Where do I start?

“The start is what stops most people.”
Don Shula

Writing my first post was harder than I thought – it took me 4 weeks to be exact. Almost as long as it took me to write my first online dating profile.

What do you say, how do you say it? Is it too much? Is it too little?

I want to share my life experiences and random musings but where do I start? At 24 years old I’m at that point where I feel like I’ve achieved so much yet I know I still have so far to go.

Yes I’m 24 years young – I told you you would learn more about me as you read my posts.

I’m currently in my first professional job since finishing my degree. The last year of university was hard. Very hard. But I can definitely say with confidence that God showed how much he loves me. With support from my friends and family and constant prayer I made it through. It’s in those moments you know who is truly there for you.

Now I’m focusing on building experience, growing my skills and preparing for the life I want to live. Husband, kids, picket fence and a cat or a dog – my boyfriend and I are still debating about that. I feel I need to start preparing for these things but I’m not entirely sure how.

That’s where The Lyd Blog comes in. That’s where you come in. Though I created this blog, The Lyd Blog is not just for me. Your stories and wisdom are just as meaningful and useful.

So join me as I share my world through my eyes. And i hope you will share yours.

To find out more about The Lyd Blog visit the About page.

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Love always,
Lyds x


Where’s the bin?

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fuelled by procrastination”
Christina Scalise

It’s Saturday morning. I don’t get many Saturday mornings like this. Waking up at 9am with absolutely nowhere to go and nothing to do till the evening. I like it.

I had plans to go to IKEA with my boyfriend this morning. My room is in desperate need of a revamp but the gloomy London morning told me ‘stay in bed and relax’. So I did. I’ve never been to IKEA. I wanted to go when I’m in that “I’m here for one thing and one thing only” mood. You know what I mean? That organised type of mood.

So I gave myself time to think.

How can I put this new found free time to use?

Write a post obviously but what else?

I decided to declutter my room. Maybe that’s why I’m struggling to write my posts. I feel disorganised. Much like my room, I have a lot going on in my head. Finding the time to think about it is rare for me. So I don’t think, I just do. Work, eat, hide it in the corner, sleep. I just do it.

But I’m learning to take a step back. Reflect. Writing for The Lyd Blog is helping. To write a post you have to think. Be present in your actions. Be mindful of what is happening. Why it’s happening.

I’m rambling I know but that’s what this blog is for. Well, not just rambling but every now and then you need to spill the content of your bag and rummage through the clutter to find what you’re looking for.

I better get started with this room.

What do you do on your free Saturday mornings?

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Love always,
Lyds x

What’s the Goal Here?

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”
Brian Tracy

It’s Friday morning. Those late nights spent in the office this week have payed off. My workload is light and I have no meetings till later this afternoon. So why not write a post.

At the start of 2016 I set goals for myself. Get a degree related job, a car, a serious relationship, learn to cook and start a blog; just to name a few. But I kept them in my head.

So I thought, why not write them down instead?

Not because I think my goals are unique but simply because its good to write your goals down. And its even better to share it with people who can hold you accountable.

Big or small, a goal is a reflection of your desire in life.

Pursuing goals of any size can be disheartening and lonely. Knowing someone else has been there can do wonders. In comes The Lyd Blog.

I’m 24 years old, preparing to make life changing decisions. I’m too young to know it all yet too old not to know anything. From climbing the career ladder and maintaining a serious relationship to getting a mortgage and starting a family. The list goes on.

These are goals I want to achieve before I’m 30 but is there time?

Is it more important to achieve your goals in a specific time or to a specific quality?

Can you do both?

Its easy to say what you learned after making a decision but what about what you experience during those decisions? Those are often not documented. And that’s what I want to do. Set my goals and document the decisions that I make to reach them.

What are some of your goals in your twenties?

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Love always,
Lyds x

How’s it Going?

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time

Thomas Merton

Fifth post and I still don’t know quite what I’m doing on the blogosphere. I want to use this space to find myself but its the how bit that I’m struggling with. What part of my life do I share and what bits do I keep to myself?

In 24 hours – 8 being spent sleeping, so much happens. From work to family and everything in between, when do you find the time to write it all down?

What about when your mind wanders in the middle of a meeting at work? It goes somewhere so fascinating or worrying you forget where you are. How do you share that? Do you share that? How do you blog about life as it happens? Maybe I’m going about this all wrong. Or maybe I’m not.

Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing”
Warren Buffett

I promised myself I’d be consistent. Write at least 3 posts a week but so far I’ve failed. Working 9am to 6pm, sometimes till 8pm; really takes a lot of your time. By the time I get home, talk to my family and friends, it’s time for bed time. When did my life become such a routine?

Maybe I should take it day by day. Write what happens every 24 hours. Life might not seem so boring. I never said my life was interesting. It’s just my life and I want to share. For my sake more than anyone else.

So on October 6th 2016 i vow to make daily posts on whats happening. In my life, in my mind, in my world. Three hundred words at a time.

If you have any tips, suggestions, questions or comments please feel free to share.

Love always,
Lyds x

So Why Am I Here?

“When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding.”
Chinese Proverb on Knowledge

I’m not sure what the blogging etiquette is when it comes to writing posts so I’m kind of winging it. I don’t have a plan for this blog. Not a proper plan anyway.

So why am I here..? To share. Simple.

I know I’ve said it a million times already – and its only my forth post; including my About page, but I feel like I have to keep saying it. Why? To remain focused and not lose sight of why I created this space.

The Lyd Blog was created for me to share. For us to share. There are some questions that my friends, family, and even church members can not answer. Not really. Questions where you’d need to have experienced it to understand it. Not to know the answers but to simply understand it. Some of it if not all.

“Understanding is much deeper than knowledge.
There are many people that know you, but there are very few that understand you”
Unknown Author

And as much as I’d like to say I’m a social butterfly, the blogosphere has more people than my friends, family and church folks combined. So why not try it out.

Perhaps if I turn my thoughts into words I could answer my own questions and provide information to someone else along the way. Good or bad, information is information. That’s what The Lyd Blog is about. Information. Information on life struggles, life choices, life blessings and life goals. The what, when, where, and hows of life.

Maybe when I look back at my words I’ll understand my story and why I am where I am.

I hope you’ll join me.

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Love always,
Lyds x

Am I Ready?

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives”
Lemony Snicket

It’s taken me almost a year to get The Lyd Blog started. I had a domain name, a hosting service a design – I was set. But I just couldn’t get started. I was so focused on naming my blog and what to put on the About page I got discouraged and abandoned it.

Then a lot of things started happening in my life. Things I felt someone out there is also going through. Things we have to deal with in our twenties. Decisions that need to be made. I thought perhaps I could help.

Within a year I graduated, got a new job, started a serious relationship, learned to drive, got a car and a whole bunch of other ‘grown up’ things that to us.

So I decided to blog about it all. Document these moments as they come. The good, the bad and the somewhat confusing bits of life.But I don’t want to just blog about my life. I want to talk about life. I guess I feel I have something to say. Whether it’s unique? I don’t know. Will it be comforting? I hope so.

What I do know is that I want to offer my experiences, thoughts and opinions about this life. To learn from others. Have you gone through the same issues? Do you share my world views? If not, why not?

I’m full of questions just like you. My hope is to help each other figure it all out. Or at least try to.

So I encourage you to get involved. Feel free to share with me as I share with you.

I’m ready. Are you?

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Love always,
Lyds x