Friday, 9 October 2015

Driving Fears || October Diary


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

I was right, today was a better day. Thank goodness. 

I woke up without my alarm (always nice) and without having a bunch of distressing dreams (always even nicer) and got dressed and ready in a calm, lovely manner. 



I picked up Natalie from the station and we drove up to Sheffield for my first proper book signing for the Diary. This sentence might not seem like much but it's BIG. For as long as I've had a licence, I've been petrified of driving on the motorways. I missed out on events, took super lengthy train rides and paid for really expensive taxis just so I wouldn't have to face that fear. This last month though, I've cracked it. I've done a couple of big journeys and although I don't much like it, I can do it. The sense of freedom is incredible. I can go ANYWHERE now! So, that was a high point. 

The signing itself was dreamy. Lots of smiling happy faces and lovely little chats were had. My Publicist, Hannah, is a hoot and I think knows more about Harry Potter than JK herself. I like her a lot. I have another signing today in Nottingham at the WHSmith in the Victoria at 4pm, wristbands are available on the door so do pop in and say hello. 

The car journey home was long (thank you traffic) and so Natalie and I weathered it with out of tune signing to a selection of super cheesy pop songs. Amazing. 

I popped into Matt's for dinner (oh hi Dominos pizza) and now I'm home and thinking about a bath and/or netflix. Who knows??

All in all, a much better day! 

Since it's gone midnight, I've got about as much energy as a drunk flea so won't type too much but I'm enjoying these little updates. Diaries are good for the soul I think. 

Toodlepip!

xx

45 comments:

  1. I do enjoy your blogposts and Videos Louise and it is such a nice freedom to be able to face a fear and for it to all be okay. Sending my love, Katy Summers

    www.splashofhiddenhappiness.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. The last part about diaries being good for the soul really struck me, since it's so so true. Writing and journaling in general is something I find really therapeutic. I'm glad today was a lot better for you Louise, I've had an off day, but I'm optomistic for tomorrow. :) x

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  3. I'm so glad you're feeling better, and so so excited that you're coming to Nottingham!! Will definitely be turning up this afternoon to say hello! Driving is one of my biggest fears, so I'm incredibly proud that you're overcoming it bit by bit! Enjoy the rest of the book tour! <3

    nikkiisliving.blogspot.com

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  4. I feel the same about driving on motorways, but you do get more confident the more you do it so keep going! :) x

    Zoe Mountford x

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  5. I'm really proud of you, Louise. I also have a fear of driving as my dad died as the result of a car accident, but this year I finally started driving lessons (I'm 23) and it feels really good to take little steps to overcome something that was paralysing for a long time.

    Erin

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  6. Hahaha a drunk flea! You're my kind of girl!

    I am too scared to drive on Motorways too, but definitely gotta crack it soon!
    Glad you managed to face up to it :)

    Tania | teabee94.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  7. I'm struggling with coming to terms with driving too, doing my manual licence at the moment and can't bring myself to get back out on the road. I think it's mostly paranoia but I'm get where your coming from. I think I just need to get back out there.

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. xxx
    P.S Diaries can be really therapeutic for the soul if you know what i mean ;)

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  8. I love these daily blogs Louise! I'm not a big fan of driving either, but I'm facing my fear and driving to Scotland later in the month!

    Hollie | hollieshighlights.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Glad you're feeling better! =)

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm really glad your feeling better and yay for driving on motorways. I stopped driving cause I got scared myself but maybe I need to start up again.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  11. I'm so happy you've faced you're motorway fears, very proud!

    http://whatkatiewatched.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Amazing, well done! I've just started driving and find it very daunting, but practise makes perfect.
    It's good to push yourself sometimes.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger
    xxx

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  13. good on ya! glad in went well.

    http://www.honesty-virtue.com/

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  14. I'm craving some pizza now... Glad you faced your fear :) xx

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  15. Glad to see you're feeling better Louise! Are you coming to Birmingham for your book tour?!

    guesswhathollie.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. This sounds like a pretty good day to me! I love your diary posts and your video's Louise, too bad I don't live in England.... Because I would love to come to a booksigning!!

    awkward-overload.blogspot.com

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  17. Well done for facing your fears and driving on the motorway Louise! The thought of doing any long distance driving petrifies me and I refuse to drive anywhere I don't feel confident driving too! (basically I will drive in & around my own town/city but wont venture any further a field) Hopefully one day I will get over my fears and be able to brave driving a long distance journey!

    www.daintybailey.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I don't drive at all because i'm soooo scared that I might kill someone or myself... I can't even breath while driving .. it's horrible. Now I've just given up. Haven't driven in over a year. Any ideas how to get over this??

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  19. Glad to hear you've been able to get over your Driving Fear! It's such a big thing to overcome a fear! I myself, am scared of Hill Starts! Haha :)

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I think motorway driving is so intimidating, until you've done it a few times and it's just really boring! Glad you hear you are feeling better today, and that you are enjoying your daily diary updates :)

    Ellie xx

    http://lovelaceandlilies.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I too don't like long-distance driving (because of anxiety and fear of a panic attack). But I also have an opposite problem: I don't really use public transport but much rather drive shorter distances because I feel more in control.

