I know it is nearly the end of January already, but I wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope it has been kind to you thus far. My internet break became rather longer than I initially intended. Two weeks, most of them spent with a horrendous cold, was not enough. I was still feeling overwhelmed and unfocused, so it seemed right to extend it until the end of January.
January seems like a rather appropriate time to devote to dreaming and planning anyway. It is tempting to try and reset from the moment the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. However I don’t know about you, but the Yuletide festivities usually extend at least a few days into the new year. And it’s hard to devote yourself to a new healthy eating regime when the biscuit stash still remains! So in-between nibbling biscuits and getting used to early morning starts again I’ve been easing myself slowly into the new year and making plans.
Plans which aren’t quite ready to see the light of day yet… Nevertheless, I’m excited about what 2018 will bring and the new paths I will explore. I do know that gardening is going to feature heavily. My bramble-entwined patch requires some urgent attention. If you are interested in me documenting my progression here leave a comment below.
I also have a confession to make. In addition to needing a break to clear my head, I also found myself without a single picture to share or word to write. The truth is I haven’t taken any photos for over a month now. A few family snaps, and that’s all. For a start, I haven’t been anywhere or done anything remotely Instagram-worthy. But the main reason is down to my confidence taking rather a bruising at the end of last year. It was just a silly thing really, my work was rejected for a local exhibition. It was a shame, but it became rather apparent I’d taken it far worse than I should.
You see, I had a pretty miserable time at university and it took me a long time to rediscover my creative urges. I thought I had dealt with these issues but it seems I still have some work to do. I’m not here to moan or fish for compliments, I know these issues are my own to sift through. I do actually feel proud of my work (most of the time). I just need to dust myself off, metaphorically, and get back in the saddle!
In the immediate future, my plan is to get back into a regular rhythm of writing here and sharing photos on Instagram again. As soon I go out and take some of course…