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Get out and take your best winter pictures! (how to start + new hashtag)

It seems like the idea of taking picture outside of our comfort nest AND potentially in front of a stranger is unthinkable for many. To be honest, I am not any braver or more confident then you, but Norway made me do it! The winter time here is so gloomy and dark that the only way to keep doing what I love, taking photographs, means finding my way around the nature.¬†I don’t think I am all that creative compared to other people I know, but I am pretty sure I am really good in finding solutions and different angles, as well as quite stubborn. Preparation and passion are the keys, you see, take photographs like no-one is watching kind of thing ūüôā And good news is that winter is a great excuse to start shooting out, because, no light, and by summer you will be a total pro with no doubts and struggles and so ready for the most juicy, flowery, happy pictures! Ready?

And as the community is always the best part of all my photography adventures, I created a hashtag for all of us to use for all the winter experiments! So if you feel like it and want support and all the lovely people to see your pride, use #winterwonderlens for all the winter outdoor loveliness! Can’t wait to see your creations but now lets get to work, shall we?

Preparation is everything!

Since you are shooting outside and if you work full time like me, you might have just a half an hour or hour after work during the week days to shoot and maybe not even any close to your home, think about every photo adventure as a little trip. During the weekend it is all a bit easier since we have more time, but still, you have to be prepared and take everything with you. Also, if you are shy introvert like me, you also will probably want to do it quick and run! On the top of that, freezing! You don’t want to be standing there in the middle of the field not knowing what do to, do you?

I have a journal which I carry with me everywhere as well as note app on the phone, so any time I get an idea for a photo, I write and draw it down. The same comes to the photography props. If there is something you need to get or make for the photo, prepare it ahead. Think about locations and places you want to take the pictures at, think about the outfits, everything. I often draw my ideas as a little square in my journal so I know how I want it to look like at the end. Sometimes I know only a detail I want to capture, like hands holding something, sometimes I have the whole composition but sometimes it just comes out from the environment. Either way, more you will have decided, better! I often bring things with me just in case, so I have options or I am prepared for all the situations (for example when I knew I will dip my feet in the snow, I brought tiny towel to dry them out and plastic bag to put the wet towel away).

Crazy, well, it is a sort of like a trip into the wild really, so be prepared ūüôā Also, don’t leave your home hungry and dress properly and comfortably, warm belly and clothes will keep you going and you will have less excuses less to run back home!

 

 

Now let’s talk about getting actually out there

As I listen to what you say, most of you have amazing ideas, you have props, you have some time. But the idea of getting out there and taking pictures in front of others is just freaking you out. So don’t! Instead of being afraid of people looking at you weird, easily find a place where there is no-one to look weird at you. And definitely don’t try to overcomplicated it for the first time. Baby steps, that is what I try to preach and practise and it just works. Trying to compose masterpiece styled picture if you have never even took your camera for a walk might be too much to start with.¬†Because if you have never taken any pictures outside in public, let me tell you, just carrying your camera on your neck will feel stupid (been there). So maybe try to give yourself a week challenge and go one baby step further every day. Here is how it goes:

Day 1: On the way home from work, try to look outside from the window instead of your phone (I know you do, well, I do) and try to notice interesting places you could take your camera to with you. The whole world is your stage so it can be anything, pretty wall, nice stairs, park or just a tree you like.

Day 2: Get of the bus from work one stop too early or park your car a bit further then usual. Walk home on the empty street and snap something, anything, even on your phone is good enough. Just to get a hold of it.

Day 3: Try to take your camera in your purse. I carry my baby everywhere all the time, just in case. Once you get used to it, you will have it always handy and it will be easier to find time and way to take lovely winter shots.

Day 4: Repeat day two, but try to take some pictures with your camera. I personally still don’t like to take pictures among people because I am afraid they will scream at me or something, so I just don’t do that. ¬†Take a picture of pretty leaves, frozen branches or nice doors. They won’t complain ūüėČ

Day 5: Let’s assume you have a free weekend. So today is time to put your big girls trousers on and plan your winter shoot for weekend. Think about one picture you would like to take. Scene, mood, atmosphere, colours, whatever is important for you. Prepare props if you need any, think about place you will go (remember that nice little park you saw on the way from work?)

Day 6: It is here! Go out and try! You can do it. Have fun and don’t think about it too much, you are just learning and trying!

Day 7: Enjoy the result with a warm cuppa and feet up!

 

Things I do to make sure it will all turn out well

If you are ready to go out there, keep these in mind as they will make your life easier:

Battery is freezing too. Camera battery lasts much shorter in the cold weather, be sure it is charged 100% or have extra or portable charger. Someone recommended me yesterday, in case of crisis, put your battery or phone into your bra for a while, it will get heat up and work again ūüėÄ You can also buy those reusable heating pads and have them in your camera bag.

Take too many pictures. That is a general rule for all the pictures you might not be able to retake again – you can always delete them but you don’t want to ¬†find out they are all blurry or the angle is a bit wrong on every single picture. Also, take them from different angles, often you can then post more then one out of the photoshoot.

Shoot in the square format. I do that and it makes my life so much easier, life changing really! Most of the cameras and phones allow you to set the screen to 1:1 format so you know how it will look for your Instagram shoot. If you don’t have the option, use post-it paper or tape and cover part of your screen. This was really life changing for me since there is nothing more annoying then to find out you can’t crop your picture into the square because you would miss important part.

Try different settings. I shoot on manual setting and often try different settings to have different results. The tiny camera screen can be sometimes confusing and picture might be in reality too dark or light. And since I am not so fond of after editing, I make sure there is some I like almost as is.

