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July in pictures.

At the end of every month I get a Monthly Collage email with a collage of my Instagram pictures for that month. I’m doing a photo a day challenge throughout 2017 on Instagram so it’s a pretty nice round up of my month. Here’s my July.

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June in pictures.

At the end of every month I get a Monthly Collage email with a collage of my Instagram pictures for that month. I’m doing a photo a day challenge throughout 2017 on Instagram so it’s a pretty nice round up of my month. Here’s my June.

Like last month it’s pretty dominated by my daily photos of my 100 day project, I started the month with the best intentions to take more pictures but it petered out over the month. The 100 days ends midway through July so I think it’ll be much easier to focus on a bigger variety of photos.  

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May in Pictures

At the end of every month I get a Monthly Collage email with a collage of my Instagram pictures for that month. I’m doing a photo a day challenge throughout 2017 on Instagram so it’s a pretty nice round up of my month. Here’s my May.

Looking at it I can see that I’ve been so focused on my 100 Days of Cross Stitch challenge that I’ve let the rest of my photo snapping slide a little. I’m looking forward to adding more variety this month and having a busier, more entertaining summary June grid to share at the beginning of July.

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Flowers in the sun.

It was a pretty strange day today weather wise. It was odd to wake up to glorious blue skies and at the same time hear the weather forecaster on the radio talk about how we’d got as good a chance of having snow today as anywhere. It may have been sunny but it was bitterly cold, I had to pop into our garden very briefly and was shocked by how cold it was. The sun was making some of the flowers look beautiful though so I grabbed my phone and snapped a few pictures before the sun could disappear (which it did, and then the hail and sleet followed).

Flowers have always been one of my favourite things to take photos of. I’m so lucky that all the hard work my parents have been doing over the last few years in their garden means that there are now lots of beautiful flowers for me to use as subjects!

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Picture perfect. 

I’ve always loved taking pictures. My first camera was a hand me down when I was very young, since I had that I’ve never stopped taking pictures. Pictures of people, many more of places, capturing everything I wanted to remember and revisit and then some. Last year I did a photo a day challenge, posting a picture on Instagram every day, and this year I’m doing the same.

One of the things I want to do this year is to improve my photography. I’m content enough with the photos that I take but I know there’s so much I can still improve. I’m in the process of finding some blogs to follow (any recommendations will be gratefully received) but want to do more. Facebook’s bizarre algorithm that shows you the activity of your friends led me this evening to discover Emma Davies Photography’s free online course A Year With My Camera so I’ve signed up for that too. Hopefully you’ll see the results over the course of the year!

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New and Improving.

AKA The post where I talk about last year’s not really resolutions and set this year’s not really resolutions.

Last year instead of making specific resolutions I decided I was going instead to try and make a couple of changes in how I thought. I decided I was going to get back to focusing on the positives (for various reasons I’d started to fall into the trap of focusing on the negatives which was really out of character for me) and I was going to be more grateful for all the things in my life that made me happy. I definitely feel like over the course of the year I did quite well with this, my positivity has returned and I often catch myself before I focus on the negative of something. I don’t do it always of course, it’s a work in progress but one I feel content about continuing.

This year I’ve decided to do something different. It’s shaping up to be a year of change in many ways and I thought I would use that as my inspiration. I’ve thought about a lot of the things I love to do and I’ve decided for each area of my interests something I want to try and something I want to get better at. Here’s the list:

Baking.
New – Sweet treats.
I want to start making sweets and truffles, and anything else little and sweet. I had the Sweets Made Simple recipe book and a sugar thermometer for my birthday so I’m looking forward to a year of experimentation and tasting!

Improve – Making biscuits.
Making biscuits. I bake lots of cakes but always avoid biscuits, I haven’t had great success with gluten free biscuits so always return to cakes which work. This year I’m going to get better at biscuits.

Crafting.
New – Project Life.
This year I’m going to start Project Life, a journalling / memory keeping technique. I have plenty to say about starting this so expect a blog post in the next few days dedicated to it.

Improve – Crochet.
I taught myself how to crochet around 20 years ago but didn’t really keep it up and now barely remember any of it. I’ve been pinning all sorts of cute patterns to my boards on Pinterest so this year I’m going to brush up my skills and start making some of them.

Photography.
New – Photo editing.
Despite taking loads of photos I’ve never developed any editing skills whatsoever. This year I’m going to start learning how to make the most of my photos once they’re taken.

Improve – People photos.
Taking photos of people, particularly grown ups is something I’m not very good at. The majority of the photos I take are of views, flowers, objects and young children – basically things that don’t talk, or don’t require significant interaction. I always feel very awkward approaching the idea of taking photos of people so end up avoiding doing it, but this year I’m going to try to get much better at it.

Writing.
New – finishing a novel.
This is probably the one thing on the list that I feel most strongly about. I have started and stepped away from a good number of novels, never having the courage to push through to the end. This will be the year when this changes though, I will finish a novel and put it away and then get it back out and start learning how to edit something creative.

Improve – blogging.
I talked recently about stepping away from reviewing books on my blog (expect news about how and where I will be reviewing them later this month) and returning to a more general blog. I want to improve two things in my blogging that are entirely linked – I want to improve the frequency of my posts and I want to be better at writing longer posts. I don’t feel like I have established my blogging voice – spending so long writing reviews and writing academic things has definitely had an impact so this is what I want to improve over the year.

 

There we have it. 8 plans for the year, 4 things to try and 4 things to get better at. All of them are things I want to be blogging about so hopefully it should be pretty easy to track my progress over the year.