The Simple Things…
It’s the simple things in life…what’s the saying? The best things in life are free.
For quite a while now I’ve been feeling at a bit of a stalemate with this blog. I wrote and published for months and months and felt as though it was a great big merry-go-round – I’d publish a post, and post it on Facebook and Pinterest, and then I’d wait and see how many views I would get and if anyone would comment. I’d be bitterly disappointed when I didn’t get over 50 views, or an amazing company didn’t offer to make my blog the next big thing (really a bit too ambitious and unrealistic for the amount of work I put in I think!).
I think I became a bit disenchanted with the idea of writing things down week after week, month after month, for no real aim. I don’t go to premiers, I don’t get to try new products before any one else, and I certainly don’t rub shoulders with the rich and famous…I think I was a little narcissistic in thinking what’s the point in writing if no-one cares about my day to day going-ons! And I know I do have lots of friends and family that do read here and do follow me and for them I am grateful (because it means I’m not just speaking to myself!).
However, there came a moment of clarity today, as I was reading a fabulous blog that I follow quite regularly – The Londoner. Rosie Thomas is a woman who started her blog as a way to keep in contact with friends and family, and I guess at the very beginning I dreamed to grow my blog as she did. This morning I read a post she wrote a couple of years ago (don’t ask me why) when she was reflecting on her blog. She is an amazing writer;
I want to pour my feelings and memories into the screen, tie them with a bow and leave them for a few years so I can look back and remember how I felt.
I do that, you know? Look back at the blog. Read through it as though it’s someone else’s diary I’ve found on some old forgotten bookshelf.
That made me think. When I started this blog, I started it for me. I started it to pour my own feelings and memories into something tangible so that I could, too, look back and remember.
Somehow I forgot that!
So here’s to remembering. Here’s to taking pleasure in the simple things in life. Here’s to grabbing my camera on a lazy Friday in the school holidays and snapshotting the things that make me happy today. I DO need to take note of this very moment, so that years down the track I can look back and think, man, I am so lucky to have led such a splendid life.
Things like this:
My budding green thumb.
My dogs, Tonka and Leia.
A new piece of artwork (I fell in love and HAD to buy it…still not sure where to put it though…).
Starting a new craft (scary and exciting!!).
Even coffee and sunshine.
At the moment I’m sitting in my dining room listening to dance music at 10am in the morning (far from the vintage rock and new age indie I’ve been listening to lately!). I’m about to take my dogs for a walk (second lot of exercise for the day) and then see what the rest of the day brings me!
Hopefully at least a few more simple pleasures.