Look around and find your props in the nature. I always try to simplify everything as i find it silly to spend too much money on props as I don’t make any out of it. Often you can just use nature, maybe just pick pretty leaves on the round and arrange them nicely or use a branch to write a message in the snow. There is so much out there, promise, and after a while you will train your eye to see things and possibilities everywhere!

Have fun! This is the most important one. If it stresses you out to take pictures outside, don’t do it. You will find another way and I will share another tips next time. It should always be fun and even though I am often a bit “scared”, most of the times I am just laughing at myself and have a really good time!

 

But what if it doesn’t work out?

I find that since I already went extra mile to take a picture outside, I usually make it work or I kick my perfectionism in the butt and get happy with the result over time. But what if it just doesn’t? As I mentioned, I am pretty stubborn, so if I have time, I try to rethink the original idea and find another place, angle. But once it stops being fun and starts to be more of a hustle and struggle, I usually give up. ¬†There is no shame in giving up, otherwise, the most successful people often give up to save time and energy for the next thing. Don’t be discouraged if the pictures don’t turn out as you wanted at first.

Get home, make a warm cuppa and try to look at them and learn. What could you do different? Why doesn’t it work out? Was it wrong idea what so ever? Or maybe wrong time of the day, bad light, too little or too much? There can be million reasons and sometimes the idea can stick with you and you will try next time. ¬†It is also about being honest to your skills because we are not all professionals and sometimes it is all about that. I have tons of photos in my head which I would love to take one day but for now, I don’t have a photography skill enough to do that. So I don’t even try, why torturing myself ūüôā

They say that it takes 10 000 hours to become master in something and with photography maybe even more, since the subject and environment changes with every next photograph. I see every shot as a little adventure, tiny trip to capture what I see and what I want others to see. And if it is shit most of the times, so what? I was out on the fresh air, I tried and possible did more than all those others sitting on the sofa blabbering about inconvenient weather. And on the top of that, the idea of what is beautiful or creative is so individual, that as long as you have fun, it was always worth it.

 

 

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My best Instagram advice for 2018

I thought I would start a new year with the best I can give you. I get tons of questions about engagement and growth on Instagram. How did I get “so many” followers, how do I collect so “many” likes and how do I “make” people comment on my photos. Although all those number are quite relative, it is one way how to measure your online success. So I decided to share with you my ultimate secret, that one thing, one strategy which worked for me and helped me grow 15k followers in 9 months but most importantly helped me build amazing community of people which I love to spend time with online. I know there is a lot of Instagram advice out there, but I feel like this one, my advice, is the one not so many people speak about. But I got a gut feeling that it is and will be the most important one in the future. So what is my number one Instagram advice?

 

Be a kind human being and give before you want to get something back.

 

That is it. I was very tempted to end the article here, since I made a point, but let’s chat a bit more, shall we?

To take it from the beginning, I spend a lot of time online. I am a real introvert, or as Sara Tasker calls us, webtrovert. I love to communicate and make friends online and I am almost asocial offline. I just don’t like to hang out much. I met my best friend and most of my friends on Instagram and some of them later in real life. I love that Instagram connects us first thought the pretty squares, so we already have something in common, love for the same aesthetics, which I reckon makes the connections much more pleasant compared to other social media. But that won’t cut it if you want to grow and build the audience. I will also mention as always, that Instagram is a visual platform and photo quality will always matter, but that is not enough either.

To be more practical and make it as easy as possible to understand for advanced Instagrammers but also beginners, I will just tell you what I personally do in a simple bullet points. And please, remember, that as kind as I try to be, I am only an imperfect human which sometimes forget to answer. But I thought I would sharing my experience as I get in average 2000 likes and 50 comments per post.

So what do I do?

I try to answer every message (at least those which include more then emoji. Often not straight away, but I like to have time to put some meaningful sentence together)

I try to answer every comment (same here, I try to remember people, their names and profiles, so I can have more of a real conversation)

I share a lot of behind the scenes so people can create what I do (I am not afraid of people copying what I do or revealing my secrets. I believe that we are not a competition and there is space for everyones creativity)

I share a lot of what I know (Same here. Everything I know I often share except the basic stuff people ask me instead of using google, because that just annoy me, sorry not sorry)

I always try to help people if I can (often people would share their project, hashtag they started and I try to remember and use it next time or share on Stories, Newsletter etc.)

I share others work and profiles without expecting anything back (I started #sharesomesaturday, so when I remember, I share selflessly some profiles I enjoy and are just starting out, we all know how hard is first 1k)

I try to give love back to those who follow me and are true followers (meaning when I see someone often comments or send messages I try to go over their profile, like, comment and somehow support and appreciate what they do. That being said, I don’t like what I don’t like, no fake here).

I listen what people say and want and try to reflect on that (not always, but if I know they are interested in some pictures more or some topic more, I try to keep it in my mind)

 

Does it sound like a lot of work to you? Hell yes, it is! Do I do all this to get to 100k followers and eternal fame? Of course not, that is way too much work. I just genuinely care, I love to chat with people online about pretty much anything. Social media relationships are as any other. They are hard work but once you are honest and nice, it feels natural and it is all worth it. You invest your energy and time but get so much more back. I have had 30 years of shit relationships including partners and family and it seems like in age 31 I finally cracked the code! And at the end of the day, when everything goes wrong, you took the most beautiful picture but it is “bombing” because Instagram doesn’t show it to pretty much anyone, having friends out there which will come by no matter what is just about the best thing!

