Why Starting This Blog Was One of the Best Things I Ever Did For Myself

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I’ve been writing in this little internet space for a year now. Reflecting on where I was a year ago, I can’t believe how much has changed, and all of it for the better. And crazy as it may sound, I honestly feel like a lot of it comes down to the fact that I have this little space, on the internet, where I can talk about my passions, my interests, and what drives me. So here’s a few reasons why starting this blog has been one of the best thing I ever did for myself:

  1. It gave me a platform to talk about things other than fashion and photography.
  2. It made me feel like I had a voice separate to Atlas’ voice, which I was starting to feel people were identifying me with. I wanted to be known for Olivia Bossert, photographer and editor, not just as Atlas Magazine which is edited by Olivia Bossert.
  3. Originally, this blog started as a place to talk about my passion for health and fitness. Now I talk about a huge variety of things, but I got the chance to discuss my chronic illness, raise awareness a bit more, and share the things which have helped in order to help others.
  4. My blog forced me to pick my camera up again, which helped to reignite the spark for my photography.
  5. I’ve made more friends in the past year (and really, really good friends, at that!) thanks to my blog than ever before. Yes, we’re all introverts and hate leaving our houses, but when we do, we have the best of times. If anything, I’m most thankful for my blog for that alone!Why Starting This Blog Was One of the Best Things I Ever Did For Myself | oliviablogs.com
  6. I’ve had to write, something I thought I hated, but it turns out I just don’t like to write about things which don’t interest me. Give me a pen & paper, and a topic I’m passionate about, and I’ll write for hours.
  7. I’ve got a way to look back in time at my life. What an incredible thing to be able to do! I frequently click back, looking at the photos, seeing what I did on certain weeks. It’s so nice to have a visual timeline of you own life.
  8. My blog keeps my family in the loop in a more visual way than phone calls could. Being so far away from your loved ones can be tough, and I miss my parents and grandparents loads when I don’t see them for long periods of time, but I feel like whenever I write a blog post, it’s also a way for them to see that I’m ok, what I’m getting up to, and be far more involved in my day to day life than if I didn’t have my blog.
  9. I’ve grown in confidence. Opening yourself up to the world can feel really intimidating, and there have been times when I’ve feared pressing the “publish” button, but every time I have, the responses have been incredible.
  10. It’s created business opportunities. I’m fully convinced that because I’m so open about who I am, and the life that I leave, leads to people wanting to work with me on a business level far more than if I didn’t blog. I’ve been booked up every week since June!

So there you have it, my blog is probably one of my most treasured possessions now. It’s not a tangible thing, but it’s there, it’s mine, and I can do what I want with it, whenever I want. That means more to me than anything. I love my blog, and I’m so happy that I stopped listening to the evil little voice in my head that told me I couldn’t do it. If that little voice is telling you that you can’t do something, don’t listen to it. You can.

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How To Have A More Productive Work Day

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Oh hey Friday, you’ve come around quickly. Way quicker than I thought you would. It’s been a crazy week filled with editing, social media schedules, magazine building, and car MOT’s. All the fun! A good week, for sure, but certainly one filled with lots of admin, and time at my computer.

If you know me well, you know that despite being someone who’s job pretty much requires them to sit at a desk all day, there’s nothing that I hate more than sitting at a desk all day. Yep, it’s pretty bad luck. I get grumpy if I have to sit still for too long (unless I’m totally absorbed in what I’m doing). It’s part of why I really don’t enjoy the editing side of photography. I’ve never been one of those creatives who can sit there with Photoshop open and play around with an image for hours… boring!

On Tuesday afternoon, I’d been working at my desk from 8am to 2pm, and I hadn’t moved. I know most people do that on a daily basis, but I was beginning to feel really unmotivated, and annoyed. I didn’t have any plans, and I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I made some lunch and then looked into my office, hating the sight of my desk. I really did not want to sit there for hours and hours more. So what did I do? I took myself outside. I grabbed my headphones, my iPhone, put a podcast on and walked around Pendennis Point.

