Oh hey! I've been away for a while now, actually a pretty long while when I add it up. My blog went from regular weekly content to abandoned, and then ultimately I decided to completely unpublish it. But hey, after a time away I'm back. Why did I go in the first place? I hear you ask. Let me tell you...

First a bit of context, I started my first blog back in about 2011, which seems like a bloody long time ago now. Blogging was still very new back then. I wrote about makeup, beauty, and fashion, like most people. In reality, my blog consisted of was reviews of cheap lipstick and dodgy pictures of messy self-manicures. 

I continued to write over the years, (my photography skills did improve thankfully, even though my manicure skills did not) I continued my blog while we lived in Sydney. I continued to write when we moved back to London for a while too, but increasingly my style changed and my content focused more on lifestyle, my faith and my thoughts on different topics. I still wrote about beauty from time to time too. 

After a while, I found myself working a job that was not kind to my stress levels (that's another story), I was continuously busy with life in the city and all that went along with learning to adult

WHY I GAVE UP BLOGGING Claire Durrant Bladen

I found that I didn't actually have the time anymore to write about the things that mattered to me, to be honest, I didn't even know what actually mattered to me anymore.  I found that I wasn't writing anything of any substance, and I know I could do better. I wished I could really give time and care to the content I was producing, but I just didn't have the time or energy. So, I stopped writing.  


Lose Knit Sweater - H&M

Jeans - Next

Trainers - Office Similar 

Last September, we finally decided to leave the busy city life behind us in search of a lifestyle that was a bit slower paced. We wanted a life that could give us both the breathing room to create and dream bigger dreams. The city for so many reasons just wasn't an environment we could thrive in.One day I'll write the whole story of why we left London, it was a crazy experience in so many ways. 

We've been living in Cambridge for just over 6 months now. I left my job and I've been self-employed for 4 months. Life is starting to find a good rhythm, at last.  I finally feel like I've got the time and space I craved so much, the space to be creative, to cultivate projects that I've been dreaming about, space to write again. 

I've missed writing, I've missed my blog, this little space on the internet where I can share my thoughts. I hope that this is the start of something new. I want my blog to be a place of encouragement, inspiration, and love. Let it begin, again.