Cheltenham Literature FestivalIt’s was a funny old week last week. A hormonal week. A week of thinking, feeling, re-evaluating.

I needed a social media break

Last Sunday I deleted social media off my phone for the first time in over ten years. I have an addiction to my phone, and this was confirmed to me after the introduction of ‘screen time’ in the latest iPhone update (thanks Apple!). I was spurred on to actually do something about it after listening to The High Low podcast, where Pandora Sykes talked about giving up social on weekdays. I thought I’d give it a go. I knew the whole world wasn’t going to blow up if I didn’t check Instagram…but I couldn’t help but feel a bit anxious. 

As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to switch off. It took a bit of getting used to on the first day, and I found myself picking up my phone for no reason out of habit. Once my brain had gotten over the initial shock, I started to enjoy my social media free evenings, and instead engaged more with my friends and spent time reading. By the time Friday came around, I debated reinstalling the apps, before agreeing with myself that I would make this a more regular experiment. It felt really, really good!

The Cheltenham Literature Festival

This year, I attended the Cheltenham Literature Festival for the first time. I’ve been reading a lot more in the past 12 months and most of the authors or writers I admire were presenting on panels or doing their own talks. The Festival was fantastic, even if I felt exhausted by the end of the two days that I attended. I took in a lot of information about topics such as social media, feminism, politics and defining your career – all of which I’m very keen to form my own opinion on. I still don’t think I’ve quite decided how I feel on each subject. I think this is okay because I’m educating myself in a way I have not done before, and finding out the issues and causes I really care about.

On the subject of Cheltenham Literature writers, Dolly Alderton wrote about personality types in her latest Sunday Times Style column. This was very topical for me as I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to persuade anybody and everybody to take the ‘16 Personalities’ quiz so I could analyse their results. I was introduced to the Myers-Briggs theory recently at work, which is the idea that everybody will fit into one of 16 personality types depending on how they would react in given situations. I am personally an INFJ – introverted, passionate and strong-willed. I encourage anybody to take the test, it’s eerily accurate, and you might find you learn something new about yourself in the process!

It’s now only five days until Liam comes back from tour and I could not be more excited to see him. We’ve both been thinking about the bigger picture and what we want to get out of the next few years, so I’m looking forward to having him back and looking at where 2019 is going to take us. I feel good about the future!