Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Word that Is


As with all my other words (you can find them here, here and here), my word this year found me.   I have found myself increasingly rubbish at juggling the always (it seems) increasing number of balls I have  in the air and my word, which started making itself known quietly at the end of the summer, became an almighty and incessant roar by the end of the year.

This year I need to find a better balance.

I'm not sure how this will look.  I have sort of learnt my lesson about expectation but I suspect doing less will come in to it.  That said, I think effective planning and learning to walk away rather than obsess over things will probably come in to play quite a lot too.  I also want to feel great this year and making health/fitness a priority is essential, as well as time for proper relaxation.

I live in my head quite a lot and once something is there it tends to stay there until I'm on to the next obsession thing so I'm not sure I'm going to find this balance thing all that easy.  But then I probably wouldn't need it as my guiding word in the first place....

So, I know lots of you have your words for the year, please feel free to share them here....and if you have any tips or advice for me, I'd love that too.

Here's to 2015. :)

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures cherished scripted and greyday.
Linking up with Kim's Texture Tuesday (little happy dance, I love this link up and have missed it for weeks. :)

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Word that Was.....


My word for 2014 was....story.

When I picked it, I thought 2014  would be about sharing my story.  And in some ways it was.  But not really in the ways I had imagined.

I was expecting........ to spend time developing my writing and I did spend some time doing that.  And I loved it.  But I learned that whilst I love writing and will continue to do so, my writing is for my journal or this little space of mine here.  At least for now.  I also learned that I need to write regularly.  Mostly just for my sanity.

I was expecting.............. that I would be sharing my story.  And in some ways I have.  But little pieces and not always where and when I expected to.

I was expecting...................... my story to feel bigger than it does.

I was expecting............. a year of story to have a beginning, a middle and and an end.

What I know now:

I love to write.  It doesn't matter where my writing goes and I love my journal and my blog. The continued discovery of my story makes me think about myself and my relationship with others and all this is part of my process of moving forward and living the life I have chosen and strive for.

Honestly, reading my expectations makes my life sound much more epic that it really is.  My story is simple and ordinary and ongoing.  And I love that.  But to learn and keep learning, I need to keep telling and reviewing my story.

Story will always be one of my words.  After all, if you don't know your story, you can't share your story.  And you never know when someone needs to hear your story.  Even if, or perhaps especially if, it's only you that needs to hear it.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Favourite Things 2014

We've had the brown paper parcels wrapped up with string and now here are a few of my other favourite things from this year:

It FINALLY stopped raining!

A day with blue skies is (almost) always a good day.


Classes and experimenting with light.  I've been a little remiss in keeping up with classes, especially at the end of this year but I miss it and I can feel the slow in creative growth.  So this goes straight back to the top of my priority list.

The colours of Southbank

London.  Every time I feel stuck or frustrated or jaded, a trip to London - even just for a wander - hits the restart button for me.  


My girl.  Growing before my eyes and making me want to burst with pride.

Ruby slippers.

I finally got the shoes I have wanted since I first saw the Wizard of Oz.

The look out

Paris.  Through new eyes.

As Far as the Eye Can Sea

The beach.  Empty beaches in August in Northumberland.  Fresh air, happy kids, tea in an enamel mug, fish and chips and a trip to the 2p slotties.  

Happy, happy things.

What are your favourites this year?

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Tap Tap Tap.......hello?


Well, that was a little unexpected.  I didn't really mean to stop blogging for so long.  It turns out I am a truly terrible juggler and don't cope well with extra balls being hurled at me at all....

OK, so it's been a while and I'm not sure how to pick up again.  So, er, here's a random list of things in my head at the minute:

  • I'm am just getting over the 'nuts' bit of Christmas and in to the this is actually what it's about part.  Phew.
  • We have the best Christmas tree EVER this year.  I fear the needles are not keen to stick around but that's a problem for another day.
  • Have you got your word for next year yet?  I think I do, I'm just making sure...
  • Looking forward to doing Susannah's gorgeous workbook over the next few days.   I've done it for the last 3 years and I really recommend it (plus, it's totally free)
  • It's weirdly warm at the minute.  I sat outside by the river overlooking St Paul's Cathedral one day last week for Christmas drinks....in a coat but still, it is DECEMBER!
  • I'm currently making stollen for the first time.  Dan Lepard hasn't let me down so far...
  • Signing up for Kim's new class....anyone else?

Anyway, enough about me...how are you?

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures pumpkin grunge, history texture and sonnet 2.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Views from the Top

Last week we were in Paris.  Generally the weather was lovely but the skies clouded over and darkened just as we made our way up the Eiffel Tower.  Despite living in Paris (a good few years ago now!), we'd never been up and it was really the Moo having it as number 2 on her visiting wish list (the Catacombs were number 1!) that made us do it.  I'd always been put off by the crowds and I'm not a massive fan of heights.  However we got there early (I managed to book tickets for the first lift up) and it was definitely worth it.

Paris in a globe

View from the top {1}

View from the top {2}


The look out

View from the top {3}

Next time we're there we might go up the Montparnasse Tower (concrete block above).  After all, if you're in it, you can't see it. ;)

All of the above were shot on my new Fuijifilm X100s.  I am still finding my way with it but it's love for sure.  And I didn't injure my shoulder carrying it around all the time.  Win!

Plus a venir.....

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