A New Year of Goals and Intentions

Firstly before I continue with my first blog of the year, let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope it’s an excellent one for you, filled with lots of happy moments and memories made! If you’re reading this post, we’re probably old friends by now, after all it’s been 7 years since I wrote my first blog post! Perhaps we’re new acquaintances through Instagram and are on the cusp of finding out more about each other? What ever your reason for reading this, thank you so much for taking the time to pop over x

I love New year, as I love new starts generally. Fresh pages in a new yearly planner, plotting and planning goals and intentions for the year ahead always fills me with such enthusiasm and positivity. I’m not going to ramble on too much about resolutions, a word I don’t really relate to. I prefer to use the word intentions, a constant thought throughout the year, that I can continue to remind myself of rather than something that I can beat myself up about if I fail miserably?

My lovely 2018 planner gifted to me by Hello Day Planner

This year i’ve decided that my intention for 2018, is to discover more about myself and improve my strengths. I am going to fill my year with as many skill workshops as I can possibly do, obviously time and money will play a part, but I have found them so enriching in the past, that I intend to pursue more of the same in 2018.

Mindfulness is a much over used word in recent years, but it is a very useful skill to have and has been instilled in me over 2o years of practising yoga. It’s a skill that I pull on when I go off track, which is often. I don’t mean I turn to the dark side to battle my demons, I just mean when I get that inner voice that tells me I’m not as good at what I do as other people are, everything will turn to shit and I’ll be found out for being a fraud etc etc. Most of you know what I mean, I know you do, but last year as well as my constant yoga practice, I took steps to overcome these negative feelings and embarked on a one day workshop with Sas Petherick, a wonderful warm and wise life coach. I got so much out of the day with her and all the other wonderful people present. It was a day which really reinforced in me that I am worthy of all I have achieved and so much more, if I put my mind to it, that it has started me on a road to more self improvement.

Where all the magic happened on Sas Petherick’s Write Yourself Home course, Sara Taskers lovely house, a room with a view.

So this year has started with me signing up to Instagram Guru, Sara Tasker @meandorla #gloomandglow online instagram photography course. I’ve been playing around on instagram for about 3 years now and have greatly admired so much of Sara’s work and the other amazing photographers and influencers on there. I’ve dabbled with using a dslr and have made improvement slowly, but I’ve never really managed to take the sort of shots that I’m drawn to and I’m hoping ,with Sara’s guidance, that I’ll get a lot more inspiration from her and the network of other students. If nothing more, I’m just really enjoying having a reason and the excuse to get my camera out and experiment and my instagram following has gone up, so somethings improving?

Sara’s course has got me up & out bright and early capturing the #gloomandglow of winter

In February I’m going on a one day course to learn more about flatlay photography. This is something again that I have experimented with and that I enjoy, but I’m hoping to learn more about the photography element rather than the styling element from Jane who runs the course. There’s also an element of curiosity into how the course and the day will unfold. I have been asked recently if I would be interested in running a styling for flatlay course and as much as I was flattered and it is something I would consider, I don’t feel I understand enough about the technique and how to put together the content for such a course just yet. I’m hoping this one day course with will give me the courage to consider doing something similar this year?

A flatlay I created for my Instagram feed

The third course I’m signed up to is with the lovely Kayte Ferris, who I was lucky enough to meet at Sas’s write yourself Home course in October. Kayte is running a series of courses this year called Out of The Woods when she will help guide creatives onto a straight and narrow path of focus for their business’s. As an interiors stylist and a creative I have so many other ideas for potential business’s? I have a building that I own and I have a desire to truly work for myself eventually, dance to my own tune and be the architect of my own vision but I don’t know how to do it or more importantly I think I do but fear is stopping me. I’m hoping with Kayte’s skills as a global marketer, she can guide me to world domination! 🙂

Anyway that’s the first 6 months of my year sorted, what about you? Any plans for self enlightenment, self improvement, world domination?

Let me know, the kettles on & I would love to hear from you x

All words and photos are my own. This is not a sponsored post.



  1. Indianna
    14 January, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Sounds like a plan. Love your flat lay photos Karen, hopefully you will run a course later this year.

    • karen
      14 January, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      That would be amazing & I’m hopeful i’ll find the courage & skills to do that Helen x

  2. Gillian Beatty (Broome)
    14 January, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Fantastic and inspiring post Karen xxx

    • karen
      14 January, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Hi Gill, Thanks for reading & I’m glad you found it inspiring. This year will be exciting & new for you too with your little boy in tow x

  3. 15 January, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    a lovely post Karen and beautiful photography!

    • karen
      15 January, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      Hi Vicki, thank you so much for your lovely comments & for taking the time to read this post. The photography is work in progress but your comments are very encouraging x

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