It just seems to me that we often in a battlefield of likes and algorithm forget that Instagram is also and mainly a social media platforms. You are supposed to be social, talk to people, have conversations. Of course, as I always remind everyone, Instagram is all about pretty pictures, so interesting and beautiful photography matter.  But after that, it is not about any secret combination of hashtags, timing it right, and hacking the algorithm (although, maybe a little). At least for me, the trick is to be a nice human being and treat people as an actual people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big life in a Tiny house with Whitney Doerksen

I have always been all into small living spaces. I think my passion started when I was about 12 and had to share on bedroom with my two siblings. I always really valued my private space and that is when I started to find ways how to manage even in the smallest room. Later on I found out that I prefer to live in smaller space even when I have a choice. I am fascinated by efficiency and perfection of tiny homes – everything has its own place and it is just exactly enough. And one day I came across lovely Whitney on Instagram and her tiny house! And she was kind enough to share her story and journey with us. I obviously already read it and had such a blast so I am sure you will all enjoy it. So here it goes, say hi to Whitney and David Doerksen and their tiny home!
1. Since you have no blog Whitney (yet) could you please tell us a little it more about yourself? Where do you live, why, what do you do and what are you passions?

Hi! My name is Whitney Doerksen. I am a Canadian currently living in Bolivia with my carpenter husband David in our tiny home in the woods. Eleven years ago, my parents relocated our family here so that Dad could work with street kids in the city of Santa Cruz. Since then, my family has returned to Canada and I left the city to teach English in a tiny Low-German speaking community in the country. I married a hard working local boy with all the skills imaginable (all of which came in handy). We like plants a lot so we spend most of our free time making our little piece of earth as jungle like as possible. I’m also pretty passionate right now about learning more about Instagram and how to be part of the beautiful, artistic, creative community it is. I also enjoy building relationships with the people around me in a language that is becoming less and less foreign (finally!!) and serving in the local church.

2. The reason I started following you was that I came across your profile and saw you and your husband built a Tiny House! Can you tell what tint house means?

I read somewhere online that anything under 500 square feet is usually considered a tiny home. Our home is about 230 square feet with a loft of 60 square feet. It‚Äôs quite little, but it can still hold all things necessary, and quite a bit of unnecessary stuff too if you cram it in there. Now according to David, tiny house means, ‚Äúnot too much unnecessary stuff‚ÄĚ, and I agree. that‚Äôs where I‚Äôve needed to change and grow. Before we went tiny I loved the IDEA of less possessions and a simpler way of life, but this does not come naturally to many of us. It has been a long process trying to re-wire my mind into letting go of things that have already served their purpose. It‚Äôs not just about the size of our home, for me, tiny house means letting go of those things that are unimportant in order to make room for what is.

 

3. Why did you decide to do this and not build a regular house or live in an apartment?

One word: chores.¬†Regular houses = too much house work. That pretty much sums it up for me. No, that was only part of the reason. For the first 10 months of our marriage were able to ‚Äúhouse sit‚ÄĚ for friends of ours. They have a beautiful *large* home and I will forever be thankful for the two lessons that that house taught me:
1) Not having to make monthly payments for housing is really comfortable, and
2) (Surprise David!) Whitney is a terrible housekeeper.

I always thought I would make a great domestic but it turns out there are so many other things I’d rather dedicate my time to. Living in a third world country also meant that we did not have to follow any protocol or building codes and that we would need no permit and would be breaking no laws no matter how we decided to build. We had so much creative freedom and were able to build the house almost entirely with the cash we’d saved while house sitting for our friends. We entered the tiny house movement not because we wanted to try something new or because it’s what people are doing but because we wanted to own our own home and this was as far as our money went. What a happy coincidence.

4. Did you and your husband design the house yourself? What did your conversations look like?

We did design our house ourselves and it was very enjoyable but included plenty of trial and error. The process began with Whitney spending a lot of time scrolling through Pinterest ‚Äúoohing‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúaweing‚ÄĚ and sticking her phone in David‚Äôs face way too often. We soon began to feel like we were standing at the grocery store in the shampoo aisle with 5,000 different kinds of shampoo and no direction. That‚Äôs when David sat down with a sketchpad and pencil and as he puts it, ‚Äúfollowed the lines in his head‚ÄĚ. He would sit for an hour our two drawing and dreaming and then he would show me his sketch and ask ‚Äúlike this?‚ÄĚ. My inner child then had a chance to add or subtract at will. We planned and re-planned until we had enough of a plan to start building. David bought some materials and began building in the evenings and weekends right next to his dad‚Äôs carpentry shop. After four months full of long hours, late nights, and plan b‚Äôs David had given life to his sketches and we moved into our first home, virtually debt free.

5. I see that most people could find this way of living as limited or complicated, what are the odds and benefits of living as you do?

I find that the pros and cons of living tiny tend to go both ways. For example, I absolutely LOVE that there is so little square footage to clean, but this means that we must be very proactive in returning things to their place after we use them because if we don‚Äôt, it doesn‚Äôt take long for disorder to take over the house (and my headspace). Another pro/con is that this space feels perfectly cosy and even spacious for the two of us, but as soon as you stick even one more body in here it begins to feel crowded. What I love about this is how it pushes us outside. We spend most of our time with company sitting outside which our tropical climate allows for almost all year ‚Äėround. On the days when I long for more space and cabin fever starts set in, I go for a walk. On the days when I want to slam doors and be alone but there‚Äôs no where to go, we work it out. This lifestyle may not be for everyone but I would recommend it to anyone with the opportunity to try it. The countless pros of practicing contentment in simplicity far outweigh the cons.

