Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Quiet Life

The past few months have been interesting.  A lot of joy, a lot of fun, a lot of thinking, a little worry and stress.  As the seasons pass and roll along, so it is with life.  When I was little I always thought that once you were a 'grown up' you had it all figured out.  If only.

Speaking of seasons, I am so grateful that it's autumn at long last.  Many around me are bemoaning the chillier temperatures, the darker nights and rain, but I am filled with the autumn happies and eager to drink coffee, curl up with a good book, nap and rock a jumper.  I love this season, and after the hot, hot, hot temps we'd been having in London during July and August it's a relief to be cool and to be able to snuggle up at the end of the day again.  The true cold of January and February I can live without, but this time of year is my favourite.  Cooler weather, back to school, then Halloween and Bonfire Night, and then the wonderful lead up to Christmas.  Just 98 days to go!

I'm aware that I've been writing here a little less recently, and I think that's a good thing.  I'm feeling more and more that I want to revert this blog back to how it was a couple of years ago - just a place to write and connect and think.  I don't feel the need to share everything here (although kudos indeed to the bloggers who can do this with finesse and grace), and the whole 'sponsors' thing, while tempting, isn't really what this space is about, after all.  I may still do a few reviews from time to time, of products I love or which I think are handy, but the more people approach me to sponsor me the less I feel that's an intrinsic part of what I want to do here.  It's flattering, sure, but this is a hobby.  There are bloggers who rock sponsorship, but in the limited time I have to blog it's a part of the situation I don't really covet at the moment.

My life is small and quiet and private, and that's how I like it.  I'm a big believer that where you invest your time is where your heart is, and in the last few months there's definitely been a shift, subtly, in how I use my time.  Work and Matthew and home and friends and family and the wedding and the cats are the key focuses of this season, along with the hobbies that leave my heart smiling - reading, baking, walking, volunteering.  There's time for blogging and reading online stuff, but I'm devoting a lot less time to it.  For me time spent on facebook, twitter etc feels a bit like junk food.  Fun when you're eating it, but lacking in nutrition.  So I'm doing that a lot less.  I think blogging is (for me) a step up from that - the connections are deeper, the writing more meaningful - but I've still cut my blogging time by a fair few hours a week.  Between TV and blogging I might choose an hour of reading blogs, but between blogging and exercising, hanging out, chilling with the cats or writing a note?  Blogging loses.  It's not this way for everyone, I know, but this is how I'm feeling in this season.  It's where my head is.

So that's where I'm at.  Happy and enjoying the gentleness and calm of autumn.  Signing off to make a date with a good book.  Because there's always time for that.

Hi, I'm Claire...

Hi, I'm Claire...

About Me

I believe in 80s pop, 90s teen movies, and proper thank you notes. I just like smiling...smiling's my favourite.

I write here about London, food, books & travel, and a lot more besides. I'm never happier than when having adventures, cooking for friends, or lost in a good book.

If you'd like to work together, or if you'd just like to say hello, my email is: countrymouseclaire@gmail.com

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