About the lapine
Bonjour! Thank you for clicking on this page and taking an interest in getting to know the mind behind this blog. I am not great at describing myself, but I will try.
As far as the basics go: my nickname is Faith, I am a ♀ girl, I am 26, I am 🇮🇹 Italian but I currently live in 🏴 Scotland. I have many passions, but my main ones are: 🖋 writing, 📚 reading, 📷 photography, 🎲 tabletop RPGs, 🎮 gaming and learning languages. (I used to do kung fu for a while, I hope I can get back to it soon.)
I have a Youtube channel called Faith’s Little Corner where I upload video essays and podcasts about very nerdy subjects (mainly tabletop RPGs, Warhammer Fantasy, comics, video games, photography and writing) and laugh at silly chick lit books. Through my channel, I can express my creativity, my thoughts and opinions on things that matter to me. It’s the main project I am focusing on at the moment and I am just having a lot of fun with it. 😄
I am currently a writer and photographer for a UK music magazine called RockShot Mag. I get to photograph bands that I love while they’re performing live and write about it, which is great. I also have a portfolio where you can check out my photographs.
My dream is to be a published author. I have written three children’s books and have another series planned. They need to be illustrated before I can publish them, but I am in no hurry at the moment as I am first trying to build a portfolio by getting some of my short stories published first in literary magazines. I want to put myself out there as much as I can and write as much as I can.
In September I will be starting my degree in Digital Media (a hybrid of film and radio production, all kinds of writing for different media, some marketing, design and photography), which I am very excited about. I would be happy with a number of careers: being an editor in a publishing house, a copywriter, a photographer, producing media in various forms… I want to let my interests in various things excite me and not scare me!
I think that’s all the main stuff out of the way – the rest you will discover in my blog posts! 😁
Aujourd’hui, Lapine is French and can be translated to Today, Bunny.
The story behind this name for my blog is simple. I love French (it’s one of the languages I am learning at the moment) and decided pretty early on that my blog name would be in French. The name of the blog is supposed to motivate me into doing important things today and not tomorrow, or worse, someday. It’s about me taking action today and also living in the present moment. My “last name” on the internet is Lapine, which is the French word for bunny (they are my favourite animals and also it’s a nickname I’ve been given by my boyfriend and my friends). And that’s all there is behind the name.
But what is this blog about?
Aujourd’hui, Lapine is meant to complement but also have a different function from my Youtube channel. Its main purpose is really to keep me straight and inspired so that I can achieve my dreams.
All my life, I have been a bit of a procrastinator. I would have bouts of productivity, but also spend a lot of time not doing much if anything. I would like to be more consistent with my productivity and to achieve my dreams. I kept making tons of lists and spreadsheets on Google Docs (and I still do make them), but sometimes I would still not follow my routines or my to-do lists simply because I wasn’t sharing my progress and plans with anyone. However, after thinking about it, I have realised that I work better when I am sharing what I am doing in some public way. And that’s how this blog was born.
The main purpose of this blog is not, however, to “discipline” myself through life. I have tried, many times, to discipline myself and am very familiar with the philosophy and concepts behind discipline as opposed to motivation. However… that’s just not how I work. I can’t do things unless I feel inspired and motivated, and I find that, if I force myself, I will end up not liking whatever I make and beat myself over in the process. When I am inspired, I work much better, get in a better flow, can work for hours on end and am happier and more satisfied with what I make, as it is more up to my standards.
I have figured out that the key is not to force myself to do things when I don’t feel like it; but rather, it is to keep myself inspired and to channel inspiration in different ways whenever I want to work on things. This is a very personal approach which works much better for me (and, maybe, could work for other people who have tried discipline with poor results). This is one of the main purposes of this blog: to help with my inspiration.
I have a whole other section dedicated to my goals and what “being productive” means to me, but mainly I want to focus on my youtube channel and my writing – and my degree, of course, when I start studying for it.
I want to improve myself in many ways, not just by being productive, but also by implementing healthy habits like meditation and minimalism, tackling lists of things I’ve been meaning to read, watch and play for ages, learning new things, being consistent and doing what I love doing a bit every day, most important of all being writing.
This blog is here to document my journey through all of this and to hopefully help turn myself into an all-around better, healthier and happier person. And one of its main functions is to also inspire me to work on my projects and myself throughout the course of my life.
And of course, because it’s a blog, you will also find some personal posts here and there. It’s not all about productivity, it’s also about things that make me happy (one could say, in the moment or today) too!
As a small note, this is not the first blog I’ve had. I’ve been blogging on some platform or another since the early 2000’s: in 2001, I was on Splinder (an Italian blogging platform that shut down sometime later); in 2005 I moved to Livejournal and started blogging in English; in 2012 I then moved to Dreamwidth as Livejournal became increasingly less user-friendly. I spent a good decade+ of my life blogging, only stopping in 2015. As someone who used to write in her journal multiple times a week, I really missed having a writing outlet. So it’s about time I went back to having one. 😄
So welcome to my blog! Hope you decide to join me on my ride and that you have fun!