Hehe, I’ve just gone back and seen that I haven’t posted here in over 6 weeks. Honestly, it’s just been a combination of having one too many things on my plate and feeling slightly uninspired with trying to “be creative”, if that makes sense. But because I’ve got some extra time freeing up and have been shooting photos like crazy I’m hoping I’ll be posting here more! To kick things off here are some life updates from the last few months as well as stuff that I’m planning for the summer.
01. Travel plans
First up, my travel plans! When I turned 29 last October I made it a point to try and book in as many trips as possible for the last year of my 20s. I’ve gone on a few trips so far- France, the US and Spain (as well as Sweden & Estonia, as usual) but now is when the real traveling kicks in. I’m going to Berlin tomorrow to celebrate my best friends 30th, then to Sweden the week after to see friends, then Estonia to spend a week off with family, Portugal at the end of July, Tuscany at the end of August and a BIG TRIP coming up in October for my 30th- LA, San Diego, Arizona & New Mexico. I don’t think I’ll plan anything else in, unless we find cheap weekend flights somewhere. I’ve actually really been enjoying going on mini roadtrips around Scotland- we spent this past weekend in the Cairngorms, for example.
Oh, that god it’s finally here, eh? I can breathe again (I’m so melodramatic, but it’s true. I feel myself relaxing). Besides working I’ll be spending my weekends at my family’s farm house. I seriously can’t wait! Especially now that there’s a new doggie in the family it’ll be even more fun running around with him. I think what’s on the cards is a lot of barbecues, fixing up parts of the barn, eating strawberries, playing tennis and swimming in the lake. Bliss.
At the end of July we’re off to Portugal to celebrate my wonderful mother-in-laws 60th birthday! I’ve been to Portugal several times with my “other family” and we tend to spend long days at the beach and then drink wine and eat good food. No complaints there. I’ll get to be in Edinburgh for 2 weekends of the Fringe which is fun too.
I’m really hoping I don’t take all of this for granted and then blink and realise it’s September.
03. Projects I’ve been working on
I’ve been working on a toooooon of different things lately. The most recent is a shoot I did for a charity in Edinburgh called Invisible Cities who’s aim is to tackle homelessness. They’ve just launched a magazine so I took photos for one of their fashion features. Can’t wait to see it when it comes out!
04. Working on myself (but mostly my mind)
Haha, what a vast subject! I tend to get stressed and overwhelmed quite quickly, especially when I have a bunch of different things going on at the same time. A few months ago when it was getting to be a bit too much I stopped myself and realised that I need to slow down and prioritise things more. This had a lot to do with that I was sick pretty much all winter which took away so much of my energy and momentum to get any proper work done in time.
Anyways, when this happens there’s usually one thing that immediately helps me and that’s to minimise screen time as much as possible. Because I spend more than 12 hours a day behind some type of screen I was finding myself to get even more exhausted. So I picked up some books and I’m soooo glad I did! I’ve been reading way more in the past two months than I have in the last five years!
A couple of books I’ve been reading that have been super helpful are:
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind Literally one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s spread out nicely with articles from different people and the size is perfect to throw in your handbag. It’s straight to the point and filled with lots of practical tips.
Everything I Know About Love By Dolly Alderton. OMG this book! It brought back so many of my own teenage memories. I feel like any female reading this can see a part of themselves in this book. It gave me all the nice nostalgic feels.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Sometimes you just need a good book to snap yourself out of it. Really recommend!
You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. I read these books last year but have been skimming over them again in the last few weeks. I just feel like Sincero’s writing is exactly the kind of stuff that sticks with me. It gets me out of my head a bit.
I’ve just ordered The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for youby Emma Gannon that everyones talking about and can’t wait to get stuck in!
And finally, I’ve been listening to soooooo many podcasts when I’m doing boring things like cleaning, going out for a walk etc. My current favourites are Good Life Project (their catchline is “Discover powerful stories, conversations, resources and community to help you find and live your best life now!”) and the GaryVee Audio Experience. We’ll see how long I’m able to stick to listening to these but for now I’m really enjoying them!
The only downside that’s happened in the past few months while I’ve been working on my mind is that I’ve neglected my body and have gained quite a bit of weight (insert crying, wailing and annoyed emojis). That’ll be my next thing to tackle.