The Self-Isolation Diaries #6: Peaks & troughs of motivation

Since being in self-isolation – starting from the day we landed home from our honeymoon almost 3 weeks ago – my motivation has come in varying waves.

I don’t know if what I’m seeing is the norm, but my social media is full of people fitting into either one of two categories: Category A) Instagram lives every day, constant pics of their yoga session/HIIT session/weights session or Category B) people who are embracing the messy bun, constant PJs and biscuit tin.

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Honeymoon of a Lifetime: Fusion Resort Phu Quoc Review

First off, it feels pretty weird to be writing a blog post about a place that is not my house, or a walking distance from my home – #lockdownlife and all that.

But exactly one day before Vietnam closed its borders to the UK, we arrived home from an absolutely amazing honeymoon in Phu Quoc. Covid-19 related shenanigans had kicked off before we went away, but they – very thankfully – didn’t start to get into full swing of office closures and cancelled events before the week we got home.

We fully appreciate how lucky we are, as we know people who have had to postpone their honeymoons and even weddings, so we are super grateful that we weren’t affected before.

So all that aside, here’s how we spent our first ever luxury holiday (very Couple’s Retreat vibes, in fact) as hubby & wifey, after getting married in November last year…

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #5: Is it just me, or are weekends in lockdown actually quite fun?

So it turns out Monday mornings roll around far too fast, even when you’ve only left the house for your allocated daily walk all weekend long.

I spent Friday in a similar way to how I would in ‘real life’ – drinking too much. ‘Zoom Drinks’ are my favourite invention, and House Party is the invention none of us knew we needed. We set our best friends up on the footstool, played games, chatted and drank a fair amount of wine & prosecco. Perfect.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #4: Anxiety & the weekend countdown…kind of

Even though I’ve been feeling lots better about being in lockdown/self-isolation for the foreseeable, my newly found anxiety symptoms are still appearing every few days or so.

I’m working out what makes the symptoms ease off, which helps, but it’s still frustrating. Yesterday’s bout of achey chest was seemingly brought on by feeling a little unwell. Nothing crazy or intense, but we’re all over-analysing every ache at the moment aren’t we?! I also read this story of a girl local to me who sadly passed away from the virus this week and had no underlying health issues. Very sad and scary stuff.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #3: Achieving things in lockdown

After saying yesterday that I was feeling a lot lighter about the whole lockdown situation now we have a bit more of a concrete idea of how long this could last (whether it will be 3 weeks or not is a different question, I know) and the launch of Disney+ UK only made that better. So I decided to delve into the creation of an actual ‘daily timetable’.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #2: Lockdown, £100 supermarket shop & Disney+ UK launch

Yesterday we got more ‘official’ rules and guidelines as to what ‘stay home’ means (in case it wasn’t clear enough) and, rather than feeling more stressed out about the limitations, today I’ve actually felt lighter than I have in around a week.

I think its partly because we at least have a potential finish date in place now – 3 weeks time, which takes us to just after Easter weekend – which is more concrete than I feel we’ve had so far. Even if it changes, it’s still something.

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The Self-Isolation Diaries #1: Finding positives in the unknown

When I kept having niggling thoughts about wanting to re-vamp my blog – formerly Live Love Laugh PR – so that it had less of an emphasis on 1) the cliché mantra-for-your-teenage-bedroom-wall-aged-18 and 2) being strictly just limited to PR, I didn’t think it would take the incoming of a virus affecting the whole entire world to give me the kick to do it.

But here we are. With a brand new ~ married ~ name.

There’s a few things I think I want to write about, I don’t fully know what they’ll be yet, but I mostly wanted to almost journal about what the heck is going on at the moment. Not in so much as talking about the science-y or health-y stuff, but to get all the other stuff out my brain and on paper. Plus there’s literally nothing else to do, so that’s a major motivator too.

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SearchLove 2018: The Digital PR and Content Highlights

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Originally posted on the Aira blog

Last week, a few of us at Aira went to SearchLove London for two days to listen to some of the best speakers in digital marketing share their tips, insights, and results of their own research to take our understanding of the industry to the next level. It didn’t disappoint.

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Why I’m loving Tesco’s Food Love Stories campaign

  1. It involves food
  2. I LOVE storytelling
  3. You get actual recipe inspiration

Is there anything not to love about the Food Love Stories campaign by Tesco?!

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Speaking at Ulster Uni’s Career Development Event & my advice for starting your PR career

Earlier this year, I was invited by Ulster Uni to speak on a panel at a Career Development Event to share my experience and advice for PR students…fast forward a bit and here I am, home from my first ever trip to Belfast and panel speaking experience (and still adjusting to not being the only person with an ‘accent’ now I’m back in England!)

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