Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Hello lovelies! I thought I'd do a catch up post as I have a few things going on.
It's been a rough month or so for me but hopefully things will be much sunnier soon. Many of you will know that I really struggle with life in the dark months, and that's been especially true recently. Everything has been an effort, even the most simple things like self care. I've been living out of my bed. I've been spending at least 12 hours a day asleep, trying to sleep or trying to find the strength to get out of bed. I've been having really bad troubles with my sleep recently - taking hours to get to sleep, waking up multiple times in the night, never sleeping through a whole night. I've had all kinds of things going on on top of that - a lot more gynae issues than usual, far heavier periods and a lot more ovary pain. Well, I had a routine blood test last week (just in time!) and it turns out my thyroid has gotten worse and they've had to increase my medication. This happened a few days ago and I should hopefully start to feel the benefit soon. Your thyroid controls the behaviour of every cell in your body. It affects how you process food for energy, your hunger/satiety levels, how you sleep, your mental health and even your periods. No wonder I was struggling, but better days are coming!
Another thing that's been happening is I've had a lot of my blog posts stolen/borrowed by another site (depending which way you look at it).
The site that's 'borrowed' my work basically collates other people's blog posts to their own site. They want to get lots of pageviews. How it works is like this - They want to become a go-to site for lots of different bloggers' content. As it builds they place ads on the site and people who visit them click/buy from the ads, and they make money from ad revenue. But they'll be making money from stolen work. I'm not linking to them as I don't want to give them any traffic but they can be found at http://curvy.fashion/.
Now I know some people are OK with having their content skimmed as it gets their name out there, but I'm not one of those people. If they want to use my work, they can pay me for it! Not only have they taken allllll my recent posts, they've been using my photos on social media without credit. Their Instagram is literally half made up of content stolen from me. As if it couldn't get any worse, when they've used my stolen photos on social media they've used a link to the post on THEIR SITE, not on my blog. The absolute cheek of these people!
As you can see in the photo below, they haven't credited my blog by linking to it. They haven't even tagged me in the post, and then they've had the liberty of linking to their bloody website, where they're stealing dozens of bloggers' work. Unfuckingbelievable. No one is following their Instagram account at the moment, but that's not the point. I'm trying to get all of my work off their website and social media accounts. I hate that people think they have the right to help themselves to other people's work. This isn't the first time this has happened to me - it also happened a couple of years ago. Thankfully that site was taken down by the web host after lots of people got together to report them.
I'm really glad spring is on the way. I'm already starting to feel slightly more human as I see daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops popping up everywhere. It'll soon be bluebell season and then I'll be going to the woods looking for them so I can photograph them. I must say I'm looking forward to being a whole person again. S.A.D. takes so much out of me on top of all my other challenges and I look forward to long bright days, outings to pretty places on weekends and sitting out on my balcony with a book and a cool drink hearing the birds sing. I'm only half a person in late autumn and throughout winter. Finding the motivation to get out of bed in the dark months is so hard, and I've been spending way too much money on crap I don't need (or have the time to wear!) to try to cheer myself up. Outfit photos have been a rarity from me lately as I keep deleting whole sets of outfit photos I'm not happy with. I'm in such a funk. By the time I drag myself out of bed and get ready to go out it's usually late afternoon and then the light is failing and all my photos come out grainy or looking lacklustre. I can't wait for the lift that taking photos in the sunshine gives. Everything looks so much nicer when the sun shines! Life feels grey when skies are grey and I want to live life in glorious colour.
All in all I'm very glad brighter days are around the corner! Let me know what's new with you!
Thanks for reading.
I'm Leah. I blog about plus size fashion, cruelty free beauty and my life with Fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility disorder and CFS/ME. I live in SE England with my geeky hubby. I'm obsessed with Jason Momoa, rock & metal music, cats and Netflix. My interests include long romantic walks to the fridge, pissing off trolls by being fat and happy, and being outside. I'm a hippie chick at heart, happiest where the birds sing and I can walk barefoot. I've got depression and anxiety disorder and I'm trying to live my best life. Follow me on Instagram @loveleahblog.