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It’s not a very long walk, but it’s long enough to stretch your legs, get some much needed fresh air, and feel better. I don’t know what it hadn’t occurred to me that maybe it would be a good idea to start to incorporate midday walks into my work day far more frequently, but until Tuesday, it just hadn’t. That’s changed now! By the time I got home, I was in a totally different head space. I’d moved, so I didn’t feel like such a lazy blob anymore (does anyone else get what I like to call “fat leg syndrome” when they sit down for too long? I swear I feel like my legs double in size and feel so uncomfortable if I sit down for too long!). I came home, came back to my desk, and got another three hours of very productive work done. I couldn’t believe it, really!

Since Tuesday, I’ve done this three more times. If I begin to feel like I’m losing focus, feeling frustrated or annoyed with my work, I’ve been taking myself outside for 30-45 minutes for a walk. I’ve felt such a huge difference in just a few days. So maybe that solution to a more productive work day is as simple as that… just taking a little walk. Who know?

Do you get outside during a work day? What do you do when you start to feel unmotivated and a bit frustrated? I’d love to hear what your solutions are!

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Chasing Stars | Night Sky Photography

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen last week that I wrote about having a fascination with space and the stars. I can’t say I know a huge amount about them, but I’ve always loved reading about space, watching TV documentaries about the stars, and having my mind blown about the “space time” theory. A lot of the time it’s so complicated that I simply don’t get it, but the few things I do understand make my imagination go wild.

I was having a work break last week during my lunch time, and it hit me that I could spend it learning a bit more about night sky photography. If you understand how to use a camera, you can pretty much figure out what to do in order to photograph the night sky. I knew the basics, and had done it before, but I knew that if I took the time to watch and learn from people who do it as a living, they would provide insider knowledge that I would never be able to access. I found a video on YouTube by PhotographingSpace.com and watched all 45 minutes of it, taking notes of what I wanted to remember.

Come Friday, camera, tripod, remote trigger and boyfriend in tow, we set off around Pendennis Point in Falmouth to put my newly learned skills to the test. I struggled for the first 20 minutes or so, realising that I probably should have also brought a torch, because DAMN it was dark! I also realised just how important a wide angle lens was for night sky photography; something I don’t currently own.

We moved around the Point a bit, and eventually found our sweet spot. These photos are the result! The first photo in this post is probably one of my favourite images that I’ve ever taken. For professional night sky photographers, they can probably see all kinds of problems with it. But I don’t care, I love it! I think it’s beautiful, mysterious and magical.

One things for sure, I’ve got the night sky photography bug, and I can’t WAIT to get back out there.

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A Castle By The Sea | Bridal Editorial at Caerhays Castle

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If you’ve been on any of my social media platforms today, you’re probably already sick of hearing me talk about these images shot at Caerhays Castle… but guess what?! I’m going to talk about them again, because I am SO excited to finally be able to share these images, and give you the background story behind them.

As you know, a few months ago I discovered bridal editorial photography. I’m not sure how I had missed it for so many years, but suddenly I was immersed in a world that I KNEW I wanted to be involved in. I’ve been a lover of beautiful, pretty images forever. Give me softness, give me flowers, give me long flowing dresses, and I’ll be the happiest photographer alive. Is it cheesy? Yes, it can be. Is it overdone? Yes, it can be. Is it hard to do well? Yes, it is. Am I doing it well? Who knows. All I know, is that I am SO in love with these shots!

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Ione and I had been working together for a couple of months when she suggested we see if she could get us access to Caerhays Castle for a shoot. I’d never heard of it before, but seeing as it contained the word “castle” in it’s name, my ears were pricked up and ready. I googled it, and knew we had to find a way to make it work. It was May, so the flowers were out in full force. Spring was really kicking in, the days were getting warmer, and I was super excited. After a few phone calls, we were in. We headed down for a location scout, and I became more and more excited about our imminent shoot. I emailed and phoned around wherever I could to get the necessaries: dresses, flowers, jewellery. And pretty quickly, we were ready.

