Writing, particularly travel writing, is something I love to do. I love sharing my experiences with others and showcasing what Scotland (and beyond) has to offer. As a result, the content on my blog is largely travel-focused – it’s the sort of content I love to read myself on other sites and is the direction I see Edits Of Jo heading in. Second to this however, is my Let’s talk about series which has been a little quiet of late (have a read here of my let’s talk about homelessness, loneliness and friendship posts here).
With international women’s day taking place earlier this week, I wanted to highlight some female figures and organisations who are particularly inspirational to me. We have come so far in the last couple of years in getting equal rights to men but we still have such a long way to go. As mentioned in a previous post, I think women supporting other women is so important- we should celebrate each others achievements and lift each other up.
By definition, home is somewhere that an individual lives on a permanent basis. As a concept however, I think there is so much more to a home than this; I’m not sure home can be dictated purely by location and permanency- so many other factors impact on what makes a home and I think you can feel at home in more than just one place and in fact, have multiple homes.
After writing a post on friendship last week, the next topic I wanted to talk about is love. It’s actually Valentine’s Day today, which I have incredibly mixed emotions about. I remember being single on Valentine’s Day, before Galentine’s Day became a thing in my life, and feeling very much alone. There’s so much marketing around Valentine’s Day that it can make you feel isolated and lonely if there’s not someone special in your life to share it with.
Since moving up north, friendship is something that has been at the forefront of my mind and something that I’ve begun to cherish more and more. It’s one of the loveliest feelings in the world to have someone you can confide in and share your experiences with. Whether it’s every week you check in with friends, or every month or even every year, it’s comforting to know there are people out there who have a connection to you and you to them.
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite a while. Whilst I really enjoy writing about my travel experiences, fashion and of course books, I want my site to reflect the things that are important to me and that affect me in both a direct and indirect way.
Moving to Edinburgh has been one of the scariest, most exciting and most terrifying things I’ve ever done in my life. Not only have I uprooted myself from my lovely family in Surrey but I’ve also left behind a really big support network of friends and colleagues. More than that, I’ve left behind the familiarity of places- the places I feel safe, secure and loved. I’ve lived in Surrey for my entire life, I learned how to ride my bike there, had my first kiss there and grew from a toddler to a teenager to an adult there. Surrey has been my home since as long as I remember so moving not only counties, but actual countries has been a massive move for me.