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Today’s post is a bit of an unusual one really. You’ll normally find me giving insight and opinion on literal things, like beauty products, style pieces, travel recommendations and so on, however today I wanted to share a few thoughts on “self reflection”, and personal matters which are often overlooked by the creative community, when sometimes all that feels is happening, is consume, consume, consume (I’m looking at you, Glossier…).
Now this isn’t to say that I won’t be switching right back to reviewing “things and stuff” as soon as this post is live, however I do want to spend at least some time a month with you, focusing on what we can’t forget as creators in a gasping pool of squabblers and successors, and that’s not being afraid t o celebrate our achievements.
This week I learned that I’ve been nominated once again in the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards, now 2017. Hooray!
Last year I went home with two silver awards for “Best Entertainment Blog” and “Best Lifestyle and Culture Website”, as well as a broken cuboid bone from falling off the award photo stage.
This year sees my nominations falling into those very same categories again, but with an additional nomination in “Best Use Of Video”. On my life though, there are some very strong candidates in that category.
Winners of each category will be announced on November 1st 2017 via their Twitter feed. Sadly there won’t be an award ceremony this year, which I guess eliminates any risk of broken bones from me…
Whilst I was recovering from my jaw surgery this year, I had around a month to figure out whether I wanted to stay on the same path with my content as I was doing, or narrow the niche a little more (yes, I’ve done this before) to help focus my efforts.
The problem I was having before I decided to add the “luxury” sticker to my content focus, was that I was trying a bit too hard to keep up with things which were not entirely relevant to my passions. I found myself hopping on hype trains with brands I didn’t even use, just to try and get the “scoop” on them first with the other cool kids. I wanted to naturally give feedback on such things to my audience, be it positive or negative to try and help them out and be a “good journalist”, however the personal passion wasn’t there…It was all too broad!
Luxury Style Favourites
I’m not a squeaky clean, white wash, white room/white walls/marble top, double kiss, fan girl (this is not a dig, this is a list of what I’m not. I have as much respect for those types of creators as anyone else).
I’m a relatively lone wolf (I pick my associates a little too sensitively), heavily protective (over those I do then associate with), heavily hued, fan of dark sunglasses, dressed for an interview, luxury chaser – and I shouldn’t be ashamed to admit that. Understandably, that may narrow my current audience a little, but that’s a risk I should “woman up” and take.
Do remember though, that
My definition of luxury is just as luxurious as yours. I want to hear how passionate you are about your “life luxuries”, because my goodness they make you shine!
By taking everything into consideration and not being concerned about whether people “like me for it” or not, I’ve been far more productive, excited, and engaged with what I want out of the whole “creator experience”. Not only that, but the experiences that I AM being offered now fit so perfectly with my idea of luxury, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Recently I announced a return to Japan in 2018, to open the blog book once again for another “Japan Diaries” series. Travel is right up at the top of the luxe tree for me, and I’m even more excited to be factoring in more hotel reviews, experience insights, and more to cap off the end of 2017 with, including a VERY exciting instalment around New Year…
And then…there’s chocolate cake. That’s a luxury, right? It sure is for me, and that’s why you’ve seen nothing but chocolate cake featured throughout this post. It’s perfectly obtainable for everyone, doesn’t come from Harrod’s, and could absolutely be considered a “fast food”, but do you know what? It tastes like chocolate cake, and it’s ready for my belly in 25 minutes flat, with no washing up to do other than a fork, and whatever you chose to measure your milk out with: LINK).
These were indeed sent to me to try out, but not on a strict advertisement basis. I just genuinely enjoyed this guy whilst I thought about sharing all this with you.
So thanks, Dr Oetker for giving me the chocolatey inspiration to finish this post without feeling like it’s a dead-ender. It’s been quite a liberating thing to sit down and waffle out…without waffling, if you get me. Again, that “panic to please” creeps on in.
What are your ultimate goals to take you into 2018?
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