Lucy Frost, the model of this shoot, is someone who I’d worked with a few weeks prior to this, and I knew she’d be perfect. We arrived on the day, Loulabel bringing with her her incredible bouquets. I had been to collect jewellery from Tegen, as well as the dresses from Ailsa. We were ready to go!

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We shot all day long, making the most of the incredible gardens surrounding the castle, the castle itself, and the coastguard hut only a short distance away. Caerhays Castle is an actual wedding venue, so if you wanted to, you could get married here FOR REAL. It has the most beautiful views of the sea, and if you’re having a very intimate ceremony, the coastguard hut is licensed for weddings.

Anyway, I was absolutely astounded when I submitted these images to Rock My Wedding (The UK’s biggest wedding blog!) and they agreed to publish them. I never would have thought such a big blog would feature me, but they have, and I can’t thank them enough. This morning has felt like a bit of a dream!

Thank you to my whole team for this; Ailsa for the dresses, Ione for the make up, hair, and getting us access to Caerhays, Lucy for being so beautiful, Lou for the beautiful flowers, Tegen for the incredible jewellery and most of Caerhays Estate for letting us use their stunning grounds as the setting for these photos. I couldn’t have done it without you all!

I’ll let the images speak for themselves now… See you Monday! x

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Life and Links | Things I’ve Been Loving

Life and Links | Things I've Been Loving | oliviablogs.com

After what was quite a weird week, I wanted to keep this one a bit more light hearted. It’s been a while since I did a little post like this about things that I’ve been loving, as as someone who really enjoys reading these sorts of posts, I’ll definitely try to keep doing them more myself. There’s something nice about discovering what other people have been loving that inspires me, and the fact that they’re small, bite sized little blog posts makes them quite reader friendly. So here we go!

Book

Let it Out by Katie Daleboute: You’ve probably noticed a growing trend here, but I’m having a real moment with self help/business/empowerment books. I go on and on about “How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be” by Jack Canfield, so it’s no wonder that there are plenty of other books in that genre that I’m enjoying. I bought “Let It Out” by Katie Dalebout on my iPad a few days ago after hearing a lot about it, and the curiosity got the better of me. Journalling is something I didn’t really know much about, or realise that I did it, but it turns out that I kind of do (a bit). I read so many blog posts all the time about other women who have noticed so much improvement in their mental health and all round well-being from journalling, so I thought it would be worth a read. I’m not too far in yet, and I’ve not started journalling in the ways she suggests yet, but I’m definitely going to be taking up some of her tips. I’ve even got myself some new, sparkly journals just to get my creative juices flowing. Stay tuned, and who knows, maybe in a few weeks time I’ll be writing all about how journaling has change my life, too!

Book

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay: Yes, another book, and yes, it’s also a self help/business style on. I purchased this on recommendation from The Private Life of a Girl, and I’m SO GLAD I listened. The Defining Decade is a book all about why people in their 20’s should embrace them, grab the bull by the horns and take control of their life… right now! It’s totally true that the media paints our 20’s as being a time to “let loose and party” but I’ve always known this to be false. I devoured this book in two days flat (and I’m not the fastest of readers either), and I found it utterly fascinating. It talked about everything from careers, to love lives, to health. It opened my eyes to so many things, and made me consider my 20’s in a whole new light. If you’re feeling a bit stuck, down, or confused about life, and you’re in your 20’s (Meg says you can be 20-29 – doesn’t matter, read it!), I absolutely recommend picking this up and giving it a go.

Life

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Walking On the North Coast: On Saturday morning, we woke up to some pretty dreary weather. This was totally unexpected, as the Met Office had been forecasting lovely weather for the weekend. Bummed out, and not wanting to spend another day stuck in our flat, we got in the car and ventured over to the North coast, hoping the weather would be better. We were right, and we had a lovely walk along the coastal path. I drive Tom crazy because I can’t walk more than 100m without stopping and taking photos. I think he forgives me though; look how beautiful it is!

