A beginning and trying new things

This beginning was meant to happen a year ago, but then I found my photography mojo again and thought I didn’t need this anymore. I was so wrong.

Over time I’ve heard from a few that they were sad I didn’t start.

Now that summer is here and my photography has to take a different direction, well the time seems right. I want to do more and say more than just photography. Really I have a lot to say. Some might say too much. Yeah, I can talk a lot, I know that, but hell if people are going to listen then why shouldn’t I talk. So I do.

What will happen here?

That is a very good question and I’m glad I asked it. This is going to be a place for me to rant, well sometimes, but more importantly, it is going to be more personal than my other blog. It is going to explore what it is like being a woman in her 50’s in today’s world. The good, the bad and the ugly. Yeah, I know that is a cliche, but it fits what I want to do.

There is so much stuff out there for mums and younger people. Which is fine, but there needs to be more about us and what we are going through.

I don’t know about you but I often feel like I don’t exist. That I am invisible. It isn’t always the case but the world does seem to be geared towards the young.

So who am I?

I am, obviously, I suppose, a woman in her 50’s. Perhaps middle-aged if you consider that we are living a lot longer these days. I’m also a woman, and I’m overweight according to society. Me, I think I’m just right and so does my body. That is a story I will have to share another day.

A beginning and trying new things
Me in New Zealand

It would be easy to say I’m a photographer, I am, but really I consider myself an artist. I’ve been creating images since I was a child. I have done painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. In the end, I settled on the last one. So much easier to clean up from. Yeah, did I mention I was lazy?

There is so much there as well. I’m menopausal, which I love, that is another story for another day. There is a lot to talk about there and too much for today.

I am married and have been for almost 30 years which I am very proud of. It is quite an achievement these days. We also have two daughters in their mid-twenties and both have moved out. Yay, so excited they have left the nest and starting the next stage of their lives. I will talk more about that another time.

A beginning and trying new things

I’m also, are you ready for it, a housewife. It seems like such a derogatory term these days, but it was my choice. It is something I wanted to do. After trying to get a photography business off the ground for many years in the end I talked to my husband and decided it was time for me to concentrate on our house. It had been neglected for so many years, so it really needed a massive cleanout. The work has started, and it will continue. You will hear more about that as time goes on.

Part of what I really want to do is to experiment more with my photography. Over the summer, which I hate, I plan on experimenting more with food photography. When I was growing up I loved baking, so I want to get back to that and then photograph it. I need some other reason to bake beside me eating it.

Exploring

I hope you will join me as I navigate my way through my fifties and beyond. See how we go. I also hope you will share your own experiences with us.

There will be a podcast to go with this. I haven’t started it yet, but I will. I really will. As I said I love talking, so that is the perfect medium for me.

That is enough for today. I have some photos from a high tea I went to earlier this year and some of the things I’ve been baking. Hopefully, with time, my images will get better. Fingers crossed.

Till next time, take care and be you.

14 thoughts on “A beginning and trying new things”

    1. That is great Suzanne, it is a tricky thing to navigate, I am hoping there will be a lot of fun along the way. Thank you.

  1. Yep, I hear you! I have often said to my colleagues who are in the same age range as myself (in our 60’s) that we are almost not worthy of an opinion as we don’t seem to understand today’s way of life – I try hard to keep up with technology as I am sure many women in our age brackets also try, but it isn’t everything, experience and making mistakes along the way are some of the best ways to learn and laughing at yourself is also rewarding. I love that you have started this blog and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and ideas, putting it all into perspective seems to be the hardest thing to do. All the best Leanne, have fun, great photos btw and they look so yum!

    1. You are so right Pauline, I don’t know how many times my daughters have rolled their eyes at me when I try telling them what it was like when I was their age. They can’t see that things haven’t really changed that much. You know how it is, they always know better. Thank you Pauline, I’m excited about this one and looking forward to seeing what I can do and what people like. I will have fun, that’s the goal here, I hope.

    1. Thank you so much, I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves. Of course I don’t mind, you might not like all the topics, but I’m sure there will be others you will.

  2. Great theme for a new blog, Leanne. Rant on! I’m closer to 60 than 50, and I must admit I am NOT loving it. I don’t want to be 20-something or 30-something, but I’d really rather be 40-something than almost 60. Bring on the cake photos!

    1. I know what you mean Karen/Elizabeth, life can be cruel, just have to see if we can make it work for us. Cake photos probably after Christmas. Thank you.

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