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Melanie Fontaine

wild-hearted creative seeking adventure
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Lübeck, Germany

There are many things I love about spring, but it’s not my favourite season for photography. I’m most inspired by dark skies and moody landscapes and love everything that helps me convey a sense of magic and mystery in my pictures. So when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming and the only thing marring the sky is a puffy cloud, I really struggle to take the kind of images that most speak to my soul. But I have been trying to seek out places and moments that give me the opportunity to capture images that convey that feeling of magic and mystery, while also showcasing the things that make spring so special. And that’s really what honing in your photography style is all about: To identify the underlying themes of your photography and to look for ways to work them into your images, no matter what the season or the subject is. ⁣
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So that’s how this image came about: When I first came by this place right in the middle of the city and next to a busy street, I was immediately swept away into the world of fairytales and knights in shining armor - and because of that, the image still feels true to my style, even though the colours are a lot more vibrant and warm than is usual for me.⁣
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Do you feel easily inspired to take photographs in spring or do you prefer the winter like me? ⁣
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#stopandsmelltheflowers #facethespring #awakethelight #embracingtheseasons #heitermoments #myseasonalstory #whimsicalwonderfulwild #bloomandgrow #gowildlyandslow #alliseeispretty #aseasonalshift #inspiredbynature_ #aseasonalyear #dreaminginpictures #folkandstory #signsofspring #theprettycities #pathport #postcardplaces #stayandwander #calmversation #thewildnesstonic #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #places_wow #in2nature

There are many things I love about spring, but it’s not my favourite season for photography. I’m most inspired by dark skies and moody landscapes and love everything that helps me convey a sense of magic and mystery in my pictures. So when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming and the only thing marring the sky is a puffy cloud, I really struggle to take the kind of images that most speak to my soul. But I have been trying to seek out places and moments that give me the opportunity to capture images that convey that feeling of magic and mystery, while also showcasing the things that make spring so special. And that’s really what honing in your photography style is all about: To identify the underlying themes of your photography and to look for ways to work them into your images, no matter what the season or the subject is. ⁣ ⁣ So that’s how this image came about: When I first came by this place right in the middle of the city and next to a busy street, I was immediately swept away into the world of fairytales and knights in shining armor - and because of that, the image still feels true to my style, even though the colours are a lot more vibrant and warm than is usual for me.⁣ ⁣ Do you feel easily inspired to take photographs in spring or do you prefer the winter like me? ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #stopandsmelltheflowers #facethespring #awakethelight #embracingtheseasons #heitermoments #myseasonalstory #whimsicalwonderfulwild #bloomandgrow #gowildlyandslow #alliseeispretty #aseasonalshift #inspiredbynature_ #aseasonalyear #dreaminginpictures #folkandstory #signsofspring #theprettycities #pathport #postcardplaces #stayandwander #calmversation #thewildnesstonic #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #places_wow #in2nature - 1 month ago

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Happy Monday, everybody! 🌸 I‘ve taken a little break from posting in the past week, because - frankly - I just didn‘t feel like editing pictures and writing captions. Creativity is something that ebbs and flows. There are times when it comes to us more easily and times when we don‘t feel quite as inspired and if we can learn to work with these tides our creative practice will grow a whole lot more joyful. We don‘t need to be super productive all the time to be real writers/photographers/artists/etc - and I have found that taking the self-blame out of the picture actually helps me to get more stuff done. So wherever you are on your journey right now... show yourself some compassion, celebrate what you have already achieved and do the things that you feel really called to to do. That’s how I’m going to spend the week! ⁣
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✨⁣ #gloomandglow #quietinthewild #folkandstory #aseasonalshift #bitsofbuildings #lovegreatbritain #visitengland #oldhouselove #asecondofwhimsey #alliseeispretty #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #dslooking #thatvelvetfeeling #searchwandercollect #myeverydaymagic #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #calmversation

Happy Monday, everybody! I‘ve taken a little break from posting in the past week, because - frankly - I just didn‘t feel like editing pictures and writing captions. Creativity is something that ebbs and flows. There are times when it comes to us more easily and times when we don‘t feel quite as inspired and if we can learn to work with these tides our creative practice will grow a whole lot more joyful. We don‘t need to be super productive all the time to be real writers/photographers/artists/etc - and I have found that taking the self-blame out of the picture actually helps me to get more stuff done. So wherever you are on your journey right now... show yourself some compassion, celebrate what you have already achieved and do the things that you feel really called to to do. That’s how I’m going to spend the week! ⁣ #gloomandglow #quietinthewild #folkandstory #aseasonalshift #bitsofbuildings #lovegreatbritain #visitengland #oldhouselove #asecondofwhimsey #alliseeispretty #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #dslooking #thatvelvetfeeling #searchwandercollect #myeverydaymagic #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #calmversation - 1 month ago

