Half Way Through

peonies | Emily Quinton

Wow! It's July already. We are half way through 2015. How on earth did that happen so fast?! I woke up in a bit of a panic about that this morning. My initial thoughts were all about how little I've done and about time slipping away too fast. And then I laughed at myself. In the past six months I've had my first book published, been on an American book tour with my 8 year old, got my first studio, taught lots of lovely workshops, taken on an assistant, been to a conference, taken my family to Berlin and the Cotswolds, started running again and ran my first 10km on Sunday...while down in Brighton for this Summer's Makelight Weekend, and I've gained over 20k new followers on Instagram. 

Yep, it's been a good first half of 2015, that's for sure! I'm feeling pretty proud today, even if it took me a while to realise that. 

peonies | Emily Quinton

The one thing that hasn't been so great this year so far is my blogging...or rather my lack of blogging. Writing my book had such an effect on my blog in a way that I didn't really predict. And once I did realise that I kind of completely lost my way and I've really been missing it. I've been missing it because for me, writing my blog is a way of reflecting on what's going on and keeping me grounded in the hear and now, rather than always rushing to what's next. 

My blog also helps and encourages me to be the mother that I want to be. There are so many things I plan to do with my children but it's all so easy to get too busy or distracted, and lose the moment. Knowing that I can do an activity or have an adventure and then blog about it always pushes me to actually do what I've planned to. It helps me to make that extra effort. Not in a crazy, competitive parenting way but just in a gentle, soft nudge. And then we have this beautiful record to look back on. 

So, here goes. I'm ready to embrace blogging again. And even if no-one is really reading it and you're all over on Instagram liking my images or over on Pinterest repinning my pins, that's completely okay. This space is for me and my little ones but the door is always open for you to come in and join in the fun! xo