When I was 5 I wanted to be fairy.
When I was 8 I wanted to be a ballerina
When I was 10 I wanted to be a doctor
When I was 12 I wanted to be 16
When I was 16 I wanted to be 18
I thought I would work in an art museum.
Then I thought I'd work in publishing.
Then I thought I'd teach
Then I worked in the film industry.
To date, nothing has worked out how I imagined it would.
But that's life, no?
And I've learned so much from the unexpected turns life has taken.
The biggest thing I've learned, though, is that whilst ambition has it's place, life is about change, about adapting to those changes and finding joy wherever you find yourself - and often in places you never even thought to look.
So these days my ambition is pretty simple: Lead a life that's as simple and joyful as possible for me and for my family.
And finally, finally I can say I am really starting to meet my ambitions.
Ignoring my giant to do list and playing with these pretty roses in my garden....the ones I didn't expect to see as even a professional gardener looked at them a couple of months ago, shook his head and said "hmmm, they're struggling aren't they..."
Excited for the holidays - school's out in a couple of days.
Preparing for another art fair on Saturday.
Feeling very calm considering the amount I still have to do.
I love these pretty roses. They smell gorgeous and remind me of the summers I used to spend picking up fallen rose petals and making 'perfume' with them. Lots of half filled buckets of water and rotting petals that I honestly thought would make divine perfume that I could put in fancy bottles and bestow as luxurious gifts.
There's a rather lovely link up at Circle of Pines called the year in books where you announce which book(s) you plan to read that month - hopefully do - and then come back and give your opinion on them. I look at it longingly every month but lately I've been terrible at finishing anything, including books, so I haven't yet participated.
However, this is the month! We are going away for a week and I am confident I will get through at least one book. Especially as it's not too long, ha! I keep seeing rave reviews for The Vacationers so I thought it would be a good one to take away with me - the book is set in Mallorca which is where we're going so I am taking that as a sign too. ;) I bought the Anne Lamott at a charity shop today because, well, it's Anne Lamott and I've never read anything of hers that I haven't loved. I read the first chapter in a coffee shop on the way home and I'm feeling pretty confident about finishing that one too.
So there we are. Click on the link to check it all out - there is a recommended reading list so lots of lovely inspiration.
Having some fun in lightroom over at Be Still 52. Dark and moody is the theme, which is quite a contrast to these pretty blue, light catching flowers but always interesting to see where you can go with it.