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Of all the places, I‘ve visited in New Zealand, Castle Hill is still the one I think back on with the most awe. I can still remember the rush of excitement cursing through me as I was walking towards these rock formations - with every step away from the parking lot, I also took a step away from the ordinary world and by the time I was up close and could touch the stone with my own hands, I could also see a man, an elf and a dwarf scaling the land of Rohan to save two young hobbits from the clutches of the Uruk-Hai. ✨
Castle Hill didn‘t actually serve as a filming location in LOTR - though it did appear in Narnia - but I was the first place I visited that genuinely made me feel as if I truly were in Middle Earth. And I was grinning the entire time while I was ambling among these majestic rocks, willing time to stop and not ever wanting to leave again. +
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Of all the places, I‘ve visited in New Zealand, Castle Hill is still the one I think back on with the most awe. I can still remember the rush of excitement cursing through me as I was walking towards these rock formations - with every step away from the parking lot, I also took a step away from the ordinary world and by the time I was up close and could touch the stone with my own hands, I could also see a man, an elf and a dwarf scaling the land of Rohan to save two young hobbits from the clutches of the Uruk-Hai. Castle Hill didn‘t actually serve as a filming location in LOTR - though it did appear in Narnia - but I was the first place I visited that genuinely made me feel as if I truly were in Middle Earth. And I was grinning the entire time while I was ambling among these majestic rocks, willing time to stop and not ever wanting to leave again. + + #quietinthewild #folkandstory #awakethelight #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #aslowmoment #natureandnourish #mystoryoflight #folkscenery #in2nature #iamatraveler #amomentofwonder #inspiredbynature_ #creativefolk #lonelyplanet #whimsicalwonderfulwild #pathport #gowildlyandslow #mynaturestory #mytinyatlas #suitcasetravels #simpleandstill #alliseeispretty #wildheartedadventures - 2 months ago

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What is one thing you find yourself struggling with in regards to your creativity right now? For me, it‘s pretty simple - I get exhausted really quickly. It‘s not something I like admitting, but it‘s something that is part of my truth - and it is only through admitting our truth that we can begin to find systems to make our weaknesses work for us instead of against us. ⁣
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One of my goals for next week is to build a better daily routine for myself. I‘m juggling lots of things at the moment - work, studying, writing, finally making my flat a proper home - and I often feel as if I‘m running around from task to task without much of plan which just makes me feel anxious. So more planning it is! ⁣
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What is one thing you find yourself struggling with in regards to your creativity right now? For me, it‘s pretty simple - I get exhausted really quickly. It‘s not something I like admitting, but it‘s something that is part of my truth - and it is only through admitting our truth that we can begin to find systems to make our weaknesses work for us instead of against us. ⁣ ⁣ One of my goals for next week is to build a better daily routine for myself. I‘m juggling lots of things at the moment - work, studying, writing, finally making my flat a proper home - and I often feel as if I‘m running around from task to task without much of plan which just makes me feel anxious. So more planning it is! ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #gloomandglow #folkandstory #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #places_wow #alliseeispretty #lovegreatbritain #asecondofwhimsey #postcardplaces #aslowmoment #bitsofbuildings #thatvelvetfeeling #myeverydaymagic #mystoryoflight #oldhouselove #folklife #culturetrip #theslowdowncollective #searchwandercollect #amomentofwonder #postcardsfromtheworld #dslooking #suitcasetravels #pathport #visitengland #seekinspirecreate - 2 months ago

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Happy weekend! 🙌 I haven’t really got enough sleep this week, so I‘m really looking forward to having a nice lie in tomorrow and to spending some time simply reading on the sofa. ⁣
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Last weekend, I went for a lovely walk by the sea. I‘ve been to the sea an embarassingly little amount of time since moving to Lübeck, considering that the nearest beach is only a twenty-minute-long train ride away, but I‘m sure I‘m going to be better about it now that spring has started. Sometimes I honestly just forget that the sea is there - after years of living in a mountainous area of the country, I‘m just not used to the closeness of the sea yet! 😂⁣
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Happy weekend! I haven’t really got enough sleep this week, so I‘m really looking forward to having a nice lie in tomorrow and to spending some time simply reading on the sofa. ⁣ ⁣ Last weekend, I went for a lovely walk by the sea. I‘ve been to the sea an embarassingly little amount of time since moving to Lübeck, considering that the nearest beach is only a twenty-minute-long train ride away, but I‘m sure I‘m going to be better about it now that spring has started. Sometimes I honestly just forget that the sea is there - after years of living in a mountainous area of the country, I‘m just not used to the closeness of the sea yet! ⁣ Do you prefer the mountains or the sea?⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #gloomandglow #quietinthewild #folkandstory #thequietwinter #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #thewildnesstonic #gowildlyandslow #aseasonalyear #ofwhimsicalmoments #natureonthepage #awakethelight #places_wow #postcardplaces #iamatraveler #myseasonalstory #thatvelvetfeeling #folkscenery #in2nature #themidwintermovement #theslowdowncollective #searchwandercollect #slownaturemoments #amomentofwonder #wanderfolk #inspiredbynature_ #pathport #calmversation #calmversation - 2 months ago

