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Hello, Happy New Year and I’m back with a vengeance

Hello and a belated Happy New Year to all my readers old and new.  Thank you for your continued support during my rather long absence, and I really appreciate your wonderful words of encouragement that you have been posting on my blog.  Sincerest apologies that I’ve been away for so long, I can’t believe it is nearly a year since my last post, but read on and I’ll try to explain why.

In March last year the contract that I work on moved to a different area of Dublin; which meant that I had a longer commute to work.  As the crow flies it was only a few more kilometres down the road, but the location of the new building brought new traffic situations to contend with on a daily basis.  Well my travelling time escalated to 2 hours each way (it’s 80-90km from home to work depending which way I go), then add your normal working day and a trip to the gym, made my average day away from home being approximately 15 hours plus.  So as you can imagine, everything else went out of the window.  I had to stop my sewing class and my book club nights, I virtually lost contact with family and friends, and obviously my blog updates also suffered; the only one I managed to fit in was my camera club nights, and that wasn’t always possible.

So that left my weekends, which to be honest I was either completely knackered or I tried to fit in as much as I could; and this brings on another problem.  I’ve taken so many photos in the last 12 months, and all I’ve done is downloaded them for safe keeping.  I haven’t had the time to do anything with them, including share my experiences with you 😦

Fast forward to now; the fact is I actually enjoy my job, and I’m very grateful to have it in the current economic climate that we have in Ireland.  I’m in no way moaning about it, I just realised over Christmas that I needed to evaluate things and be a better juggler.  This is where some soul searching and kind of New Years Resolutions come into play.  I will be honest I never usually make NYR’s as like most people I don’t tend to keep them. I’m a big believer in “make promises to yourself when YOU are ready to keep them”, you have more chance of succeeding that way as you are only letting yourself down in the end if you don’t.  So my resolutions are as follows:-

1. Get up earlier (5am to be exact) to avoid peak traffic.  Not actually as hard as I thought it would be.  DONE SO FAR 🙂

2. Go a different way to work, although I have to pay 2 tolls each way (€5.00 for 2 tolls), it gets me to work in just over an hour.  The offset of more cost in toll is saved on fuel used while stuck in traffic.  DONE SO FAR 🙂

(Because of the change in my commute, and if I don’t work late 😉 , I am getting home at a reasonable hour now, so yay this is giving me more spare time to start living again.  As the saying goes “all work and no play makes for a very dull girl indeed” 🙂 )

3. Clear my personal emails.  I was dealing with the really important stuff when I could, but the rest had grown to a whopping 3,000+ emails.  So as most of you who I follow will have seen an influx of activity from me in the last week or so, now you know why, I’ve been catching up 🙂 .  Yay my inbox is now empty.  DONE

4. I purchased an iPad Air just before Christmas so it is helping me be better connected, and now that I’ve cleared my inbox, fingers crossed it should be more manageable.  Which is great when I can get an internet signal, I seem to spend my life these days in the twilight zone (the joys of internet in Ireland, but that’s another story)

5. I need to improve my Lightroom/photoshop knowledge.  I’m sure this will help with organisation and publishing etc., so before the end of 2014 I intend to be more competent than I am now, and I’m sure that will speed me up 🙂

My first project that I have in mind for this year I’ve decided to call “Flashback”; this will be when I’m referring to an experience of a previous date.  I think this will bring back fond memories knowing what I did on that day 12 or so months ago, and I hope you enjoy reliving them as much as I do.  My second project will be to keep up with what I get up to this year, there are plenty of things on paper at the moment and therefore I’ve just got to put them into action.

So stick with me folks, I just have to wade through all my pictures, get organised and start writing again 🙂 I hope you enjoy this voyage of new discoveries that I have planned for this year and reliving old ones, that I’ve missed out.

Cheers and I wish you all the best for 2014.

Claire x

Enjoying a Christmas tipple

Enjoying a Christmas tipple

12 responses »

  1. Hi Claire,
    Good to have you back. I learned Lightroom over the past number of months. Well worth the effort and great for cataloging / processing in batches etc.

    • Did you teach yourself Conor, or attend a course? I agree it’s great for cataloging, I’ve just got to get my head around it’s other capabilities etc. I laugh at myself thinking give me a spreadsheet and all the formulas and I have no problem, but editing software just seems to challenge me on every level 🙂

      • We (the business) subscribed to This gives me access to their huge range of online courses. Their Lightroom stuff is great and easy for a klutz like me to follow.

  2. Aah welcome back to the bloggy world missus. We all missed your words of wisdom and humour and of course your photos so we look forward to seeing some new stuff over the coming months.

  3. Claire the photo of you with a drink in hand is a very nice. You’re looking great, relaxed and, happy. I’m so glad that you are back to posting.

  4. Looking forward to see what you have planned for your blog. Blessings for a great New Year it seems you are already off to a good start!

  5. You sound delightful. I just found you through Paint the Landscapes blog. I can so understand the time pressure and balance you are facing, I thought it would be fun to be connected to someone with the same balance issues☺Blessings, Laurie

    • Hi Laurie, Thankyou for taking the time to look through my blog and your lovely comment, put a big smile on my face. I agree it would be fun to be connected, a great way to motivate each other. I’ve briefly looked through your blog, and I’ll definitely be back to have a good look around 🙂 Thanks for the follow and look forward to hearing more from you, best wishes, Claire

  6. What an explanation – no wonder you weren’t posting – I significantly reduced my posts over the last year as well to cope with a busy workload. But I have loads of time now having taken early retirement at 50 ha ha – so I am intending to post a lot more – we shall see


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