Fun

Pokemon Go: I never, ever thought I’d get into this, but I can blame Steph for this. She came to Falmouth on Friday evening to have a much overdue catch up meal with me, and the first thing she did whilst walking to the restaurant was catch herself some Pokemon. I’d obviously heard a lot about the game, and I had downloaded it, but I’d never really taken any time to look at it properly. Steph showed me the ropes, and on our way back again, she got me hooked. Safe to say that I’ve made excuses for myself to get out of the house and go for a walk, JUST so that I can catch myself some new Pokemon. Not complaining though, it’s good for me AND I caught myself a pony this morning! Win win.

TV

The Olympics: Oh the Olympics! I adore big sporting events SO much. Whenever the Football world cup or Euro is on, I get extremely patriotic for my Swiss team. When the Olympics role around every four years, I can’t wait to watch the Dressage. Being a little girl obsessed with horses, I watched my fair share of films about girls going to the Olympics and winning gold with their horsie friend (International Velvet, anyone?!), and I definitely day dreamed of doing the same. The reality is that I hated competing, so my gold medal dreams kind of vanished. That doesn’t stop me loving watching it though! I’m going to be glued to my TV. Another thing I love? Getting really interested in sports I would never otherwise pay any attention to! What sport are you going to be following during the Olympics?

Fitness

Getting back into exercise – properly: Speaking of the Olympics, July has been a weird month for me in terms of my health and fitness. I was very busy, be it with photoshoots or magazines, we went away for a week, my PT was on holiday, classes were on hold for summer break, so my usual workout schedule was in turmoil! I got back into running properly this month, which has been AMAZING seeing as I couldn’t run for months due to injury. I’ve been doing more Yoga, and loving that, but the loss of my weight training sessions (for lack of wanting to be inside a dark, sweaty gym when it’s so warm and lovely outside!) has made me miss it now. I just had my first PT session in 5 weeks, and it was hard, but so, so satisfying. I can’t wait to get back into my more usual routine!

Fashion

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New Purchases: Oh dear. Friday was a fun day, mainly because I really, really didn’t want to be indoors anymore. After so many days being stuck inside being sick, I wanted to get out as much as I could. I hadn’t been to Truro for a shopping trip in months, and the urge came over me, and I went. I only like shopping on my own, really, so this was a welcome morning of retail therapy. New Look was where I struck gold, and I found loads of pretty tops, some shoes (pictures above) for £6 in the sale and a dress that I’ve been adoring wearing. I also ventured into the big M&S, and let me tell you, the Indigo collection is stunning! The only annoying thing? They never stock my size. I’m normally an 8-10, and in tops in M&S, I’m definitely an 8. Everything I wanted to try on (bar two items) only had 10’s available. I grabbed them anyway to see how they would fit, but sadly for me, they looked ridiculous. Probably a good thing for my bank account, but I did come away with one top which I love!

Tech

Instagram Stories: Controversial topic, perhaps, but I am LOVING Instagram Stories. I used Snapchat for years, and I loved it dearly. The addition of the filters took it to a whole new level, and I loved watching people’s day to day lives. However, I never really posted much because I never felt like I was really talking to anyone. When Instagram launched Stories, I was instantly talking to a much bigger audience, and able to share my life with them in a little bit more a relaxed way. I love it so much. Yes, there’s a few glitches still, and they definitely need to iron out a few things, but I’m sure they won’t be far behind. Do I still check Snapchat? Yes, for now I do. Have I noticed a decrease in people posting on there? You bet I have. Oh and if you feel like following me on Instagram, my username is @oliviabossert (or you can just click here!)

What have you been loving lately? I’d love to know in my comments! I hope you have a lovely week, and I’ll see you on Friday!