Why I ‘Blog’…

So I’ve been getting some Facebook messages lately, asking me how I blog, why I do it, and what I get out of it. I’m just going to share a few thoughts about why I do this, and what I get out of it…

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First of all, I started my ‘travel blog’ about two years ago. I had been through some tough personal times, and had ‘re-found’ myself after months of emotional turmoil, weeks of being extremely depressed, and practically hating myself and everything I did…

I finally decided to see a psychologist to get some counselling (thanks to my mum who forced me to get help); never believed it would work for me, but it did. Speaking to an unassuming and non-judgemental (but fully qualified, of course) stranger about your problems, or anything going on in your life really, has a cathartic, somewhat soothing effect on you.

Anyway, my psychologist taught me a very important lesson; she said if you are unhappy with something in your life, try your best to remove it, and replace it with something which does make you happy. You should NOT feel guilty for doing what is best for YOU! You owe nobody, you are your own person, your happiness is just as important as other people’s. This last point had a profound effect on me. I’ve always had a huge problem with ‘guilt’. I feel responsible for people’s happiness, especially people I care about very deeply. This really did affect the way I was living; trying to please the people around me, making myself miserable and losing my sense of self in the process. This had changed me, making me bitter, angry and leaving me feeling very lonely and often secluded. I felt ugly and sad, and completely alone.

So there you have it, I needed change, I took care of my problem, and decided to move on with my life. It was the most difficult, horrible time I’ve ever had, but I got through it! Met my amazing boyfriend and started doing what I love more often, travelling (and eating haha)!! Exploring the world is a healthy habit I developed at a young age, thanks to my amazing parents who always found the time, and extra cash to take us on yearly family vacations. Once I caught the bug, I was addicted. I travelled 7 times in 2016, and another 7 times in 2017. I’ve only been abroad once in 2018, but the year is still fairly young! They’re not often long trips, but they are enough to soothe my wandering soul I guess, if there is such a thing…

Which comes to the reason of WHY I ‘blog’. The main reason for doing it is that I get to remind myself of the beautiful things I’ve been seeing throughout my travels (and maybe even through my daily life), hopefully helping fellow travellers in the process. Writing about what I see, makes the memory more real to me. It reminds me of the “experience”… Those particular feelings you get, in a particular place, at that particular time. Like a nostalgia for moments you’ve already experienced in another life. I don’t know if any of you can relate to this, but that is my reality. The photos help of course. I love photography, and I love sharing my photos… Also, I feel that writing something which I know people (other than my mum, mum-in-law and boyfriend haha) ‘might’ read helps me let go of a lot of my own insecurities. Not everyone might like my writing, the beauty in all of this is that IT DOES NOT MATTER! I write for ME!

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Which comes to my final point… What do I get out of my blog? I get personal satisfaction and a great travel journal out of it, I get to help a few friends with travel tips, and I get to share my photos with my (much appreciated) followers. I get not money out of it, none whatsoever. I don’t get sponsors, I don’t get discounts, I don’t get any form of monetary perks… Got a couple of writing gigs out of it, not gonna lie, but nothing else really!!!

IMG_6733So that’s it, the reason I write… Bad times sometimes do lead to positive places; this blog is proof of that. Hope that answers some of your questions!

Have a good one. X

 

4 thoughts on “Why I ‘Blog’…

  1. I loved reading this honest and transparent article Sam! Your outlook to life is so mature, candid and inspiring! keep it coming and the recipes:)
    Angele x

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    1. Thanks so much Angele!! Your kind words mean a lot. I guess I spent most of my life trying to please others, or at least, trying to live up to other people’s expectations of what I SHOULD do… My therapist helped me out with that… What’s most important is that I live up to MY expectations and nobody else’s. This blog was an exercise in just that… Doing something for me 🙂

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  2. You know i LOVE them … i read them all i ask you a zillion questions and go back to them before I travel. So keep them coming – they’re good they’re positive and amusing too xxx

    Ann

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    1. Thanks Ann. I know I have a loyal friend and follower in you! ❤

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