Welcome to my teeny tiny corner of cyberspace :)
I’m a busy Mother of Four & Wife to One. I’m a Primary Producer, Teacher, Student and am ALWAYS taking way too many photos on my phone. I adore my life in Rural Australia but decided to find a way to take ‘five minutes’ of proverbial Time Out to write this blog for family, friends and strangers. I’ll admit, those ‘five minutes’ are sometimes few and far between, when life in the bush gets hectic!
MY INSTAGRAM FEED PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP MY DAY-TO-DAY SELF…..IT’S MY ‘GO-TO’ PLATFORM…..AND I OPENLY ADMIT MY OWN PROFILE IS MY FAVOURITE
Don’t go yet! If you take a look around, you’ll find bits of the authentic ME organised a little bit like this –
Glimpses of Lately began as a bit of fun, but mostly to give the hours I was putting in to my photography some purpose. I learnt to take and edit photos through workshops, but mostly trial and error. I would show my husband the images I was particularly proud of and from there, they would be filed away on my hard drive forever after. Glimpses of Lately has given them life again and told their stories.
Maybe some short stories will appear here in the future, if they haven’t already….. look out for “500 Words or Less” an ABC OPEN project for writers similar to “Snapped” for photographers.
‘Letters From Me’ started as something very personal and close to my heart.
The first six to twelve months of these have never been published.
Have you heard of the therapy where you write down what it is you want to ‘let go’ of and then you symbolically burn it to demonstrate the physical act of letting go? I’ve done this at different leadership and personal development days. For me, it didn’t really work.
I love words. I love reading. I love writing. I love creating. The end product for me isn’t even always very good – if I were into comparisons ;) But I love the creative process!
The ‘things’ I needed to let go of, weren’t ‘things’ at all, but people. So I wrote to them letters that I would never send. There were many drafts. They started out angry & bitter. Eventually they became less of this and more forgiving and compassionate. Not because I was more accepting of them or their actions, but because it set me free.
‘Letters From Me’ has been life-changing. I publish these days because they highlight the funny moments of my life that I don’t want to forget – birthdays, silly habits and gestures – but also, things I am grateful for….
I once had an amazingly observant boss. She noticed all that we did above and beyond our roles. Every week, she would write what seemed like thousands of stick-it notes. At the end of the week, she would discreetly place them in individual pigeon holes/staff lockers to communicate that she appreciated us. She was mostly specific but even a simple yet powerful “Thank you for all that you do” was motivation enough to come back on Monday and do it all again. My favourites were the notes that came with Freddo Frogs :)
If I stop and appreciate something in my day – Spring, worming tablets, rain, school holidays, the beach – I’ve started photographing it, writing letters of thanks and publishing them on Glimpses of Lately. It feels great to acknowledge all the little things in such a simple way.
Who would have thought those stick-it notes would have had such a long-lasting influence on my life?
Being free to live my own ‘happily ever after’ with gratitude and appreciation has defined ‘letting go’ for me :)
It started as a simple game come bedtime routine between my three-year-old (CeeJay) and myself, but the whole family soon joined in! I wanted them each to know that my love for them was infinite. That no matter how big a problem they ever faced, my love for them – OUR love for them – and for each other was bigger. That there is nothing that is too big or scary to share.
Sounds corny, right? I know, but to me it was important. I felt like I didn’t always have that sense or feeling of security growing up and so my very general parenting rule of thumb is to do the exact opposite of what I was and wasn’t allowed to do as a child, and we usually come up trumps!
See our first postcard here. We hope to improve as we go along :)
You can also expect a lot of time-lapses here. Nothing beats the illusion of squeezing a million productive things into 45secs or less. Plus it’s comical to watch anything at that speed, or is that just me?
Let’s start a Virtual Book Club……leave that idea to marinate and I’ll get back to you when it’s cooked…… I’ll need a spicy hashtag first…..
I’m a self-confessed Book Worm and proud of it, always have been. I was forced into embracing the digital era of e-books and e-readers because I physically couldn’t shelve all the books in my life. As much as I love the convenience of my kindle, I do miss the smell of a real-life, old fashioned borrowed library book :(
I pick and choose my favourite reads to share. I’ll never publish a negative review, I’d rather choose the other option of sharing the ‘good ones’ and leave the rest be.
I’m not usually a ‘fence sitter’ but I’m also not a pretender. I’m not a know-it-all or expert. I’m not a published author. Mine is just an opinion, so I’d rather share the good than highlight the ‘not as good’.
A place to share the fun, quirky, inspiring and darn right uniqueness of all my Favourites through typography, mostly via Instagram . I should go all out and turn these into FREE PRINTABLES – so many ideas so few clues to orchestrate the practicality of ‘how’.
If just one of these were to ‘go viral’, my life would be complete. Haha! I’ve always thought that would be very cool – provided it was something not embarrassing, humiliating or just plain stupid! That would not be cool at all….
I’ve been empowered by the act of giving. I think I may have been a selfish teenager (who wasn’t?) and I learned to hold my cards close to my chest. BUT how good does it feel to share with other people?
I hope you enjoy my recently glimpsed finds here as much as I do:)
I have often said, “I don’t do people.”
At the time I was speaking specifically about photographing them, always preferring to create Wall Art like this.
The Redbubble Portfolio and Online Gallery, is the platform where my images can be purchased on a variety of mediums. I try to target the canvas and framed prints market but there are other options also.
I’ve since grown to enjoy portrait photography more, but am generally too shy and demographically isolated to do it often.
I can still be heard saying, “I don’t do people”, because I prefer to hang out with my faithful ageing Labrador, my family and/or my own company.
I have a friend who says, “I don’t do Mothers!” – Which is much more offensive, don’t you think? (I think she means the “perfect soccer-mom” kind who talk non-stop about their perfect children in their perfect house playing perfectly nice all together 24/7) *giggle*
I hope you enjoy what you see & read. I hope my children don’t find me embarrassing when they get older. I hope my Husband forgives me for falling behind in The Office, at those times when I let all the little glimpses consume me for ‘five more minutes’.
I hope life keeps letting me chase the light – in their eyes, in their hearts, in the universe and through the lens. I hope to be inspired, fall in love over and over and laugh every day.
LOVE & LIGHT