I am one that struggles to sit still and simply do nothing during the day. I find I am much more relaxed when active and engaged in some sort of activity, even if it means typing words into a blog post. This post is inspired by a question I was asked in a recent Q&A post, thank you to TracyNicole for asking me:
If I am at home, I obsess about the things I could be doing and missing out on. Even when updating my site I need to be outside of the home. Finding a cafe to grab a coffee or blogging on the go on my iPhone means I am much more productive. It is much easier for me to find inspiration and the fear of missing out isn’t playing on repeat in my mind.
I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and since found it a struggle to remain focused in anything. Reading a book is difficult, as is keeping up with the story in a movie or listening to an album. Something really has to catch my attention to keep me entertained for a long period.
For this reason I never waste a day binge watching Netflix or flicking the pages of a book. It’s not that I believe these are boring or unworthy ways to spend time, it is just that personally I find it a struggle to unwind in such a way. Even if I am unwell or hungover, a walk works better, I listen to music and think of what my next blog post will be. I als think of the ways I can try to be creative and improve on my site moving forward.
It sounds almost paradoxical that I can spend every single day blogging here. Despite doing this daily, I do it in short bursts. I spend time on the morning responding to comments, I then take a break. I go for a walk, take photos and type up a draft for a future post and add the finishing touches to the post I am publishing today. I check back regularly but blogging from my phone and laptop means I can do it anywhere and when the mood strikes.
It is a shame that I haven’t really spent a large portion of my life in books or TV as I am sure much inspiration is to be gained here. But the less time I am there, the more time I have devoted to my blog and hopefully one day I’ll publish a book that people who are actually capable of sitting down and reading will appreciate. But to publish I need to get into the habit of reading, so this is inevitable.
Oh, and to answer the last question, there were a few things that surprised me the most whilst living in the States.
One, people were very friendly. Not that I didn’t believe they were, but Texas doesn’t always hold the best reputation. I found Texans to be some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Secondly, I wasn’t prepared for the winter. I wasn’t warned about the winter months, and therefore did not pack accordingly. I literally walked over frozen swimming pools, wondering why I never thought this was possible so far south.
Thirdly, the accent. I knew the British accent was appreciated, but not to that extent. I’ve never had girls walk up to me at a bar before and beg me to speak to them, it is safe to say this was great for my self confidence. I went out a boy and came back a man, that’s for sure.