11.4.12

dogs, beaches and a blogging break.


I have decided to take some time away from this space. Some time to slow down and catch my breath. There's too many words, pictures, emails, comments, pins and posts running through my head. I'm exhausted and wired at the same time and I've suddenly found myself in a very unhealthy place. So for next little while I'll be distancing myself from the computer in an effort to clear my head and get my sleep pattern in some sort of reasonable order.

There's other reasons, too. Lalie is fifteen months now, and we've been living off a single wage since we left Sydney. Financially, we just can't go on like this. I really need to start making an income again. I'm going to try to channel the time and effort I put into blogging into something more financially rewarding. I think it's time to get creative - watch this space!

Thank you so much for visiting me here and leaving your sweet words of encouragement, wise advice and friendly banter. Blogging has changed my life in so many positive ways and I really look forward to continuing this journey very soon, when I'm (hopefully) renewed and re-inspired.

Til then, take good care.
Claire xx

55 comments :

  1. i'll miss you and your gorgeous posts claire. the days when i switch off the laptop and pack it away are always filled with wonderful things!

    see you back here when you're ready.

    xoxo

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  2. Take your time dear. We'll miss your posts for sure but it will all be here when you come back. Take time to focus on what needs to be focused on and you'll find your way back into a balance : ) Enjoy life!

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  3. please don't go, we love you so.

    Actually, I'm glad you're taking a break if it's what you need. I'll miss you though so please come back when you're ready. Your blog is my happy place.

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  4. Dear Claire,

    Take your time, if this is what makes you happy. I'll miss the 3 of you.
    Warm regards from Poland,
    Snufkin

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  5. This is my first time to comment. I'll miss you and your wonderful blog. I'm a Noosa girl (originally from QLD country) and met my husband whilst working on Orpheus Is....it was lovely to follow a fellow Queenslander :) A break is always good though. I look forward, very much, to when you return x

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  6. Best wishes! You will be missed.

    Jaclyn

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  7. take care claire, I will miss you and your beautiful photos! that last shot of lalie and paddy.. it feels like you're really leaving x

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  8. i will miss seeing your beautiful photos and lovely updates, but i support your decision. family and happiness should always come first :)

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  9. Have a good break Claire (I know what you mean). I'll miss you and your lovely photos. Hope you're back soon and re-energised! xx

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  10. its so important to take a break some times, and I know what its like. My blog is my creative space, but we are a dual income family too and work is also really important...since we need it to live on. And finding that happy medium is tough. Some days, weeks I take a break too and just focus on my son and on having fun.

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  11. I can definitely understand where you're coming from and I wish you luck with whatever you decide to do! ♥

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  12. We'll miss you, and will be here whenever you come back. Take care. x

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  13. I love the picture of you and your baby girl :)

    And I surely understand how a little computer can take control of you! It's so crazy and makes me sick when I think about it.

    I hope your break is lovely xx

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  14. Have a wonderful time! And good luck. x

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  15. you have the loveliest blog. i always enjoy your photos and posts. enjoy your time off. and best of luck. xx

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  16. I hear ya, it's so hard to find the balance. This little space will be missed but good that you're doing what is best for you and the fam. Look forward to hearing about your next creative endeavour...
    xx

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  17. It's important to recognise when you're spreading yourself too thin and take action! I'm impressed ... I'm sure the break will bring you back reinvigorated and with more balance. Good luck for your more financially rewarding endeavours ... I'm sure you'll find something wonderful.

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  18. I'm missing you already. Kellie xx

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  19. Take care Claire :)
    x

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  20. I'll be here when you get back :)

    And seriously, you should think about doing something with those fabulous photography skills of yours. If I lived near you I'd book you for a family photo session in a heartbeart.

    Claire

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  21. It's been lovely getting to know you, thank you for all the inspiration , good luck xx

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  22. Best of luck with all the wonderful things coming your way Claire xx

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  23. Wishing you all the best Claire. Take care. Looking forward to seeing you turn your creativity into financial reward. xx

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  24. Claire,
    Everyone will miss your posts but everyone will be here waiting for when you do return. I hope you can work something out that's good for your family.
    Ronnie xo

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  25. Wishing you all the very best in your new ventures and hope to see you and your precious sweet child sometime in the future.
    Sarah

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  26. We will miss you, but enjoy your break and that very precious baby of yours - she gets cuter every photo you post!

