Monday, 24 June 2013

Finding my Passion

When I first started this blog it was in preparation for the launch of a glittering freelance journalism career. I was on maternity leave and thought that if I put in a bit of groundwork while all was quiet, then being a writer once the chaos ensued wouldn't be that hard.

But I had a problem.

I lacked focus.

I knew I wanted to write, but I didn't know what I wanted to write about.

All I kept thinking was 'write about what you know', and then I found that actually I didn't know much and what I did know - the world of craft - didn't seem good enough.

So I fell into the trap of directionless blogging. Some of it was good. Some of it not my best work. And I got sucked into the world of stats, linkies and twitter.

But today I made a decision. Go back to your roots. Write about what you know. What you're passionate about.

What am I passionate about?

What gets me excited?

Beauty, pretty things, gorgeous interiors, whimsical crafts, upcycling, photography, flowers, untouched balls of yarn, pastel colours, tea parties, bunting & cake.

I guess, in the absence of a more modern, hipster word, I'm passionate about 'homemaking'. I want people to walk into my house and instantly feel at home.

It's more than interiors, more than design, more than crafts - it's creating an environment where one can relax and let the pressure of the world melt away.

It's the smell of fresh flowers, mixed with freshly baked muffins and ground coffee.

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It's finding the beauty in the little, simple things of life. Finding the wonder in the every day.

It's the sound of bare feet padding across fluffy carpets. The sunlight flickering through the trees, into the kitchen and bouncing off the shiny taps.

It's hospitality, friendship, family and fun along with relaxation, serenity, tranquility and the sound of silence.

It's turning a house, a room or a space into a feeling or an emotion or a memory.

It's not a physical thing, it's not a noun. It's a verb that's so intertwined with a state of being and maybe that's why it's hard to put your finger on it. Hard to know that that is your niche.

So in the future you might notice a shift in my blogging endeavours. I'm not a mummy blogger, I'm not really a craft or design blogger. I wouldn't even class myself as an interiors blogger. I'm somewhere in cyber space that combines all of these things to create that indefinable thing that turns a house into a home.

It can be done by baking, crafting, decorating, thrifting, gardening or hosting. But however you do it, it will be unique to you because it's your home.

Incidentally this week we moved into our first family home. It's a sweet little house with a garden, a lovely kitchen and just enough space for the three of us.

So I invite you to join me on my journey of discovery as I endeavour to turn our house into a home and the three of us into a family. There will be crafts, there will be interiors and there will be parenting but ultimately, I hope to find a creative outlet to write about the things I'm passionate about, a motivational tool to get me to be creative and a place to showcase my best work.


  1. What a lovely post. Your writing style makes me feel like I've been wrapped in the warm blanket and been given a buttery piece of toast - so I'm sure that your future homemaking posts will fill your other readers with such comfort! Looking forward to reading more! x

    1. Ahh thank you, that's given me a boost! Im looking forward to getting started!

  2. What a lovely post! I'm still a bit of a directionless blogger. Thought I had an idea of what I wanted to write about and then my focus changed. You've inspired me to think about it all over again! :)


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