Brand New Me and a Brand New Laptop

Hello there

Yes it has been a while since I last posted, things have been taking place in my mind and in my life. There has been more stability in my life and more challenges to take on. The first one being that I am writing for a new magazine project that is title Warrior Women; it is the alternative to the typical women’s magazine, those that seem to encourage taunting when someone has put on weight, going out with no make up, basically just being human. It encourages positivity and ambition. It was started up by Steph Kiddle, all round creative. To find out more watch this video.

After a recent visit and hopefully last counselling session I realise how important it is to like yourself and have strong self confidence, not to the point where you’re completely arrogant mind but enough to know full well you are good enough and you are perfect just the way you are. I realised that after years of not liking myself as a person, at school I was often ignored or teased for being that little bit different; they say sticks and stones will break bones but names won’t hurt you. In fact words can hurt, they stick with you and encourage self doubt. So when I tried to say a nice out loud to myself, I found I couldn’t. I have been practicing since, it gets easier each time but I still need to believe it’s true.

Anyways

Happy New Year and here’s to more writing from me.

Take care

Lotty

Coming Back: Feeling Fine

It’s been a while since I last posted so I will start with a hello and how are you. I’m now doing extremely well; I am the happiest I have been for a really long time.

Until nearly three weeks ago I was out of work, I was for a good few months. I’m going to be honest, it was quite a hard time. For those of you who have or are in this situation will know that it is a long, tedious process that can make you feel like giving up all together. I was lucky in my situation that I didn’t have bills or rent to pay since I currently live at home with my parents. Luckily I was able to find a job in a company with a great working atmosphere and a positive ambiance.

I am  proud to say that recently I am the happiest I have been for a long time; I have a job which I love, an amazing family, wonderful boyfriend and a great support network of friends. After months of different types of support and councelling, my mental health has been the best it’s been for a very long time.

It feels great, I feel happy.

There is a few of things I learnt over the past year:

Don’t suffer in silence, if something is worrying or troubling you talk to someone you trust no matter how small or big it is. It’s better to open up than bottle up, you’d be surprised by the number of people who are willing to help you.

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Count your blessings; it’s common to have days where things go wrong and that makes you loose motivation. My advice? Get a blank notebook, write down all the good things you’ve achieved i.e. getting married, your friends etc. next time you have a bad day, read the book. You’d be surprised what seeing good things can do for your mental wellbeing.

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Don’t give up; it’s easy to feel like throwing in the towel. Especially when things aren’t going your way but surrounding yourself with people who believe in and have faith works wonders. It actually refuels your motivation to carry on.

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I am slowing dipping into the world of reviewing music again, it might be a tad quite for now due to festival season only just starting but I aim to be back soon.

Take care

Lotty

Welcome to Rock Out Stand Out!

Hello there!

Lotty from Metal Temple here, this is my own personal blog I am starting that I am hoping will become my own magazine. It has been a dream of mine ever since leaving college and from doing work for other magazines it has given me the hints and tips I need to help me kickstart this dream.

For the past five years I have been working in the music magazine industry voluntarily most recently for Metal Temple; over those years I have had the pleasure of covering some of the best live shows, interviewing some of the most iconic figures on the scene and most recently being able to express myself with feature articles. My main mission is help raise the band’s profile, whether they are selling out arenas or just starting out I am her for them 100%. This blog will contain interviews, news, features and reviews.

Anyways, that’s me and my new blog!

Keep rocking and stay metal

Lotty