Hello Internet, my name's Emma and it's been a month since my last blog post. Originally I had planned to take a few days off whilst I finished up my work for my previous job role and made the slow transition into my new position however it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So here's an update on what's been happening during my break plus what has the time away has taught me. Do you take periodic holidays from the internet or do you have techniques that keep you from feeling overwhelmed or addicted to a screen?
Something I wasn't happy with was my sporadic blog posting over the past couple of months and I could feel an impending burn out on the cusp, in not wanting that to happy I took a couple of weeks off during this March. I took 2 weeks off to re-calibrate and give myself time to catch up on planning and physically creating. What with juggling a lot of balls all at once it meant I had no time for my beloved blogging (well no time that equated to something meaningful). It was time to slow down and realign with my productivity and fit in more of what I love. How do you know it's time to slow down?
I find Sunday's can be some of the most relaxing yet productive at the same time and in wanting to keep the good vibes going throughout the week (including the dreaded Monday blues) I try to build a rough working schedule that still give me that weekend feeling. Weekends present me with the possible biggest chunk I can dedicate to my creativity however that's without taking into account spending time with friends, family and my gent - which makes time for myself and passions limited. Here are some of the tasks that are perfect for a Sunday. Do you have a productive Sunday or do you prefer to completely unplug in preparation for the upcoming week?
For just under a month I've been battling illness with either flu or cold it hasn't been my most attractive moment however it has meant taking things a little slower and finding new loves in old ones. Taking some time away (even if reluctantly) can give a much needed release from constantly working away doing your best busy bee impression. Here are some of my current lifestyle loves that have been giving me real joy, what have you been enjoying of late
A couple of months before the end of 2017 I gave up my usual shoulder bag to my sister & her pregnancy needs which I was happy to do but it meant my trusty ruck sack came out of retirement and since then it's come with me everywhere including photography days. Having a bag that is supportive and roomy without being as big as a house is important especially when you're off on a day of adventures. Here's what is usually in my photography / everyday bag?
Regardless of what artistic medium you use or when you can find the time to devote to your passions, it can mean essentially balancing creativity with everything else in your life - which can be tough especially as there are certain but necessary aspects you need to work around. As we're often so busy sometimes active rest can be pushed aside for 'another day'. Serious nourishment can be gained from making things off your own steam and ideas but we still need to get away and clear our minds to come back with even more motivation. Here are only a ways to find rest whilst you're busy setting up you own business, creating new work or just trying to have it all without busting a gut.
Earlier in the month I spoke of how my word for the year is 'Growth', in some cases I want to build my grounding, start again and in other life aspects expand my understanding. The idea of being more minimal has been something I've toyed with for a while now and this year I hope to try a little harder with small steps and generate more confidence on the matter. Here are a few ways I'm trying be more conscientious about what I use, keep and give back back.
The new year and the month of January both bring a sense of beginnings or fresh possibilities but with the dark mornings and colder temperatures still around for a while yet it's even more important to relish those little pick me ups that can help your day. If like me your motivation and energy levels can take a significant dip around this time of year, bye sunlight, then it's good to have those reliable ways to better your mood especially if you're wanting some much needed productivity or if you have the afternoon slump. How do you turn around a bad day into something a little happier and hopefully gives you more output?
It's fair to say I'm starting my blogging year a little later than others but I wanted time to consider my goals and what I wanted from the year. After all the good, bad and frustration that 2017 brought especially after reassessing my goals list it became clear that a change needed to happen. Some of my favourite folks on the internet don't follow the traditional resolutions ritual instead they prefer just oneword that will hopefully shape and guide their year (hopefully) to fruition. This year I'm choosing 'G R O W T H' as my key word and here's why I'm forgoing the usual list. What's on your yearly goals list?
It's finally the big day. It's the day where Santa has visited, the day where it's wholly acceptable to eat your body weight in food, the day where playing family games can tow the line between fun and arguments. It's the time to take a real break from all things internet or work and partake in the festive activities you absolutely adore.
A very few of you beady eyed folks will have noticed that things all Not Copper Armour have been really quiet, in fact all but none existent which wasn't planned but was needed. After last month's blog post about balancing blogging and full time work it was becoming apparent that I hadn't found it yet, the fact is whilst I was practicing what I preached there physically wasn't enough time in the day to fit it all in. It was time to take stock properly of what I'm doing, how I'm doing it and what I actually need or want. Here's why it all went dark on the blog and why it wasn't as bad as it sounds.
There is no real universal defining threshold you cross that means you've somehow graduated into long term relationship status, in fact some couples accomplish big life goals together in hardly any time at all whilst others can take a little longer. Me and my gent have been together nearly 4 years and in the grand scheme of things but for both of us this is the longest time we've spent with a partner. Here are a few things I've learnt from being with another person, was there a moment in your relationship when you thought yes they're a keeper or we've made it long term?
The Winter months are fast approaching and even though we're in Autumn I'm one of those people who is permanently on the chilly side so despite the air-con still in use at the office, the breeze and the dropping degrees outside there are a few ways to hold on to that beloved warmth. How do you keep in the heat despite the fact we're in the later stages of the year?
For some school is an amazing place to not only collect valuable life long memories but can also be an amazing spring board of a platform for your educational and possible work career. Whilst it can teach you a lot of things unfortunately it doesn't teach you everything - like being a fully functioning adult. Here's a few things I didn't learn from school (and in some cases still haven't), what do you wish you'd learnt at school in your more formative years?
Things have been a little quiet over here of late and although it may not feel like it a lot of things have been happening behind the scenes. This personal catch up has been long over due so I thought I'd share where I've visited, the good and the not so great, what is the recent news with you? What are you most excited about at the minute?
As the equinox was last week, we can safely say it's officially Autumn (and wonder where this year has gone?). Although we're saying goodbye to heat and near constant bright days that are full of sun but these months can be enjoyable too as they bring some awesome reasons to appreciate the change in temperature. For many it isn't their favourite time of the year but here's why I'm a fan of the season. Do you like Autumn? If yay or nay, why?
Although compared to some people I wouldn't say I'm completely obsessed by technology but as I've gotten older plus with the determined thought to keep my blog going it's meant having more of a reliance on certain items for entertainment purposes and keeping up on social media. As we're in the digital age it's ever so tempting to keep up the with the latest tech but I tend to stick with what I know without breaking tiny balance I have, here are my most used items of tech that get daily wear from my adventures. What's on your list of frequently used equipment?
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?
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?
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?