6. What is your favourite part of your tiny home and why?

There are so many things! Green floors, glossy white ceilings and walls, giant windows, etc.
But if I have to choose one thing it is the kitchen counter and table. These things count as one because my husband chopped down the tree, took it to be cut into boards and built the counter top. To put the sink in he had to cut out a large piece of the counter and he used this piece to make the table. I was so impressed by his resourcefulness and don’t miss a chance to show him off. That counter and table really embody our whole tiny house journey. It’s been about using what we have right in front of us creatively to give life the ideas in our heads.

7. I can see a lot of nature in your pictures, inside and outside. Is connection with nature very important to you? Why?

I’m a nurturer by nature. I love people and relationships and I desire to see them grow. I am also an introvert and find investing in living, breathing, human relationships super taxing (especially when it comes to teaching mini humans). I think that’s why my plants, indoor and outdoor, are so appealing to me. They still need my attention and care but are much less demanding than real people (myself being one of those needy demanding types). They teach me patience and reward me for it faithfully with new growth and beauty all the time. I see God in nature, I see myself in nature and it has beautified our journey in the most amazing way.

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Instagram Gratitude and Numbers Game

I often hear things like “I only got 10 likes”, “I only have 100 followers”, “I only have 10k followers”, “I only sold one painting”. “I only… (insert your own)”. We want more of everything and often don’t even know why, it just seems like a right thing, adult things. We want to make more money, own more objects, have more friends, attract more followers. Don’t understand me wrong, I am no different, or dare I say I wasn’t? I think our egos just like a pat on the back in a form of another milestone, another goal reached. We compare ourselves to other with no deeper reason and just want to get what they have, and of course we often look at those which have more. And yet we don’t see what we have already achieved and don’t really understand what those achievements mean.

Once I hit 10 000 followers it really hit me back. Suddenly I realised, shit, those are actually real people. It is not “10k”, it is a ten thousand humans. Smaller city or a bigger village. Even if there is 100 people which followed you, of which you don’t know the majority of them, that is 100 individuals, human being which took their time to look at your stuff you put out there and they actually enjoyed it so much they want to see more of you, so they follow you. Those are folks with jobs, partners, kids, dogs and cats, houses and gardens and their own lives, hobbies and destinies. They are often people “outside” Instagram, just a regular everyday gals and guys, they don’t understand all this algorithm drama, they just enjoy what we do.

One of the things which made me totally change my view on this whole numbers game was an article from Kevin Kelly called 1000 True Fans. It is ridiculously practical but mind blowing article! And honestly, who need hundreds of thousands or millions followers anyway? Some people do I guess, but I am pretty sure most of you don’t. Once you have some sort of skill or craft, you don’t need masses. You just need all those right people, those which really want to follow you and love everything you do. These are important and those matter to your recent and future work. You can see yourself that there are some followers which are just glad you are posting and they just like what you do for you. They will rarely complain or dislike something. Those are your diamonds and you should take care of them!

And those who unfollow? Good! Because they were not the people for you, they were nor your tribe neither your future friends. It is sort of like not breaking up with the boyfriend you know is not any good. Instead of trying to convince yourself and him that you are a perfect match, you could already use all that effort on someone who appreciates you. I used to get so disheartened when my numbers were going down or people didn’t like my new picture enough. But slowly but surely, with working on myself, I care less and less. And as Tara Swiger amazingly explains in this podcast episode, with every other no you are statistically much closer to the future yes. (I love her and her podcasts are totally life changing, promise)

So when my self doubt really creeps on me, I try to imagine all those people in one room. ¬†Those which voluntarily clicked on my Instagram profile and click a little heart under every picture. Those who read my thoughts and communicate back! That would be bloody concert hall in my case, but even with a couple of hundreds, phew! Noone force them to follow me, noone paid them to either (not judging here). They just genuinely like what I do. If you think about it, it is such a privilage to get such an instant feedback and respond. If you look back in history, well, most of the artist never really found out they were appreciate until they were long dead. Nowadays we are in touch with out audience in one click. And they are not only numbers, they are human beings, so don’t forget that.

 

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What happens when you don’t ask anyone

 

If you are a major over-thinker, this is for you. If you feel like you need others approval for basically everything, this is for you. If you can’t decide anything ever, this is also for you. I and some of you with me have tried an interesting challenge this past week, making our and only OUR decisions for whole week. I was so surprised how many of you found this helpful or just went on board because you know this troubles you as well. And I was utterly shocked about how much I ask for approval of other all the time. I will definitely continue next week and these are which could help you if you struggle with making your own decisions as well.

The point of the challenge is fairly simple. I learnt it from the Podcast Over it and On with it with Christine Hassler (which is such a help if you like sort of “self-therapy” kind of stuff, it gave me so much while suffering with depression, let me know if you want me to talk about it more) and it goes like this: Try to make your own decisions for one week and see what happens. Don’t ask for anyones permission, don’t ask anyone for their opinion, don’t ask for approval, just do what your guts tell you. As I love to say, you gotta risk it to get a biscuit. And it doesn’t have to mean buying new house, okay, I am talking about the most basic decisions like what t-shirt to wear or what to have for breakfast. So what did I learn after first week?

