Living differently is of course subjective, but l would very much say that my lifestyle is very different to that of the people that live in my local community. Council gardens are usually lawns and boarders or hard landscaped. Mine isn’t, and by gods the people around me do not like it. Every year I get complaints about it being “messy and unkempt” that much so that the council do not even bother coming out to have a look anymore because they know and accept what I use my garden for. That is of course to grow as much food as I can.
It is becoming more popular again and the pandemic has certainly started to make a lot of people think about the important things in life and being able to support yourself when money is low or non existent. So many people have started their own little craft businesses with an attempt to get that little bit extra back into the house. The rise of the “make do and mend” mindset growing in strength and indeed the crafting revolution is even more on the rise.
So I guess this is where I come in. I have been told many, many times that I was “born in the wrong time” but the fact is, my grandparents were a massive influence on me when growing up, so their war time upbringing played an important part in that too. I know how to grow my own food, darn socks, ease basic ailments with herbs, patch up/make clothes, re-purpose things to give them a new life, cook, and can put my hand to many building projects. We never had a lot of money growing up, I have never had a lot of money in fact we have lived hand to mouth for pretty much all my life. It is still the same now. No I have not found a way of earning money yet. Although I have had many “hun bots” messaging me.
My life isn’t what most people call exciting, especially since becoming disabled. Before lock down I was always told how nice it must be to be at home all the time, now those people understand that it is a whole different experience if you’re staying home by choice rather than being made to stay at home by a force you can not control. So where is this post going?
I have been trying to find my niche for my YouTube channel as everything I have read, watched and listened to about being a content creator states that to be successful you must find and stick to your niche as that is what the algorithm picks up on. This just adds to the confusion of where I should focus is also the fact that I am a woman, over 40, menopausal, disabled with chronic illnesses, and have mental health issues. I am a mother to adults who I brought up on my own who are both on the spectrum, so we have had many ups and downs. Ohhhh and I am going to be a grandma next month. I love photography, art, a few circus skills, walking, exploring nature, going beach combing, and many more things that I would like to start learning how to do.
I have been thinking that a lifestyle vlogger is probably the way to go? My life is messy so it stands to reason that my content be messy and all over the place, and by being so maybe that is its very own niche. I am not even expecting anything to come from it, but I am hoping it will build up my confidence. Who knows I may even put some beauty content up on there too!