The first month of the school year has been and gone. My newborn blog is now four weeks old. Oh, how time passes.
September has been good to me – not in clear, obvious ways, such as big projects landing in my inbox or exciting life developments, but more so in terms of my frame of mind. Most noticeably, I think I’m finally out of the creative rut I’ve been stuck in since April. It took me a long time to work out what direction I wanted to take my channel in, but after a lot of mind mapping, unhappiness, stress and Diet Coke, I’m making videos I love again. I feel really happy focusing on my new long form chat series, The Sunday Social, and my all-time favourite, 168 Hours. In addition to these, I’m making more fashion, beauty and (hopefully!) interiors content. For a long time – years, even – I’ve had this strong internal debate about whether my content should have a moral purpose and if it’s worth creating what might be considered superficial entertainment when I could be doing something more substantial. However, last month it mentally clicked into place: it’s okay to make entertainment, and content with more purpose. All of the videos I’m creating are inspired by what I love to watch, which makes me excited to create, whether it’s an evening routine or a chat about intersectional feminism with a friend. I like the diversity of my channel right now, and I feel it represents me as a woman who likes style, feminism, my one true love Drake, and having important and challenging conversations with people who inspire me.
Speaking of Drake, as I am writing this I am currently on a flight to Toronto. I don’t think that last sentence conveyed just how excited I am to step foot in the Six, Drake’s homeland and perpetual muse, but trust me I’m practically wetting my knickers with anticipation. And no, not in the way your mind just jumped to. I’m heading to Buffer Festival to screen an 168 Hours episode, and so on top of visiting the city I’ve heard so much about, I will be spending all weekend with my friends, parading around galas and trying to look classy as I work out how many bites is appropriate for consuming each canapé. This will be my first weekend-long event completely sober, and so twenty-seven days into a dry September, this really is the last hurdle. I’m slightly nervous, but overall it’s been easier to reach for a soda and lime than I predicted so I’m going into my last four days with high spirits. No pun intended.
When it comes to what I’ve been enjoying this month, YouTube, unsurprisingly, is a big category. I discovered Sophie Milner and Jasmine Rossol on YouTube and whilst they make very different kinds of lifestyle content, I have absolutely fallen in love with their channels. I can’t get enough of The AM With Amy, a GRWM series in which Amy Lee does her makeup and takes an older sister role as she offers advice on her audience’s dilemmas. Moving to Instagram, my flavour of the month has been Mother Pukka, whose stories have made me crack up on the tube on multiple occasions. In podcasts, I’ve been binging Emma Gannon’s Ctrl, Alt, Delete and currently feel like the episode with Sali Hughes is necessary listening. I’ve never heard so much truth spoken about what it’s like to navigate being a woman online with a public-facing career.
Earlier this month, I found a link to a high quality tracked version of Frank Ocean’s Endless, so that’s naturally become my latest soundtrack when I’m working. If you’re a pop princess then I couldn’t recommend Bea Miller’s Red EP highly enough, I discovered it at the end of August and it hosts three of the best songs I’ve heard in ages. I’ve made my Autumn playlist, called Roses, so do follow it for dark wintery tunes along with my brand new Pop Playlist where I curate the best of, you guessed it, newly released pop.
I also finally got around to watching Stranger Things, which was, of course, spectacular. As a commitment-phobic television viewer, for the first time in a very long time I can join in with the hype about the new series of a show. I even started following Millie Bobby Brown’s Instagram. Is this what it means to feel culturally engaged? (Edit: I actually met Gaten Matarazzo in my hotel in Toronto and fully freaked out. I was definitely more excited to meet him that I have been for any other prepubescent boy in my life.)
As for October, I’m really excited to get my productivity locked and record more Sunday Socials, alongside my capsule wardrobe content and the two 168 Hours episodes I have to share. It’s going to be a great month for videos and I’m buzzing. I’m looking forward to a celebratory glass of sparkling wine (for some reason I’ve been craving rose this whole month) and for starting my Christmas shopping – yeah I know, I’m a keen bean. If September was anything to go by, I suspect that October will be a good month.