Beverley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who I’ve been reading for years, probably since I started blogging myself back in 2011. I’ve always loved how pure her writing is – like you’re reading her diary over her shoulder (in a totally none creepy way, obvs).
Beverley recently relocated to Leeds from London in a bid to trust her gut. She’s a blogger who I’ve seen grow and develop into a quietly confident, kick-ass woman – who, by the way, writes an exceptional newsletter.
What has been the best thing to come from your blog?
Can I cheat with this one? There’s actually been two amazing things that have come from my blog. Firstly, my career. When I moved back to the UK in 2013, after three years in Australia and New Zealand, my blog helped me get my job. I’d studied media and marketing at university, so I already had the knowledge needed for a PR role, but running a relatively successful blog gave me the extra edge. I understood the media landscape from a publishing point of view *and* a PR point of view and, three years later, I’m now a PR Manager with experience in online and traditional PR.
I’ve also made a lot of friendships through blogging, and a lot of those blogging friendships, most of which started on Twitter, have turned into actual, IRL friendships. I still have lots of non-blogging friends, but I’d definitely have fewer amazing women in my life if I hadn’t started my blog!
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
It gets better. I think that’s what I’d say. It gets better and you won’t always feel like such an outsider. You will find your tribe. Don’t worry if the people you’re surrounded by aren’t on your wavelength, you’ll eventually find the one who are. Make an effort with the people who matter, make less of an effort with people who don’t. It’s not your job to make people like you. And, also, you’re enough.
What were you looking forward to most about relocating to Leeds?
Renting my own flat instead of a room. I’ve lived on my own before, in my final year at Leeds uni, but since then I’ve travelled and lived in shared flats and it got to a point where I really needed my own space. I loved living in London, loved where my flat was in Shoreditch, and I have no regrets about moving there when I got back from New Zealand, but it was time for a change. I have my own place now, and in a way it feels like things I didn’t believe I could accomplish in London are a bit more feasible here. In the distant future I’d love to set up a small business or write a book and, for reasons that I can’t quite explain, that seems less scary and overwhelming in Leeds than it did in London.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
I’m an all or nothing kind of person in that, for the most part, I can only give 100% of myself to one thing at any given time, and it applies to almost every aspect of my life. I’m either running regularly or not at all, blogging regularly or not at all, eating well or eating terribly. On paper it looks like a really great way to be disciplined; concentrate on one thing at a time and do it well. But life doesn’t work like that. After a while, I realised that if I wanted to find any kind of balance in my life I needed to create some kind of order and, honestly, the only way I can do that is with a physical planner. I think a planner you can actually write things down in is a really great way to introduce a bit more discipline into your life. All your tasks, your notes, and appointments are in the same place, and physically writing down what you want to accomplish makes the goal seem a little more concrete in your mind. I tried online planners for a while but, for me, the physical act of writing a plan makes a world of difference.