Thanks so much for stopping by. This blog has been five years in the making, though I have no idea what I’m actually doing so I hope you will bear with me as I work things out along the way.
Why a blog, and why now? Have you heard that Lucille Ball quote ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.’ That’s a pretty good summary of my life at the moment. This is one of the busiest times of the year for my day job (which is programming and managing a writers festival in Perth, but more on that later) and the balance between work and home life is a fine juggling act with balls dropping left, right and centre. But. I am a complete Christmas tragic and I have so many things I want to share, from experiences to projects, that I thought why not now? What’s one more project to juggle. So here we are.
I’ve had this blog idea, and even this first post, kicking around my head for about 5 years or so. Nothing like letting an idea truly settle before launching into action hey! I have wanted to create and write a blog ever since my first daughter was a baby, but life kept getting in the way and and blog plans flew straight out the window, along with the three S’s; spontaneity, sleep and solitude (and maybe the fourth S – sanity!).
And then I found instagram. Wow, that little social media app really changed my life in so many ways. It provided me with a platform that contains many of the great community aspects of blogging but in a format that is much quicker to create and with the ability to connect with such a wide range of people. Needless to say I very quickly became addicted. I think the thing I loved most about instagram when I first discovered it, was the way it reconnected me to my love of the visual. My day job is focused on words and ideas, but I studied visual art at university and very seriously thought about becoming a gallery curator when I was a student. Life ended up pushing me in a different direction that has been hugely rewarding, but over the last two years I’ve really enjoyed rediscovering this first passion.
Instagram has inspired me to pick up our dslr camera and learn how to use it. Mostly I’ve taught myself through trial and error and taking lots and lots of photos of flowers. I have so much more to learn, but the journey is definitely just as much fun as the end result. And this is where this space comes in. While I’m still very much addicted to instagram (you will find me there daily soaking up the inspiration those little squares provide) I’ve been wanting to undertake a few projects that will help me with my photography. The name Foraged and Collected is very much a reflection of my interests, and also what I think this blog will be, a place to forage for ideas and to collect and share thoughts.