Good evening folks. It has been quite a while since I posted anything on here. I don’t believe in sharing posts for the sake of it, and if I’m not inspired to write, I won’t write. But I am BACK and I am feeling extremely positive right now. Here’s a little update on my life, my travels and where I’m at right now.
I just got home from the most delightful trip to Naples, Italy. We also spent 3 days on the island of Ischia, which was just so beautiful. As we drove into Naples city centre from the airport, we were met by winding roads and backstreets. The streets where coated in tall buildings, painted white, terracotta and grey. The balconies, lined with colourful washing, left to dry in the summer’s sun. The cobbled streets led to a panoramic view of the Riviera, where deep blue water surrounds the historic city. Later in the day, the sidewalk becomes filled with people, and old men line the streets with their stalls filled with delicious seafood straight from the Mediterranean. Even though my feet hurt like CRAZY from walking miles in cheap flip-flops, we had the time of our lives in Italy and I can’t wait to visit this enchanting country again in the future.
I will share some photos below so you can get a feel for this beautiful place (ft. me and my mojito):
As much as I would love to say that this trip was 100% sunshine, lemons and rainbows, I honestly can’t. I think as someone living with mental health issues, it is important for me to be realistic and to accept that I will always have good days and bad, wherever I am. So, my anxiety decided to rear it’s ugly little head a couple of times on the holiday. From feeling super insecure in my swimming costume, to feeling super overwhelmed for no apparent reason.
But, the thing I always try to remind myself is that life is complicated, and it is complicated for everybody. Everybody has their hang-ups. Some physical, some mental. But it is the way that we react to these hang-ups that defines our path. For example, I could have easily hidden away from my fears and insecurities surrounding my body, by staying in doors or not going swimming. Did I let my fears take over? Hell f**king no. I faced these fears head on – and I am not pretending this was easy.
One thing I find super helpful when it comes to facing anxieties head on is affirmations. Affirmations help me stay grounded and remember what is truly important. For example, when I start feeling insecure about my body, I repeat the 3 things I love about myself. “I know I am kind, I know I am smart and I know I am worthy”. These things, for me, are WAY more important than my physical appearance. Reminding ourselves of the things that truly matter, from our character to our kind hearts – the things that will always be with us – are the things that define who we are. Not our bodies. Not our looks. Not our hair or our nails. Sure, it is a cliche, but it’s the inside that truly matters.
My fears, like many, are very deep-rooted, and it has taken me many, many years to get to a point where I feel strong enough to try and overcome them.
I hope you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more! ❤