Like Love Loathe No 004 | My Dreamality

Like Love Loathe No 004 | My Dreamality

My like, love, loathe series is a project of passion. It’s not a post that is on my editorial calendar nor is it one that has been commissioned or is assigned. I write it when I feel it, and today I wanted to reclaim it. There are things that are emotive, especially when writing is such a passion, and a series that is more heartfelt or personal is one of those things for me. I had an entirely different like, love, loathe no. 4 post written up, but decided to scrap that and be in the moment and write what I feel for a change. Join me to find out what’s on my like, love, loathe for the week.

LIKE

If any of you are new readers or followers you may not know that I used to design blogs not too many moons ago. I took a 2 year hiatus from it, and out of the blue I was hired to design a blog for one of my longest blog acquaintances. I’ve designed for Helen on a number of occasions through the years and it was such a pleasant surprise when she pinged me an email letting me know that her blog, Beautiful Things needed a refresh and rebrand. It was so much fun getting back into designing, and I worked closely with Helen to give her exactly what she wanted.

I have had the itch to get back into designing blogs and have been preparing my design and consulting site quietly on the side and though it’s still not my number one priority or ready to launch it was so lovely to dip my toe into the blog design world again. One thing I realised is that I have been neglecting my site and giving it the love it deserves. My design is practical and the bones are there, but I haven’t taken the time to get it to truly reflect the My Dreamality brand that I have been hoping to create. That’s something that I finally have the motivation to change. I had opted to leaving designing behind and working on my writing so I went for a pre-designed layout. It’s been fab, especially since my WordPress move, but now it’s time to tweak some bits to get what I really am after.

If you are in the market for a new design, spruce up, or rebrand, do let me know and we can work together. You can find Helen at Blogging Beautifully .

LOVE

I’m currently all loved up with life’s possibilities. There’s so much positive energy flowing through me that it can sometimes be an overload that leads me to short circuit a little bit and not know precisely how to channel it. Life is so full of surprises, and I more than anything possibilities. Change is in the wind my friends, and I am lapping it up.

Also, I am obsessed with interiors accounts on Instagram. Well, I’ve been obsessed with interiors everything forever basically, and lately my obsession has been looking at floor plans. I am obsessed.

Another thing I am jumping off the walls about is the nomination for the Amara 2017  Interior Blog Awards or #IBA17, My blog is primarily a travel and lifestyle blog, but the concept of interiors just fascinates me. Considering that my apartment isn’t plastered all over my blog I am so grateful to have been nominated. I know I don’t run your typical interiors blog, that’s mostly because my flat is absolute shite and not by any means my dream home. Either way, the nomination is enough to have me chuffed to bits.

LOATHE

I don’t know how to begin this post without tearing up. My first foray into blogging in 2010 was a site dedicated and focused on all things mental health. From personal experiences, to stories, to sharing the experiences of others, to providing resources and materials to help those in need or those who just need the knowledge. Mental wellness has always been a priority in my life and something that I hold quite close to my heart.

That being said, I was completely devastated and heartbroken when I learnt the news of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park. Being pink and girly is a part of me, as much as being a rocker is. And one of my favourite bands is Linkin Park. The lyrics that they have penned have helped me through so many difficult moments in my life, and when they came to the limelight they became my anchor in a sea of despair.

There is so much death in the world, and though most if it is at the hands of the “demons” that have been created by capitalism, the fight for oil and resources, and even the evil doers hiding behind the veil of religion, there is nothing worse than the demons that live within you. Not all may agree with me, but not all have experienced such a torment and despair. It is said that Chester took his own life, and though I don’t intend to guess at what plagued him it is well known that a lot of his issues had to do with his declining mental health and his addiction issues. I leave you with a lyric from one of Linkin Park’s songs (Leave Out All The Rest) and one that has been in my mind since his passing. May you rest in peace, Chester.

“When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
Don’t resent me
And when you’re feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest”

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  • How exciting to get back into something you love and for someone who are you friends with and have designed for before.

  • Connor Silver

    Chester’s death hit really hard too, since it was one of the bands I went through my teenage years with (they totally rocked!). Such a sad thing.

  • It’s always nice to write (and read) normal blog posts about normal things!

    • I’m so glad to read this comment! I agree, it’s nice for me to read those posts as well. x

  • I was horrified hearing about Chester as well, RIP. Well done on your nomination though x

    • I still can’t believe it. It’s just so shocking and tragic. 🙁 Thank you! x

  • freddy friday

    chesterbe always to be missed. his song help me through my suicidal teenage live, his music give me hope :’)

  • Jazmin Williams

    Hits hard with Chester’s passing. It makes me want to get even more involved with raising awareness on mental health. Congrats on the nomination, lovely! x

    • Raising awareness for mental health is such an important thing. If you ever want to collaborate on something let me know. x

  • Kacie Morgan

    I was so sad to hear about Chester too; I loved Linkin Park when I was growing up.

  • Jenni Grainger

    I love Helens blog and the rebrand is beautiful, you’ve done a great job x

    • Aw, thank you! It was all her vision and I just did my best to put it together. x

  • FussFreeJen

    The death of Chester has touched a lot of people, but I know his work will be well remembered and live on for a long time yet. Terribly sad news.
    Your positives about the design work and enthusiasm are lovely to read. I hope things continue well for you.

  • Louise Smith

    The news of Chester’s death was so, so sad. I loved Linkin Park when I was a teen, and have listened to them loads again since finding out 🙁 On a more positive note, congrats on the nomination. And good luck! 🙂

    Louise x