Summer is not my favourite season – there, I said it. I know it goes against the summer-related excitement that I spoke about last month, but once we’re a few weeks in my enthusiasm for everything summery inevitably starts to waver. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the days are longer, lighter and warmer; that the air always smells faintly of barbecue and that weekends are often spent outdoors instead of in. I enjoy pre-holiday excitement, long afternoons spent at the park and evenings watching the sunset (except I don’t actually do that last one. I like to think I do it, but I don’t!). What I find grating, however, is the vague sense of competitiveness that underpins it all (and the anxiety that this can often induce).
If it isn’t competitive tanning (pretty much everyone I know is now sporting an enviable golden glow forcing me to rummage through my bathroom cabinet in the hunt for last year’s bottle of fake tan), then it’s multiple holidays a year or getaways that are ridiculously lavish. Sometimes, it’s also about the clothes, or – more specifically – about having a body that looks good in next to nothing (I find that my body confidence takes a serious hit over the summer) and, once it’s all over, the feeling that, unlike everyone else, you haven’t had ‘the best summer ever’ can leave even the most positive amongst us feeling a little downhearted.
I could go on and on about this subject and perhaps one or two ranty summer posts may sneak their way onto the blog over the course of the summer, but I promise that July’s content is a little more upbeat (kind of!). So, without further ado, this is what you can expect – or hope to expect – on My Bellyful throughout July:
Firstly, I’d like to have a stab at writing a piece focused on my summer goals. A little while ago, Jenny from Jenny in Neverland wrote a post titled 25 Spring & Summer blog post ideas and this ‘goals post’ was the one that caught my eye. I always enjoy hearing about the goals that other people have set themselves, but I’ve never actually written or even thought of writing one myself. I think that this would force me to consider what I’m actually aiming for – both in blogging and in life – and I’d love to know what you think about the targets I set myself (spoiler: they’ll almost certainly be too high!).
Sticking with the (loose) blogging theme, I thought I might also write a post about why I blog and how I got into it as I find this is a question that I’m often asked. I’ve briefly talked about it before, but I’ve never dedicated an entire post to it and now seems like a good time to write one.
Finally, July 30th is World Friendship Day and this has inspired some friendship-related content that I’m hoping to post later in the month. It hasn’t been written yet (when has it ever?!), but there are definitely some ideas whirling round my head that I’m hoping will eventually make it onto the blog (of course, that totally depends on whether or not I remember to write them!).
One of those ideas isn’t my idea at all, it’s actually taken from an article I read some time ago about friendship break-ups by Laura Jane Williams. In the piece, Laura Jane discusses how female friendships portrayed on television and in films are not a true reflection of friendship in real life and she references the research of Utrecht University in the Netherlands which states that most close friendships only last seven years. I found this piece really interesting and it got me thinking about how my own friendships have changed over time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write something in a similar vein to Laura Jane’s article (although perhaps with less focus on break-ups and more on change), but in the meantime, you can read her piece in full here.
So that’s July’s content all mapped out. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I promise not to put too much of a dampener on it (pun not intended…okay, maybe a little!).