Organising

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

Organising (1)

because I have bee sorting out and descaling the amount of rubbish in my home. It gets to the point where there is no space so something has to give. I find this type of activity really relaxing, I feel like a weight has been lifted.

I do love a good sort out and donating things to charity shops because then someone else can get something out of it rather then staying with and gathering dust.

Now the next stage is to not go out and buy more books to replace them, haha, the struggle is real!

In other news we visited the butterfly farm on Saturday and was lovely to see all the different butterflies even though my eldest struggled with the randomness of butterflies fluttering everywhere, that however, is a whole new story in its self.

Hope you have had a good week,

Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence

Running

Hey Readers,

My word of the week is:

RUNNING

This because I had a short break from running due to my mental health problems but have since this week returned to it.

I love running and really missed it, hence why I returned. It is good for me physically and mentally. Even though second week in and I feel a little bit sore, particularly on the old carves, but it is all good. I do love feeling of the ‘burn’ afterwards and feels like I have done something constructive that. Not only all these benefits but it has also helped get ris of frustration which being on the autistic spectrum I acquire a lot in one day alone, haha.

My son has also been running during his PE at school and loves to show  me the position he gets ready for when he has a race. In July will be his first sports day and to say he is excitement is an understatement.

hope you have had a good week,

Thanks for reading X

The Reading Residence

5 life lessons I have learnt

Hey readers,

I thought today I would share with you my five top lessons that I have learnt so far in my life.

My first lesson is that there is more good then there is bad in the world. Sometimes we can all get sucked into the doom and the gloom of bad news that we can forget that there is so many good people in this world. I think the below quote is spot on and something that we should all try and remember.

fred rodgers

My second lesson I have learnt is that sods law will always kick your ass every single time. When you think you know what will happen in life then  you can guarantee that something will pull that your feet at that moment in time. I suppose a classic example would be where is that bus when I am running late when normally it is bang on time!

two buses

As an anxiety suffer you believe every thought and feeling at that given time. You feel like you are stuck and things will never change. So my third lesson would be that the feeling will pass. I try to focus on this thought when hard times hit and life seems scary!

My four lesson would be that you can take it or leave it when it comes to your  thoughts because at the end of the day they is just all they are and only come from YOUR brain. No one stuck have that choice to whether you act upon them or not.

The final lesson that I have learnt in my life is and one of the best cures for stressful situations is  to have a cup of tea and toast as it is the best way to solves problems.  So, if I need time to think this is the one stop solution to give me a chance to think clearer.

tea and toast

What lessons have you learnt in life? What do you think of mine?

Cheers for reading X

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Relax

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

RELAX

I feel really relaxed this week, I think one of the reasons is because I have been embracing laziness, but in the good way 😉

What I am trying to get at is the fact that sometimes it is hard to relax when you feel like you constantly need to be doing something, otherwise you feel guilty. So, this week I have been trying to forget all about them messy thoughts in my head and just relax. Amazing the difference but, it could also be down to the fact it was a bank holiday, therefore less tired form doing the school run. I know strangely it is just one day but, one day less then five in my eyes.

I have enjoyed being outside surrounded by nature and snapping away, it is when I am at my happiest and been loving seeing all the different spring flowers blossoming, particularly the tulip.

Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence

Engage

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

Engage

I haven’t done a word of the week linky for awhile because I just wanted a break from all the linkies. But truth be told I miss linking up my blog to linkies because it pushes me to engage socially, which is always a positive for an autistic person like myself.

Also, I have learnt it is my blog and I can chose whether I want to participate or not, I don’t always have to do it every week. I have learnt not so strict and irritable.

I am not going lie it helps to link up with my stats and I love numbers so always a bonus for me.

Also, I struggle as I tend to get so overwhelmed with blogs that joining in with linkups helps me learn about new content, good or bad, it is food for thought. It can provide inspiration or give different avenues for blog ideas.

Sometimes, you just got to try and see what works for you, I never stop learning and that is one major thing I love about being a blogger.

Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence

Buying Instagram Followers

Hey readers,

I am going to be quite open and frank about this, potentially viewed as controversial BUT a lot of people do it.  That thing that I am talking about is buying Instagram followers and so many people that have spoken to have suggested it, I won’t name them because I am nice like that.

instagram follow

So I thought I would give it a go, why not, in for a penny etc and see the effects it has on my social media stats etc. So I brought 4000 in total, the problem is I have an addictive personality and always get that love for that instant hit. But here is the thing yes stats went but so what, the initial excitement of just getting likes/followers was a buzz at first, I can not deny that. But then I hated it because it did not feel organic and like a typical addictive personality it was short lived.

insta

Yes there is loads of numbers but it didn’t feel right and lost interest very quickly. I used to prior buying followers enjoy the fact that people out of the own free will with no temptation come to my pictures like them and if I am lucky then they may follow. That is what I miss, the honesty, even if I didn’t have much of a follow, I felt good about myself. Not dirty and dishonest. Hence why I deleted my account and set a new that would grow naturally.

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So, from my own curiosity it is not worth the money, it is short lived or properly I am guessing can get very addictive and artificial. If you have like me too many feelings then it really is not worth in the long run. To much hassle and then you loose the Instagram love. I definitely safe my money and spend it on crap from Poundland instead.

Cheers for reading X

 

Reasons to add pictures to your blog

Hey readers,

I have been doing my blog for nearly two years at the end of this month. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you to help with your blog is to make sure you add pictures to your posts.

blogging

Why you ask? well let me tell you…. for a start it is easy, simple and effective technique applied to a blog post.

When using images in blog posts they help break up the text so it is much easier for the reader to read.

Added pictures makes it more visually appealing, giving more colour. It can also help encourage the reader to continue to reading the blog post to the end, which is always a bonus.

As the internet is predominately visual based, we are all used to seeing pictures on social media, so, if we see pictures on blogs it is more friendly orientated and it can help capture a reader to want to read your post.

Pictures can help enhance the message that we want to get across to the reader and they leave a lasting impression.

Images can help give your post the chance to be more memorable for the reader, so they can have an influence the reader who may want to come back .

why blog

Pictures in blogs can help be another way to enhance the changes of someone catches your post through a search via the search engine.

If you are using a graph is is a brilliant way to illustrate a point to the reader.

If you don’t feel confident  in using your own pictures then there alternative options such as royalty free or stock images to use so you don’t worry whether the picture is good enough.

Added pictures to a blog post can be a way to make your post more personalised.

photo

What are your views on pictures? Is it something that you agree on? Love to hear your thoughts!

Cheers for reading X