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Everytime I look at this image I have to smile because it reminds me of the epic day I spent exploring the countryside around Hathersage in the Peak District with @christinalynncreative. Do you remember those times when we were kids where we were warned to never meet up with strangers from the internet? Well, that’s admittedly solid advice when it comes to faceless people in online chatrooms. But I always try to make time to meet up with insta-friends when I travel and so far it has consistenly been a lovely experience. I’m not the kind of person that makes friends easily, but Instagram has helped me to connect with people who not only share my weird mix of interests, but also just get where I am coming from. And for that I am so thankful. ⁣
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The day this image was taken was the first time Christina and me met in person and we immediately felt comfortable enough to discuss some really deep stuff - heartbreak, where we stood in our faith, what dreams we really had for the future. And geeking out over photography, because not everything in life has to be super serious. ⁣
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Have you ever met online friends in „real“ life? ⁣
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#quietinthewild #gowildlyandslow #thewildnesstonic #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #whimsicalwonderfulwild #folkscenery #natureandnourish #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #myseasonalstory #thequietwinter #peakdistrict #visitengland #gloomandglow #ofwhimsicalmoments #mynaturestory #awakethelight #lovegreatbritain #folklife #in2nature #adventureawaits #seasonspoetry #slowandglow #theslowdowncollective #poetryofsimplethings #wildheartedadventures

Everytime I look at this image I have to smile because it reminds me of the epic day I spent exploring the countryside around Hathersage in the Peak District with @christinalynncreative. Do you remember those times when we were kids where we were warned to never meet up with strangers from the internet? Well, that’s admittedly solid advice when it comes to faceless people in online chatrooms. But I always try to make time to meet up with insta-friends when I travel and so far it has consistenly been a lovely experience. I’m not the kind of person that makes friends easily, but Instagram has helped me to connect with people who not only share my weird mix of interests, but also just get where I am coming from. And for that I am so thankful. ⁣ ⁣ The day this image was taken was the first time Christina and me met in person and we immediately felt comfortable enough to discuss some really deep stuff - heartbreak, where we stood in our faith, what dreams we really had for the future. And geeking out over photography, because not everything in life has to be super serious. ⁣ ⁣ Have you ever met online friends in „real“ life? ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #quietinthewild #gowildlyandslow #thewildnesstonic #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #whimsicalwonderfulwild #folkscenery #natureandnourish #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #myseasonalstory #thequietwinter #peakdistrict #visitengland #gloomandglow #ofwhimsicalmoments #mynaturestory #awakethelight #lovegreatbritain #folklife #in2nature #adventureawaits #seasonspoetry #slowandglow #theslowdowncollective #poetryofsimplethings #wildheartedadventures - 2 months ago

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Remember the blog I’ve been talking about starting for over a year now? Well, it’s finally live! 🙌 You can find the link in my bio and it would mean the world to me if you could check it out. 🙂⁣
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Truth be told, there was so much more work I wanted to do before launching. I wanted to be one-hundred-percent sure of my purpose. I wanted to have a few posts finished that perfectly aligned with that purpose. I wanted certainty that starting a blog would help me achieve my creative goals in the long run - even when I wasn’t sure what these goals even were. But as a result I forgot the simple truth that you can never fully know what you will create before you create. And that’s why I’ve decided to just muster up the courage and hit publish: because I know that this is the only way for me to find the answers I seek. ⁣
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Stepping into a new space is scary. It forces you to leave behind the comfort of what you know - even if what you know does not inspire you anymore, even if what you know has ceased to be of service for your happiness. But we have to be willing to face that discomfort if we desire progress. I’m not really sure where I am trying to go with my blog, but I won’t ever know unless I actually do the work. What I can tell is that I will always focus on stories: Stories about travel, stories about creativity, stories about learning to embrace your own true self. And in that sense my blog really just exists as an extension of the type of content that I am already sharing on Instagram. ⁣
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I’m quite out of touch with the blogging world at the moment - so if you have a blog yourself, I would love if you could share it with me, so I can go check it out!⁣
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#bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #folkandstory #visitengland  #dslooking #lovegreatbritain #thatvelvetfeeling #searchwandercollect #gloomandglow #myeverydaymagic #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #calmversation #thequietwinter

