28 January 2015

It's Never Too Late

I have had many posts running through my head all month and can't seem to focus long enough to get any of them out and onto the screen. And today I read a blog post by LittleGreyBox on chasing your dreams and it just clicked with me. There is no deadline and no real life threatening issues that are holding me back from doing the things i really want. 

Take this blog for example - There is nothing that says I have to post every day or every week to make this a success. While in my head I know that at least semi regular posts will keep you interested, the truth is that it is my self imposed 'rules' that are making me agitated and anxious. I do lie awake and stress about my lack of posts. I have little notes around my desk on post ideas and a draft post schedule just waiting for me to commit too. So today I realised it's ok. While it would make sense to keep my posts regular and on a particular theme its ok if they aren't. It's my blog, my voice and my own way of being creative and there are no rules. Success does not have to be a million followers (though this would be nice). It can just be that I have the courage to put my thoughts out there whether anyone cares or reads them. 

Another great blogger Haleigh from Making Magique has shared some wonderful thoughts and posts on balancing life expectations and the need to take a leap and do what you truly believe is your calling. Haleigh shares so much wisdom of the struggles to do what you feel is right versus the burning desire to forge your own path. 

Each of these lovely girls has had one clear message that rang true with me today - your life is your own and your dreams will not materialise if you sit back and do nothing about them. A wonderful reminder of why I started this blog in the first place. To remember that we only have one life and you need to live it in whatever way makes sense to you. Be wholly and truly you.

So here is to 2015! Last year I chose a word for the year and declared 2014 the year for Adventure. I have been thinking about this year and I feel that Freedom is what sums up my thinking and dreams. Freedom from my self imposed rules and from what is expected of me. Freedom to be me.

So stay tuned while I get to the posts I have in my head. I am looking forward to reviewing last years goals and seeing how many I achieved and sharing with you the goals I have set for this year. Alongside these are some surprising plans that are coming together with my man.  Things I didn't know were important or a possibility are making themselves felt and heard. I can't wait to share these things as the develop.

(Image via: http://prettynbeauty.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/o-FREEDOM-facebook.jpg)

So here's to an amazing 2015. Where we grow and achieve in our own way, at our own pace and to our own set of rules and yardsticks. Free from judgement.

On another note, it has been a busy few weeks. With me taking the plunge and leaving my job (yes my new job) and some surprising cash and fulfilment coming from baking. Set this alongside some deep life planning, interviews and family time, it has a little been busy. Never fear, I will report it all over the coming weeks as I find the time and energy to share these thoughts. 

Freedom. (I like the sound of it.)

12 January 2015

Dec in Review

Happy New Year! Here's hoping you all had a fabulous start to 2015 and said goodbye to last year in a way that made sense to you.

Before the posts about reviewing goals and and making new ones, I thought I would squeeze in a review of what my December looked it. Or at leaf the part that ended up in photos. A snapshot of the month that that was for you.

Inspiration - Blanc de Blanc - White Dinner in Paris

The Xmas Tree this year

Summer sunsets on the balcony

The drinks table at our holiday drinks

Brunch - my favourite meal of the day

Xmas baking - Choc & Cranberry Panforte

Nan's recipe Lemon Curd

Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam

The finished gingerbread people ready for Xmas

Xmas hampers for 2014

Fruit Mince pies

The post Xmas lunch food coma

Discovering Nan's original UK recipes

The last sunset of 2014

Happy New Year from the balcony.

I hope your December was a good finish to the year.