Three years ago today I published my first post in this little space. At the time I remember wondering if I’d manage to make it past that week, rather than contemplating any further. It was to be a nice hobby, nothing really else. A way to fill my empty days and give me a creative outlet in the empty nest years.
Three years on and I can’t imagine life without LATLW now. It is so much more than my blog now, and encompasses us all wholeheartedly. But more than that, it is so affected and influenced by you guys too. I’ve made moves into areas that I never imagined myself in, have been encouraged to have confidence in my own abilities so much more and, I guess, have allowed myself to have ownership over what I do as well. It’s an exciting time to be working in this industry of digital media, and there are some amazing women (and men too, of course!) doing amazing things. Long gone are the days when we need to be shy or bashful about forging a career online. It’s very much prevalent now, very much an expanding and booming industry, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.
Going forward, there are numerous little goals that I hope to work towards. In June last year, when we rebranded, I decided to make much more of a lifestyle focus on here, primarily concentrating on travel, style and interiors. The family aspect is so readily at the heart of everything of course – my gang are so completely a part of me and everything I do – but equally, there is often so much more to us as mums than we maybe allow ourselves credit for. Talents and abilities and passions and creative outlets that are worthy (no matter how frivolous!) It’s escapism, as much to write it as to read it, and I hope that you can always take what you see on here with the lighthearted nature that’s intended. There are bigger issues yes, of course there are, and I’m always so very mindful of them, but I’m discerning in what I discuss and make comment on. Perhaps for no other reason than the fact that we are bombarded with the negative in life. I hope for ten minutes of your day you maybe enjoy a rest from that. I know I so often look to other blogs for that soul salve.
So what will 2017 bring? I’m excited to work on lots more style content, and develop this on social media too. I’ve been loving getting to grips with Instastories this past few months, and am vlogging in short bursts over there most days. The feedback has been so kind, and it has really encouraged me to have confidence in that aspect. Something I never imagined ever feeling comfortable with! YouTube is potentially on the horizon, but I think perhaps I’m happy to just focus on my social media platforms this year and see where that goes.
In terms of travel, I’m really keen to make this a huge focus this year. We are so passionate about travel photography, and experiences in general, and really witnessed the difference that it made in our children last year. My motto this year is ‘less stuff, more time’, and I’m keen to just make quality moments with my people in exciting places. We have a few trips planned already and I’m excited to bring you with us.
On the home front, we’re at a bit of a plateau with Little Wood now. Our next jobs will be big, expensive, time consuming ones and I think we’re just content to let ourselves have a little rest from all that this year. We are determined to rabbit proof our garden this Spring/Summer though, and make in-roads into sprucing up our immediate landscaping. It will be a job, but it’s something that really is required, if we’re ever to have any plants survive ever again! 🙁
Apart from that I hope you’ll enjoy this next year of posts and pictures, trips and travels. Thank you, as ever, for being my very favourite part of this whole process. Every time I get an inkling to just retire and live in solitude (ha!) someone will message or comment and I feel all inspired and encouraged again. I can’t count the number of times that you guys have saved me from the delete button. You’re the best!
Happy Birthday LATLW. Happy Anniversary my lovely friends!
Here’s to this year of being three!