In the past there have been a few tears and frustration over feeling stuck or not making it like other folks have done so but as I've got older I'm learning to take things more slowly and appreciate the moment for what it is. So here's a few of my thoughts in dealing with the traditional life plan and the realities of what actually happens. How do you feel looking back on what or where you thought you'd be?
As a blogger I'm fully aware that I am and possibly will be a small blogger for the foreseeable future but whilst that may have some drawbacks however there are some big positives to never making the big leagues. Everyone's blogging experience is different, some folks have a quick almost meteoric rise into the world of social media whereas as some have a slow burning progression, I'm very much in the second category but here are a few reasons as to why I don't begrudge my blogging career thus far. What does your blogging journey look like? Have you noticed a change in how you do things thanks to your numbers?
After months of unemployment and even more with part time work I finally found myself a full time admin role which means professional Emma has to leave the house and say hello to the office arena. Having those little reliable bits and bobs can make your work day a little more comfortable and manageable plus give you a few moments to get back in the zone for your way of working. These are a few of my desk essentials that can help keep the unproductive blues away, what are your neccesities?
Last month I put together a post all about my photography A-Z (found here) and it became so big and extensive that it became apparent quite quickly that it was far too big of a subject to cover in one solitary blog post. There are so many aspects to explore and understand so for a bit of an overview I've put together the second half of my alphabet. These are some of the most common ideas to breakdown and some of my most loved or commonly used, what is in your photography or creative outlet A - Z?
As it's slowly but surely getting cooler, it's the perfect excuse to stay indoors and have a completely cosy day by yourself or with loved ones, which can be made even better with those little extras that don't take a lot of effort but make all the difference. Here are a few of my favourite loves for when the heavens open, what are your rainy day essentials?
Despite all the great ideas out there that could be sparked by any little thought or inspired by other amazing folks on occasion they just don't feel right for you and you're not in the mood to explore the subject matter further. When blogging ideas fail to motivate it can be harder to create something let alone anything of high quality. Here's a few ways I've stopped feeling a little stuck when the ideas don't ebb like they usually do, how do you keep blog ideas ticking over?
Making any new habit stick can be tough not only to squeeze it in to your busy schedule but to find some happiness from it as well isn't always achievable. Over the past month or two things behind the screen I've been feeling a lack of motivation but with September here it's reminiscent of the new school year and fresh starts. Here are some ways I'm going to try and put into action my plans, what tips can you give to others wanting to introduce new things? Or what habits have you executed with success?
Photography like many subjects has its many great and wonderful qualities to enjoy but ... every so often you'll encounter one of those moments that can be annoying or funny or even both and it can put a stopper to your work. This is an entirely tongue in cheek post that highlights not everything is as straight forward as it should be. Regardless of how you capture or make what to you grumble about especially in a half-hearted way?
Let's face it some days are a lot better than others, in fact some can be so bad that you can feel like you'd happily jump into bed and sleep till a happier day comes. However one thing I try to do even if I wake up in a not so palatable mood is try to give myself a mini pep talk to establish a good mood to help impact on the upcoming day. Here's a list of some things we all need a bit of daily reminding on, what do you tell yourself or others regularly to have a better day?
When our creative juices run dry it can be an unproductive and frustrating time especially if you're ready to take the next steps to finesse your style even further, of late I've been in the unmotivated funk so when a lack of inspiration strikes it's time to take in fresh sources. I'm a highly visual person so immersing myself in new work can be that injection of confidence you need to move forward and play with your own creative work regardless of its form. Here are some images I've fallen hook, line and sinker for: be it for their use of colour, texture or design. What images and art style do you love at the minute? What is currently inspiring you?
Earlier in the year I finished my ongoing monthly series of what I watched as it grew to be too samey and repetitive but on occasion it's good to revisit the older classics to break up any usual programming. This month for viewing has been a mixture of action, politics and dragons, here's what I've been watching in August - what about you?
In April of this year I finally made the jump from Blogger to Squarespace as my new hosting site and it's been one of the best decisions even though it meant splashing out. Although it's not in my nature I feel it's still important to look back at our past achievements and shine a light on them no matter how small, hopefully so you can bring back some much needed motivation and find some inspiration if its been lacking. What are your most loved blog posts from other or your own be it for their content, style or aesthetics?
Whether you work a 9-5 job, work from home or go out for the whole day it can be a good day where things have worked in your favour or there are those days that leave you feeling drained and frustrated, meaning coming home happy is so important so you can welcome in a new day with those good vibes. Finding your natural rhythm not only when you're at work but also when in your safe space can make you a happier bunny. Here are a few ways you can come home from work (more often than not) in a more positive mindset, how do you come home happy regardless of where you've been?
If you've been around these part a little while or you're a new comer, over the past few months I've been putting together a few posts on some of the key aspects within photography which happen to be my most loved aspects, exploring as much as possible without the waffle. This mini series could be for those who are just starting out in the subject or those who simply want a refresh. This post is concerned with the basic conventions and elements behind every shot. What are your favourite features or concepts of photography?
In today's society you're judged on your ability to be successful, how you should be living your best life and working hard to support this - by these standards I'm failing (spectacularly) as unfortunately my job hunt for a secure, full time role hasn't been fruitful. Trying to better yourself with no end in sight can be like battling against the tide as can staying positive throughout the process. Here's how I'm trying to keep the motivation going be it by still bringing in those much needed pennies, making the process work for you and keeping those good vibes. How did you find your ideal role? What advice would you give to anyone seeking a job?
Blog photography can come in many forms however for me I'm someone who likes to make their own accompanying photographs with varying success. For many photographers there are those (big or small) props that we return to out of familiarity but we know they work well regardless of the subject matter. These are my most loved props that I use in my blog photography, what are your firm favourites when it comes to the details in your work?
At the start of the year I made it to try and set myself measurable goals for 2017, now we're in august and we're well over the half way point of the year I thought it time to take a look back and see whether I've actually met any of them. Here I've broken down my lifestyle and blogging objectives. Here's how I've rated my targets for the year, what are your goals for the year and have they come to fruition?
Style is something I've started to play with again although I don't keep up with the latest news in terms of fashion, personal style is an aspect that can be really important to projecting yourself. I'd define my own personal style as minimal, with simple lines and an emphasis on comfort. Here are some of my recent favourite outfits some for indoor activities and some for outside adventures. What have you been wearing?
Sometimes it's good to take stock of those little things that are currently making you happy, these can alter depending on your growing interests or even the time of year but here are a few of mine. Be it purely style, beauty, lifestyle or anything in between there are always things to enjoy. What are your up to date loves?
As stated many times me and fitness will never be bosom buddies but over time I've really come to appreciate my 1 / 2 hours at the gym, it gives me breathing space mentally and over time although progress is slow there are some good changes happening physically. However it's not always the most enjoyable at the time so I thought I'd put together a tongue in cheek post about my frequent thoughts throughout a workout. Here's a look at the inner workings of my mind when working my unfit body. What is your favourite ways to exercise? What do you think during it?