Let me start with telling you something about me. Have you ever heart of Gretchen Rubins Four Tendencies? She divides people into four group based on how to you react to outer and inner expectations. I am a Questioner with a Rebel tendency. Meaning that I am a sucker for information, do never ending research before I get into something and suffer with never ending FOBO (Fear Of Better Option, yes, it is a thing). And if I don’t find any strong reason for doing something, anything, you find me not engaged what so ever. So more I doubt myself and what I do more I ask others what should I do. And it al become an evil circle because they of course often answer “wrong” and I doubt myself even more. How to get out of it? Don’t ask! Just don’t do it. I feel like I gained much more confidence this week just trying to do everything myself. Not consulting my decisions, my work, just going for it. Because at the end of the day you often find out you just can do it and it feel great.

I ask a lot of people a lot of questions. Sometimes when I am not sure about my photo to post on Instagram, I send it to all my Insta friends and ask which do they think is better. Before I shaved my head I asked possibly every person I could reach, offline and online. But when you really think about it, what does it even matter what they think? When I shake of all my insecurities and doubts for the second, asking someone about what sweater to buy just sound so silly! Even the closest people to you and people who know you the best will always somehow project their wishes on you, so they will recommend the solution which they think is the best for you based on their vision of you. And we all know that disappointing feeling after someone “chooses” wrong for us. “I though he knows me so how could he say green one?”. And it makes my self-doubt worse and worse because it feel like people don’t get me at all.¬†

So during this week trying not to ask for anyones opinion or permission I realised how annoyed I am at myself. I know that different life events made me who I am right now but I also know I have never been that kind of person who would ask for anyones permission or even cared. I was always wearing crazy stuff and was so confident it what I did and just did my think. I was brave and just did everything I wanted and didn’t care if people like it or not. I was myself and that was my biggest strength. I realised that I still have a way into finding my real, strong self. I am being honest and opened with you and you can see yourself that I am changing every day. You can tell in my photography that I am finding my true style through trying different things. Just scroll back through last couple of months and you will surely see the change.

I managed to buy myself a craft supplies and not asking for any permission to take my time to do useless things. I also finally ordered a sweater I was trying to choose for almost two months. I also posted all the pictures as I loved them and didn’t think about anyone else, just posted for myself. Is that enough? Definitely! I felt sick in my stomach making some of those decisions without approval. ¬†¬†

What’s next?

I will definitely continue. What could be really helpful if you want to join is to journal. How you feel about the decisions, what did it meant, if your anxiety comes or not. I will definitely do that as a challenge continue. I also want to take my destiny more into my hands, I want to make even more decisions based on how I feel about it and create opportunities I have been sort of waiting for until now, waiting for other to approve what I do. I am not willing to wait until I am ready anymore because that will be, well, never. I will keep you update in my posts! Thank you for all your support lovely people.

 

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On embracing seasonal change and slow life with Helen Redfern

Todays reading is something very special to me. Since I started to follow Helen Redfern of A Bookish Baker on Instagram I was really curious about her life on the countryside, with a dog DogFace, a duck DuckFace, hens and the rest of her human family. So I tried my luck and asked her kindly for an interview, whether she would share her knowledge and bits of slow countryside life with us. And she said yes! I know you you will all get so much join and value from the chat we had so enjoy reading and if you don’t follow her yet, head over her magical¬†Instagram!

 

For everyone who doesn’t know you, can you tell me a bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you do etc.? Where can people find you?

My name is Helen and I write online as A Bookish Baker. The bookish bit was to reflect the reading and writing side of me and the baker was because I baked a lot of cakes. Over the years, however, my interests have become wider (chickens, ducks, the seasons) but the name stuck.

Now I like to think I tell stories online through words, photographs and video.


You live on a beautiful countryside. What made you move out from the city and start a totally new life? Can you share with me your countryside story? 

It wasn’t¬†a deliberate decision. Our only priority was to move to a house with more space (our old house was on a modern English housing estate with a postage stamp garden) but just as the wand chose Harry, the house chose us. And we had far more space than we’d anticipated!

With the new house came land and we also inherited three ducks. Which led to us getting chickens, a dog, a cat, more ducks, more chickens, planting an orchard, planting more trees, experimenting with wildflowers, more chickens, more ducks…one thing just snowballed into another. My husband¬†had to rein me in because otherwise we’d have alpacas, pigs and donkeys by now and I’d never get any writing done!

When we first moved here I felt everything was urgent. I needed to get chickens immediately, but didn’t know where to start. That thought stressed me out for weeks. Same with the tree-planting and the wildflowers. I hate wanting to do something but not knowing how to do it. Long story short I ended up burning out – which is ridiculous as, on paper, we have an idillic, ‘slow’ life.
So I had to learn to slow down. I had to stop rushing about from one job to another and just sit and watch the chickens and ducks for a while. And, once I started to do that, once I started to notice the seasons and changes in the weather, I started to recover. This then seeped into my writing, my Instagram and my blog.


Could you tell me more about the transition? It might be quit challenge for someone living in the big city to suddenly be in the middle of nowhere. What did you have to learn, what did you have to accept or leave behind? How are those two kinds of living, city vs country, different? 
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Why shaving my head was the best idea

They say you should find you nich√© and write only very specifically about the things which are within that group. But after reading this one article I decided hack no. My view on the matter is that if it can help anyone or if it can bring any value into your life, then I will write about it.¬†Exactly two months ago I shaved my head and it was a life changing experience in all possible ways. I got a lot of questions about this whole event and maybe some of you didn’t dare to ask me. There were no noble reasons leading to this decision but it had and still have a huge impact on my self esteem and the whole view of myself. And it was one of the best crazy things I have ever done and I do not regret nothing. Would I recommend it to everyone? Definitely not. Here are some observations.

