A clean state of mind: Tidying up


Image credit: Simona Ganea
I have always been someone with a strong interest in fashion and a slightly obsessive compulsion to clean. However, these have never mixed together and my wardrobe has always been a total state. I have hardly ever organised my wardrobe and many things are just shoved in... It was great to learn the art of immaculate folding and storage.

After watching Marie Kondo on Netflix it sparked some motivation to put my life in a little more order. I needed to sort my wardrobe, keep items that resonated with me and that were pieces I love to wear, discard of items I never wear or are the wrong size, and take care of my items.

It was extremely therapeutic to fold all of my clothes with delicacy and concentration as unusual as that may sound, and enjoy the very minimal wardrobe that was left. It is always calming to donate "clutter" that becomes someone's treasure. Then someone can find the memories in a piece of clothing that reflects them.

I firstly placed all of my items and my partner Dan's items onto the bed and we were ruthless but fair with our selection of clothing to keep vs donate. It is also exciting to see what you have and what would pair nicely for the upcoming season.

As I am moving house with Dan in September too, I think it is important to keep on top of what you own to minimise the amount you have to move and keep things that you treasure, need or are useful. It has made me feel so much more relaxed on an evening knowing that everything is in order and organised beautifully.

Do you enjoy or loathe tidying? I think it is so important to feel relaxed and balanced. I know that when everything is tidy I feel a lot less anxious and more prepared.

Thank you as ever for reading.

Amy x

Living in a digital world: Are we branded?


Photograph taken by Alex Leung

Social media has been a brilliant building block to greater things, a place to build networks and in some cases earn money. I have met some kind, genuine and more inspirational people through Instagram than some people in close proximity around me in real life. That is the fascinating part about it. You get to connect, share stories and advice with people of all ages, genders and interests online. For the most part, I think it is a brilliant platform to grow.

I asked myself the question, are we branded? Do people get a very narrow judgement of us based on our Instagram alone and do people really "know us" that connect with us online?

My journey online has become increasingly better as I have grown as a person in the "real world". I have met some friends for life on the internet and bonded over an improving mental health journey and a love for art/creativity.

I have managed to meet some insanely talented photographers, artists and business people that have opened so many doors career and hobby wise. Whilst I looked at my social feeds, I asked about people's presumptions and people were very spot on. People expected me to enjoy the little luxuries, be occasionally shy and also enjoy the camera! I do believe that people can "put us into a box" by what they see of us online and that it is so important to be comfortable in our own skin and challenge the "stereotype" people may have of us. I am constantly pushing myself to learn new things, angles, go to new places and surprise myself and others about there being no limits to your curiosity.

I am aiming to throw more of my own creative projects out there on social media, as well as cherish the talented creatives that have taken some incredible photographs or recommended me to other photographers.

My goals this year are to start writing a book I have always wanted to write, present some more of my photography and do an experimental photo-shoot. I have been branded as too cute to be photographed and as someone suited to floral scenes only (I love this),  however I also want to push through these boundaries. Always go for you what you want to achieve and do let apparent limits or "judgements" drive you forward.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to visit my page.

What are your opinions on how social media presents a person?

Amy x

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