I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and today feels like the perfect day to make a start! I share a lot of blog content, usually travel guides, sometimes personal posts. But there’s a lot more that goes on each week, personally and professionally, that never makes it on the blog or any of my social media. So, I thought I’d start sharing more by curating these weekly posts each and every Friday. I guess the best way to describe it is they’re like a portal into my life, week to week, and a candid way for me to share more of myself with you. Here goes…
Highlights of the week
This week was a big one for me, mostly because we were given the all-clear to share the two television commercials I filmed for Hanoi Tourism and CNN! I flew over to Hanoi early January to shoot them and have been dying to share them with you since then. It felt so good to get them out into the world and celebrate them properly. I’m hoping the exposure leads to growth for our business and more work opportunities this year. The amount of great feedback, support and love the ads received is amazing… it makes me so happy to have so many people share in the achievement! If you didn’t see them already, keep scrolling, watch them both and let me know what you think.
On Tuesday, I woke up and read a news article about women choosing not to have children. Then, as I always do, I started reading the comments on the piece and noticed most were positive. Still, a few were bashing the decision or sharing that they felt exasperated at how often they have to read about the topic. It struck a chord with me because Matt and I don’t want to have kids, so I decided it was time for me to sit down and spend the day writing my thoughts on the topic. It felt sooooo good to just get it out of my mind and heart! If you missed it, you can read it here.
When it came time to post it, though, I was a bit scared. I’m used to dealing with trolls now, but when you put something so personal out there, it’s still really scary. I may come across as very open but I’m a very private person and struggle to share my feelings with people, so it was tough for me to be so open. That’s what I love about writing, the ability to take the time to carefully and coherently craft something… to externalise and give shape to something inside your head and your heart.
The blog post went absolutely nuts! It was one of the biggest days we’ve had on the Little Grey Box website and the post was read and shared by a LOT of people. The comments were amazing, there wasn’t one bit of shade or hate… it was all love and support. Women supporting women. Mothers supporting those who chose not to be, even men supporting women’s choices. It made me really happy.
The other big thing to come out of this week has been the realisation I’ve been focusing too much on my work life and not enough on myself as a person. I made the conscious decision to change that and have been giving myself a lot more love and attention all week. I’ve started journalling again and doing more soul-work and meditation, something that helps me manage my anxiety and just keep my life together! I’ve also prioritised my health by getting into a good routine of exercising regularly and making sure I’m getting the proper nutrition (I often forget to eat because I’m too busy working!).
What I learned this week
Our thoughts are really powerful and what we focus on, grows (the bad and the good!). It’s important to be aware of your thoughts moment to moment and realise there’s a difference between focusing on the desire for something and the absence of it. It’s also really important to take the time to do a self-check – mentally, emotionally, spiritually and even physically, and get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t benefit you. Clearing those things out opens up space for the new and welcomes change. (These thoughts came from journaling and meditating… they’re two very simple, powerful tools that help me stay centered and grounded).
News and updates
Usually, we have travel planned up to four weeks in advance and it’s rare we know any further into the future than that. At the moment, we have no big trips on the books at all, not even four weeks ahead, and it’s spinning us both out! It’s not a bad thing, it’s just weird…. kinda like… “what the heck is the Universe going to throw at us?!” That said, we applied for the Busabout Ambassador & Videographer ‘best jobs ever,’ so if we were lucky enough to be chosen for that we’d be jetting off to Europe for five incredible months between late April and September. They announce in the first week of April, so, fingers crossed!
My weekly playlist
These are the songs I’ve been crushing on this week and my current playlist staples…
- Loving U – A-1 ft. Xiomara
- Passionfruit – Drake
- Crew – GoldLink ft. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
- Teardrops – Arona Mane
- Blue Jeans – JayTeeHazard
- Hold On – Alabama Shakes
- Only You – 112 ft. Biggie and Mase
- Famous – Luke Christopher
Cool things I saw on the internet
Something you most likely don’t know about me is that I’m really into hip-hop and rap music. Random, I know! The thing I love is when rappers write really clever and funny rhymes, stuff that tells a story or makes you laugh. In a weird way, it’s the writing side of it I connect with. My Aunty is a writer and she was one of the first people that told me she listens carefully to the words of every song and, when she said it, it really connected with me because I do too! Anyway, now you’ve got some context, I was deep-diving the internet the other day and came across this epic Rap Cypher and it entertained me no end.
If you watch it closely, there’s a moment they all stop being aware of the camera and just get really, really into their art. They lose themselves in the moment and just start having fun, sharing their talents and doing what they love. For me, that’s what life is all about. It’s pretty cool to watch.
The weekly gallery
Here are a few photos from the week, things I’d never get to share on social media, but can use this space to post! Only a few to start with, but now I’m more aware of it I’ll be able to snap and share more, starting next Friday… woohoo!!
Just one last thing, if there’s anything I haven’t included in this first post, let me know and I’ll see if I can work it into the next post. Given this is the first one ever, it’s a real learning curve for me and I’ve no doubt this will grow and evolve over the coming weeks. So, let me know what you want to see! What do you want me to share? What do you want to know? I’d love to hear your ideas…
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.