 

You need to be ready to handle it

This is probably the most important part of all of this, so I am putting it as a first point so everyone reads it (since I know I write novels and most of you probably fall off). Don’t shave your head if you are not 110% sure of the consequences. Before I did it I was lucky to chat with amazing Ella Narbrooke and she shared her “Why I shaved my head” story with me. Reading about her experience made me realise I can handle it and I can live with my decision. It sounds so stupid, I know, but trust me if I tell you it is not so easy to walk around with shaved head, especially as a grown-ass woman. You get questions, tons, people react different way and not always nice, you get attention, because it is not so common, you get “I am so sorry” look because you look like a cancer patient. People have a lot of assumptions when it comes to, well, anything. My friend told me “You just have to look happy so people understand you are not sick”.

The fact is that until I did this I did not realise how much I was hiding behind my hair on the photographs for example. There is almost no picture where I wouldn’t have at least a curl over a part of my face. I was not so fond of my face before. I didn’t like my teeth, didn’t like my nose, you name it. Suddenly there is just you by yourself, as is, and you can’t run away.

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How can you exercise your creativity

I often hear around myself: You are so creative! and I am not a creative person at all.¬†Creativity is often considered some sort of artsy thing, something only the crafty people which likes to draw and make stuff have or use. The way how I see it (and how Wikipedia sees it), it is the way of thinking, figuring out new ways and finding solutions, creating something which has not been around before. Everyone can be and is creative no matter what you do. Did you tweak a recipe a bit or even made your own sandwich without any prescription? Here you go, you were creative! It is a skill like any other and you can get better in it more you practise. So today I have some tips for you how to develop and discover your creativity no matter what you do, who you are and where you are on your journey in life. We can’t all be Picasso but well, maybe we can make our life more fun?

 

1. Do something out of ordinary

Sometimes we get so stuck in our routine, what is comfortable and familiar, that our brain gets a bit bored. Of course it is always easier and nicer for our ego to do something we are good in or we are used to doing. But what if you tried something you have never done before? It doesn’t have to mean embarrassing yourself on a yoga class (as I did last time and was laughing at myself the whole 90 minutes of pain and torture).

Try to take another street on the way home, try to wear new outfit, just pick something totally random (you know how you always figure out some great combos on the vacation, because you just have to combine what you have?). And if you want to challenge yourself a bit every day, great exercise is to try doing all the daily routine activities with the other hand then usual. And let me tell you, that will wake your brain up! As easy it sounds brushing your teeth left handed is a task requiring full concentration and presence.

 

2. Do it for doing it

This was one of the best creative advices I got, actually from my boyfriend! I felt really stuck one day, had the afternoon dedicated to take photos (9 to 5 job struggles) and I just couldn’t do it. Nothing went right, photos looked shitty and new ideas were not coming. After a tiny mental breakdown my boyfriend told me: just go and do it, don’t think about it so much, just go and take pictures, of anything, just for the sake of doing the activity, for fun, with no agenda.

That day I took one of my most favourite pictures because truth to be told I didn’t care, I was just experimenting, thought it wouldn’t work anyway and had so much fun! So maybe if you are writer and don’t feel like you have anything to write about, just write about that! Or about your breakfast, day at work. No-one has to ever see it but you will feel so much better afterwards and probably get a great result. You will also get into a habit of doing the activity and it will build up your confidence and creativity level.

3. Do something else

Being creative on demand can be very hard and with a time pressure it gets even tougher and sometimes it is just not the right time. After many and many hours of trying and pushing and crying and quitting, I figured that the best way is just to get out of it. If I for example want to redecorate my living room but no matter how I move things around it looks like crap, I just leave everything as it is in the middle of the room and have a cup of coffee with a bit of a reading. Or if I can’t take photograph as I planned, I just go for a walk.

I know we don’t all have a luxury and sometimes you just have to bite your tongue and do it because of the deadline or a schedule. But creativity if you have not practised a lot, is very hard to force. The way how to be able to create on demand is to be prepared and I will speak about it in one of the next articles.

 

4. Re-create

Do you remember that time when you had a great idea and you felt on the top of the world and finally fixed what seemed like couldn’t ever be fixed again? Sometimes thinking about our creative success and reverse engineering it can help us find the way how to be creative in another fields of our life. Most of the times creativity is about the process, about the way how we approach a problem or a task and cut our way through. Try to consider how did you get to the idea last time?

Sometimes I look through my old photographs or old interior drawings I did years ago, just to gather and pick up my brain again. And the computer inside your head can often spark a new wave of creativity combining all the old good stuff together. Or if you feel like you have never produced anything creative, just copy someone else. Even the best artists are learning buy re-painting the famous artists. While doing it you might find your own way and ended up somewhere unexpected.

 

5. Let’s overthink it one more time

Now you might think I got totally mental because I am contradicting myself and you can often read that overthinking and creativity doesn’t go together. Just let me explain. Did it never happened to you that you had this issue with something, lets say you didn’t know what to buy your partner for anniversary, and then it came to you, out of nowhere, while sitting no the toilet? Well I do this on purpose, all the time.

My brain is very analytic so I like to think a lot about ,well, everything, but when I want to cook an amazing meal or maybe create a new photograph, I think about it in my head. I literally cook the meal in my head, with all the details, I repeat it, correct my mistake and that allows me to be very efficient when I go an actually do it. I just keep the task or the problem parked in my memory and come back to it whenever I have some time. Handy thing is to have a notebook by your nigh stand because you often get the best ideas just before falling asleep.

 

What is your way to unleash and possibly develop your creative skill? I would love to know! Share your tips in a comment below.

