Sunday, 23 September 2018

Autumn Begins, Fresh Start for Adventures in Pickle Land

Autumn Leaves

It is the first day of Autumn.

Autumn has always been my favourite season.  I always feel motivated during this season.  I like its colours and coziness.

It feels the perfect time to relaunch this little blog of mine and to start a fresh with my crafty adventures.

I have been thinking for a few weeks how I want this blog to be and I think I've come up with an idea of what type of posting I'd like to do

Scrapbooking, Project Life, Art, Planning, Cross Stitch, Miscellaneous Crafts, Books, and Monthly round ups

I am also just going to post miscellaneous posts when I feel like it.  It could be a photo of my cats, a quote, a picture of pumpkin.  Anything that takes my fancy.

I'm giving myself no schedule, no pressure.  This blog is for me to share what I love doing when I feel I want to.  this blog is my memory keeper/Journal

Happy Autumn/Fall and Good Evening from Pickle Land

Love Lesley xxxxxx

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Adventures in Pickle Land Blog Re-Launch

Today is my 44th Birthday.  A day I have literally been dreading for years.  44 is tha age when my Mum passed away.  It's the age that I associate with her untimely death and the age I was worried I would never get to as I had it in my head that I would never reach it.

However, I have had a lovely birthday weekend, spent with some of the people I love the most in this world.  I have been spoilt and felt very loved.  And my dread has disappeared.

I am now full of optimism for the future and I've made the decision to not worry about my age anymore and to live as well as can be and to the full as much as possible.

Today marks a turning point, and feels the right time to re-launch this little, poor, neglected blog of mine.

In my last blog post, I mentioned I was going to start blogging again mid September, and it's coming up to mid September so I thought I would write this little introduction to my blog and what I would like to show case on this blog going forward.

I am Lesley, married to AJ, cat mummy to Kiwi, Willow and Eric and fish mummy to Pluto the gigantic goldfish.  I love scrapbooking, (traditional, Pocket scrapbooking and Travellers Notebooks), Art, Journalling, Planning, cross stitch, reading, Disney, cats, food, and travelling.

I would like this blog to highlight all of these loves of mine.  My aim is to blog at least three times a week on a regular schedule.  I'm still formulating that schedule so that it will be achievable and realistic with working full time and life in general. I am working on content for this blog and have some nice ideas for this Autumn season and beyond.

My plan is that my first proper blog post will be Sunday 23rd September

Good Evening from Pickle Land.

Love Lesley xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Blog failure and renewal

Just over a year ago I was feeling OK with my life and felt like my mojo was coming back and then BOOM.  Creativity left the building and decided to take a very long hiatus.

I'm making no excuses.  I have been lazy, demotivated and had no will power to change my creative situation (or lack of creativity).

But as always, this blog whispers to me and says " come back" and I have been slowly getting to a point when I feel like I want to create and renew this blog.

I'm aiming to re - launch so to speak in mid September.  I am starting to create layouts and travellers notepad layouts.  I'm planning content and my plan is  for scheduled posts on a more regular basis.

I want this blog to be a place of showing my creativity and a place that feels safe for me to share on social media and the facebook pages I am a member of.  I am going to put myself out their a little bit and be brave for once.

I want this blog to show myself I am capable of doing something creative and to feel valued again.

This is my promise to myself to become the person I want to be away from my work.  To be happy with every minute of the spare time I have.

Looking forward to September and a new Adventures in Pickleland

Love Lesley

Monday, 25 December 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Happy anniversary

Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband.

love you more as the years pass

love Lesley xxxxx

Friday, 14 July 2017

A fresh start

I am currently at ease with myself and the way my life is at present.

That is a huge statement for me to share and also a very long time coming.

The past few years have been really tough.  Life seemed to have totally gone off track.  My life felt off kilter and to a point not my own.  I suffered deeply with depression, had a crappy job, my relationship with my husband was at times very strained and I had become very insular and within myself.  Life felt hard and I suffered greatly.

I got a new job, and for a few months I hated it.  It didn't float my boat so to speak.  I thought I could do better.  I felt like I had taken a huge step backwards career wise, I was unhappy and felt broken.  But I suddenly had an AHA moment.  I realised that I could and should change my attitude towards it.  I didn't want to look for a new job as it had taken a while to find this one and I hated filling in application forms and going to interviews.  I didn't want to find a job where I would have to travel outside my comfort zone.  And I certainly didn't want a job that wasn't 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.

My new job offered what I wanted.  So what if I was in a Call Centre, I was still in an office environment rather than being in retail.  I have regular set shift patterns, I'm close to home, no weekend working and no late nights.  I work with mostly great people, the company I work for is a good and is ever expanding.  I have some good benefits and it pays fairly well.  and when I took this all on board, I actually began to enjoy my work, and I began enjoying my work again.

Being at peace work wise, made me feel happier.  I realised I didn't want a high powered career, I just wanted a little job that would allow me to afford the things I enjoy, which in terms make me feel happier in general.  Life started to feel less dark for me, which had a knock on effect in terms of my relationship with AJ.  I was less stressed and a change in his employment also contributed to a turn around in our relationship.  We are doing really well, we are stronger than ever.

We have also been working on our home environment and have had a few home improvements.  As I wasn't in a good place, we had neglected our home and it was to some extent, the state of the house, that was contributing to my depression.  We decided to invest a little into sorting out the front and back gardens which has had a huge impact.  The knock on effect has made us want to clear up our house more.  At present, it is far from the way I want it to be, but we have made a huge start and I can see the wood for the trees now.

Overall, I'm feeling good.  I'm feeling well, and most importantly I feel like I want to get back into my creative pursuits again.  It's has been too long since I had created anything.  I haven't scrap booked, cross stitched, created art, nothing.  But now I feel ready to get back into the hobbies I loved before I became ill.  Thanks to YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram I've become interested again.

I'm going to take it easy, not put pressure on myself but allow myself time to create in whatever form at takes.  I've already made a start.  Last weekend AJ and I sat in our newly sorted out back garden and I started a mini album about my Disneyworld trip in 2012 using a travellers notebook.  I only did a few pages but it felt so good, actually it felt fantastic.  I'm going to show this album as it progresses so look out for new posts showcasing this new journey for me.  I've committed to myself I'm going to use my blog again and put myself out on social media.  No agenda, just post when I feel like but hoping that the more I create, the more I will want to share which again will make me create more.

I'm excited.

With love from Pickleland

Lesley xxxx

I'm back

It's been far too long.  But I'm back. Just checking in at the moment, but I'm going to start visiting again.  New attitude, new me, excited for the new journey I'm on.  Watch this space.

Love Lesley xxxxx

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