My February in (not many) photos

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

I seem to have mislaid my intentional blogging habits for most of February, but I do have a few photos to post here. My favourite photo that i've taken this month is the above of Taylor Swift, I am a bit of a fan girl. I have a few ideas for posts for March, so fingers crossed my blog will start to be a little more active than usual. Life just always seems to get in the way of posting. I hope you had a good February!

A coastal walk

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Aled & I were in Fishguard, Wales recently with family. The bay looked beautiful just as the sun was setting, so of course I didn't miss the opportunity to take some photos. I bought a new point and shoot camera recently, as I had missed having a camera with me at all times, and my DSLR really isn't good for my shoulder! (I bought this one if you're interested, I really like it so far!). Luckily the rain had stopped for the day and the cold wind made for a good, brisk walk. I really liked how some of the photos captured the dusk light, so thought i'd share...

Hello 2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

As always, I hope to blog a bit more this year. I was ill over Christmas and generally felt a bit down with life, therefore creative motivation was in small supply. I relish a fresh start, so the New Year is helping to boost my mood and I genuinely enjoy January as a month. It's usually healthier, (and even more so for me this year, as I am attempting "dry january") and a clean slate approach clears my mind and forces me to think about goals and aims for the year ahead.

This year I want to focus on a change in my mental health. There are a few other changes I want to make in my life but all of them will be affected by how I think and what goes on inside that brain of mine. I have mentioned my anxiety on this blog before and it takes centre stage when I think about how generally happy I am day to day. I have low self-esteem and constantly worry about everything. It's exhausting trying to push unwanted thoughts and worries out of your head everyday. I also self-criticise a lot, and can't seem to get out of a cycle of doing so. It's time for me to face these issues head on, otherwise I feel like I am never going to completely enjoy life. It feels weird writing these personal thought on a public blog (albeit one with a very small readership) but I find it tremendously therapeutic.

I have seen a therapist (as far as my purse stretched), and even though it did help tremendously, there is a lot I personally want to focus on too. I use Tiny Buddha almost daily, and I find the articles very calming. Rosie's post on change completely summed up my own feelings for the New Year. I felt like someone had looked inside my brain! It's comforting to know other people feel the same as you. I have carried around The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle in my handbag for quite a while now, after it was recommend to me by a close friend a few years ago.

Here's to 2014 and striving for a clearer mind, positivity, and a change in my mental outlook. 

Lost photos

Sunday, 1 December 2013

As you probably know, I enjoy taking photos. There are some from over the past few months that never made it into blog posts. The intentions were definitely there, but various drafts never came together. I thought i'd do a post on these which I like but never made it to publish. These photos date back to the summer and include quite a few of the wonderful Harry Potter studio tour!

The Homespun Tip

Monday, 11 November 2013

My boyfriend Aled and our good friend Mel have been meaning to put on a gig together for a good few years. Finally, after many months of organising, their first gig took place on Thursday. Under the name The Homespun Tip, a great line up of folk and acoustic music was planned for a favourite venue of ours, The Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell. Headlining were CoCo and the Butterfields, with support from Patch and the Giant, Charlotte Carpenter and Andrew Butler. The gig was a success, the music was amazing, and the basement venue was rather packed by the end, and the thanks for this goes mainly to the stellar effort of our friends.

I found it quite tricky to photograph the gig, as it was quite dark (like most live music photography, obviously) and my skills in manual mode are still developing. Although the photos aren't necessarily sharp, I quite like the dark and grainy effect. Let's pretend that was intentional!

New layout & links

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

I have been looking for a new, fresh layout and design for my blog for a while. I am very computer literate but not really versed in design and HTML and I kept knocking up things but was not really happy with the overall look. I saw this layout in Gillian's blog shop after browsing her blog, ElevatorMusik and I am really happy with it. Some of the top tab pages are still in progress and I plan on adding more content this week.

I haven't felt very motivated to write or take photos recently and I think a new blog design, even though a small change, will help me to see my blog in a fresher light. I feel as though I am in a bit of a creative rut. I'm still reading a lot of blogs but I haven't felt compelled to post anything of my own.

Seeing as my blog has become rather bare of late, I thought i'd share some of my favourite recent posts from blogs I love;

  • Jen posted the first few pictures from her wedding and they are absolutely beautiful
  • I always love Jazmine's posts and I love the autumn photography and fashion in this one
  • Jasiminne's blog Posh, Broke, Bored is a hilarious tongue in cheek look at her lavish life, although her illustration blog Audaciously Yours is seriously impressive and I love checking out her creations
  • I love the dreamy travel photography of My Suitcase Heart and these pictures of a Bali beach make me want to drop everything and hop on a plane
  • I really enjoyed this post on Betsy's blog about untranslatable words in other languages, I love the idea of other languages having unique words. I think "Sobremesa" is my favourite. 

Hello Autumn and hello again internet

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mid-Jerusalem - at Last Night of the Proms 2013
Hello again, blog. Apologies for my short hiatus, I now have the internet at home. It's been a hard month.

Weirdly I haven't picked up my camera that much this month which is very unusual for me. I don't know if it was the change in life dynamics because of the move, a lack of creativity or just pure laziness, but I feel like I really miss it at the moment. I keep finding blogs with such amazing photography which sucks out my inspiration and I start feeling very amateur. Comparison is the thief of joy, they say, and that couldn't be truer in my mind at the moment. I keep reminding myself that I am not a professional photographer, it is merely a hobby, but still I doubt myself a lot.

Nevertheless, I of course, did take some photos in the last month, albeit only with my phone. Even though I do sometimes post instagram photos here, I don't like to post that many as it feels slightly repetitive. If you'd like to see what I got up to in the last month, check out my Instagram here. And, as it feels weird to post without at least one photo, above is a snapshot from Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last month. I felt very lucky to go and I enjoyed every second!