 

 

 

 

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5 tips on how plants encourage slower living

I was thinking a lot lately about how to connect all my passions together. Didn’t figure it out yet, although the working version is : Meaningful slower living with humans and plants. So this time, I teamed up with my friend Sarirah and she wrote for us really thorough article about the ways plants and nature help us live slower life. I am sure you will enjoy it and if you fancy a read and more slow living ideas, you should definitely check Instagram¬†and sign up for her Free 7 Days of slow living Guide and lovely newsletter on her blog. She has so much wisdom about intentional living and I am glad to share her view on slowing down with plants!¬†

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1. Clear mind

Indoor‚Äč‚Äč plants‚Äč‚Äč are ‚Äč‚Äčmore‚Äč ‚Äčthan ‚Äč‚Äčjust ‚Äč‚Äčtheir ‚Äč‚Äčappealing‚Äč ‚Äčindoor ‚Äč‚Äčjungle ‚Äč‚Äčaesthetic. ‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčSpider plants,‚Äč ‚ÄčChinese‚Äč ‚ÄčEvergreen,‚Äč ‚ÄčBamboo‚Äč ‚Äčpalms‚Äč ‚Äčetc.‚Äč ‚Äčare‚Äč ‚Äčall‚Äč ‚Äčbrilliant‚Äč ‚Äčhousemates‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčkeep the‚Äč ‚Äčair‚Äč ‚Äčclean.‚Äč ‚ÄčEspecially‚Äč ‚Äčgreat‚Äč ‚Äčif‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčtend‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčwork‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčpaints‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčother‚Äč ‚Äčhigh-fumed chemicals‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčmaterials‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčwork‚Äč ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äčplay.‚Äč ‚ÄčClean,‚Äč ‚Äčfiltered‚Äč ‚Äčair‚Äč ‚Äčeases‚Äč ‚Äčour‚Äč ‚Äčbreath‚Äč ‚Äčand helps‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčclear‚Äč ‚Äčfoggy‚Äč ‚Äčminds.

2. Growing edibles

From‚Äč ‚Äčlittle‚Äč ‚Äčpots‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčherbs‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčlooming‚Äč ‚Äčtomatoes‚Äč ‚Äčon‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčvine,‚Äč ‚Äčgrowing your‚Äč ‚Äčown‚Äč ‚Äčfood‚Äč ‚Äčis‚Äč ‚Äčan‚Äč ‚Äčexciting‚Äč ‚Äčjourney‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčone‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčmany‚Äč ‚Äčbenefits. ¬†Imagine stepping‚Äč ‚Äčout‚Äč ‚Äčinto‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčlittle‚Äč ‚Äčgarden‚Äč ‚Äčarea‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčpicking‚Äč ‚Äčhomegrown‚Äč ‚Äčproduce‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčuse in‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčcooking.‚Äč ‚ÄčThe‚Äč ‚Äčflavours‚Äč ‚Äčare‚Äč ‚Äčstronger,‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčcolours‚Äč ‚Äčmore‚Äč ‚Äčreal‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčtheir gradients‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčred,‚Äč ‚Äčblushing‚Äč ‚Äčyellows‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčirregular‚Äč ‚Äčsizing.¬†The‚Äč ‚Äčappreciation‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčknowing‚Äč ‚Äčhow‚Äč ‚Äčmuch‚Äč ‚Äčtime‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčeffort‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčwork‚Äč ‚Äčwent‚Äč ‚Äčinto putting‚Äč ‚Äčthat‚Äč ‚Äčfood‚Äč ‚Äčon‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčplate‚Äč ‚Äčresonates.‚Äč ‚ÄčIt‚Äč ‚Äčconnects‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčyour surroundings‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčreminds‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčbalance‚Äč ‚Äčbetween‚Äč ‚Äčgiving‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčtaking.

3. Plant‚Äč ‚Äčcare‚Äč

‚Äč‚ÄčA‚Äč ‚Äčprocess‚Äč ‚Äčthat‚Äč ‚Äčrequires‚Äč ‚Äčpatience.‚Äč ‚ÄčLearning‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčgo‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčebb‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčflow and‚Äč ‚Äčpatiently‚Äč ‚Äčride‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčwaves‚Äč ‚Äčhas‚Äč ‚Äčbeen‚Äč ‚Äčone‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčharder‚Äč ‚Äčslow‚Äč ‚Äčloving‚Äč ‚Äčstruggles‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčme. And‚Äč ‚Äčwhilst‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčwork‚Äč ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčamount‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčtime‚Äč ‚ÄčI‚Äč ‚Äčallocate‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčspend‚Äč ‚Äčexercising‚Äč ‚Äčetc.‚Äč ‚Äčcan‚Äč ‚Äčstill have‚Äč ‚Äčme‚Äč ‚Äčrushing‚Äč ‚Äčaround,‚Äč ‚Äčplant‚Äč ‚Äčcare‚Äč ‚Äčcannot.‚Äč ‚ÄčIt‚Äôs‚Äč ‚Äčnot‚Äč ‚Äčpossible‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčrush‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčcare‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčyour plants‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčflowers‚Äč ‚Äčwithout‚Äč ‚Äčjeopardising‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčprocess.‚Äč ‚ÄčSometimes,‚Äč ‚Äčit‚Äôs‚Äč ‚Äčtaking‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčtime learning‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčright‚Äč ‚Äčways‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčcare‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčeach‚Äč ‚Äčindividual‚Äč ‚Äčtype‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčplant‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčhave.‚Äč ‚ÄčOr‚Äč ‚Äčcarefully watering,‚Äč ‚Äčchecking‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčmoist‚Äč ‚Äčsoil‚Äč ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčhealth‚Äč ‚Äčcheck.‚Äč ‚ÄčMisting‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčleaves,‚Äč ‚Äčwiping‚Äč ‚Äčthem down,‚Äč ‚Äčpruning.‚Äč ‚ÄčNoticing‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčsurroundings‚Äč ‚Äč-‚Äč ‚Äčwhere‚Äč ‚Äčhas‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčbest‚Äč ‚Äčlight‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčafternoon, which‚Äč ‚Äčway‚Äč ‚Äčshould‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčplant‚Äč ‚Äčbe‚Äč ‚Äčfacing?‚Äč ‚ÄčAll‚Äč ‚Äčmovements‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčslow,‚Äč ‚Äčdeliberate‚Äč ‚Äčactions.¬†Perhaps‚Äč ‚Äčsmall‚Äč ‚Äčspaces,‚Äč ‚Äčlittle‚Äč ‚Äčkids‚Äč ‚Äčrunning‚Äč ‚Äčaround‚Äč ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äčcurious‚Äč ‚Äčpets‚Äč ‚Äčmake‚Äč ‚Äčit‚Äč ‚Äčharder‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčto own‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčlook‚Äč ‚Äčafter‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčplant‚Äč ‚Äčfamily.‚Äč ‚ÄčWhilst‚Äč ‚Äčthere‚Äč ‚Äčare‚Äč ‚Äčmany‚Äč ‚Äčplants‚Äč ‚Äčthat‚Äč ‚Äčrequire‚Äč ‚Äčminimal‚Äč ‚Äčwork, these‚Äč ‚Äčlast‚Äč ‚Äčtwo‚Äč ‚Äčare‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčmind.

