Happy 1st Birthday, Katie’s Sanctuary!

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That’s right my friends, my web-baby is a whole year old TODAY!

I can’t believe it’s been an entire twelve months since I built up the courage to create this little Sanctuary. It’s been a bit of a life-changing manoeuvre, and as dramatic as that might sound, believe me when I tell you, I’m not entirely sure where I’d be if I hadn’t started it.

Here’s a little perspective.

This time last year, I was a mess.

My mental health was suffering severely. I felt alone, ashamed and hopeless – I wasn’t leaving the house, I’d given up on myself and it was just a completely dark &  dismal period of my life. I was advised by my counsellor to seek an outlet – to give myself a voice back – to find a sanctuary. & so, albeit a little reluctantly, that’s what I did!

I started off gently – my first post being about my Summer in Dartmouth, Devon! A few posts in and it dawned on me then that maybe, just maybe I had it in me to open up a little about my experiences living with anxiety & depression. It was absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I remember reading & re-reading my draft, scanning it like a loon, checking & checking again for anything that made me feel too naked, too exposed, too frightened. Then within weeks, I’d written another one, and before I knew it I was penning monthly reflections on how my mental health was doing.

It’s genuinely been the most liberating thing – it’s like I pretty much handed myself a key to let myself out of a cage.

I’d had a voice all along.

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& so whilst we’re on this blog-appreciation-train, I want to talk about three things that blogging has done for me:

  1. Like I said ^ it’s given me a voice. I’ve always been timid and a little frightened to speak up about pretty much anything, so the fact that this gives me somewhere to be myself and put into words my feelings & thoughts, and even somewhere to talk about cake and bath bombs – that’s pretty cool y’know?!
  2. I’ve met some amazing folks! Blogging has a lovely little community all of it’s own and it’s such a supportive & loving one! Whether you leave me a comment, a like or you follow me, it means the blummin’ world. I’m proud to even call one such supportive/lovely blogger a close pal of mine (whom you can find at https://life-styler.net/ ❤
  3. It’s made me a little prouder of who I am – and I never thought I’d say that! Without blogging, I probably wouldn’t have been able to speak out about mental health, and to have people thank me for it, or tell me I’m brave for doing it, is just a bonus. Like a fab bonus!!

I wanted to take the time to write just a smidge about some of my favourite posts – perhaps the ones I’m most proud of, or the ones I’m just fond of… so here are my top three!

My Mental Health – A Happy Update!

I feel like it’s kind of important to love this one – published January 10th this year, it basically documented the fact that I’d built up the courage to leave the house alone after six odd months of being a recluse. It was just a walk through my local park, but I swear to you it was wonderful.

A Letter to My 16 Year Old Sister

So this is a bit of soppy one, but I wrote this, as the title suggests to my little sister – kind of a ‘what I’d say to myself at 16’ versus a ‘what I’m saying to my sister at 16 now’, sorta thing? It’s special for me because I just love the bones of her, and sadly I don’t get to see her now – so I always hope there’s a chance she might have read it. Or that she might read it yet?

I DID IT!

So, similar to the above, this was another mental-health-breakthrough post! I guess these ones are significant to me because they’re like setting it in stone that I conquered my fears and battled against my mental health. In this one, published August 10th this year, I talked about tackling trains, coaches and journeys all by myself! For someone who’d not been near public transport in a year, it was a big step, not to mention travelling anywhere by myself before. Massive. 

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It’s been so wonderful to grow with this blog. It’s become an integral part of my life & with that, I want to record three things that I hope to achieve or improve on for the next year – because it’s important to keep growing, right?!

  1. I’m not bothered by stats – I never have been! It’s not why I’m here. What I am bothered by though, is dedicating myself a little more – I used to try & post regularly twice a week & I know I’ve slacked off a little in the last few months, & that will just never do! Get your arse in gear woman.
  2. Stay true to myself. It can be so easy in the blogging world to see certain things working well for other bloggers, to then judge yourself by them & feel like you need to change what you’re doing to ‘conform’ or ‘fit in’, or gain stats/follows! It’s so important to be completely & unapologetically yourself in this life, and I feel like that’s true of blogging too. I just want to keep doing me.
  3. Now I know I talk a lot of mental health – but I personally don’t think I talk enough. I want to help others more, I want to keep getting better myself and I want to be more vocal… I guess I want to be an advocate?

Lastly and most importantly, thank you so much for sticking with me, standing by me, supporting me, reading what I write, commenting and always making me feel a little warm & fuzzy inside. You’re a smashing lot.

Here’s to next year!

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. happy bday to your blog girl! I love that you found your voice 🙌🏻 & your pom beanie is adorable!

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Aw thanks so much lovely girl!! 😊 & thank you, I just got it today actually, need to grow my beanie collection!! Xx

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      1. Nilzeitung says:

        Bliss is one of the many foundations that can lead us to success, all the best for 2018. I wish them !!!&&&& happy bday to your blog

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      😚😚😚❤❤❤ xxx

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  2. whatismaria says:

    Congrats on a year of blogging and I am so happy to hear that you have managed to find a happy outlet – blogging can do great things for our own mental health all while raising awareness.. I am sure you have many more amazing years of blogging ahead of you!! xox

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Thank you so much!! The year’s gone so fast! You’re absolutely right, it’s such a healthy outlet, and if it spreads a little MH awareness then it’s 100% worth it! Thank you for being so blinkin’ lovely!! x x x

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  3. Congratulations kaitie! You’ve certainly come a long way and I look forward to seeing what you accomplish next. Cheers to many more years of blogging.

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Thank you so much beautiful girl!! Means the world! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. you are welcome lovely ❤

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  4. ItsSimplyMeJasmine says:

    Happy blogiversary!!🎉💕

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Thank you!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. ItsSimplyMeJasmine says:

        😊

        Like

  5. Congratulations Katie,

    You have accomplished more than you know. You should so be an advocate : ) xo

    Natoya

    http://www.juanitalikes.com

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Thank you so much Natoya, you’ve been so supportive on my little blogging journey!! ❤ ❤ ❤ xx

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  6. Congratulations girl!! X

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    1. Katie Rose says:

      Thank you lovely!! 💙💙💙 xx

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  7. Kimberley says:

    Oh you’re such a little sausage! I cannot wait for your visit in December! I’m so proud of you! 💗 xxx

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