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THE REALITY OF BLOGGING AND WHERE HAVE I BEEN

Saturday, 11 May 2019




Firstly, I know this blog post is overdue, like months overdue! But I had fallen so out of love with my blog, uninspired and simply didn’t know what to talk about for the entire of 2019. But I’m making it my mission to make time up and create regular posts again.

I feel like I have finally learnt how to manage my time and to prioritise the more important things on a daily basis. This has taken six long years to get here but that’s what blogging is all about. It’s about learning new things, growing and in return, sharing it with an audience who enjoys reading your weird internet thoughts. So, thank you to everyone who has stuck around over the last year.

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I know I haven’t been putting in 100% effort and that really shows throughout my work. And I think it’s totally normal in this line of work. Being a blogger/ social media person really takes everything out of you. To the point where sometimes you feel like you don’t have anything left to give.

I’ve felt deflated, I felt uninspired and I’ve felt extremely inadequate. All topics that I have written numerous times about overcoming. These were all feelings myself and my other blogger friends have felt over the years, but this time it felt different. No matter what I tried to do I just couldn’t snap out of it. I couldn’t re-motivate myself or get inspired again and I fell into a pit of pulling myself away from everyone and everything I cared about.

what is full time blogging like

Over December, I reached a real low and felt like I needed a change. I needed a huge change that would push me to my limits and that change came in the form of a full-time job.

I worked full time for four months as a social media manager for a luxury brand. And I feel like having that opportunity really inspired me and helped me get back to me. It gave me a reason to get out of the house, it inspired me, it taught me and above all, I had something else to focus on for a while.

It took my mind off of my blog and gave me room to breathe. I didn’t have to think about Instagram or writing or even creating videos. Although I was still active on most of these platforms, I knew I was letting it all slide and I think that was probably the best decision for me.


At this new job I experienced the other side of blogging and Instagram. I met new people and I learnt new skills. Although I really enjoyed what I was doing in this role, I knew it was only a temporary role. I don’t know if I’ll start looking again for a full-time role, or stick back to the blog, but I just wanted to come on here and let you all know what I’ve been up to. Why I’ve been really quiet.

Life has a really funny way of pushing us to what we need. I needed to take a break from blogging to show me how much I love my platforms and engaging with all of you. I want you all to know that we all have ups and downs, we all experience hardships and that we have to go through these to be able to realise what we really want in life.

If you made it this far down the post thank you. Thank you for your support thank you for sticking around. I’d love to hear if any of you have gone through anything similar. Please feel free to leave a comment down below or message me on  twitter or Instagram @teralatilan.

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A Luxury Night At Royal Lancaster Hotel Review

Friday, 1 March 2019




Over the Valentine’s Weekend, Royal Lancaster kindly offered to host my boyfriend and I for the night.

When it comes to staycations you guys know how much I love exploring London and trying different hotels out. So when Royal Lancaster kindly offered to host my boyfriend and I over the Valentine’s weekend, you know I couldn’t resist.

I’d never stayed in the hotel before and it was one of my must visit hotels. Everything about the hotel draws me in. I love the fact that it’s location is so central. The views are incredible and the hotel has gorgeous white marble all throughout the entrance.



Location

The location for Royal Lancaster is a travellers dream. It’s right next to a tube station, a ten-minute walk to marble arch and right on the front doorstep is Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens.

It’s a little surreal having such a large park in central London, and from Royal Lancaster you have some of the most incredible views of the park and the rest of London.

Our room was on the 15th floor and we could see right across London to the.



Room

We stayed in one of Royal Lancaster's Double Deluxe rooms. The room came with a huge fluffy double bed, a great bathroom and the most incredible views over Hyde Park.


I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels all over the world, but I’ve never felt as comfortable as I did in this particular room. I loved the fact that at the foot of the bed was a couch. I find that rooms this size usually have an armchair and a desk chair, but nowhere to unwind and relax other than the bed. 



Food

The hotel has two in-house restaurants, Island Grill a gastro American menu and Nipa Thai I will try to book into the Thai restaurant another time as the concierge had highly recommended it to us. 


My boyfriend loves hotel breakfasts, I much prefer having breakfast in the room, in my robe relaxing, but he absolutely loves buffets as he likes to try a little bit of everything he likes. So this time, I we decided to go down to the breakfast on the second floor. But next hotel we stay at, we’re having it in the room! It’s a compromise we’ve come up with to make us both happy.


Despite my initial wishes, I’m really glad he convinced me to make the short journey down the lift as it was absolutely spectacular drinking my latte people watching in Hyde Park. As it was a beautiful sunny morning there were a lot of people walking around and embracing the sun. It really felt like I was away somewhere and not in central London.


We decided to go for poached eggs on muffins, I had smoked salmon and he went for ham. As well as the A La Cart menu there was a range of different fruits and baked goods which we also thoroughly enjoyed.


The Service.

As always I was impressed with the overall service at the hotel. Although we were only there for a day, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful to.

The lovely receptionist came up to show us to our room and make sure everything was ok. I always find that it makes such a huge difference as some times hotel hallways can get a little confusing and when you’ve refused any help downstairs by the bellman, traipsing around a hotel looking for your room is not ideal.

Overall, we had a wonderful time at Royal Lancaster and would definitely come back and stay here again.

Thank you to Royal Lancaster for hosting us and this gifted experience in exchange for coverage.

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