Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Balancing Work & Play | #1 - Importance of Recording Memories

Since I started working full-time, I've been rather slack with my blogging - something I'm really quite disheartened about. Each month I say, 'This month will be better, I'll get loads done!' ..and before I know it, the month is over. 
It is ridiculous to think that this year is almost finished already, and despite me feeling like I haven't done anything, I can look back and see that actually, I've been making pretty good use of my time off after all! 

I'm planning a little series of posts intended to help those of you who work a lot, and maybe feel a little guilty about not getting much done, or finding it hard to make time to do things which you enjoy.

As you've probably seen by a few of my previous posts, Ben and I have got into a real habit of getting lost in various woodlands, and taking a lot of pictures in the process. It's so lovely that now I have these images to look back on. 
We're working on creating a photo album of our times together. There's nothing nicer than flicking though an old album, so it makes sense to create something together that we can enjoy in years to come. I'm lucky that my family were really into recording my early life, and I'm so grateful that I have years of photo, and video footage of my childhood. There is a big gap from the age of about 9 to now.. a lack of evidence that I existed. (Probably for the best, to be honest.. not my greatest years!) So I'm really keen to create some memories, and do something good with those snippets of my life.
Instagram become a key player in helping people do exactly this for a few years now, so the idea is taking it back to a physical, paper format rather than a somewhat over-editted small square on a phone.

I recently picked up a film SLR camera on eBay, as my previous film camera wasn't the best quality, and I wanted the photos to be something I can be proud of. I find working with film so exciting! You put more effort into each shot, as you only get one chance. You never know what you're going to end up with either.. and once that button has been pressed, there's no deleting anything until you're faced with the physical copy in your hand. 

So, a pretty exciting year ahead, I think! Obviously sometimes it is definitely necessary to just have a lazy day, and do absolutely nothing, but putting more effort into my spare time is beginning to really pay off. 


  1. This is a really inspiring post! I've recently started my third year at university and I constantly feel like i'm all work and no play :( I totally understand where you are coming from. Can't wait to read your future posts! xx


    1. Thanks Millie! :) I hated that feeling at college, it's actually one of the reasons I didn't go to uni. I definitely think it becomes easier to separate the two when they don't overlap. I'll be sharing some of the images from the film camera soon so keep your eyes peeled! :) x

  2. Great post. It's really tough to get organized when it seems like life is spinning out of control! Can't wait to see some pics with your new camera.

    1. Thank you! Yes, so true. And organisation has never been one of my strong points - the time management side of things especially..! x

  3. I love taking picture where ever I go, I love having the memories to look back on. The picture in this post is beautiful and I want to own everything you are wearing! :)

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

    1. Aw thanks Claudia! :) So do I, and I think that's why I like using Instagram so much, it becomes a photo album in itself, and it's sometimes nice to flick back through your own feed and see what you were up to a year or so ago! x


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