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A Week In Photos

There are a lot of snapshots to catch up on from last year! I think I should do the Halloween ones and Billy Idol Day first but these photos were already uploaded so I’ll do them next time ^_^

Arranging the Peonies Part 2: The Peonying…

So following on from the last peony post. Omg why is the word peony so difficult to say in sentences?

On the way home we ended up going a different route so we could take some photos and stop by Bunnings for craft supplies. I took home some awesome painting and resin stuff.

We had decided to start our garden again after the last batch of dead plants so I picked up another bunch of daisies. I’m honestly coming to a point where I think our location is not suited for plants and I’m thinking of getting fake ones again because this is all too hard!

Pink Peony Picking – Outfit Of The Day

So the weird obsession with “pick your own” farms continues but this year we didn’t just want to do the regular berries and things like that so we googled around for some alternatives and found a Peony Farm which was open just one day a year!

Then we debated for like 3 weeks on the correct way to say peony because it just doesn’t sound right.

A New-ish Start

2015

 

2014 really seemed like a very long year didn’t it? By the end of it I was feeling pretty drained and burnt out so I decided to take a few weeks away from the things that I felt were making me feel bleh and concentrate on things that I really enjoyed doing instead. James and I sat down together and actually talked about what we didn’t like about 2014 and what we wanted to do about it in 2015. I was in a really introspective kind of mood and it felt like the more things I thought about myself, the more I realised that I wasn’t necessarily loving the direction I was going in.

We realised that one of the biggest problems I had was separating work and home life. For the last 7+ years I’ve been working a LOT. I was pulling 12 hour days every day and working weekends but it never felt like I was actually on top of anything because I really wasn’t. Not having set work hours meant that I had no reason to properly plan anything out or to set guidelines for how long things should take because I was constantly doing them… but nothing really seemed to get done because I was always over tired and not running at full brain power.

So that was the first thing to change. I now have set work ours from 10-6 like a “regular” job and I’m not working weekends either! I’ve been doing this for the last 3 weeks and it’s really helped me focus a lot more on goals and projects I want to get done. It also means there is a set time to relax and let my brain wind down enough to rest properly at night. Yay!

With that in mind I started to think about what I wanted to do with myself a little more and realised my blog (and really myself) had turned into a a finely tuned content manufacturing machine. I love tutorials but the rate that I was working them last year (2 videos, 4 posts, social media bonuses, the VLB and sometimes vlogs as well) was not something that I could keep up with forever without burning out. I just don’t have the kind of outgoing personality required for doing that without feeling uncomfortable >_< So this year I’m want to continue doing tutorials because I love them but I will only be doing tutorials that I LOVE. I’m not going to be working to a schedule of X many posts or videos a week because when I do that, things become forced and the end product isn’t what I want it to be. I’m going to write about the things that I want to write about without worrying about other people’s reactions.

This year I want to concentrate my efforts onto being happier. I want to love what I do every day. Obviously loving EVERYTHING is unrealistic and sounds like hippy crap but I want to at least not feel like I’m falling into bed at night dreading the next morning >_> I’m really tired of being tired!

I also want to try new things and diversify a bit. I don’t want to feel like I’m being stagnant and just doing the same things over and over again because that’s what other people want me to do. I have a habit of focusing all of my energy onto one thing and not being able to see anything around me so I want to branch out of my comfort zone more and try some completely different things.

This is probably the longest and most thoughtful post I’ve written in years and I feel really happy about it. The changes that I’ve been making have had such a positive effect so far and I feel re-energised. Since I started this blog what feels like a billion years ago, it’s had so many incarnations and focuses and the one constant has been you guys who are reading this. I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me in reading my blog and I hope you’ll continue to like what you see in the new re-energised Violet.

So 2015, bring it on because I’m excited to see what you have ^_^

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Filming With Surfaced Studios – Snapshots

So have you ever wanted to see James beaten to death? Apparently it’s more common that you would think! We’ve been helping Tobias and Celina film some videos lately and the most recent one involved the boys getting into a big fist fight XD

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a great time today and here’s to 2015 being an amazing year!

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I don’t generally make resolutions because it seems like setting myself up for failure but I want to make this year incredible so what do you guys thing we do to make this year even better? Or if you make resolutions what are you planning to do?

I’ll be taking a week or so off now to organise my brain for 2015’s posts and get back into an organised working mode. See you in a little bit!

Anyway, have a wonderful night and I can’t wait to see you next year!

 

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