Remember the blog I’ve been talking about starting for over a year now? Well, it’s finally live! You can find the link in my bio and it would mean the world to me if you could check it out. 🙂⁣ ⁣ Truth be told, there was so much more work I wanted to do before launching. I wanted to be one-hundred-percent sure of my purpose. I wanted to have a few posts finished that perfectly aligned with that purpose. I wanted certainty that starting a blog would help me achieve my creative goals in the long run - even when I wasn’t sure what these goals even were. But as a result I forgot the simple truth that you can never fully know what you will create before you create. And that’s why I’ve decided to just muster up the courage and hit publish: because I know that this is the only way for me to find the answers I seek. ⁣ 🖌⁣ Stepping into a new space is scary. It forces you to leave behind the comfort of what you know - even if what you know does not inspire you anymore, even if what you know has ceased to be of service for your happiness. But we have to be willing to face that discomfort if we desire progress. I’m not really sure where I am trying to go with my blog, but I won’t ever know unless I actually do the work. What I can tell is that I will always focus on stories: Stories about travel, stories about creativity, stories about learning to embrace your own true self. And in that sense my blog really just exists as an extension of the type of content that I am already sharing on Instagram. ⁣ ⁣ I’m quite out of touch with the blogging world at the moment - so if you have a blog yourself, I would love if you could share it with me, so I can go check it out!⁣ +⁣ +⁣ ⁣ #bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #folkandstory #visitengland #dslooking #lovegreatbritain #thatvelvetfeeling #searchwandercollect #gloomandglow #myeverydaymagic #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #calmversation #thequietwinter - 2 months ago

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The ground is damp underneath my feet. The smell of early morning rain hangs heavy in the air. Incessant birdsong drowns out all other sounds until a sudden crack in the bushes and three white tufts of little deer disappearing deeper into the woods remind me that the birds and me are not the only living beings in the forest. And as I continue to walk - just a tiny brushstroke on the painting that is the world, a fleeting moment that passes so quickly - nature has grounded me in myself once again.⁣
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The ground is damp underneath my feet. The smell of early morning rain hangs heavy in the air. Incessant birdsong drowns out all other sounds until a sudden crack in the bushes and three white tufts of little deer disappearing deeper into the woods remind me that the birds and me are not the only living beings in the forest. And as I continue to walk - just a tiny brushstroke on the painting that is the world, a fleeting moment that passes so quickly - nature has grounded me in myself once again.⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #gloomandglow #quietinthewild #folkandstory #aseasonalshift #thewildnesstonic #gowildlyandslow #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #natureforsoul #natureonthepage #awakethelight #alliseeispretty #simpleandstill #mystoryoflight #myseasonalstory #slowandglow #mynaturestory #seasonspoetry #in2nature #slownaturemoments #seekinspirecreate #inspiredbynature_ #forestfolk #capturequiet #wildheartedadventures - 2 months ago

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Recently, I have been wondering if I actually enjoy writing or if I just fancy the idea of being a writer. The truth is that I often seem to avoid writing by whichever means possible: I go and clean stuff in my apartment. I edit a few pictures. I leave a few comments on Instagram. I fold my laundry. Anything can pose as an excuse for me not to write. And naturally that makes me question if I am really a writer at the core of my being. ⁣
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How can I be a writer when I have such trouble to just start writing? Does this not mean that I am not as passionate about writing as I claim to be? But that is too simple a way to look at things. I don’t avoid writing because I don’t enjoy it - I avoid it because it can be so pretty darn hard. And that is the very nature of everything that we do that really matters. Writers are not just made by the physical act of writing - they are called by their soul to observe and to conclude and to use these observations and conclusions to create something where there was nothing before. For me, this is my mind at work. And I guess that makes me a writer, whether I want to or not. ⁣
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Do you ever struggle with your identity as a creative? ⁣
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#bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #visitengland #gloomandglow #livemoremagic #thisisengland #pathport #winterstories #thequietwinter #ofsimplethings #seekinspirecreate #thatauthenticfeeling #everysquareastory #smallmomentsofcalm #folkandstory #places_wow #culturetrip #lovegreatbritain

