My first ever blog post: a little info about me and my blog…

First of all, welcome!

This is my very first blog post and I am so excited to start writing more! You may have already read a little bit about me in my ‘about’ section of the blog, but I thought I would briefly introduce myself here also. My name is Lydia and I am currently living in Vienna, Austria, working for an international school. I came here in 2016, a few months after graduating university and will be here until the summer of 2018. My degree is in drama and performance and I am passionate about the creative arts, especially in the school curriculum. I will delve further into my experiences in theatre and how it aided my development into a much more creative and confident individual in a later blog post.

Another thing I am passionate about is travel. I love to visit new places and cultures, trying their foods and hearing new languages. So far I have been to America (to New York and Florida), Austria, Canada (where I lived for five months on exchange just outside of Toronto; Ontario and also visited Montreal; Quebec and Halifax and Berwick; Nova Scotia), France, Germany (where I also lived for three years as a child), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lanzarote, Slovakia, Sweden, Tenerife and Tunisia. The travel bug was instilled in me from a young age, with two parents who equally love exploring new places. I often hear stories about their adventures from when they where younger. My Dad’s road trip from Quwait, through Iraq and Europe including what was once Yugoslavia and finally ending in England, my Mum’s move to Cyprus as a child due to my Grandfather being in the RAF and both of their journeys to Malaysia where they first met. I also aim to tell their story one day too.

However, travel hasn’t always been so easy for me. I suffer from anxiety and whilst this has often affected every day life situations such as writing an essay for university, trying ask for time off at work and learning to drive, it also tends to get in the way whilst travelling and it is this that annoys me the most about having it. If I arrive somewhere late at night, that causes anxiety. If I think I am going to be late to the airport/hotel/event, that causes anxiety. If I get to a hotel and it’s really noisy at night due to traffic or parties nearby and I think I am not going to be able to sleep during my time there, that causes anxiety. Anything, down to wanting to sit near the window but worried I’ll have to ask people to get up if I have to go to the bathroom on a plane, can cause anxiety. I never know when it is going to strike, but what I do know is that no matter how much it affects me or how many times I have suffered through panic attacks, I am not going to let it stop me from seeing the world.

 

So, as I use this blog to discuss my three main themes; creative arts, travel and mental health awareness I want to use this blog to talk about the following:

Creative arts;

  • My university experience,
  • Opportunities and experiences that have aided my career path,
  • How theatre helped me become the person I am today.

Travel;

  • some of the incredible adventures I go on,
  • the hidden gems I find in them,
  • the things they don’t tell you when going on exchange at university.
  • My endless bucket list!

Mental Health;

  • Advice to my younger self,
  • Little things that make me smile and things in life to be happy about,
  • How writing things down helped me (and how it became a blog!)

As well as this I also want to include reviews of books and films that have inspired me to travel further or think positively, regular posts thanking those that have helped me get to where I am today and a list of websites that are useful for anyone interested in the creative arts, passionate about travel or suffering from (or knows someone suffering from) anxiety.

If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding future blog posts please feel free to send a message via the contact page. I also appreciate any feedback regarding this blog, positive or negative.

Thanks for reading,

All my love,

Lydia                                                                                                                                                                     Xx

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