here!

I’ve written some articles that have made my soul sing and they seemed to have deeply resonated with you guys too – Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful was such a pleasure to write and a message I try to live by.

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I’ve talked honestly about myself in the Things You Need to Know About Meย series and shared my experiences about how the death of my younger brother completely changed my life and was the motivation to start writing.

In my monthly round up (Monthly Musings) I regularly share new blogs I have stumbled across that I feel are worthy of a look – this has been so successful and something that I enjoy doing so much. Connecting with others is a great bonus that I didn’t expect when I started blogging. I even became pen pals with one of you lovely readers.

The lows…

The last few weeks I have definitely felt a little ‘off my A game’ blogging wise. But hey, it happens to us all I’m sure. The pressure of juggling a full time job (and life) alongside a blog is hard. And whilst it is a great hobby, unfortunately it is the thing that suffers when time isn’t available.

Also as a result of not being around so much lately I have noticed a drop in my monthly stats – despite never being hung up on the numbers previously, it’s hard not to feel like a bit of a failure when they dip.

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Sometimes you have an abundance of ideas. You find inspiration for posts on every corner it seems. Then some days you stare at that blank white screen and…nothing. Just nothing. Even when you do write something, some days you hit that delete button so many times and question the validity and worth of what you have written that you don’t publish it anyway! My post on Why Do I Write When It’s All Be Written Before came from such a moment of unworthiness and thoughts of ‘who am I to even think I can do this’.

Also it seems there’s an unwritten rule, expectation if you like to define your niche and put yourself into a category; lifestyle, food etc. Can I not just be someone who writes to inspire people to find their smile, find what makes their soul sing and help them become the best version of themselves with the occasional lifestyle type post thrown in every now and then?

Final thoughts…

One thing I have learnt about blogging is that there are no hard and fast rules. My blog, my rules. Blogging to me, is about writing and creating contentย you are passionate about.

It’s about finding your voice, your slant, your style and running with it.

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It’s about sharing your experiences and thoughts and asking others what they think.

It’s about connecting and sharing and reading and creating and not taking it all too seriously!

Can I get a hell yeah?

So keep creating and writing. Stay passionate and authentic. Be true to yourself, be amazing and continue to share the love.

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Merry Christmas you gorgeous people – see you in the new year!

Nicky ๐Ÿ’‹

 

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It’s the Little Things *pre Christmas edition 24.12.16

Well it’s the last minute hustle and bustle, crazy town, final countdown…I feel a song coming on!

Here’s a snapshot of the last 2 weeks (sorry – just couldn’t fit it in last week!) of the little things that have brought joy to my heart and put a smile on my face. Enjoy!

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Doggy Christmas jumpers
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Wintery sunsets

 

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Saluting the start of the Christmas holidays
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It’s a wrap!
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Christmassy haircuts – complete with bow that lasted approximately 2 minutes!
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Christmas jumper competitions – and yes he did win!

There was lots of fun to be had in the run up to Christmas – my top tips to beat the stress: plan, budget, keep it simple…oh and wine. Lots of wine.

What Christmas delights have made you smile recently? Let me know below!

Nicky๐Ÿ’‹

It’s The Little Things 27.11.16

Christmas has arrived in the Shimmer Within household!

This week’s edition is full of Christmassy things that have put a smile on my face, a twinkle in my tummy and a song in my heart…

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The stockings are up…
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This is just a quarter of all the Christmas films we own!
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I met Touchwood’s seasonal mascot Presley
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Partaking in a little Gingerbread latte…
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…and cookies!
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Surprises wrapped and safe from prying eyes!

I’ve had a fun and festive week – what have you been up to and what’s made you smile?

Let me know below.

Wishing you all a fabulously happy week to come,

Nicky xo

It’s the Little Things 20.11.16

It’s been a cold, crazy week – but here’s a few little moments that have brought a smile to my face…

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This little box of sunshine from America
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Pretty nails
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A smiley snowman

As we get closer towards Christmas things can get a little crazy, busy and frantic. Look for the little moments in your day that bring a little happiness from the chaos.

What’s made you smile this week?

Keep smiling ๐Ÿ’›

It’s the Little Things 06.11.16

It’s the seemingly simple, downright dreamy, little luxuries that show up during my week and put a smile on my face…

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Spending a lovely evening atย Aspire Styleย 
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Saluting the end of another week
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Post workout goodies
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Getting excited about Christmas decorations at Liv’s

Even in the quietest weeks we can always find something to smile about or be grateful for. It may take a little practice or retraining of your brain – but if you tell yourself you are going to smile this week, I guarantee you will.

So tell me, what little things made you smile this week?

I’d love to know

xo