A Little Life Update

Hey! Remember me? It’s been quite some time since my last post, over a month to be exact. If you’re a long time reader, you may have read that in recent months I’ve been trying to focus on myself and my health a little more, and as a part of that I took a little bit of time offline to rest and recuperate. I work on the internet and blog as a hobby, which means although it’s something I love, it can become overwhelming and generally not that healthy, especially when you end up spending more hours a day online than off. My little break away turned out to be the perfect antidote and I’m feeling inspired to get going and start writing again. Before I dig in, I thought I’d share a little snippet of what I’ve been up to…

August

August was a bit of a funny month with a few extremely busy periods, followed by a few periods of nothing at all (which are definitely my favourite. The slower days included…

…working on my garden and cutting back lavender, resulting in fragrant stems drying in preparation for their new life in scented pouches to sew when I have a spare day.

…cocktails with friends and well needed catchups after far too long

…a new planner to start the academic year, and finally feeling organised

…an actual sunday lie in, and a good book

& plenty of puppy lovin.

Festival Fun

Since my last post, we had a little weekend adventure at WOMAD festival. It’s one of my favourites, and I used to go religiously every year but for the last few, life seemed to get in the way. I’m SO glad we booked tickets as a weekend tech-free in a field was exactly what we needed, and despite the mud and very little sleep, we left feeling strangely refreshed. We met up with old friends and magically felt as though no time had passed at all since we last got together, despite it being over five (!) years in reality. We drank chai in the woods and ate all sorts of wonderful things, and danced for hours in torrential rain with strangers to Toots & the Maytals, and the whole thing was pure magic.

An American Adventure

Our biggest adventure, as you may have seen on my instagram was a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I’m only sharing a small snippet now as I have many photographs to share, as I’m sure you can imagine! It was just Loz and I visiting by ourselves for the first time, and it was wonderful being in a place I know so well with someone who doesn’t. We played tourists and explored as much of the city as we could in our time there, and ate as many pancakes as we could possibly imagine.

Looking Forward

After a month away, I’m feeling a little better, I’m full of ideas and am ready to rediscover my love for blogging. I feel more like myself after taking some time off the rather manic mess that the internet can be sometimes. I’ve deleted twitter from my phone and feel a strange sense of freedom for not having the urge to check it 24/7. I’m learning that I don’t have to be permanently connected to what may be going on around the world and in everyone else’s lives, and that actually, life is a lot more fun when you can stay right here, and focus on what is happening around you.

So thanks for sticking with me, it’s good to be back!

  • It’s wonderful to see you back, your photos are beautiful. The festival sounds incredible. Well done for deleting Twitter off your phone, I think I probably need to do the same. Sometimes it can all get very overwhelming can’t it. I can’t help but check social media multiple times a day and I’m sure it’s not good for the soul at all!

    I’m so glad to hear you are rested and feeling ready to get stuck in again.
    Love,
    Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • Carrie

      You are so lovely Peta, thank you! I do honestly feel much better for getting rid of twitter. When it’s there, I feel as though I have no option other than to check it repeatedly, and so getting rid has been so refreshing!

      C x

  • Áine Danger Gumery

    I’m delighted you had a good month off! It’s needed to help our heads I think. I’ve done something similar with all my social apps – not deleted as I need them for work, but I’ve turned off all notifications. So I don’t have it flashing, reminding me that I’ve not checked. You’re the second person I know that went to WOMAD, I really must investigate this for next year! Since moving to the country and taking some time off in Bali, I’ve been enjoying a slower pace and remembering what is actually important – I rarely touch my social on the weekends now, it’s lush. Hooray for newly invigorated love for writing and all things content. Nice to have you back!

    Honestly Aine

    • Carrie

      I am so grateful to have a work phone, I just got so overwhelmed with everything flashing at me all of the time and feel far better to not have to look at it all the time! I think you would love Womad, it would be worth looking into! πŸ™‚
      Sounds like you’re in a great place at the moment, a slower pace sounds like a very good thing!

      C x

  • I missed your blog posts while you were taking a break! I’m glad you’re back! It’s totally understandable, though…everyone needs to check out a bit from time to time, especially for mental health purposes. All of these photos are wonderful. That WOMAD festival looks like so much fun!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    • Carrie

      Thank you Mia, you are so kind! C x

  • Laura KanevičiΕ«tΔ—

    Love this post! And I’ve been missing them a lot! Your posts are always so nice and lovely, you just know how to find the right words and make it so cozy and honest, I think.
    The photos are so soooo beautiful – as always. Love love love!

    Laura xx | Bright & Breezy

    • Carrie

      Ahh Laura you are so lovely. Thank you! C x

  • Welcome back! I’m glad you’re feeling refreshed after a bit of a break! WOMAD sounds amazing, do you think it’d be a good festival to take kids to?

    • Carrie

      I think your kiddos would LOVE it! There’s a world of kids that do crafts throughout the weekend building up to a procession that many of the performers get involved in where the kids get to parade their artwork through the main arena, it’s brilliant! πŸ™‚ C x

  • Great to see you back! I think it’s always such a great way to have a break away from working online as well as taking a break to focus on your health. I’ve had a couple of days off myself and I already feel refreshed and ready to get back into my creative work again. Your trip to South Carolina looked so much fun! Looking forward to seeing more photos πŸ™‚ x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Carrie

      Thanks Kayleigh! I think you’re right, sometimes health breaks are so important πŸ™‚ X

  • Excited to see you posting again – I start not too long ago reading your posts, and just love your energy! This is inspiring me (once again) to get back into posting myself!

    • Carrie

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ x

  • Lor

    Welcome back, Carrie! I also took a break from blogging these past couple of weeks. Exactly like you said – the internet can be an overwhelming place, and I certainly can feel the weight of it from time-to-time.
    I love your new blog layout and photographs as always! So lovely. Really looking forward to what you have in fall for us this upcoming season πŸ™‚

    -Lor
    acozyspace.com

    • Carrie

      Thank you! Hope your break has been relaxing and you’re feeling better for it! πŸ™‚ C x

  • Glad to see you back and hope you’re feeling better! Loved this little update, all the snapshots and summer vibes <3 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Carrie

      Thank you lovely Audrey! C xx

  • Carrie

    Thank you so much Millie! So glad you had some time to switch off too πŸ™‚ C xx