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A winter’s morning at the beach…

by Clare Mansell
A winter’s morning at the beach…

At the beach
At the beach
At the beach

As you may have seen from my post yesterday, we spent Saturday morning down at the beach at East Head filming part of our video entry for this year’s Mark Warner ambassador application. It was pretty cold, but it’s really lovely having the beach so empty at this time of year.

Theo was running through the grass telling us he was exploring a jungle whilst the dogs were leaping up and down the dunes following the scent of rabbits and Jim and I were enjoying soaking up some winter sunshine.

As I hinted last week I have made the decision to leave my graphic design degree at the end of the first academic year in a few weeks. There is so much I want to do next year. Some of it work related and some it about making the most of this lovely spot we live in. I’ll reveal a bit more in the new year, but I feel that 2015 is going to be a brilliant exciting year.

One of the things that has affected my decision to leave my course was how creatively drained I felt after hammering out 20 hours a week of study and so by making the decision to quit, it has lifted a huge weight and meant that suddenly things like Theo’s weekly portrait have become a pleasure again and not an obligation.

Jim would say that none of this is a huge surprise and that I constantly take on too much, but that is something us women specialise in isn’t it? I guess the art is to learn which things help us grow and which drag us down and adjust accordingly.

Linking up with Katie and…

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Jenny Ripatti-Taylor December 15, 2014 - 11:21 am

Ahhh my goodness he is just the cutest kid ever. And so great with the camera you lucky lucky momma. I love this week’s photos. #livingarrows

Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry December 15, 2014 - 11:56 am

he is just too cute. Bring him over to play with my kiddoes.

Ashleigh-Jayne O'Connell December 15, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Cute!! Although how you can spend a day on the beach in December, I have no idea!

Sian Thomas December 15, 2014 - 12:16 pm

These portraits are so gorgeous! It sounds like you had such a lovely morning. Your decision to leave your course sounds like a sensible one to me – I’m also guilty of taking on too much at any time, so I know how you feel.
Sian xx

Sian PottyMouthedMummy December 15, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Love his expressions. Fab hat too!!

pixiedusk December 15, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cutest smile! I am laso taking an Interior Design course that I am so late in submitting my projects as I cant just find time to sit down and finish it. #LivingArrows

Linda December 15, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Well done for making a sensible decision. I have always taken on far too much but in the last few years – I am a LOT older than you! – I have started to see the light and actually say ‘No’ sometimes.

Katie @mummydaddyme December 15, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Such gorgeous happy photos of him- love the light too! Loved your MW post as well- the video was ace. Good luck to you and your family, we loved being one this year, so much so we have booked to go back next year too! 🙂

Clare Mansell December 15, 2014 - 3:57 pm

I saw you saying you’d booked again, that’s a really ringing endorsement! The good thing is whatever the outcome, the more video I do, the more I learn. 🙂

Carie December 15, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Oh that’s a gorgeous shot; and it sound like your decision to stop your degree has really unleashed your creativity again – I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Donna December 15, 2014 - 11:39 pm

It sounds like you are making a good decision for your creativeness. I look forward to seeing all the things that happen in the New Year! x

Tinuke B December 26, 2014 - 10:13 am

I love the look on your son’s face. Such gorgeous photos that I’m sure you’ll treasure.
Glad to hear that you’ve made a decision which works best for your regarding your degree. It’s true, we do sometimes task ourselves with too much!


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