I know, I know, it’s been six months. No writing, no photography – hell, not even a tweet plugging an old post. Does it help if I say that I missed it? That not writing and not posting made me feel like I was neglecting an old friend, an acute feeling in the back of my mind that there was always something I ‘should’ be doing?
I can’t lie though, I’ve enjoyed the freedom. The freedom of finishing a long day at work and not diving head first into a long evening of editing. Of spending a deliciously long time in bed on a Sunday morning with no thought of what I might miss out on snapping. I even indulged that little bit further and pretended that AW14 wasn’t happening (at least as far as Fashion Week was concerned).
At the time, this was exactly how it needed to be.
Today, I am what Pharrell would call ‘happy’. At the risk of sounding criminally cheesy, the break I took from blogging, editing, photography – many things actually, has allowed me to come back with a renewed passion and a reminder of why I began this journey in the first place. I bloody love writing. It’s as simple as that.
The truth is that my site, my stories, the photos I capture and the words that I write have become very much a part of me. Despite all the wonderful lie ins, extra time for one more drink with friends, and nights spent on the sofa steadily making my way through another season of Breaking Bad, that feeling never quite went away.
And so here I am on the other side – ready to start again. Since the last time I pressed publish on a post, I’ve experienced loss, as all of us will do, and then I decided to go out and experience life. And experience life I did! Perhaps a little too much.
I’ve made friends and I’ve lost friends. I’ve travelled, worked hard, looked after myself, moved house (twice), spent far too many school nights drinking cocktails, joined the gym, quit the gym, and – I’ve fallen in love.
I hope you enjoy the new site and that some of you might find it useful. For anyone looking at the journey ahead and wondering how to get through it – keep going. You’ll come out the other side.
Just think of the stories you’ll pick up along the way.
P.S Thanks to the wonderfully talented Brooke Costello for illustrating this post. See more of her work here or take a look at previous collaborations here.