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  22. Love these diaries, such a good idea!

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    Thank you, Maddie xx

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  23. I really love these diary posts you do! Glad you had a good day, you make me laugh too much!

    lushivity.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  24. I love how you're keeping the october diaries up because i actually find them really relaxing!

    xxx

    Elle

    elleplusbooks.blogspot.com

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  25. Hello Louise (can I call you Louise?)! This is just a comment to say that I admire and adore you so much, I have read your book many times on kindle and I realized that posting anything any ware and using the mask of the internet to make it ok is an awful thing to do and so I just thought that a little positive comment, even though it is only a smidgen of the web, in some ways makes the world a better place. Being nice to someone else can also help me back! After reading your post, I went up to the girl who was not very nice to me at school and told her that being mean to me wouldn't help her feel any better, and that I didn't mind her anymore because I have enough people that I deserve to be around, where no negativity is involved.
    Thank you so much for making me stand up to my fear, you really have changed my life💞
    Tatiana xx

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  26. Glad today was so much better! The last bit about pizza...ugh now I want to order a pizza!
    xx
    Kenzie
    Behindhazeleyes06.blogspot.com

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  27. How strange I am having the exact problem as you... motorways are my worst nightmare!!! I have been driving a good 5 years now and every time I have driven when my husbands in the car and we have by accident gone on a motorway i'm nearly in tears all the way ha!
    Sounds like you are having an amazing time with all these book signings! xx

    http://jessielaura.co.uk/

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  28. Hooray for conquering your fear!! I too have a fear of driving. I still haven't got my license yet but i'm working up the courage! haha Some day.

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  29. Your diaries look amazing and your diary entries are amazing! ILY

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  30. Oh lord - I'm glad it's not just me that fears the motorway lol. I started to drive somewhere with my friend and she was directing me. Then I said 'oh - this is weird, I'm sure I went straight on here before' and she said, no so I carried on. Then I saw the M1 sign and was like 'Alice?! Are we going on the motorway?!' I literally nearly had a fit and she replied with a yes. I said 'I haven't been on the motorway before! - by this time it was too late but she was like 'it's ok, I'm here - just think of it as a big A52' I only went up a few junctions but I did feel better for doing that. I would start by going like once a month if that just down a few junctions until you get used to it. If I had somewhere to go, I would do this myself because I haven't been back on one since! Eek! Anyway - I came to your book signing in Nottingham today and I randomly and thankfully took the afternoon off work to see you. My boss is amazing and said 'if you don't go, I'll drag you there because you're always talking about her - she's you're favourite, you can't miss it' - I am so so grateful to her for that. I hadn't realised you were coming to nottingham until last night! I wish we'd have been able to spend more time talking to you. I feel anxious when I feel rushed and I could feel the security man standing next to us about to wave me on! I've never met you before so I was so happy to see you in person anyway! I'm glad you spoke because I sort of froze :/ It's this thing that happens when I meet people. I didn't want to say anything cheesy like 'your my fave you tuber and an amazing inspiring person with the cutest daughter ever! as I didn't want you to feel uncomfortable! I did feel you weren't feeling yourself, but we can't expect you to feel 100% happy and bubbly every day! I hope you feel happier/more yourself soon. I do the same thing - go through phases of being up and down. I will have a bad week but then be on top of the world for the rest of it. It will pass. Sorry for the really long comment! Also - your diary looks absolutely AMAZING! I love the pictures in it and the style is gorg! From 1 of 2 24 year olds in the queue today, if you remember, I'm the one in the Ariel top <3 - Hollie Xx

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  31. I'm so glad you're feeling better, Louise!! :)
    I have to drive every day because of where I live, public transportation here is not exactly the best, or to be found everywhere. And it makes me really anxious because most people here are awful drivers -_- it's frustrating!
    I hope you have another great day tomorrow! :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

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  33. I love driving... I prefer to drive than be driven around because 1) sitting in the passenger seat gives me car sickness, and 2) driving makes me feel like I'm in control. :)

    Ayre

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  34. I find driving so relaxing, of course only having my licence for just under a year it still feels like such a luxury but the freedom it can give you is the best!

    ihopeso-blog.blogspot.com

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  36. i 100% agree with you on the driving thing, i hate it too and it makes me feel so anxious

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  37. I felt like this when I first passed my test but once you face it, it feels amazing and you'll never look back :) x

    www.lifeaslissy.com

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  42. I know this sounds strange but I like reading about people also having driving fears, I'm learning at the moment and forever feel anxious! Glad you got over your fears louise!

    If anyone has any driving tips feel free to leave them on my blog
    lucyamandajones.blogspot.co.uk

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    http://lyricalkath.blogspot.co.uk

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