Recently, I have been wondering if I actually enjoy writing or if I just fancy the idea of being a writer. The truth is that I often seem to avoid writing by whichever means possible: I go and clean stuff in my apartment. I edit a few pictures. I leave a few comments on Instagram. I fold my laundry. Anything can pose as an excuse for me not to write. And naturally that makes me question if I am really a writer at the core of my being. ⁣ ⁣ How can I be a writer when I have such trouble to just start writing? Does this not mean that I am not as passionate about writing as I claim to be? But that is too simple a way to look at things. I don’t avoid writing because I don’t enjoy it - I avoid it because it can be so pretty darn hard. And that is the very nature of everything that we do that really matters. Writers are not just made by the physical act of writing - they are called by their soul to observe and to conclude and to use these observations and conclusions to create something where there was nothing before. For me, this is my mind at work. And I guess that makes me a writer, whether I want to or not. ⁣ 🖋⁣ Do you ever struggle with your identity as a creative? ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ ⁣ #bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #visitengland #gloomandglow #livemoremagic #thisisengland #pathport #winterstories #thequietwinter #ofsimplethings #seekinspirecreate #thatauthenticfeeling #everysquareastory #smallmomentsofcalm #folkandstory #places_wow #culturetrip #lovegreatbritain - 2 months ago

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I‘ve tried to write this caption three times now, but deleted my efforts each time. There is so much I could tell you about my trip to New Zealand that I‘m just not quite sure where to start, that I can‘t quite make up my mind which memory should be shared first. But start somewhere I must and so I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. So let me set the scene:⁣
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I travelled to New Zealand in September, when the first signs of spring had just begun to appear and peak tourist season was still a few months away. I was traveling solo and rented a car once I left the city for the countryside and most of my time was simply spent enjoying time in nature, going on walks and taking advantage of the freedom that having a car allowed me to stop at any place I wanted that struck me. To my great surprise, the places that ended up touching me the most where not the places that I had thought I would love the most before my trip. And in the end, my favourite memories were those that I could not have foreseen from the comfort of home. ⁣
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Since many of you haven‘t been to New Zealand yet, I‘m curious to learn which places you would most love to see there. I was all about the (misty) mountains!⁣
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I‘ve tried to write this caption three times now, but deleted my efforts each time. There is so much I could tell you about my trip to New Zealand that I‘m just not quite sure where to start, that I can‘t quite make up my mind which memory should be shared first. But start somewhere I must and so I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. So let me set the scene:⁣ ⁣ I travelled to New Zealand in September, when the first signs of spring had just begun to appear and peak tourist season was still a few months away. I was traveling solo and rented a car once I left the city for the countryside and most of my time was simply spent enjoying time in nature, going on walks and taking advantage of the freedom that having a car allowed me to stop at any place I wanted that struck me. To my great surprise, the places that ended up touching me the most where not the places that I had thought I would love the most before my trip. And in the end, my favourite memories were those that I could not have foreseen from the comfort of home. ⁣ 🏔⁣ Since many of you haven‘t been to New Zealand yet, I‘m curious to learn which places you would most love to see there. I was all about the (misty) mountains!⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #gloomandglow#quietinthewild #folkandstory #thewildnesstonic #gowildlyandslow #whimsicalwonderfulwild #ofquietmoments #natureforsoul #awakethelight #welivetoexplore #alliseeispretty #simpleandstill #natureandnourish #natureonthepage #mystoryoflight #folktravel #folkscenery #awesomeglobe #amomentofwonder #visualsofearth #discoverearth #mynaturestory #suitcasetravels #wildheartedadventures - 2 months ago

