DO WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE

by - November 10, 2017


The last thirteen months have been an unbelievably trying period, and if I explained the latest headache to you – you wouldn’t believe me…

This week has been the one week so far where I honestly can’t make up my mind how I feel about the latest situation. There has been a lot of cringing, anger, panic, relief… either way, I unexpectedly find myself with a lot more free time on my hands to work on my self-employed business and my little blog.

With all of the headaches, heartaches, and general bullshit in mind, this week I decided to take a few days for me. Just for me. To do all of the things that make me smile. My camera and I went for a lovely, long, autumnal walk in the sunshine, something I haven’t done in such a long while. It was perfect. I only bumped into a small handful of other people, one of which was on horseback, and it was perfectly peaceful and relaxing. Autumn has to be my favourite season. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than basking in the garden on a hot summer’s day, but the colours that autumn brings are unbeatable. Walking amongst them, camera in hand, is really something else.


   


Next time I will absolutely opt for far more sensible footwear as I definitely got a little muddy, but that’s all part of the fun, right?! My favourite walk is along crunching leaves, with trees meeting overhead to make a tunnel of autumnal colour… and so that’s exactly what I opted for. Though the weather is definitely a little chillier in November, the sun was thankfully shining, but I still made sure to wrap up all toasty and warm – ginormous blanket scarf and all.

I went along a trail that is only a short distance from my house, but one that I rarely consider walking. It goes on for miles and miles. I spent half an hour walking in one direction until the beautiful pathway of trees ended, before turning around and walking another half an hour home. I’ve run along this path one or two times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever walked it in autumn. There are rows and rows of oak trees, which meant piles and piles of beautiful oak leaves along the ground. I didn’t see a single acorn, but that’s an excuse to go back another time.
  

   


I spent an afternoon baking and decorating cupcakes whilst singing along to an awful lot of Michael Bublé, before wrapping birthday presents and baking a beautifully rustic tiramisu cake for my mum’s birthday on the Thursday, followed by two evening’s celebrating with the family. My sister also ventured down from university as an extra surprise for my mum… though she promised to bring me a bottle of the good stuff (Prosecco) and I haven’t seen it yet. Boo.

After walking and shooting I did spend a little time fiddling around with photos in Lightroom, and created a few beautifully autumnal presets. I'm very excited, and incredibly pleased with myself. I may spend a little more time on Lightroom, creating some fabulous presets. I can't wait to experiment with my shots after Iceland. Have a peek below and let me know what you think of my 'Autumn in Cornwall' pack... 


original  |  long strolls  |  autumn leaves  |  woodland walks  |  muddy waters


A little spare time gets a girl thinking. I know it’s far easier said than done, but we really should be doing things that makes us smile. I found my employed role so mentally draining, so emotionally exhausting, that I couldn’t find the will power, time, or energy to do all of the little tasks for myself that I was so excited to do. I would come home every evening with the sole intent of sitting on that sofa and watching whatever I could muster up. Terrible use of time and such a waste of life, and once you’re in a rut it’s difficult to crawl your way to the top. I did often go to the gym on the way home, but I’ve had to pop this on pause whilst I figure things out.

But I really do now have an epic amount of free time, and I’m going to do my utmost to spend it wisely. I’ll be building up my self-employed business with all my might, and I’ll also be working hard on my little blog. When I first started writing in May I knew I wanted this blog to be a story of my ups, downs, woes, smiles, growth, and everything else in between. I’m absolutely going to stay true to that, and I’m so excited to see where this little journey can go. At least I don’t have the worry of racing home to beat the darker evenings just to cram in some photo-shoots… every cloud.

I’m hoping to see the Bristol Christmas markets this year (which I definitely did not have time for before this week), and we all know that I’m off to Iceland for Christmas, January brings the New Year and my birthday… so instead of fretting on the negative, I’m going to (sit in denial) enjoy every moment of freedom whilst it lasts. I wouldn’t mind cramming in some ice skating somewhere too.

Please do leave me a comment below with all the fun things you’re doing this festive season – inspiration required please!


Claudia xo




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28 comments

  1. I really love that you took some time after something negative to just focus on you and to be kind to yourself. It looks like a beautiful area you went walking in, your photos are lovely! I'm so sorry that you're going through a hard time but your attitude to it is very admirable and I am sure you're going to absolutely smash whatever comes next.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. Aww thank you Beth! I think I’m mostly (so very healthily) living in the wonderful world of denial hehe.

      I was hoping to go on more walks but the rain has really set in... I’ll have to focus on something constructive until it clears up!

      Claudia xo

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  2. I'm so sorry you've had such a trying year but I hope that #clichealert this latest cloud really does turn out to have a silver lining for you. The parts of Cornwall we've visited (mainly the Falmouth area and the Maenporth estate) are beautiful, I'm quite envious of where you live! And I love the photos you've taken and edited in Lightroom, I will have to look into that software. Have an amazing time in Iceland, I can't wait to hear and see your holiday impressions! X

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I will just have to work extra hard and make that silver lining come true!

