It’s been a while. April rather flew by, and May snuck up on us. I’ve had quite a slow month and taken some time to rest, think and plan ahead, and feel all the better for it. As it’s been a little bit of time since my last post, so I thought I’d fill you in on what I’ve been up to…
1) New Directions
In having a little break from the blog, I’ve been able to step back and think carefully about what I want to get out of it. I’ve thought about stopping, I’ve thought about relaunching. I’ve thought about posting every day, and I’ve thought about posting once a week. I haven’t come up with a definitive answer, but I love this blog, and I love having it here when I want it to be. So I’m going to keep going as I am, sharing what I want to share when I share it, and if you fancy reading it too, then that’s rather lovely.
2) New Projects
If you follow me on instagram, you may have spotted that I’ve started up a new account: @carriefryphoto. I’ve been looking for a new project for a while, but realised I had one sitting right in front of me. I take an awful lot of photographs, but the vast majority end up on hard drives or on my laptop gathering metaphorical dust, which I think is actually rather sad, so I’ve decided to fix that. I’m working my way through my photo stashes to organised, print and store the photographs I’ve taken, while setting up a system to store new photos I take. In the process, I’m going to create a real life printed photo album, something I haven’t done in a long time, and I’m going to share my progress on instagram, so do follow along if you like!
While moving furniture I took a tumble in my own living room and sprained my wrist. I injured my pride but thankfully broke no bones, and have been left with a little bruising and my right hand needing to be in a splint for a little while. This has left me a little useless, but has reminded me the importance of resting and actually stopping, as sometimes you have no option other than to slow down, recover for a while and heal.
You may remember that I’m working on an ongoing project to simplify my life. I’ve noticed one area that needs some work; I’m realising that my life is a little cluttered by online noise, and this is something I need to stop. I spend endless time scrolling through news feeds of various sites, which is time that could be used far more wisely elsewhere. Also, and more importantly, I’m bringing stress into my life by reading things I don’t necessarily want to read or know. I’ve taken initially steps towards this, and have deleted the twitter app from my phone. It’s amazed me how many times I’ve mindlessly automatically scroll through my phone looking at it, and I’m learning to enjoy sitting quietly without needing to scroll and read.
Having need to rest a little more this month, I feel I’m definitely getting my money’s worth of my Netflix account. I’ve become totally hooked on Designated Survivor, which I would most definitely recommend. For an evening chill out, we’ve been enjoying re-watching Rick and Morty, and most recently a new favourite, in the form of Bill Nye Saves the World
I realised I hadn’t actually shared this, but a little while ago I wrote a piece for Mint Velvet’s online magazine, sharing a fun little DIY on creating terrariums at home. They are easy to make and simple to look after, and a lovely little way of adding some green to your home.
8) Out with the old…
…and in with the new! In the interests of simplifying my life this year, I’m trying to get rid of 100 things. I have the habit of hanging onto things I don’t need, and I’m trying to fix that. I’m not quite finished but I am a number of bags down, and have loved the process so far. My wardrobe feels clear and my local charity shop has a few bags of rarely worn clothes, which I think is a much better place to be. I’ve also sold a few pieces I didn’t love, and purchased a few bits I do, so instead of having three pairs of jeans that are a little loose, I’ve swapped them for one pair that fits perfectly.
What have you been up to this month, and what are you looking forward to in the next?