One year of hayleywickens.com 🎉

So, as of today, my blog is officially one year’s old! On this day last year, I posted my first two blog posts. Happy 1-year anniversary to myself!

Now, I know I haven’t posted a lot in the past couple of months, but that doesn’t mean that I forget about this blog. Let’s just say it’s a lot easier to come up with things to write about when you’re travelling pretty much every weekend and discovering new, exciting places to write about.

Anywho, on this day last year, my blog went live. It was something that I had wanted to do for ages! It was on my 21st birthday in a small restaurant in Paris (she’s so fancy), that I decided that I was going to do it.

hayley on her 21st birthday in a Parisian restaurant

For the next two weeks, Rich was helping me set up my blog and I was drafting ideas on what I wanted this to be. When it went live, I was in my favourite coffee shop on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. I was nervous to see what people’s reactions would be. I didn’t do much hype beforehand, it was more like a Beyoncé album drop kinda vibe.

A lot of my free time in Turin were spent in various coffee shops, stealing their wifi as I didn’t have any in my apartment. I would sit and write for hours upon end, ordering more and more coffee.

square in Turin

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Looking back on one of my first posts ‘21 things I’ve learnt in 21 years’ – I can’t say that I feel much different from when I posted it to how I feel now about those things. But if I were to add one thing as I am that one year older it’s:

22 – Don’t believe the “let’s get this bread” hype.

Between “rise and grind” and “obtain the grain” – in the age of social media, we have this tendency to glorify exhaustion. I feel like every time I ask someone how they’re doing, they’re tired. I’ve fallen into this bad habit of feeling guilty when I’m not doing anything. It’s as though there’s a relentless pressure that if you’re not doing something, you’re falling behind. But that’s not necessarily true. It’s important to give yourself a break from time to time and reconvene on what needs doing once you’re rested. If you’re constantly tired, let’s face it, you’re not going to be producing your best work.

the royal pavilion in Brighton
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