Saturday, 16 January 2016

Happy New Year!

So it's halfway through January and here is my first blog post of 2016. Hi there!

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The year started with a visit from my parents, a kind of second Christmas/New Year combination and from then I have mostly been tidying, organising, thinking and generally sorting (and currently feeling sorry for myself with a cold). Basically getting totally sorted and on top of where I want to be so I can get right on with the year from a good place because I have lots of plans for it. And I think this weekend (apart from the cold) is the start of that good starting place with all my various notes and mess in much neater piles so I thought I'd come here and have a bit of a ramble about it ^_^

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For Christmas I was the luckiest lady in the world because my parents got me a brand new camera. A Canon EOS M3 in fact. I'm in love. It's so much better in dark conditions than any other camera I own, it takes video, the screen pops out at various angles for various clever uses, it's mirrorless which means it's much smaller than my dslr for carrying about and on and on.

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It has a fish-eye lens effect option ^_^

Due to my activity so far this year being mostly hermit paperwork and note taking I haven't done anything worthy of the camera so although I have used it every day out of pure love I haven't had a proper chance to play with it anywhere interesting yet. The photos dotted through this post were taken with it though, ain't they pretty.

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As well as a new camera I also finally moved from pay as you go to pay monthly and got a new phone (that doesn't have a massive crack in the screen and has emojis on the keyboard!) and I found out we could pay less a month for unlimited downloads on our broadband rather than whatever our limit was before. All of this combined makes me feel all technologically prepared for life and up to date and like I can do anything. Which is a good place to be at the start of the year.

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Lilac cat // cream cat // grey cat

I didn't set myself any resolutions this year, just had the usual little thoughts of keep trying hard, be kind, best year yet sort of thing but I have also been thinking a lot about how this year I want to be braver and not hold myself back at all. I question myself so much that I end up not doing things and that is bad. Doing things is always worth it, even if that thing turns out rubbish it can lead somewhere else. Making makes me make more. This will be the year of doing every creative thought possible. I also want to do more things that are creative but nothing to do with work. In honour of this particular non-resolution the other day I had the thought 'day in the life of my face' and then yesterday, at peak grotty cold (always making good choices), I took a photo of my face every hour all day and made a gif. Here is that gif.

I realise it's nothing amazing or even worth sharing, I'm just determined to push myself and I like having everything here for looking back on easily (new resolution - that's the last time I explain/apologise about putting something on my blog). I might actually make more of these through the year, I don't take enough photos of myself, or even look at myself very much so I reckon this can only be a good/interesting thing for me.



















So yeah, ramble over. I hope 2016 is treating you well so far and if you have any favourite podcasts, youtube channels etc that I can use my unlimited downloads on then let me know!

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