Shadows

Weekly photo prompt – Shadows

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Shadow

When I’m at the beach I can’t resist getting out the camera or the phone and start snapping. I’ve posted this picture because it’s different from the norm of my photos, for one main reason; it wasn’t taken by me, I’m the one holding the sun 😀  I loved the silhouette and shadowed effect the sun gave, so much so that I had to be in the photo and get my friend to take it!

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-The Bloggerman

Coming to terms with Solitude

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Solitude – the state or situation of being alone.
– lonely or uninhabited place.

The definitions you’d find on the Internet. For me I couldn’t disagree more. I spend most of my time in the company of others; I work in an office through the week and at night and weekends I am socialising with friends and family almost all of the time.
I may be alone when in solitude but I certainly do not find it lonely or subdued, in fact quite the opposite. When I’m alone it’s a great time for my mind to wander and start reflecting, reminiscing and analysing current, future and past events or situations. It’s almost the only time that I can find peace and tranquillity within myself.
Of course to spend an eternity in solitude would be quite dismal and depressing but in the circumstances of my life I do find it helps to assuage any grief or tension.

-The Bloggerman

Winter time!

Time to get into that January routine!

So who else is ready for the Winter?
It’s that time of year again! It’s dark when you leave for work in the mornings and dark when you come home. You can’t hit the snooze button five times because you have to spend your morning defrosting the car, but you can always find a car parking space because nobody leaves the house 🙂

I find once the Christmas festivities are over and we’re all back to work from the Christmas break that this is when I start my routine again. That familiar routine of going to work, returning home from work, (usually there’d be a ‘go the gym’ part here but due injury I’m becoming a right little fatty lol) meeting up with the guys, spending the rest of the night cosying up in the warm binging on Seasons of Game of Thrones, Homelands or whatever takes my fancy and not leaving the house otherwise (I’ve got so many different programmes to watch this year I actually can’t wait!). I hear on the radio that most people refer to January as one of the worst months of the year, but I do quite like it, after-all it’s one of the only times you can acceptably become a hermit and turn off from the world.

This is also usually one of the best times for me to save money! I go out on a Thursday night for our Pool League and in monetary terms that’s my only luxury of expenses. I feel this year is the year for savings for me, cross your fingers for me guys and this time next year I’ll be writing a ‘Moving in to my new house’ blog (laughing out loud to myself at that sentence, ironic, but being a near-genius with numbers I’m so bad at saving money!)

I do have a thought though, maybe this year I should learn something, that will be constructive for the future, with all of this extra free time I have?? I haven’t a clue what but something that I could learn from the confines of my house, if you’ve got any ideas drop it in a comment. Also if you’ve got any good Series you recommend please do! (Currently watching Scorpion, Homelands, Pretty Little Liars < don’t judge the brothers missus watches it all the time and however repetitive it is I’m hooked haha!)

After what’s been one of the warmest December’s I’ve known the weathers really changed coming into the New Year and Jesus-Christ it is cold! I really do hope we’ll get some snow this year, I got some really cool camera lenses for my phone which I’m itching to try out, but I’m not holding my hopes up!! Which reminds me, I’m going to be getting a lot more involved with these weekly photo challenges this year, so if you like those watch this space 🙂

-The Bloggerman

Thank you and Welcome!

Just a little thanks to all of those following!

Okay so I received a notification yesterday stating that I’d hit 100 followers. Now I know compared to some of you ‘bigwig’ bloggers that that is minuscule and you probably gain that in a week or a month, but I was a little surprised that I’d hit treble figures :).

A lot of my followers I’ve had some form of contact with since the start of my blogging days, some really great advice has been given to me too which has been awesome, but unfortunately I don’t get around to socialising with all of you. I guess this is more of a post to say ‘Hello’ if I haven’t already and thank you for following, rather than a celebration! I really appreciate you all and I would love to get to know my followers a little better. So please, if you would be so kind, leave a comment with a little about yourself and maybe a fun fact :D.

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Again, thank you all for reading. I’m heading out to Amsterdam in a week so I’m sure I’ll have some exciting escapades to blog about in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. I’ve got a couple of more serious pieces I’m working on also, just struggling to find a bit of time to get some decent writing in.

-The Bloggerman

 

Quality YOU time!

Hey guys and girls! How are we all?

I know it’s been a while since my last proper blog, but it’s been a bit of a busy time at work with summer (not that we’ve had much of that!), so forgive me please.

To quote Newton’s Third Law – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Life comes with its high’s and low’s, I’m yet to meet a person who is always on a buzz with no down time, it’s how we deal with the low’s and what you do to keep yourself on the right track in life (I mean this in the literal sense to your own personal agenda, no one really knows what track we’re supposed to be heading down, do they?)

Stress, fatigue, repetitiveness, grief, isolation … just a few things that can bum a vibe! I personally find stress gets to me the most. I find the universe bottles up as many things as it can find to niggle at my stress levels and throws them at me all at once, it’s never just one problem at a time is it? These will be things like work, money, cars, trying to balance everything into my life … don’t worry I’m not going to indulge in all of my life problems, maybe a different day 🙂

I’m rather fortunate, I work in an office with a few bodies and most of my down time is spent in the gym or with my friends, so I actually spend a rather small amount of time alone. Due to having a small amount of alone time this gives me reason to utilise that time and make it all about me. Obviously everybody is different, but for me personally this time is key to reflect and relate on the happenings of the world and my world. I will usually kick back and put a chilled playlist of music on which really lets me relax, music is massive part of my life so with the right genre it helps me through pretty much any emotion. Sometimes I’ll delve into some meditation and ‘cleanse’ my inner self. Meditation is a topic I’ll write a couple of blogs over the next few months, I honestly can’t tell you how much better it makes me feel, emotionally and physically.

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You always hear of people saying to spend quality time with loved ones, family and friends. What about YOU!? Please never forget yourself.

To repeat what I said earlier, everybody is different. The way you utilise your time will be personal to you. Unfortunately finding what is right for you to relax and unwind is something I cannot help you with, but I’m a really strong believer that if you spend some Quality time on and with yourself you will most definitely feel better about everything.

I would love to hear some feedback on how you achieve this, or if you didn’t before how you are going to try!?

-The Bloggerman