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8 Years!

 8 yEARS 

Well, well, well! What have we here? Yep, the lesser-spotted Anna is back again! If there was ever a reason to fumble my way back to blogging it would be the fact the blog is 8 years old! It’s a bit of a loose claim as I haven’t actually posted in months, but still, 8 years is quite a long standing commitment. I’m quite proud of myself! There aren’t many things in my life thus far that I can say have endured for such a long time.

Back in the early days, when YouTube was a baby and Instagram was but a twinkle a developer’s eye, Blogging was the trailblazer. Media has changed so much in the past 8 years, but I like to think there is still a place for the slower paced, most intricate and personal qualities of blogging. Compared to the likes of Instagram and Twitter, blogs are still the place I find those people I really want to follow! So many of the blogs I was so inspired by in the beginning are still going and still as inspiring.

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The Future 

Commenting on the Blogging world a large might be too much, but in my own perception, blogging is undergoing a bit of a mid-life crisis. You start wondering if there is anything original and meaningful left to do or say. I don’t want to blog just because! That kinda’ defeats the object really! Thankfully the reason I started blogging in the first place is still there: Amazing, beautiful, inspiring things are happening/ being created every day. I love being able to share that everyday beauty, and make my own too!

House renovations have meant in the past few months I’ve had to pack away most of my art supplies, inspiration folders and all old art. While strange, it has really made me think about how I want to work and create, and what I want to create. It’s been strange and liberating all at the same time. Taking a long, hard look at the way I live has been very freeing and made me realise I need to just be true to what I am excited by. Those things I  find joy in make me remember why I started blogging in the beginning! I loooove fashion, I love art, I love the natural world , design and beautiful things. Where that takes me I’m not quite sure, but I’m working on it.

Five things

I was watching a documentary a while ago and it featured a man who had come to a point in his life where he knew something had to change. The 9-5 in the city wasn’t cutting it and he knew there must be something he could do that he loved. So, he sat down and wrote the top 5 things he was passionate about and came to the conclusion that home on the Welsh coast was where he needed to be. Fast-forward a year and he’s running a successful Food van on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast and loving life…

…That story was a round-about way of saying it made me think. I’d urge you to do as that man did, write down those 5 things ( and be really honest with yourself!!!) if they don’t match your life now, it might be time to make a course  correction. My course hasn’t changed so dramatically, but writing down those 5 things certainly opened my mind to what I really want, and in blogging terms, what I want to create.

Well, that got deeper than I thought it would! In summary: I got plans! That might be enough words for one session, but I will be back. I want to make 10 years!

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Hope you liked some of the beautiful scenes I’ve come across in the passed few months. What would I do without my phone?

2 Comments

  • Reply The Heba Blog 5th July 2017 at 5:13 am

    I know what you mean about blogging going through a mid-life crisis. There is hardly any new content or places I see people put up on blogs. It’s definitely a saturated field. BUT…. congrats on making it to your 8th year!! May there be plenty more to come!

    Heba xx
    The Heba

    • Reply Anna 6th July 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Awwww, Thank you Heba! May there be plenty more for you too :) As long as we love doing it it’s worth it. x

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