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I won't start this with a clichéd apology for being slightly absent from this here little corner of the internet, as I've had lots of time away from the computer with friends and family, which of course should never be apologised for. As well as so many weekends away I'm beginning to feel like my holdall has taken up permanent residence in the boot of my car, I've also spent lots of time on the sofa watching Netflix, been doing my yoga videos in the bedroom (with windows open and incense burning - it is perfection), been doing a bit of running, a lot of eating out and have potentially spent more time in pub beer gardens than is really healthy.  Amidst all of this I think I have found balance - I've certainly felt less stressed lately and have been saying no to things that would take up my time but not necessarily be worth it; from a blogging perspective I hope I will also find more balance on here, as taking on less in the way of commitments will hopefully mean more quality content (and will give me more time for fun days out that I can then share!)

When I look back to December and January (I blogged 30 times in December, which it doesn't take a mathematician to work out is pretty much once a day) I realise that everything was a little out of kilter.  I was angsty about my inbox, busy at work, with a Filofax full to bursting.  I wasn't sleeping particularly well and was feeling quite anxious - my brain was so full that it started running away with itself and I constantly felt like I 'had too many tabs open'.  It was at the beginning of this year that I started reading more about meditation and mindfulness (and trying to make these a daily activity), and over the last few months I've also been practising yoga as much as possible.  I find yoga a great release, and doing it in the morning before work definitely makes me feel more energised, and the bedtime routines make me feel more rested. I also think that healthy eating has helped, and being more conscious about what I'm putting in my body and the amount I'm moving and being active has been a real step in the right direction.

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I cannot wait to have a happy and healthy summer, with lots of barbecues, sunshine and uncontrollable grins. I have been lucky enough to have some wonderful weekends recently and I thought I'd share a few snaps from a favourite one a few weeks ago when we were invited out with our friends Tom and Alex on their boat.  We sailed over to the Isle of Wight, where we had lunch overlooking the beach, nosed around little shops and explored around Yarmouth.  We then pootled back in the afternoon, stopping to take some photos of the Needles lighthouse, drink some cold ciders and catch some fish for dinner.  Dinner was barbecued bream, pulled pork burgers, Tom's homemade potato salad and a few more ciders in the sunshine.

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Cormorants Christchurch Harbour

Such a perfect day, and one that could definitely not have been bettered by any time spent on the computer! Sometimes my to-do list can feel like it rules my life, but on this occasion I was very glad to put it on the back burner and spend a day in the sunshine.  From now on I will not pass up any opportunities in order to be tied to my keyboard, ironing board, pile of washing or (most recently) bags that need unpacking.  They can wait.

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11 comments

  1. Wow. Gorgeous photos Rosie. Wish I had a friend with a boat! I love being out on the ocean. It's so relaxing. Glad you're feeling happier and more relaxed about stuff
    xx

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  2. Lovely photos, it looks like you had a great time.

    Sometimes taking a step back and looking at what really matters can do us the world of good. Really pleased to hear that you are feeling less stressed.

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  3. I too am really looking forward to a summer where I can just chill out and relax. My last exam is Thursday and after that I am a free woman!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xo

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  4. What a beautiful set of photos. I've always wanted to visit the Isle of Wight. My Nanna was born and raised there and I'm now 25 and have never been. It's definitley on my bucket list.
    I believe everything must have balance and blogging is no exception. I love my blog but if I have to choose between having a day out with family and friend and blogging, it's pretty obvious what comes first. It's nice reaing about how much more relaxed you are now without all the pressure. I'm definitely looking into Yoga.

    Katie | http://grazingpagesthefamily.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. This post feels exactly like you reached inside my head, pulled out my exact feelings and articulated them perfectly. Today I felt a pang of guilt when I saw I'd only posted 6 times in May, but I've also been living my life and I'm trying very hard to make my peace with it like you have. I'm looking forward to reading more about your adventures once you've thoroughly enjoyed them! x

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  6. Your day out on the boat sounds just perfect, Rosie. And the photographs make me feel serene just by looking at them! Couldn't agree more with your wise words xx

    Sarah// A Sunday Smile

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  7. I definitely feel like this, but it's so hard to stop sometimes. Between full-time work, freelance work, blogging and spending time with friends and family, it's pretty constant. But at the same time I wouldn't want it any other way!

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  8. My to-do list definitely rules my life, but I'm really trying to change that!

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  9. Your photos are beautiful - it looks like such a serene place. I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by 'stuff' lately too, and a few days away from work/blogging has done wonders for me!

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  10. A little time out is always a great thing Rosie - especially when you get to be somewhere and doing something with THAT backdrop!! How beautiful.
    M x Life Outside London

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  11. Oh God, *looks at internet browser* I know what you mean about having too many tabs open! I'm currently on 7, which is pretty good for me, but I still have unopened emails to look at, drafts to finish, emails to send... it can definitely get a bit too much sometimes but it sounds like you're getting into a groove that works for you. x

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