A look at the week that was and a little insight into the #bloglife, sharing things I just can’t share anywhere else!
Highlights of the week
I’ve had a few people ask me about how I do my makeup and request a ‘get ready with me’ style video, so I decided this week was the perfect time to do it. I felt very nervous to start with, my hands were shaking! But by the end of it, I was feeling much more comfortable and actually really enjoyed it. I know, 100%, I’ll never be a beauty vlogger – the things those people are capable of are other-worldly, but I do enjoy sharing the things I do, as a totally average civilian. (If you didn’t see it, the vids at the end of this post – I’d love to know what you think.)
One of Matt’s best mates stayed over on Sunday and we spent the day playing video games, eating and just catching up. It turns out I have an eerily good ability at the discus event of the London Olympics on XBOX. Matt, a very good runner in real life, seems to have this bizarre idea in his mind that his ability to run like a gazelle in the real world means he’s a kick-ass runner on XBOX. There is no correlation between the two, Matt. Your running ability cannot be channeled through your thumbs.
It was a pretty chill week for the two of us, to be honest. I took Monday and Tuesday off, to coincide with the public holidays here. It was nice to switch off and not worry about the business for a while. I also spent most of Tuesday at my Grandma’s house, helping her out with a few things, talking and drinking tea. I measured her little dogs up to sew them some nice warm coats for winter – it’s getting colder by the day.
The other really important piece of news from this week is…. we put a hammock up on the side/underneath-ish of our house! It’s amazing. The perfect place to swing away your troubles with a coffee. I’m obsessed with it. I also planted some hanging, creeping, vine-like plants so the whole thing is like this chill little hanging garden of Babylon. Amazing. Matt wants to put a TV up out there too (it’s outdoor)… obviously that’s not happening.
What I learned this week
For a long time, I’ve been really stressed about Instagram. I’ve felt a lot of pressure to grow my Instagram following and really felt, at times, totally inadequate because my followers aren’t at the same staggering number of other people. In fact, I’ve had a lot of potential clients flat-out refuse to work with me because my Instagram followers aren’t over 100,000. This would break my heart and I would take it really personally because it felt like no matter how great my blog was and how much traffic it go, none of it mattered because my Instagram had 9,000 followers.
I have this friend, right, who just has this way of going through life with pretty much nothing phasing him. It’s amazing. I asked him what his secret was and he told me, very simply, “The best way not to care… is not to care.” It sounds simple and it is! The more you care about something, the more it bothers you. Truth is, we have the ability to stop caring about things if we want to and when we do, we set ourselves free.
So, I stopped caring about Instagram follower numbers. I love photography and I love sharing images on Instagram and engaging with people, so I do it from a place of genuine love and enjoyment. The pressure and inadequacy I was feeling were put on me by me and can also be removed by me.
I can’t control what brands want in the blogger’s they work with and I can’t control the number of people who choose to follow me on Instagram. What I can control is how much I let it bother me. Over the past few week’s I’ve really whittled that down and I feel so much better. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off me! After all, I’m not an Instagrammer, I’m a blogger.
News and updates
Our Newcastle trip looks like it could be happening soon – most likely the week of the 8th May. I love that part of New South Wales and can’t wait to get back down there, see a few friends, explore with Matt and have a little adventure. We have so much local work going on at the moment, it’ll be really nice to get on a plane and get away for a few nights. We’re also still planning on going to New Zealand in June, just waiting to scoop up a deal on cheap airfares. One other thing – I’m hosting a webinar on 17th May for the guys at Travel Massive. I’ll keep you posted with details.
My weekly playlist
These are the songs I’ve been crushing on this week and my current playlist staples…
- Pull The Trigger – Russ (so good!)
- When Will I See You Again – Shakka (AMTRAC Remix)
- Losin Control – Russ
- Anita – Smino
- Switchblade – Nate Dizzwald
- Rent Is Due – Lou Phelps ft Key!
- Wild – Jason Shay
- Waverunners – Dopesmoothies
Cool things I saw on the internet
Few things in life compare to the pure joy of an internet deep-dive, here are a few gems I uncovered this week:
- I watched this Vogue video about Bella Hadid’s jet-lag routine but… it didn’t really share any jet-lag tips
- This video about Tokyo Mario Kart made me want to go back to Toyko immediately
- Don’t ask me how, but I ended up on a search for the world’s loudest cat purr and found THIS:
The weekly gallery
A few photos from this week, just for you…
Watch the brand new video up on our YouTube channel this week!
You can visit our channel, if you feel like it, by clicking here. No pressure, mate – do what ya feel!
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.