Reopening of the Hideaway


Hiya Everyone,

It’s time for a bumper reintroduction post!


It feels like whole other life, in which I used to sit here and pour my soul out to the blog… since I picked up my camera and vlogged my life… I spoke about my plans for my house and what beauty products that I was loving.



Truthfully, I miss it.


So, I have decided to relaunch the blog (hopefully for the last time) – I plan to post once a week at first so that I can keep up a schedule and slowly increase the posts.


I also plan to try and upload a new video every week to the YouTube channel – Hideaway Blogging. As a few people have asked where I have disappeared to, I thought that I would answer that question with a blog post.

 

Personal life


So I will start with the biggest one – Not much has changed in my personal life, I live with Luke (my FiancĂ©) and our two cats. We’ve been making plans and then watching them get cancelled due to the pandemic – the most heart-breaking is that our wedding has been cancelled twice.





We still want to go ahead and rebook and instead of our original plan of just doing it ourselves, we’ve decided to have a medium size wedding – we’ve missed our family so much during lockdown that we want to celebrate with them.


This means starting the planning, once again totally from scratch – but the beauty of that (and now the lack of secrecy), means that this can become a feature on the blog and the channel.

I can take you along with me as I plan one of the biggest events in our lives!


We’ve also watched two holidays get cancelled and rebooked – one in the UK, one abroad which is now totally off. But to be honest, even if the country was greenlit – I think I would be too nervous to travel at this current point in time. We’ve had our first vaccine, but until that second one is in my arm, I’m naturally quite anxious still.


I’m also a month away from my 30th birthday so that is something that I also want to talk about on here and celebrate with you all (I realised I’ve been going since I was 23 on here…)

 

The Weekend ‘bucket list’


Something that Luke and I have decided to adopt in our lives is the weekend bucket list. It comes from a YouTube channel that we both love (BeckiandChris). The idea is that we want to discover more about the place we live in and not waste the precious time we have together stuck at a computer screen.


Every Sunday – when we can safely go places, we will be starting a weekend bucket list and therefore be creating some unique content for here and also the YT channel.


I moved to my current house 2 years ago – I still haven’t got a clue what would happen if I drove 20 mins down the road (after turning right).


Time to change that!

 

Fitness and food 


Another drive and passion in my life now is the attempt to get fit. I promised myself and my body that if we made it through the Coronavirus pandemic – we would get that healthy body we always wanted.


To do this – as soon as we could, Luke and I went straight back to the gym… I am also part of a fitness club as part of the Game Lounge (which I will talk about below) and I find that has motivated me to get out and get moving.


I’m not going to lie, this is going to be a long journey for me – as a lot of people did, I comfort ate through the pandemic and therefore my body ballooned. I’ve come to peace with it as truly food was one of the only things to look forward to during lockdown – the whole day seemed to revolve around it.


But I already have seen some result albeit small in the grand scheme of things, but it's enough to motivate me.


I also plan to post more recipes on here. I want to branch out once more with my cooking, the lockdown kinda had an opposite effect on me to what the rest of the world seemed to be going through. For example – when people were cooking, I was just eating the familiar, mainly because I think I was scared.



But no more!


I’m a fairly decent cook when I want to be and I think now is the time to get the cookbooks back out (As my vegan ones are gathering dust) and get creative again.

 

Lockdown


Speaking of lockdown – I think we can all agree it was an emotional rollercoaster and it feels almost foreign that the shops and restaurants are reopened. During the lockdown, I went through so many different phases and projects and focuses. Anything that would kill the time. But in saying that I felt like I had run out of unique content for here and for the channels – so I stopped. Lockdown to me felt like a never-ending nightmare, but at the same time, it felt like a safety bubble against the world. I think I learnt a lot about myself during this time, I felt like I needed to grow up fast and had to consider bleak outcomes and the worst-case scenario. People I knew well, sadly lost their lives.


