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New year new you?

I would like to share with you my favourite quote of all time- I heard it on "Bear Grylls born survivor" and I am pretty sure he said he was quoting Eiestein

and he said

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results"

This has stayed with me ever since I heard it. It is so true. Nothing changes, if nothing changes.

I think this is a valuable quote for us all to take into 2018. Make the changes that are needed in order to get different results from whatever the situation is. I strongly believe in "what will be, will be" but at the same time we have to be able to take intentional steps to shape our pathways through this life

My New Year resolution this year is to declutter. I had turned my house upside down, literally, so that I could have a bigger room in my house to use as my studio. So I put my living room upstairs and my studio downstairs (as many of you know!). One day, enough was enough, I'd had enough. I wanted my living room back! I wanted a "normal" house!

But my spare room wasn't big enough! This is where "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results" comes in for me. I couldn't keep trying to cram the same amount of stuff into a room- expecting it to magically become bigger. Something had to change, in order for it to change. I got rid....of EVERYTHING...well no, but A LOT.

I have such a clear vision with my photography style now- I had collected so much "stuff" through the journey, and the truth was, I didn't use most of it. I love my simplistic, modern, timeless, clean photography style. I had collected about 10 different newborn posing bowls but only use my favourite 2 that let me create images I love. I had to be strong, and just let go to all this stuff. I know now that being creative isn't about having a different prop to use for every session- it's about working with what I have. And there is no better subject to photograph that a newborn baby they all have their own unique character- no two set ups would be identical anyway!

The first few bowls are hard to let go of, but then it's addictive! Eventually nothing was safe! If it hadn't been used in 6 months- it was out! And then it carried on throughout my whole house. Goodness me I was ready to get rid of the sofas....think of the space created then! No, I am joking, but it felt so good creating space! It really is true what they say- "Declutter your space, declutter your mind"

But it isn't just one clear out and its job done. This is something I am hoping to continue with through the year and hopefully it will become more of a habit- to regularly declutter anything I do not use, want or need. Plus, whilst out and about resist buying new things all the time!

It is amazing how getting rid of so much stuff, has given me so much. How moving into a smaller space has opened up creative path ways I didn't' have before!

My advice would always be to declutter but no matter what you would like to do this year- make the changes, do not keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. BREAK OUT OF THE CYCLE!

I know 2018 is going to be a fabulous year- let's make it happen!

Let me know your New Year resolutions!

Emma xx

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