This is what’s going to happen…

this is the plan

It may seem a bit late for a post about plans for this year, it’s meant to be a new year thing, I know.

But surely it takes at least a month to figure out exactly the best approach when those niggling feelings about changing things appear at the beginning of the year? Well it has for me. I’ve been thinking about this blog, photography, writing, my career, health, travelling… There’s so much, that I feel fuzzy ambitions without a do-able and thought out plan are just pointless.

Going over it all in my head, there was too much. Ambition isn’t a bad thing, but you can try to do it all and end up doing none of it.

So here’s the plan:

- Create a photo series – my photos are quite sporadic in theme and style. I’m working on a photo series to help me define my style and I’ll also have a series I can look to exhibit in cafes etc

- Take more care when writing blog posts – I tend to spend ages on the photos, write quickly and then post it

- Spend 2 hours a week writing fiction – doesn’t have to be good, just need to start the habit

- Travelling – live more frugally and take more opportunities. I spent time exploring Spain last year and loved it so I’ve decided to make travelling more of a priority

- Style post collaborations – I’ve mentioned that I want to shoot more style posts, I just need to find people that want to be in them/style them!

- Health – winter really throws my exercise routine, I’m not comfortable running in the dark and fitting running around work in daylight hours becomes almost impossible. I’m cycling London to Brighton this year, which commits me to longer cycle rides, before getting back to running for my first half marathon later in the year

There’s actually a lot there, but it’s maybe only a quarter of the ambitions I had floating around at the beginning of the year. Too many commitments and I know that nothing will get done.

I’m really interested in habit forming and how to build big changes with small tweaks. Leo Babauta’s blog Zen Habits does a great job of breaking down goals to small habits. His post on The Four Habits That Form Habits is especially useful.

Other resources I’ve found useful are:

-Duolingo – I’m learning Spanish, but there are plenty of languages on there and I really feel like I’m progressing. Also, you can compete for points against friends and you can have emails sent to you when your friends overtake you. Which is damn motivating… It’s also free.

- Nike Training Club – I go to the free classes in London, but I probably use the app more now. I can choose to do a huge selection of workouts and I’ve been doing one of the shorter, 15 minute workouts about 5 days a week. I’m not going to end up strong and toned from that, but it’s a habit to build on and I always hurt the next day.

- Lift - a simple little habit tracker, it encourages you to reach 21 days of any habit you want to achieve

Pinterest party with the Papered Parlour

Pinterest cake pops by POP Bakery – bloody lovely

I mention Pinterest a lot in my everyday life.

I have one board for clothes I want to buy, one for London photoshoot locations, two for collecting photography inspiration, one for flat styling etc. Plus, as my job involves social media, I tend to talk about it a lot there (especially as it’s my favourite network, but shhh…). It’s gotten so bad, people have started rolling their eyes at me when I mention it.

But, being overly invested in this social image sharing site means I get invited to things like this Pinterest party at the Papered Parlour.

Pinterest party posh sandwiches Pinterest party hat making Pinterest party with a history of hat making

Aside from the posh sandwiches, free wine and free licence to stick pins in foam mannequins’ heads without so much as a raised eyebrow, we were treated to an expert overview of the history of hats. I’d like to be a hat wearer, but I’m not. I decided a while ago that lovely as they often are, they just don’t suit me and my interest in them never took hold. But, I really enjoyed learning about their use as status symbols, political messages and wartime defiance. Give me a bit of symbolic rebellion and I’m in.

Pinterest party making paper hats Pinterest party making paper hats

We crafted paper hats, painted and crafted elaborate designs and spoke to the talented ladies that are milliners themselves.

Pinterest party - hat by Natasha MoorhouseHat by Natasha Moorhouse

Pinterest party - hats by Fiona Menzies aka FifilabelleHats by Fiona Menzies aka Fifilabelle

Pinterest party - hat by Natasha MoorhouseHat by Natasha Moorhouse

Pinterest party hat designs Pinned with a pinterest badge

The Papered Parlour itself is a beautiful little spot in Clapham and I’m looking forward to their upcoming classes list, pretty sure there will be a few I can utilise for prop making…

The Wellcome Library releases thousands of images under Creative Commons – I’m thinking composites…

Old woman, Canton, Kwangtung province, China

The Wellcome Library has recently made over 100,000 images available under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which means there is a whole library of images available that can be worked into composite images as long as you give proper attribution. Miss Aniela is the photographer I know of that composites paintings into her work – check out Home and Dry, Mothership and Kai Face for example – but I’m sure there are others and it’s a great way of adding unusual elements you might not be able to photograph or simply for a different feel to the image.

All the images in this post are from the Wellcome Library and there’s not only a massively diverse selection, but a nice smattering of oddities as well. It isn’t very usable and it’s worth clicking on every gallery as well as the explore and favourites tab, because it doesn’t look like there are many images, but you really have to persevere.

Locomotive beauty Watercolours of birds with fruit and flowering plants Snow Hill offices of Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Sequah on Clapham Common. Oil painting by an English painter An anatomist meditates on the corpse of a beautiful young woman, laid out on a table next to his desk. Lithograph by F. Hanfstaengl after a painting by G. C. R. von Max, 1869 Manchu bride, Peking, Penchilie province, China

Please make sure you read the copyright notice on any image you wish to use, most are Creative Commons Attribution only licenced, but please check! I believe all images in this post are Creative Commons Attribution only licenced, but please check for yourself if you wish to use any as it’s not for me to say for definite and it might change. Also, specific image credit is in the alt text of each image, so please hover over each for more information.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

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