life: an update

Hey, remember me?!

It has been a while since I properly sat down and wrote anything for this blog, and for that I apologise. I didn’t mean for my hiatus to be so long, but the weeks just slipped past me! So here’s a brief update of what I’ve been doing, and my plans for the future.

Let’s start with mental health – I’ve had a bit of a rough time of it in the past few weeks. I took a holiday around the UK and that was great, but I’ve been dealing with a lot of anxiety. I’ve had quite a few anxiety attacks, worse than anything I’ve ever experienced before. I’ve gone to the doctor and she recommended me beta blockers to help with the physical symptoms of heart pounding and chest tightening. Hopefully those will help.

I’ve also started a marketing internship, which has been going…interestingly. My anxiety has stopped me from working 5 days a week, so I’ve gone down to 3, which seems to be better. I’m about to start therapy (CBT, if you’re interested) next week, after moving properly out of my London apartment. I’m not going to lie, finally leaving London behind me is making me feel good. It’s just not the place for me.

My dissertation is going really well – it’s due in September and I’m nearly finished, so it’s all on track! Just to remind you, it’s about LGBT+ professionals within the publishing industry, and whether a lack of queer people in the industry makes a difference on the number of queer works published, and how they are marketed. It’s been an absolutely fascinating journey, and I would absolutely love for a shorter version of my findings to be published in a journal somewhere.

I’ve also taken a good look at my future career, and how my mental health may affect it. While I still want to go into publishing, I’m wondering whether I’ll be able to do it full time. So, I’ve been wondering whether I could go freelance with my blogging and writing. In fact, I’ve had an article published in The Unedit! In it I talk about Insatiable and YA novels. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. (Also, if you know of any publications looking for a plucky young writer to talk about books/mental health, let me know!)

So what about this blog? I’m planning on re-entering the blogging world slowly, posting one or two posts a week. I’m going to try and read other people’s blogs too, if I have time. And if all that goes well, I may return to Instagram and YouTube, which have also taken a backseat.

So, that’s me. How have you all been doing? x

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5 thoughts on “life: an update

  1. Karen says:

    It sounds like you’re taking the first steps towards getting the career you want. When there are many conflicts – health, family, time, work, study etc, it can be difficult to prioritise and plan. Speaking from my own experience here, I sometimes end up flitting from one thing to another and feel like I’m accomplishing nothing.

    I’m currently reading a book called ‘Reinvent Me: How to transform your life and career’ it’s only £1 on kindle at the moment, it has some great common sense approaches alongside the slightly more alternative visualisations and affirmations type of thing. I haven’t worked through any of the exercises yet, reading it through first.

    Good luck with the writing, I’ll keep an eye out for your posts.
    Karen x
    Link to the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072N9TQGM/

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  2. RedRocketPanda says:

    Glad that things are starting to look up for you friend. Taking some time away can do wonders for you and it’s good to see you’ve been able to spend time thinking about future work progression. I’m not able to work 5 day weeks either so am currently heading down a similar path to you, so I’m always around for support/chats etc.

    London is a super hard city to live in and can be so destructive on mental health so I’m glad that you’ve been able to move away and feel better for it! ❤

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  3. Claire says:

    I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better, and that your dissertation is nearly finished! I can completely understand how moving out of London could help, it’s such a draining and overwhelming city, I find it very exhausting if I have to stay overnight there.

    Good luck with your dissertation!!

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  4. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Welcome back, Wendy! I totally understand why you were on an extended hiatus. I’m glad you’re prioritizing your own health first. 🙂 As you know, that’s of the utmost importance! Take your time getting back into blogging. If you can turn freelance writing/blogging into a paying gig, good for you! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help support this transition. ❤

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