I’m not really into New Years Resolutions, but there’s something about waking up with one of my kitties right next to me combined with the last day of the year that inspired me to write…
2015 has definitely been the year of Healthy Natty. I re-did the web site and have worked hard to create something every day to contribute to Instagram (which I consider my folio). I’ve had my first food marketing related work (and loved it) and have been teaching myself food photography more and more (but now I have some actual books to teach me thanks to Mum & Dad!). I spent lots of my time looking for food inspiration, staring into my fridge and emailing people to connect. I started chatting to other people who work in marketing or have started their own businesses on Skype and met some truly amazing women. 2015, for Healthy Natty, has been super fun and successful.
But when I sat up (in bed, on my lap top, 15 minutes after the above photo was taken) to write this post I looked for photos that weren’t of food to share with you from my year. There’s my wedding, my honeymoon, a few of my cats and that’s pretty much it. My whole year has been focused on food and Healthy Natty – which is great and I love it, but it made it really clear to me just how much I have sacrificed for this. I haven’t just missed out on eating a lot of my food warm (life of a food blogger), but I’ve missed just living – you know, not spending Sunday cooking to ensure I have photos for my folio. When I have been out, I have taken photos of the food and not of the amazing people I’m eating with. I have a few photos of me after a work out from around 6 months ago (for my own reference) and it highlighted that I’ve been sacrificing work out time in order to cook, photograph and edit. I love exercise and it’s great for my happiness & reducing my anxiety (I’m one super highly-strung person). Surely nothing is worth sacrificing that time for?
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do here, so much, but I’m making a conscious decision this morning to let it grow and develop more organically. I am fortunate that I have a good, non-food related job and that I get to do all of this as a hobby and a side as I love it. I don’t need to force it. I don’t need more Instagram followers and more traffic to my web site and more Facebook likes. I’ve already had the opportunity to work with some amazing people on food projects and whatever else comes will come.
I’m happy to do a bit more of just seeing where this goes…
This terrible photo is from one of my favourite nights of 2015. M & I on our honeymoon in Noosa eating at Sails. Amazing food and way, way too much champagne for me (and whatever looked interesting each time we ordered for M). I think I told the waiter his food was amazing about 20 times and this photo was taken somewhere deep into the night when I decided ‘we have to remember how good this night was’. We talked for hours and stumbled home (getting ice cream on the way). Our honeymoon was so, so much fun. I am so lucky to have married my best friend in 2015.
Hamilton Island was a truly special place…. but as happy as I am in this photo we ended up spending way too much time in the sun and I got burnt for the first time in years. #SillyNatty
See that pretty lady in the blue? That is one of my closest girlfriends and she has lived interstate since the beginning of 2014. 2016 is the year she is back in Melbourne and I am super-duper excited to have one back! (the other pretty lady moved overseas shortly after this photo which was taken at my wedding).
This was a Monday night dinner outing after work – I can’t remember why I was in the city after work (I don’t work in the CBD), but we feasted on mozzarella, salmon and pasta before having dessert and drank good wine at one of Guy Grossi’s places. I need to take more photos of these nights…
Walking into the building I got married in with my best friend and my Dad, wearing the most beautiful custom designed dress, holding the most gorgeous flowers, having stepped out of the most amazing car (which was a surprise from my parents on the day) and seeing a sign that directed guests to the wedding of Natalie & M…. one of the most amazing moments of my entire life.
2015 was great, and while I’m not into resolutions I think I’ll promise myself to focus more on me in 2016. 2015, especially the second half, was getting crazy and almost unsustainably (is that a word?) busy – all self-inflicted. If I am happy and healthy then everything else will fall into place. I need to continue to remember this – I was so sick when I was younger and can’t forget how important health is.
Have a super safe and happy NYE and speak in 2016 x