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I’m curious… what’s your stance on unfollowing people on Instagram? I mean regular unfollowing and not unfollowing as part of some shady follow-unfollow strategy. Do you ever do it? I do unfollow accounts that just don’t resonate with me anymore every once in a while and this is absolutely essential for me to enjoy browsing through my home feed. I like to forge proper connections with people on Instagram and the truth is that I can only follow a certain number of accounts before properly engaging with other people’s content and being able to put a face or story with a name becomes too overwhelming. ⁣
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I do often feel guilty about it, though. I know that I‘m a much better part of this community if I don‘t spread myself too thin, but I also know how much work and heart many people put into what they share online and how disheartening it can feel to not have that be recognized by other people. My compromise is to regularly browse through images on certain hashtags and to support people‘s work in that way. But I would love to know how you handle this situation? ⁣
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I’m curious… what’s your stance on unfollowing people on Instagram? I mean regular unfollowing and not unfollowing as part of some shady follow-unfollow strategy. Do you ever do it? I do unfollow accounts that just don’t resonate with me anymore every once in a while and this is absolutely essential for me to enjoy browsing through my home feed. I like to forge proper connections with people on Instagram and the truth is that I can only follow a certain number of accounts before properly engaging with other people’s content and being able to put a face or story with a name becomes too overwhelming. ⁣ ⁣ I do often feel guilty about it, though. I know that I‘m a much better part of this community if I don‘t spread myself too thin, but I also know how much work and heart many people put into what they share online and how disheartening it can feel to not have that be recognized by other people. My compromise is to regularly browse through images on certain hashtags and to support people‘s work in that way. But I would love to know how you handle this situation? ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #travelingthroughtheworld #borntotravel #placesoftheworld #athomeintheworld #travelawesome #thewanderingtourist #travelandexplore #suitcasetravels #mydomainetravels #culturetrip #darlingplaces #pathport #travelwithfathom #searchwandercollect #prettylittletrips #lovegreatbritain #bitsofbuildings #chasing_facades #theprettycities #iwalkedthisstreet #instabritain #visitengland #living_europe #abmtravelbug #oldhouselove - 3 months ago

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I’m feeling a lot lighter today than I did last week. I think I realized that my mental health was taking a worse just early enough to actually do something about it and if I dare say so myself I’m pretty darn proud of myself to have reached a point in my mental health recovery where that is actually a possibility for me. There was a time in my life where my mental health could easily set me back for weeks  and I’m only just beginning to understand just how much my mental health has affected the way I have lived my life in the past. ⁣
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But I’m getting better one day at a time and I’m realizing that the secret to good mental health may not actually lie in eradicating all of our negative emotions, but in finding routines that help us deal with our darkness in a healthy manner. One of those routines for me is to speak up to give voice to the confusing feelings that are taking over my mind. So thank you for listening, thank you for caring and thank you for understanding. ❤️⁣
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I’m feeling a lot lighter today than I did last week. I think I realized that my mental health was taking a worse just early enough to actually do something about it and if I dare say so myself I’m pretty darn proud of myself to have reached a point in my mental health recovery where that is actually a possibility for me. There was a time in my life where my mental health could easily set me back for weeks and I’m only just beginning to understand just how much my mental health has affected the way I have lived my life in the past. ⁣ ⁣ But I’m getting better one day at a time and I’m realizing that the secret to good mental health may not actually lie in eradicating all of our negative emotions, but in finding routines that help us deal with our darkness in a healthy manner. One of those routines for me is to speak up to give voice to the confusing feelings that are taking over my mind. So thank you for listening, thank you for caring and thank you for understanding. ️⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #myseasonalstory #thequietwinter #themidwintermovement #folkandstory #ofwhimsicalmoments #dslooking #aquietstyle #myeverydaymagic #alifeofintention #ofsimplethings #thatvelvetfeeling #searchwandercollect #slowandglow #quietinthewild #gloomandglow - 3 months ago

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My mental health hasn’t been the greatest this week, to be honest, and saying that makes me feel like rubbish, because I don’t really have a good reason for feeling a bit rough at the moment. But that’s exactly what makes dealing with depression so difficult: The feelings of guilt. The feelings of inadequacy.  The feelings of shame. Depression is isolating because it changes your perception of yourself and vicious because it makes you doubt your worth as a human being. And that’s why it’s so important that we learn to speak openly about these issues - to fight the stigma, to raise awareness and to find community with each other amidst our struggle. ⁣
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I did a few of the little self-care rituals today that tend to bring me back to myself again and I am feeling much centered because of it right now. For me personally, just doing trivial things like organizing my apartment, reading a novel and going to the nicest supermarket in my neighbourhood can make a difference. But it’s easy for me to forget to incorporate them into my daily routine and I think that’s exactly what got me this time. ⁣
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If you feel comfortable doing so, I would love to know if you have any routines in place for when you find your mental health suffering. Do you find that just concentrating on the small things helps you see the bigger picture again? ⁣
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My mental health hasn’t been the greatest this week, to be honest, and saying that makes me feel like rubbish, because I don’t really have a good reason for feeling a bit rough at the moment. But that’s exactly what makes dealing with depression so difficult: The feelings of guilt. The feelings of inadequacy. The feelings of shame. Depression is isolating because it changes your perception of yourself and vicious because it makes you doubt your worth as a human being. And that’s why it’s so important that we learn to speak openly about these issues - to fight the stigma, to raise awareness and to find community with each other amidst our struggle. ⁣ ⁣ I did a few of the little self-care rituals today that tend to bring me back to myself again and I am feeling much centered because of it right now. For me personally, just doing trivial things like organizing my apartment, reading a novel and going to the nicest supermarket in my neighbourhood can make a difference. But it’s easy for me to forget to incorporate them into my daily routine and I think that’s exactly what got me this time. ⁣ ⁣ If you feel comfortable doing so, I would love to know if you have any routines in place for when you find your mental health suffering. Do you find that just concentrating on the small things helps you see the bigger picture again? ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #quietinthewild #gowildlyandslow #thewildnesstonic #natureonthepage #natureforsoul #whimsicalwonderfulwild #folkscenery #natureandnourish #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #myseasonalstory #thatwinterspringthing #gloomandglow #myeverydaymagic #slowandsimpledays #thequietwinter #signsofspring #thebeautyinwinter #slowsimpleseasonal #inspiredbynature_ #seasonspoetry #moodmagic #ofwhimsicalmoments #soulful_moments #thedreaminglens - 3 months ago

