Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Welcome To Me, My Dog And My Blog
I aim to promote active, outdoor and healthy lifestyles, setting myself goals and challenges, encouraging me to explore new places, develop new skills and gain confidence by venturing outside my comfort zone.
Not really knowing how to start a blog, I have a good idea of what I want to write about and ultimately achieve so thought it best I just start writing and hopefully a natural rhythm will develop as I build experience and confidence.
Taking this first step is extremely difficult as I live a quiet, somewhat isolated life and find social interaction very difficult these days, preferring instead to spend time walking my dog alone in quiet rural locations, woodlands, hills and coastal areas.
A number of years ago, my whole life was shattered beyond recognition and I have since worked my way through some very difficult and dark periods trying to rebuild my life to where I am today. I still have a long way to go and struggle at times, finding it hard to keep focus on the positives, instead reverting to the downward spiral where everything becomes difficult and unmanageable and I feel overwhelmed and powerless to stop the descent into a dark and frightening world. Fortunately during these times I have my forever loyal, gentle and loving Estrela Mountain Dog called Lola as well as my close friends and family who are always there for me.
I made a decision several years ago to start a new career as a photographer to bring some positive changes into my life giving me some creative focus instead of all the negativity that has consumed my life for a number of years.
I am certainly no expert photographer and realise I have a lifelong journey ahead building my knowledge, skill and experience.
Recently I thought I would start this blog, not only to compliment and promote my photography but also to encourage discussion and learning, giving people inspiration and motivation to overcome difficulty and focus on positive new horizons.