Sunday, 20 January 2013

Glass half-empty, glass half-full

Something which has been on my mind recently is how and when do you give yourself limitations?

Everyday I go to work, and don't get me wrong, in the current economic climate of doom and gloom, I am incredibly thankful that I have a steady, regular and secure job. But how much of yourself do you give over to something that your heart just isn't in? I've never been a person to do thing by halves, and I really struggle with the notion that although I should care and put in my best at my day job, I'm frequently told that I shouldn't care too much.  I should let all those little battles go, all the little things that make me feel like I'm truly doing the best job that I can. How do you decide how much of yourself to give over and how much you keep back when trying to keep up energy on your own little projects? Every day that I have off I seem to have a list as long as my arms and legs put together of things I want to achieve, and am lucky if I manage to focus enough to cross off some of those things! Crafty projects, drawing projects, photography projects....

I don't think I'll ever quite get the balance right, but as I said, I can't do things by halves, either I care about something or I don't, I can't keep up a nonchalant interest whilst doing the bare minimum. But it's a cross I guess I have chosen to bear, for the moment at least. If I ever began to wane in how much I care about what I do, or what I believe in, I think I would become a little bit less me.

As for the glass, half empty half full? I'm heading in to 2013 and I'm going to try and cram everything in that I possibly can. I don't do halves, so fill me up.

Thanks to my model who doesn't get a choice :)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Good For The Soul

So, with Christmas and all kinds of winter illness more than a whole month has gone past quicker than you can blink. In between present making, present shopping, making plenty of mulled wine and consuming ALOT of cheese, I have been practicing. I have been planning.

The new year brings with it fresh starts, resolutions, plots, plans, schemes. It will bring new adventures, a new marriage and a new business adventure. 2012 has been full of highs, lows, and for many people I know its been an incredibly tough year, which has dragged its feet.

But onwards and upwards right? The beginning of January has meant that I need to get a crack on with sorting out various wedding things with Glen (we've transformed our mirror into a new notice board and check list! Who needs to see their face in the morning?) And it brings refreshed enthusiasm for all those resolutions, but this year the most important one for me has to be to make more time for people and projects that are important to me. Taking more trips, taking more photos, making things instead of buying them. Remembering all the ways to celebrate the people we appreciate the most. The things that are good for the soul. Its been a phrase that has been bouncing around in my mind for the last month or so, and building this huge momentum.

2013 - you are mine.

Here are some snaps from Christmas. I hope you like them.