      Cornwall does have some lovely areas, they’re just so far and so spread out! Eep! I’m craving a little city life time myself! I might try and cram some in before heading off into the beautiful snowy landscapes of Iceland!

      Claudia xo

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  3. Awh Claudia I'm so glad you've found time to do some things you love and focus on you! These photos are lovely and you sound like you're a great baker! I hope it all works out for you in regards to your recent work drama!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Aww thank you Jenny!! <3 I’m guessing there’s a master plan in action around here somewhere!!

      Claudia xo

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  4. I'm not sure what I'm doing really, I can get very isolated and stuck, but I'm hoping to spend time with my family at least. I love that you've been managing to do more things that make you smile and feel fulfilling, it's one of my great hopes that I will one day be self employed.

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    1. It’s definirely a big dream of mine to live sustainably as self-employed, so if I can make it happen as the silver lining to this story I’ll be so excited!

      I have moments, days, weeks feeling so isolated, you can absolutely use that time to recoup your energy, but make sure you push yourself to try spending time with the people that matter - otherwise you really do get stuck! I hope you have some fabulous moments with your family!! Keep going at your own pace! <3

      Claudia xo

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  5. I love this post! I relate to it so much right now. Aaaand as always your photography is bloody lovely! xxx

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    1. Awww thank you thank you <3 I feel like we need to live far closer together! Imagine our days out (with the camera, of course).

      Claudia xo

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  6. I loved reading this post, I really like the way you had put that boarder around your pictures!

    Sophia xo // https://sophiaaaxo.com

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    1. Aww thank you!! I love the little Polaroid frame, it’s cute for out and about shots!

      Claudia xo

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  7. I've been feeling so exhausted lately, wow, that was good to get off the chest. With a 8 month old things get tough sometimes & I should really focus on the good little things more!

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    1. You’re not alone! I’m always exhausted and I don’t have a little one, so you’ve got a darn good excuse - I can only imagine how tiring that can be. Try and giggle together as you go! <3

      Claudia xo

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  8. I'm sorry to hear that you've been going through a lot lately, I really hope that the situation improves soon! It sounds like you've been taking some really positive steps though, making time for what you love is so very important but it tends to get forgotten when our lives get busy or stressful! Listening to a bit of Buble always perks me up too, make sure your Mum delivers on that prosecco promise hehe!

    Abbey 🦋 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Abbey! <3 I think I’ve pushed through for such a long time that I’d completely forgotten about the little things that make me smile - like picking up my camera! I’m making sure to go for as many walks as possible to feed my creativity!

      Claudia xo

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  9. What a lovely post! I absolutely love long walks in the woods or park in autumn. It's nice that you have lots of free time now to build up the things you want to. Good luck 😊

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I love a good scenic walk, I’m definitely going to adventure around as many pretty places as possible not that I’ve got free time!

      Claudia xo

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  10. Not sure I am doing anything really funny before christmas: moving out, finding a new flat, looking for a new jobs... But I still do some fun things aside: blogging, riding my bike, walking around.. xx corinne

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    1. I think blogging helps take your mind off of the busy busy world we live in (though it can be tedious at times!) - and a good bike ride or walk definitely can! Maybe I should buy a bike...

      Claudia xo

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  11. Sorry to hear you’ve been through a tough time recently but pleased to hear you’re doing things to try and help you move forward.... that’s something I really need to do. I’ll take a leaf out of your book! Really lovely post and thank you for the inspiration! Xx

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    1. Aww this is so lovely! Thank you! So glad to have passed on a little inspiration!!! <3

      Claudia xo

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  12. Sorry to hear you've been going through a lot of stuff lately, good to see you taking time for yourself, always great for clearing the mind! I really love your photos! Very autumnal. xx

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! <3 I think a little moment for ourselves here and there really stops the burnout, I’m taking this as a fortunate turn of events and silver lining!

      Claudia xo

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  13. The photos are beautiful! And you're so right about spending your time wisely, definitely something I've been trying to do more of lately! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Ahh thank you Sophie! <3 I think ‘spending my time wisely’ will always be something that I’ll need to work on, I’m a huge procrastinator with ‘better things’ to do haha. I’ll be trying my best!

      Claudia xo

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  14. Girl I absolutely love those photos! It’s always so refreshing to go out and a have a little walk when you are feeling so overwhelmed with everything! I definitely need to start doing more of that! Loved reading this post and hope you feel better soon! xx

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    1. Ah thank you!! I definitely agree, and I so should’ve gone for walks sooner - the autumn colours tempted me. I’ll deginitely be going on more walks!

      Claudia xo

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