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  27. Will be thinking of you x

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  28. Oh Claire, I am sorry to learn that you won't be around so much anymore, however, I do totally understand and respect your decision in doing so. Blogging is one of those relentless kind of things, VERY difficult to pull away from and extremely time consuming as a result.
    You have such a gorgeous blog here, a lovely way with words and always the most beautiful photos of your precious family. Enjoy your time away and I'll be very keen to see your creative space and what you decide to share of your plans next. Good luck! xoxo

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  29. Thank you for cheering up my early mornings. I'll miss your sweet Lalie that is almost the age of my Rita (18 months)and it was nice to see them grow "together".
    Best wishes from Portugal.

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  30. Hi Claire!


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    ;)

    thanks so much!

    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/amazon

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  31. I will miss you Claire and send you my best wishes for whatever your next adventure may be x

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  32. all the best beautiful lady. look forward to seeing what wonderful plans you have in mind. maybe just a couple of pics on instagram every now and again to keep us happy? :) take care of you! xx

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  33. see you on the flip side my beautiful friend

    xxxx

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  34. Well, that all looks like heaven! I just found your blog, so I'm a bit sad to see you're taking a break, but wish you well anyway! (I'll be making a nuisance of myself in your archives in the meantime!)

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  35. Dear Claire, I love reading your blog and particularly your photographs - they are amazing!
    It's great that you've recognised that you need to take a break before things break if you know what I mean.
    For far too long I ignored the signals the Universe was sending me and pushed through and sacrificed things I trully enjoyed such as blogging for things I thought were more important.
    I'm sure that if you truly enjoy blogging, you will find time and space for it. In the meantime, look after yourself and your lovely family.
    Maja xx

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  36. Hi Claire,

    It's my first time to comment here although I have been visiting your blog for a little while now now, and enjoying your posts, pics and insights. You really are such a creative talent and I know that whatever you put your mind to will be a success. I look forward to seeing the fruits of your focus when you revisit this space.

    All the best,

    Belinda

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  37. Time away from the computer, time to breathe. I understand Claire. Take your time, we'll be here when you return. Much love to you xx

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  38. I'll miss you lady but I more than understand where you're coming from. Enjoy your break. Take your sweet time. I'm already looking forward to the next chapter. xx

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  39. Claire, I'll miss your posts, photos, & stories. I've been following your blog for a while now and it always gives me inspiration! take care & good luck, Cathy

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  40. Enjoy the break Claire, I'll miss your beautiful images and lovely words.

    Now go, sit back and relax and savour delicious moments with your little family.

    Much love to you xxx

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  41. All the very best at this time of change and exploration.

    I have to say I didn't find what I was really good at and equally passionate about until I had my children. Lalie looks like the best kind of inspiration xx

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  42. good luck claire! hope to see you round some time soon ok? x

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  43. Hang in there Claire. It is hard to be and do everything!
    Take time to rest and get back to basics..
    I will miss your posts. Kate x

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  44. Will miss you Claire. But take the time to renew your head space. Take care and get some rest xo

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  45. Well you all look so happy & relaxed in the photos. So many of us work when we have our first baby, doing what is right for your family financials now will set you up for life, truly. Wishing you all the success in the world, love Posie

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  46. You have so much creativity that will only be utilised more effectively with a bloggy break, I have no doubt.

    I can't wait to see what you pour your creative heart, soul & mind into.

    It will only be very amazing things!

    Thankyou for all that you've given a lot of people xx

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  47. such beautiful pictures - looking forward for you to come back and share more beauty with us!!

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  48. Stopped by because I'm missing your blog and watching your litte girl grow. She is just about 6 weeks older that my little girl, so it has been nice to hear about your life and adventures. Hope you are recharging. Looking forward to whatever comes next. Thanks for sharing your lovely life with us!
    -Elaine

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  49. Stopped by because I'm missing your blog and watching your litte girl grow. She is just about 6 weeks older that my little girl, so it has been nice to hear about your life and adventures. Hope you are recharging. Looking forward to whatever comes next. Thanks for sharing your lovely life with us!
    -Elaine

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  50. Oh I'm really going to miss your blog. It really is a beautiful space you have here. But I wish you the best of luck during your blogging break and I'm sure exciting and amazing ideas will come your way!

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  51. Oh, I only just discovered your blog and your pictures are beautiful. I hope you return soon from your break and feel refreshed.

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