You may or may not have noticed that my posts here have become less and less frequent.
I am so proud of what I have achieved, and continue to achieve through this blog and through Hugo’s Legacy.
For all that, though, I have to be honest with myself and admit that campaigning and activism is exhausting.
I have felt a bit ‘stuck’: I am, and always will be, Hugo’s mummy. I probably will always struggle with PTSD. I will always be passionate about campaigning for change and better support for bereaved parents.
After Hugo died I launched myself in to writing about my son on this blog, into activism. I am very glad I did: the blog and the support from you all that came with it has been my lifeline. The blog became a focus for me, and it really has kept me going.
Just like any other mummy, I have reflected that I need some time to be Leigh, too.
I have posted on this blog about the things that I love: beauty, style, fitness, and wellbeing. While they have been well-received, it has not always felt right, or comfortable. Creativity helps me, and gives me a positive constructive outlet, whereas Headspace is by its nature emotionally draining.
Depriving myself of such an outlet seemed rather silly. So, after a great deal of thought, I set up Looking for a Bright Side. It is all about the fun parts of life: beauty, style, fitness, wellbeing, and creativity.
I am also excited to have launched the Awesomeness Project, which is about fitness and wellbeing for real life. It’s based, of course, on things I have learnt since Hugo died.
It is not about moving on, but about moving forward, and about acknowledging that changing your direction or focus when it feels right for you rather than trying to make the pieces fit is a positive thing to do.
A fresh direction.
I’m really looking forward to being able to explore my creativity and the brighter side of my personality on the new blog, hence the inspiration for the name.
The new blog has a new Facebook page; do pop over and give it a ‘like’. For the time being my other social accounts, Instagram and Twitter are the same (@leighakendall). The thought of juggling so many accounts makes my head hurt and would I think kind of take the fun out of it. Besides, it’s about making my life less stressful, not adding to it: and after all, it is all what makes me, me.
This blog will remain focused on my campaigning and activism work.
I hope you will continue to read both blogs.
I would like to extend my genuine, heartfelt thanks for all your love and support you have given me through this blog, and for always remembering Hugo. It means more to me than mere words can express.