‚Äč‚Äč4. A‚Äč ‚Äčforaging‚Äč ‚Äčadventure‚Äč ‚Äč‚Äč

Part‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčembracing‚Äč ‚Äčslower‚Äč ‚Äčliving‚Äč ‚Äčis‚Äč ‚Äčsoaking‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčsurroundings. Slowing‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčpace‚Äč ‚Äčso‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčcan‚Äč ‚Äčnotice‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčsmall‚Äč ‚Äčdetails.‚Äč ‚ÄčCracks‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčpavement,‚Äč ‚Äčdaisies peaking‚Äč ‚Äčout‚Äč ‚Äčbetween‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčgrasses‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčwildflowers‚Äč ‚Äčhiding‚Äč ‚Äčaround‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčdoorstep.‚Äč ‚ÄčNext‚Äč ‚Äčtime you‚Äč ‚Äčgo‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčwalk,‚Äč ‚Äčlook‚Äč ‚Äčout‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčany‚Äč ‚Äčflowers,‚Äč ‚Äčconkers,‚Äč ‚Äčpine‚Äč ‚Äčcones‚Äč ‚Äčalong‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčpath.‚Äč ‚ÄčPerhaps you‚Äč ‚Äčmay‚Äč ‚Äčcollect‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčbunch‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčbuttercups‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčdaisies‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčsit‚Äč ‚Äčfresh‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčtea‚Äč ‚Äčcup‚Äč ‚Äčnext‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčyour morning‚Äč ‚Äčbrew.‚Äč ‚ÄčOr,‚Äč ‚Äčas‚Äč ‚ÄčAutumn‚Äč ‚Äčrolls‚Äč ‚Äčaround,‚Äč ‚Äčforage‚Äč ‚Äčfor‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčmost‚Äč ‚Äčmagnificent‚Äč ‚Äčfallen‚Äč ‚Äčleaves‚Äč ‚Äčin all‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčtheir‚Äč ‚Äčgolden‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčburnt‚Äč ‚Äčorange‚Äč ‚Äčglory.

5. Preserving nature

Perhaps‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčforaged‚Äč ‚Äčarrangements‚Äč ‚Äčwon‚Äôt‚Äč ‚Äčlast‚Äč ‚Äčlong‚Äč ‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčlittle‚Äč ‚Äčjar‚Äč ‚Äčon‚Äč ‚Äčyour‚Äč ‚Äčkitchen‚Äč ‚Äčcounter. Something‚Äč ‚Äči‚Äôve‚Äč ‚Äčloved‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčdo‚Äč ‚Äčsince‚Äč ‚ÄčI‚Äč ‚Äčwas‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčchild‚Äč ‚Äčis‚Äč ‚Äčpress‚Äč ‚Äčlittle‚Äč ‚Äčflowers‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčleaves‚Äč ‚Äčby‚Äč ‚Äčresting them‚Äč ‚Äčinside‚Äč ‚Äčlarge‚Äč ‚Äčbooks.‚Äč ‚ÄčYou‚Äč ‚Äčcould‚Äč ‚Äčeven‚Äč ‚Äčdo‚Äč ‚Äčthis‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčdaisy‚Äč ‚Äčchains.‚Äč ‚ÄčAs‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčnext‚Äč ‚Äčseason‚Äč ‚Äčrolls around,‚Äč ‚Äčopen‚Äč ‚Äčthat‚Äč ‚Äčgiant‚Äč ‚Äčdictionary‚Äč ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äčencyclopedia‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčdiscover‚Äč ‚Äča‚Äč ‚Äčnew‚Äč ‚Äčdimension‚Äč ‚Äčof‚Äč ‚Äčbeauty from‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčonce‚Äč ‚Äčfresh‚Äč ‚Äčflowers‚Äč ‚Äčthat‚Äč ‚Äčyou‚Äč ‚Äčpicked.

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