It’s been one month since we have returned home from a year and half of travelling around the world. I thought it was going to be hard to get settled back down into ‘normal’ life again, how wrong was I!
I am LOVING being back at home. I am loving being back in Edinburgh. I am loving staying in one place and nesting. I think it helps that it’s September and I naturally want to start nesting come autumn. One of the things I discovered about myself in our travelling was that I need autumn. Last year, we spent all of autumn season in warmer countries and never really went through autumn. I felt totally off-kilter because I missed out on autumn. I intensely missed seeing the leaves turn into rich yellows and vivid reds.
Life at home has been surprisingly busy. It’s good to be busy rather than have too much time and start missing being on the move. There has been a lot of changes to our lives at home this month, all good and very exciting.
My own studio
The first thing we did when we got home was to convert the living room into my studio, proper. I am in love with this room. I get up at 5:30am each day to write, but when I get to be in THIS room, I don’t mind. I feel at home most when I am surrounded by bookcases. It’s lovely to have all my filled journals out on bookshelves too. There is something so inspiring about seeing all your filled journals. It inspires me to write even more.
A bigger journal
A nice side effect of not having to live out of a 30 litre backpack is that I can choose to use bigger things! I’ve gone from writing in my small pocket journals to writing in A5 notebooks again. The first one I cracked open was this limited edition Leuchtturm1917 in gold (you can still get them online). This notebook is beautiful. I love Leuchtturms above all other notebooks, but the gold and silver editions are extra special. It has two bookmark ribbons, which are both gold themed and much thicker than the normal versions. Even the address box at the front and the labels are in gold. It’s simply gorgeous.
Going back to the bigger notebook size has been a welcomed change. You can develop ideas in more details. I can keep more information in one notebook. They feel amazing to flip through the filled pages because there’s just so much more of your work in it.
As you know, I bought a lot of notebooks on our Europe trip this summer. I’d been posting them from each city to a dear friend of mine who had kindly kept countless parcels for me. It was a beautiful trip down memory lane to be united with them once again. As I opened each parcel, I stroked each notebook and talked with my husband about which shop we went to buy each notebook.
I was also reunited with my travel journals and travel scrapbooks. My favourite is absolutely the purple Italian Il Papiro gorgeousness of a notebook that I filled with stuff from Florence and Venice. I leafed through each page carefully, stroking sugar bags and postcards I collected.
Starting up a business
The biggest change since we’ve returned home is that both James and I are starting up businesses. We are each starting up a separate and very different businesses, but it has been wonderful to go through the process together. It’s not so scary when there are two of you doing it.
I’m going to dive in and take my passion for journaling as far as I can go. I am filled with ideas and it’s time I trust them and make them come to life. It’s exciting, it’s scary, but I am brave and I accept the challenge! First thing I will be doing is opening up an Etsy shop, in late October. I will keep you updated on its progress.
Now that we are staying in one place, I’m finally able to join Postcrossing. It’s a site where you can send postcards to people, and a bunch of different people send you postcards. As an introvert needing a lot of time by myself and find friendships hard work, this model works well for me. I love that I can send and receive postcards, without the pressure of having to maintain penpal friendships.
So far, I’ve sent 11 postcards and received 1 postcard. It’s very enjoyable to spend the time finding a postcard that would be perfect for each person from my out-of-control collection of postcards. I’ve so far send postcards to USA, Russia, Germany, Portugal, China, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic, Belarus, and Netherland.
Postcrossing has a different energy to when I write my daily postcards to my mum. With my mum, what I write to her is more important than what image postcard I send her. It’s also about writing something to her everyday to let her know that I am thinking about her even if she is on the other side of the world. With Postcrossing, what postcard image you send to the person is much more important, and what you write is less important. It’s a quick hi to someone, just once, for the joy of sending postcards.
It’s been a hectic month, but I am so happy to be back home and doing all this. It’s a huge change from our travelling, but it feels just as nourishing, scary and exciting. I guess that means we finished our travelling at the right time. I am really grateful for that.
What have you been up to this month? What big changes are in motion for you?