When reflecting upon this time, I realise that I need to change aspects of my life as lockdown Becky missed so much. Whenever I get bored or jaded in the future, I will always reflect upon this time.


It’s time to grow… pre lockdown Becky was selfish in some respects and unwilling to change certain things… it took a pandemic to push me out of my comfort zone.

 

The House




My Safety bubble of the house… is something that I will always be grateful for. Those of you that have been here a while will remember my previous flat… and all the trouble we had and the dangerous situations our landlord put us through.


Being in our own mortgaged house felt incredible as if I was renting through this time… I think my anxiety would have been through the roof.


The house (aside from the wedding) is now our biggest project.


It needs some TLC.


Paint, new carpets, curtains/blinds and forever furniture.


I love vlogging renovation projects, so you know I’m going to put it on here and on Youtube!

We have some designs in mind already and as this place was our haven, it deserves a glow up.

 

The Cats


Speaking of the house… we need to mention our furry tenants.


Boots and Teddy have loved lockdown… both are happy, healthy and furry.


Boots recently turned 7 and Teddy recently turned 2.



In our working from home, they have had constant attention and run of the house and a personal doorman if they want to go outside. Honestly, they’ve kept us sane, and some days gave us a reason to get out of bed in the morning.


I’ll always be grateful to them for adopting us.

 

New Job


A big change that I made during the pandemic was that I finally left my job after 7 years.

I was lucky enough to not be furloughed, but due to the pressures that were created by it – my old job became a huge weight in my life. I become burnt out – I gave and gave to my company but I had nothing left for myself.


I decided because of the pandemic – I needed to change this as I couldn’t see the job improving.


I was able to move to another department within the same company and honestly, I feel like a whole new person. I have a work-life balance and I have lunch and breaks.


I don’t overwork anymore – either before or after work.


I’ve lost weight too and I’m sleeping better.


I’ll never look back.

 

University


Another major change/decision I made during lockdown was to go to University to become a teacher. If you have read this blog for a long time, you’ll know this was always the plan, but life kept getting in the way. Again, it took a pandemic to give me the kick I needed.


I’ve completed my first year now – though sadly, I haven’t been able to do any hands-on experience in the classroom yet. But with the new school year, this should change hopefully.


I’ve found it’s helped as something to focus on as a project of sorts. The project being myself. 

 

Twitch / Game Lounge


The final place that I have been is twitch.


My Merch with the GL 

As you may know – I run both Hideaway Blogging and also Hideaway Gaming, both as Youtube Channels.


I decided to branch out on Twitch at the end of December and it's been a wild ride since. Starting from scratch again was something that I haven’t had to do in years so that was a challenge within itself.


I also challenged myself to be a Twitch Affiliate by the end of 2021, I’m proud to say I did it in three months. The thought that people can subscribe with real money to support me play video games is still a thought that I’m still wrapping my head around. I know it is going to take a while to build up a fan base on Twitch, but I feel like I’m getting there.



Through my journey on Twitch, I joined a gaming community called the Game lounge and I am a moderator there and a Stream Team Captain for the UK.


It is not something that I would have considered doing at the start of the year, but I’ve started to expect the unexpected. Through the community, I’ve met some incredible people and I will continue to support them as much as I can.


Going forward I will still mention gaming, but I don’t want to flood Hideaway Blogging with Hideaway Gaming too much. I will still do gaming reviews and gaming goals on here, however. As Twitch has been a massive part of my life this year, I thought it was apt to mention it here.

 

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So to sum up, I’m back.


I thought not a lot has been going on but I guess it has.


Going forward we have a lot to focus on – food, fitness, books, beauty, wedding, House Renos, travel and adventures!


The cobwebs are being blown off and the Hideaway is reopening!


As Always,


Thanks for reading,


Becky x 


Twitter :@beckyrussell

Instagram : @hideawayblogging




(For Hideaway Gaming as mentioned :

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Twitch : Hideawaygames



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