At the beginning of this year, I wrote a list of goals of things I wanted to achieve this year moving forward with my online presence and businesses. One of those goals connecting to improving my confidence was to start my very own youtube channel. It seemed like something I would really enjoy as I love to talk! I just had one massive hurdle that I would need to start overcoming. Yep, my confidence.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you actually want to start a new project, something like confidence can hold you back so majorly. I have always found that my confidence has been my biggest letdown. So, I know it is about time that I really start pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I mean no one would ever get anywhere if they didn’t push themselves for reachable goals. without goals we don’t tend to develop with our passions and hustles.
And it has actually been working so far!
Can you actually believe how much a small recording like this has really boosted my confidence this week! I didn’t think it was going to get such amazing feedback from my friends and family as it did. that doesn’t mean that I am not saying it is the perfect video because in no way is it, however, I really have started a journey that I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me. I am also looking forward to learning more about video editing.
Are you a confidence seeker as well? check out my bringing confidence into 2020 post, here.
I hovered over the upload video button for a while. I had recorded my very first youtube channel video on my phone a few days before but the confidence was something I was still struggling with before I could actually upload my little bubble of sunshine.
Here it is… My youtube channel AlexaJade blogs and My first video.
Want to see more videos from me? Hit subscribe on my youtube channel, here.
We are officially over the 3 weeks into the lockdown that Boris Johnson announced on the 23rd Mach 2020. And then it has announced that the 3 weeks are turning to 6 weeks, as the time had been extended to stay put in our houses. Frankly, It has been a trying time for many of us And if we are honest, it could be even longer than that. So today I am talking something that it has been a battle for me in this period of uncertain times, being positive.
It is so easy to feel down and alone during this time that we can not see our loved ones. I battle with thinking negatively before I think positive all the time! it is something that really just can’t be helped. So during this time, it is becoming so important to focus on staying positive, as well as knowing that you are not alone and there is so much support out there. Together the world can get through anything with a positive attitude.
Lockdown is lonely. There is no argument about that. Both myself and Emma always say how we are people, people, Like we are always out and about seeing friends and family. So I completely understand how trying it is. However, we have an opportunity to be grateful for the technology we have. We really do have some amazing gadgets, and video calling is an invention that all of us are so grateful for right now.
Staying connected with your friends and family is so important. They are your support network and in these crappy times having a support network is amazing. Video calls have seriously become my favourite. They can be so much fun and really allows us to feel like we are really part of something. Being able to see our loved ones virtually is basically the next best thing.
Focus on things that make you happy.
Set yourself new goals for your time inside! Who says you can’t be productive right now? Doing things that you enjoy can keep your mood uplifted since they tend to be things that we are already passionate about. Whatever it is set specific times to do that activity, daily.
How about reading my post on creative things to do whilst in lockdown here.
Show your appreciation
Times are hard, for all of us and especially for our hard-working heroes. The key workers that are keeping our country operating. These are the emergency services, the Postman, The shop workers, the bin men and so many other roles to list. These people are outside working, they are risking their own lives at the hands of the virus to keep us safe, and our community to keep turning.
There are so many ways you can show appreciation to these people. Creating thank-you signs, Clapping and being kind just to name a few. I made a canvas for our window to be seen this week. The best thing is that by showing appreciation for what others are doing goes such a long way. You are putting a smile on someone who may be finding the hard work
Share what you are doing!
There are so many ways we can share with ur loved ones what we have been up too. Sharing statuses, chatting online! Sending photos, and videos!
TikTok has become my 2nd favourite (and most used on-screen time) app on my phone! Watching families mess around creating funny videos and completing challenges. I didn’t think I would end up posting anything! but I have already succumbed due to the awesomeness that TikTok has become.
Another thing, and something that we took part in this week. Video call with a group of friends and run a quiz! One of our friends did this with 5 of us this weekend, a music quiz. Oh, it was hilarious! it is our turn to run the quiz next!
Try not to dwell and be grateful for what you have.
I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t honestly admit that I have been doing a lot of this in the past few weeks, finding it really easy to feel down about the things that we have been missing, and the worrying about our wedding in September and the fact we still have a lot to do! I think about the wedding every day!
Every cloud has a silver lining.
It is very much easier said than done! when there is so much to worry about for so many of us, Money, Family, health etc. It is important to be appreciative of the things we do have and try not to focus on what we don’t. We all have a roof above our heads after all.
Lockdown won’t be forever, before we know it we will all be looking back and saying ‘Remember 2020 when we couldn’t leave our houses for months so video called ALOT’.
Set goals to complete during this period.
I love setting goals and writing to-do lists of things I want to do. I’ve written my list of things I can do when I am bored and stuck in the house as well as my previous post about staying creative with activities during the pandemic, here.
The goals you set do not have to be extravagant. Always set goals that are achievable for you… and of course achievable during the lockdown period…
One goal that I am setting myself during the ‘Stay at home’ period is to create my first ever youtube video as this is something I have wanted to do for ages but it is out of my comfort zone.
Stay Safe as well as positive
Finally, as hard as this has been, Just remember that staying home is the safest option and we are all doing this together for the same reason! Preventing us from developing the covid19 virus, and allowing the NHS to cope, as they are already under such high pressure during the pandemic.
We are all in this together ☺ stay safe and happy everyone.
So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.
So I thought it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.
So what does make me happy?
Bright colours and lots of pinks.
Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla). I live off coffee.
Makeup. Even when staying in.
Papercraft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
Seeing my friends and family.
Camembert days. Yes, these are actually a thing with our friends!
Happy planners. (Actually any planners!)
Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney??? I really do love A bit of Disney. Read about our Disney Trip, here.
Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
Glitter. A lot of glitters. And it has to be everywhere.
Friends. The tv show. (I have quite a bit of friends merch now)
Going to the zoo. Marwell, as well as around the country.
Flowers around me.
Taking lots of photos.
Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
Receiving happy mail.
Spending days just watching films.
Writing my blog.
My love for all animals.
Wearing oversized hoodies.
Adult colouring books.
Giving gifts to my favourite people.
Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
Daddy daughter days. These do not happen often enough.
Summer and being in the sun.
Adventures to new places. and planning the adventures to come.
Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
Blossom trees. Seriously they are beautiful!
Making new friends. even when it’s scary!
want to know more about me? how about reading my 21 random things about me post, here.
I’d love to know what makes you happy? it is important to have these things. So what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.
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