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Today is just one of those days, where I can’t really think of a caption. There are many things on my mind right now that I could talk about, many thoughts that benefit from seeing the light of the day… but because my mind is so busy processing it all, I just lack the headspace to make sense of it all. Are any of you familiar with this feeling? I know that it will pass soon enough and leave me wondering what kept my brain so stimulated in the first place, but at the moment I feel like I just can’t focus long enough to get a handle on myself!
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Today is just one of those days, where I can’t really think of a caption. There are many things on my mind right now that I could talk about, many thoughts that benefit from seeing the light of the day… but because my mind is so busy processing it all, I just lack the headspace to make sense of it all. Are any of you familiar with this feeling? I know that it will pass soon enough and leave me wondering what kept my brain so stimulated in the first place, but at the moment I feel like I just can’t focus long enough to get a handle on myself! + + #thequietwinter #quietinthewild #gloomandglow #bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #alliseeispretty #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #mystoryoflight #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #awakethelight #simpleandstill #aseasonalshift #themidwintermovement #ofsimplethings #ofwhimsicalmoments #alittlebeautyeveryday #creativefolk - 3 months ago

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I‘ve been editing images from the @creativecountryside winter gathering this weekend and my favourites are all from the stunning the old church graveyard right next door from where we were staying. Maybe it‘s a little bit morbid, but I do adore the look of crooked tombstones - overgrown with moss, the names barely legible anymore after centuries have passed... they always make me wonder about the people and stories behind them and in that way they are just such a beautiful bridge between the past and the present! Can anyone relate to that thought or am I just strange? ⁣
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I‘ve been editing images from the @creativecountryside winter gathering this weekend and my favourites are all from the stunning the old church graveyard right next door from where we were staying. Maybe it‘s a little bit morbid, but I do adore the look of crooked tombstones - overgrown with moss, the names barely legible anymore after centuries have passed... they always make me wonder about the people and stories behind them and in that way they are just such a beautiful bridge between the past and the present! Can anyone relate to that thought or am I just strange? ⁣ #quietinthewild #gloomandglow #gowildlyandslow #ofquietmoments #aseasonalyear #aseasonalshift #themidwintermovement #whimsicalwonderfulwild #thewildnesstonic #folkandstory #folkscenery #mynaturestory #natureonthepage #thequietwinter #ofwhimsicalmoments #botanicaldreamers #winterstories #embracetheseasons #natureforsoul #moodynature #thedreaminglens #allkindsofmagic #dslooking #simplenaturemoments #thebeautyinwinter #heiterwinter #simplenaturefinds #etheral_moods #natureandnourish - 3 months ago

