happy new year!
I lost my way a bit with blogging in 2018. I’ve been at this game for six years now and, I think with anything of this nature, there’ll always be periods when you feel a bit less inspired, or a bit overwhelmed by everyone who seems to be doing it better. We live in this fast paced, instant society, and I often wonder if there’s a place for reverie in written form any more. It seems the quicker we have things, the quicker we want them, and I know social media in itself is a huge pull away from these longer posts.
Writing, however, was always my reason for being here – present in all the ways that I am. I did it before anything else, and every now and again I stumble upon something from those early days and it really makes me smile. It’s the reason why I often encourage others to think about committing their thoughts to a page (or screen 😉 ) I guess it’s the teacher in me. Old habits die hard.
Anyway, my main aim for this year ahead is just to remember why I loved it in the first place. To go back to basics with simple little posts about the everyday. I hope you’ll maybe check in from time to time and, if you’ve been here from the very beginning, then I can’t thank you enough for staying put through all the ups and downs. It’s amazing how six years can change things. I wonder where we’ll be in six more!
A few snaps from January so far!
and some things i’ve been loving lately…
cosy evenings in
Whilst I’m not a big fan of the short days, I do love an evening by the fire and we’ve enjoyed plenty of those lately. Some TV recommendations would definitely include Watership Down (the kids loved it equally!) The Long Song and Delicious, which we have binge watched all three series of. So, so good. It’s making me want to go to Cornwall ASAP! 🙂
little glimpses of spring
I’m working hard at not jumping ahead of myself this year. I have a terrible habit of wishing the days away and then regretting not taking things more slowly when they disappear. We have an exciting trip planned in April and the temptation is to want to leap forward to that, but I’m learning to appreciate the waiting too. Some of the best moments happen in the spaces in between I think.
That said, I’m not mad to see a few nods to Spring here and there. I got my hands on some hyacinths in the shops last week and the smell is filling our whole kitchen area. After the cinnamon-y scents of Winter that has to be my favourite fragrance of all!
It wouldn’t be me without a nod to the wardrobe somewhere, would it? 🙂
I had relegated my skinnies to the back of the drawer this past year, but rediscovered them again recently and they’ve become a total Winter staple. I’m not very inspirational when it comes to style at the moment, and am just loving oversized jumpers, boots and a smarter coat to see me through. I’m planning a big wardrobe reorder soon, and am determined to change up my outfits a bit more often, and become a bit more ruthless about what I hang on to. I’ll never be a capsule wardrobe kind of girl (I love clothes too much!) but there is a lot in there that could definitely go to a better home I think.
feeling inspired again
I always say it, but I do think creativity has its ebbs and flows. If you work in a similar industry, or are just that sort of a person by nature, you’ll maybe feel the same. I know I’m always more inspired in the Spring and Summer when there is more light to take photographs, and more colour, and my head fog generally lifts after the Winter season. I’ve been attempting to keep my outlook fresh in these darker months by getting outdoors as much as possible (I always do my best thinking when I walk!) , reading more widely (I’ve recently been loving Erin Hanson’s poetry. I know that makes me sound every shade of hipster, but it’s honestly so unpretentious and powerful. Look her up!) and throwing myself into Pinterest too (latest boards here!) I’ve definitely stepped back a little from social media, and I think it has been so good for me to do so. I feel like I want my time on there to be well spent, genuine and meaningful. I hope it always comes across that way.
I hope you are all well and had the loveliest Christmas and New Year. It feels good to be back properly on here again, and I promise to be a bit more present in 2019. A few people have been asking me recently about sharing our Amalfi trip last Summer. I can’t believe I never got around to it, so I’ll definitely do that as soon as I can. I’m guessing it’s holiday booking season maybe! 😉 It’s always lovely to share pictures and do a little reminiscing in these darker months too.
Hope you are having a great week!