Has it really been four years? As I write this post I feel quite emotional about another year passing by. It feels like such an achievement, to have carved out this tiny little space of the internet that I can be proud of, thankful for, a place for me to record our memories as a family. It’s my happy place for sure and will always be my little space to share the little things I love. For that alone I am so glad that I set up this little corner of the internet, taking a leap of faith in putting myself and our little family out there. For me it’s my journal, a place for us to look back on. To think that just over four years ago, on a rainy Sunday afternoon I started to come up with an idea that would transform certain aspects of our life. A space that has had such an impact on me personally. All whilst wrestling a potty, a curious dog, a husband panicking about the new rug and a gorgeous curly haired two year old who was entering a brave new world. What a journey. I love this space.
What can I say about the last four years? So many adventures, crafting the art of writing and photography, being lucky to have received so many amazing opportunities, it has pushed me out of my comfort zone in ways I never imagined – and whilst that scares me and continues to test me I feel so proud, so proud of what I have achieved. I feel proud of my boys for coming on this journey with me, for encouraging me to try new things and allowing me to take that photo of a blossom tree because you know its for the gram. We’ve all done it. I’ve made some truly gorgeous friends over the years, found a real sense of community in a small group of bloggers, received so much encouragement and support and love that so many of you continue to follow me on this journey. Has it really been four years?
My blog really has surpassed any expectation I had. I never knew where it would lead, originally it was just meant to be an online journal. I never once thought that it would turn into a business that would create so much opportunity. Creating this space has been a lot of hard work and will continue to be so for as long as it makes me smile, it is tiring and sometimes I struggle to switch off, its 24/7 but oh my goodness I love this space. I love the creative side it brings out in me. I get asked all the time how I manage to fit it all in – the truth is I just have so much passion for creating content. I have always been one to share *inserts smiley face*. Whether it be capturing a moment on our travels, styling a photo, writing a blog post for a brand or learning how to capture life as our little family in a short film.
For me blogging is like going to the gym, its a release, a place where I get to show another side of me, a place to share all the little things I love and of course the people I love. I find inspiration from those around me. It will be a lovely space to look back on when I’m old and grey, the days out, the holidays, the fashion and most of all how our little family has changed over the years. If it wasn’t for this online space I would never have captured so many memories, taken a monthly photo of our little family which I really should print and found friends for life.
So much of me and this blog has changed over the years. My website has grown, in some ways it has changed direction yet staying true to my roots. I always want this space to be somewhere I can record precious moments of family life but perhaps it will continue to be a balance of lifestyle, fashion and family. For me the three are entwined. I have learnt so much over the last two years, about what I want to share with you but also what you enjoy reading and watching.
In some ways I think my new direction came from identifying a new outlet, a new place to share all my little loves. I love to share short stories, captions and photos over on my Instagram page, which has become an extension of my blog for sure. Second to writing on my blog it has become my favourite social media channel and a community I love to be apart of. Its just so instant, when I say instant I mean how accessible it is, opening up an app and finding all my favourites in one place. For those that follow me will know that my Insta feed is very much a magazine of all my favourite moments, a camera roll of our adventures, style and moments I treasure. There is rarely anything ‘instant’ about my Instagram but hey each to their own and how or what you want to share. I always turn to my instagram feed and my blog to look back through, to smile at the memories, read back on the moments. Definitely my favourite past time, a place where I find so much joy and gets me through a tough day and week at the office or generally being an adult.
Here’s to another year of recording our little family memories, of treasuring our time together, sharing moments with you and stepping out of my comfort zone. Thank you to my boys for putting up with my endless worries, late nights and early mornings writing, blogging commitments, photographing everything in sight, collaborations and more. And lastly to you, my readers, peers, followers and friends. Thank you for following me, for every heart, like, share, comment, virtual hug and so much more. Every comment, DM and message means so much to me. So much. Whether you’re a new follower or one that has been here since the beginning thank you for allowing me to be me and most of all for sticking with me.