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I don’t know about you, but for me personally my feelings of self-doubt are very much related to my perfectionist tendencies. I seem to like holding myself to an impossibly high standard - and when I naturally fail to live up to that standard, I tend to not only blame myself for my perceived shortcomings, but to take it as proof that I have absolutely no right in the world to be proud of anything I do. ⁣
It sounds ridiculous when I put it like this, but some behaviours and thought patterns can become so ingrained in our minds that thinking and acting in any other way feels almost impossible. ⁣⁣
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I have been working hard on replacing the core belief that I’m unworthy of love and respect when I’m not being perfect. On some days it is really easy for me to maintain a healthy perspective on myself, but on others it takes a whole lot of work to believe that I deserve to feel good about myself. And that’s alright - no one ever said that recovering from a mental health issue would be a straightforward path. ⁣
But that’s how you deal with self-doubt: You allow yourself to feel the negative emotion for a moment or two, but then you remember that your inner saboteur doesn’t tell you the truth and you embrace your messy, imperfect self. ⁣⁣
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I don’t know about you, but for me personally my feelings of self-doubt are very much related to my perfectionist tendencies. I seem to like holding myself to an impossibly high standard - and when I naturally fail to live up to that standard, I tend to not only blame myself for my perceived shortcomings, but to take it as proof that I have absolutely no right in the world to be proud of anything I do. ⁣ It sounds ridiculous when I put it like this, but some behaviours and thought patterns can become so ingrained in our minds that thinking and acting in any other way feels almost impossible. ⁣⁣ ️⁣⁣ I have been working hard on replacing the core belief that I’m unworthy of love and respect when I’m not being perfect. On some days it is really easy for me to maintain a healthy perspective on myself, but on others it takes a whole lot of work to believe that I deserve to feel good about myself. And that’s alright - no one ever said that recovering from a mental health issue would be a straightforward path. ⁣ But that’s how you deal with self-doubt: You allow yourself to feel the negative emotion for a moment or two, but then you remember that your inner saboteur doesn’t tell you the truth and you embrace your messy, imperfect self. ⁣⁣ +⁣⁣ +⁣⁣ #thequietwinter #aseasonalshift #aseasonalyear #bitsofbuildings #oldhouselove #quietinthewild #gloomandglow #embracingtheseasons #alliseeispretty #aquietstyle #daysofsmallthings #quietchaotics #asecondofwhimsey #aslowmoment #theslowdowncollective #myeverydaymagic #alifeofintention #mystoryoflight #artofslowliving #folkandstory #folklife #ofwhimsicalmoments #ofquietmoments #embracingtheseasons #ofsimplethings #awakethelight - 3 months ago

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Is it socially acceptable to keep on posting snow pictures even if spring has suddenly announced its presence outside your front door? Asking for a friend! 😉⁣
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Is it socially acceptable to keep on posting snow pictures even if spring has suddenly announced its presence outside your front door? Asking for a friend! ⁣ +⁣ +⁣ #quietinthewild #gloomandglow #aseasonalyear #gowildlyandslow #thewildnesstonic #folkandstory #embracingtheseasons #thequietwinter #places_wow #iamatraveler #aseasonalshift #whimsicalwonderfulwild #dreaminginpictures #asecondofwhimsey #the_gentle_manifesto #winterwonderlens #mynaturestory #natureonthepage #calmversation #ofsimplethings #slowandsimpledays #natureforsoul #natureandnourish #themidwintermovement #ofwhimsicalmoments - 3 months ago

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One of the things I‘m learning about my writing process right now is to have realistic expectations about how much writing I can actually get done in one sitting. I‘m not a fast writer and quite impatient by nature and sometimes it can feel discouraging to look at the paper after a writing session to see that I have maybe managed to write two paragraphs in an hour. ⁣⁣
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I think the issue is that somewhere along the lines I have started to believe the lie that writing should come easy to me if I actually had any natural talent. That I shouldn‘t have to agonize over words and sentence structures. That I shouldn‘t have to re-write a paragraph time and time again until the words are finally flowing just right. But the truth is that writing is not easy - at least not for me and maybe not for anyone else either. But that does not have to define my worth as a writer or even as a human being, unless I let it. ⁣⁣
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One of the things I‘m learning about my writing process right now is to have realistic expectations about how much writing I can actually get done in one sitting. I‘m not a fast writer and quite impatient by nature and sometimes it can feel discouraging to look at the paper after a writing session to see that I have maybe managed to write two paragraphs in an hour. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I think the issue is that somewhere along the lines I have started to believe the lie that writing should come easy to me if I actually had any natural talent. That I shouldn‘t have to agonize over words and sentence structures. That I shouldn‘t have to re-write a paragraph time and time again until the words are finally flowing just right. But the truth is that writing is not easy - at least not for me and maybe not for anyone else either. But that does not have to define my worth as a writer or even as a human being, unless I let it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So that‘s my message for you today: Keep on creating. No matter how hard it is. No matter how much you doubt your abilities. I promise you are worth it! ⁣⁣ +⁣⁣ +⁣⁣ #quietinthewild #gloomandglow #thequietwinter #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #aseasonalyear #aslowmoment #gowildlyandslow #natureonthepage #thewildnesstonic #whimsicalwonderfulwild #natureforsoul #slownaturemoments #themidwintermovement #folkscenery #folkandstory #wildernessvibes #natureandnourish #ofwhimsicalmoments #mystoryoflight #awakethelight #winterstories #thatvelvetfeeling #theslowdowncollective #myseasonalstory - 3 months ago

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