#slowlivingseptember….and a little something new.

It’s been a long while in between posts, and even longer since I’ve written anything on the personal front so I do hope you’ll excuse me.  I’m not sure where the time went but in between travelling with our family through the month of July (and I guess requiring the month of August to recover), I found myself enjoying the month of September and all it’s new beginnings in a different light.  I’ve told myself for a while now to stop trying to fill life with busy-ness and to slow down, but the problem was that I wasn’t quite sure how to.  People asked me what my hobbies were and I didn’t really have an answer.  I truly love my work and would gladly pour myself into it each and every day, but in doing so would feel guilty for not spending those moments with my boys or taking the time to really appreciate all that we have been blessed with as a family in this place we are in.

So September came, and suddenly I found myself taking the time to be slow, in a good kind of way.  In part due to spending some time in Switzerland with a beautiful family who lived thoughtfully and I guess that rubbed of on me.  I began taking a proper interest in experimenting in the kitchen, baked bread from scratch, and accumulated umpteen glass jars for various purposes.  I have now successfully kept sourdough starter alive, made a couple of yummy kombucha batches, and tried (and failed) at yoghurt which is supposed to be easy but I’ll try that again sometime soon with a bit more patience.  I also spontaneously signed up for a wonderful slow living workshop in Melbourne which was all about styling and photography revolving around the idea of living the life behind the aesthetic.  It turned out to be the kind of creative refresher I needed, and confirmed all the more that my true love is photographing people and relationships, and finding beauty in the everyday.

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Joel and I also celebrated our seventh anniversary this week and we snuck away from the kiddos and camped together for the first time out in Royal National Park.  The unexpected hike was a bit of an adventure (you know he loves you when he runs back halfway to trade your pretty sandals for the hiking shoes you left in the car because you thought they weren’t necessary), the evening stars beyond perfection, and the morning ocean breeze the sweetest thing to wake up to.  We are already planning our next camping trip with our little guys this summer!

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So it’s a been a bit of an indulgent journal-like ramble so far but I did have something I wanted to share in terms of new beginnings.  My beautiful friend Ronnie has been working like crazy behind the scenes to bring to you the next stage in our Life:Captured adventure and we now have  a brand new site with lots and lots of goodies, including design templates, and announcements about our new online classes and upcoming workshops.  Joel and I will be running these together, and we are excited about all the new relationships we will be making through this online community.  We would love for you to check it out – Life:Captured Inc, and ever grateful if you could share it with anyone you might think would be interested in travelling this memory keeping journey with us!!  You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with any new announcements and giveaways! Thank you all so much for your kindness and support to this date, we really wouldn’t be here now without you.

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Happy almost end of September! Can’t believe we are heading into the last quarter of the year, let’s make these moments count with the ones we love! xo

 

Natalie & Dan

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Nat and Dan, two of my favourite creative dream-makers, whisked their family and friends to an island property where they would get married. Dan had never attended a wedding before and drew his only experience from what he’d seen in movies. So it didn’t seem so surprising that the story of their wedding was a bit of a fairy tale. The clouds threatened all morning and the pouring rain tried to keep Nat from her waiting groom. She would not be stopped – making the decision to brave the rain rather than let Dan and her guests wait any longer. They shared their journey, exchanged personal vows and as they kissed, the sun came out and shone down on them.

Jacquie & Chris

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Banjo & Matilda

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Love that my days include hanging out with sweet families for an afternoon, getting cuddles from little bubs and secretly hoping my two boys grow up to be as kind-mannered as this oh-so-grown-up seven year old here.  Not to mention secretly coveting the various Banjo & Matilda pieces around the house, a luxurious cashmere label owned by Belynda and her husband Ben. Thanks to The Grace Tales for letting me tell this lovely little tale, and to the Macpherson family for having me around!  xo