I’ve moved all the way down south and am living right next to the sea in the quirky town of Hastings. My life seems to have been turned upside down and all topsy turvy… I’ve chosen to look at this recent turn of events like someone has waved a magic wand over my life and said, “do what really makes you happy – have whatever you want. Start again.”
Apart from the odd bout of extreme homesickness and missing my friends and family terribly, I am incredibly lucky. I live with a man I love completely (sick buckets at the ready I know), in a cosy flat and there isn’t a huge amount of pressure for me to start earning a wage right away. I have the luxury of being able to have a go at building a life and having a lifestyle that I truly desire… so how do you go about deciding what that is? When you have so much choice how do you settle and stick at one thing?
I’ve decided that embracing life with a whole heart is the way forward. Focus on being happy in the present moment and the rest can’t be too far behind.
Here begins my rebuilding, redesigning, a brand new chapter.
The period in-between Christmas and New Year is always an incredibly reflective one for me. I’ve found myself contemplating what I’ve achieved, learnt and loved; but also where I’d like to go. A few years ago I found myself blocked, frozen stock-still and started a journey just to get moving again.
Here are three things that I’ve learnt this year:
1) Set Goals: It’s an oldie but a goodie. You hear it everywhere, all the time (especially working in education) – but I’ve never before practiced what I’ve preached. This year, for the first time, I gave myself a new year’s resolution; I would get my jewelry online, nothing more, nothing less – just get it up. I’m the kind of person, like many creative people, who flit. I’m a crafty, creative magpie. I want to try to do everything and as a result master none of them.
Setting a goal this year kept me focused. Many times I’ve wanted to stray and start a glitteringly attractive new project, but remembering the goal I’d set and more importantly why I’d set it in the first place, forced me to stick with it. I’ve not had over amounts of success with my etsy shop but I have sold some things and in my eyes the success is that I did what I set out to do – I put my jewelry out there.
2) Start Before You Think You’re Ready: If you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me this one is really important. I don’t want to do anything or put anything out there before I think it is flawless. I’m scared of criticism and I’m scared of failing at stuff. This one has taught me to just go for it and learn as you go. It’s alright if things aren’t quite ready yet – I’d never be ready. I’ve learnt more about photographing jewelry and writing a blog by doing it than I have thinking about it or planning it.
3) Read and Follow A Lot Of Blogs: This is the reason I’ve started my Online Love series. I find seeing other people doing what I aspire to do spurs me on. It gives me inspiration, ideas, focus and drive. I also find the blogging community to be as supportive as everyone says they are. People are willing to encourage, comment and share.
I’ll get working on next year’s goals to help me move another creative step forward…. suggestions welcome.
Weekends are a world away from work life and the everyday, suck-you-dry life. Weekends are for recharging and reconnecting.
A Sunday stroll along Fort Paul, in East Yorkshire, reconnected me to my oh-so-Yorkshire roots and to my amazing friend Heather, who introduced me to the joys of drift wood: Drift wood will be making an appearance in my jewelry photography for sure!
Saturday night saw vegetarian chilli and an evening of wonderfully rubbish TV. I recharged with my lindy hop girls, Baby Ben, two cats and a dog.
I love weekends.
P.s Find this weekend’s necklace at Etsy...
Imagine my excitement when I discovered that the new issue of ‘ The Simple Things’ had been released just in time for my stupidly long train journey.
Six hours worth of train rides, back from visiting my wonderful man, gave me plenty of opportunity to have a bit of a brain storm in my note book, get a head start on Ranj’s christmas present, read and nap…
Back to work tomorrow and ready to get super productive with my crafting in time for Christmas!