6 Oct 2015

a fine line between personal life and blog life

Paper Lovestory has been going for over five years now and it is the longest I've ever blogged for. When I first started, I wasn't too worried about revealing personal information because I didn't think many people would be that interested in what I had to say! But as time as passed, I've had to be more careful with how much and what aspects of my personal life is talked about. You may have already noticed that fair bit in my weekly planner pages is blurred out but I am also wary of talking about the more private parts of my life in too much detail.

However, running a lifestyle blog without revealing some of the more personal bits of information isn't technically a lifestyle blog anymore. So where do we draw the line?

At the moment, I'm unsure. I feel that I reveal enough to be comfortable with the majority of the content I post but at the same time, I'm sure I could also reveal a bit more without compromising the 'boundaries' of my personal life.

Do you blog? If so, where do you stand on this? If you don't, what's your opinion of it as a reader? :)

4 Oct 2015

my week #181

Quite a plain week as I've been running myself ragged after staying at home ill on Monday! I'm not 100% yet but I've just got on with things as I won't let my apparent lack of immune system be a barrier to my studies.

October is also World Mental Health month (with October 10th being World Mental Health Day) and as I'm on psychiatry placement, I thought it would be fitting to say a few sentences about it. Increasing awareness of mental illness isn't a bad thing by any means - we all react differently to something as trivial as a film or a book so there's no reason to suspect that the same can occur with life events. And there's nothing wrong with that - we are all wired differently! We must all be more accepting of this. We strive for equality in things like race, gender and sexuality so there's no reason why we can't ask the same for mental illness - for it to be seen in the same and non-judgemental way as physical illness.

Quite fittingly, I blogged about journaling earlier this week and for me, journaling is a way I keep my mental health in check. This week, I wrote extensive entries twice after two harrowing days and without doing all that, I'm not sure I would've slept as well as I did.

How has your week been?

1 Oct 2015

luxury journalling with pen heaven

Journaling is something I've done since I was in my early teens but how I've done it has changed considerably over the years.

Over the years, I've changed a lot as a person and sometimes, it's nice to read old journals to see just how much (or little!) I've matured and how my priorities have altered after significant life events. I'm at the point now where I see journaling as something I actually set time aside for rather than do when there are a spare fifteen minutes.

In the past, I'd opt for a simple and plain journal but now that I take it a bit more seriously, I do try and add a bit of luxury to my (at least) weekly sessions. When Pen Heaven got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in writing about journaling, who was I to say no? They kindly embossed the Amalfi Large Leather Journal with my initials for me and you'll see it pictured below with a Platinum Century 3776 Nice fountain pen (more on that in another blog post!). When they arrived, they were beautifully gift-wrapped - how perfect would this be as a Christmas or birthday present for someone who has a soft spot for stationery?

The journal cover is a smooth, but not overly shiny, leather with the lining a soft suede. Inside, the paper is thick and plain and appears to take fountain pen very well (see below) though it isn't as smooth as Rhodia paper, for example. That said, the cream hue of the paper gives off a sophisticated air and I definitely feel very grown up when writing in it. The lovely leather tie can be manipulated into a bow if you so wish too.

I thought that I'd write more about journaling in the journal itself and you can read my, handwritten, thoughts on it all in the photo above. Writing down the things that take up precious real estate in my brain have been invaluable during my time at medical school so far - sometimes, I'll come home from a long day on placement and feel quite overwhelmed by something that had happened or something I had seen. Getting it all out on paper helps me relieve that burden without having to talk someone else's ear off or inadvertently cause them to also feel that emotional burden.

Even at this early stage in my career, I know that psychiatry isn't something I'd be interested in but I am a strong advocate for looking after your own mental health. For me, one way to do this is to journal on a regular basis and I'm sure this luxurious Amalfi journal will play host to many more emotional thoughts in the foreseeable future. 

Note: Thank you to Lucie from Witt Herring for supplying these samples for this blog post. Although I was sent these items free of charge, I have talked about them in the same way I would if I had paid for them.