Do you ever feel like you aren’t making the most out of life?
I moved to London in Summer 2011 for the dream job (I’m originally from the East Midlands). On the face of it I had everything that I had wanted, I was living and in the City and finally working towards qualifying in my profession, everything I had been working towards for well over a decade.
But when friends asked me what I’d been up to in London and what I’d been doing, other than work I struggled to say how I’d been making the most of the amazing place I was living in and all of the restaurants, museums, sights and cultural events I found myself surrounded by. Of course it didn’t help that I was in a long-distance relationship for the first two years and so found myself hopping on a train up North nearly every other weekend, but that wasn’t what was stopping me from getting out and really making the most of my life.
It was just far too easy to stay at home on the sofa and watch another episode of a DVD boxset. But that isn’t what I want to spend my life doing. I want to be more. I want to be accomplished, well travelled, educated, well read and generally graceful under pressure.
I’ve always read blogs, right from when I was at university. Back in the mid-2000s they were more like personal diaries but more recently they’ve become slick, professional resources that I turn to when researching activities, places, restaurants, hotels and more.
In October 2013 I really started to document the things I was doing in the hope that it would motivate me to do more, see more and be more, to create a life that is enough. It also offered me a creative outlet for a side of me I don’t get to utilise at work.
I want Not Quite Enough to be my inspiration and motivation, I want it to be a reminder of what I’ve done and how far I’ve come, but I hope that it can also be somewhere for others to maybe find some inspiration of their own, just as I have found inspiration in other blogs.
So, whether I’m sleeping with dinosaurs, getting inside an iconic London building, trying out a fantastic new restaurant or just whipping up something in the kitchen at home, I hope you’ll join me for my journey to becoming enough.
What camera do you use?
Although I don’t get asked a lot of questions on a regular basis, this is one I get asked fairly often. Apart from a few photos, the vast majority of the photos on Not Quite Enough are taken with my Panasonic Lumix GF-6 with a 20mm Lens (although there is now a newer model, the Panasonic Lumix GF-7).
I often read a lot of bloggers on Twitter mention that they’re getting a DSLR because that will make them a ‘proper’ blogger. That’s fine, if it’s all about perception. However, I also have a Canon 7D and whilst I love what it does, it’s so big and so heavy that I never take it out on the off-chance that I might take the odd photo. My Lumix on the other hand lives in my handbag and goes everywhere with me. It’s light, small and unobtrusive in restaurants or other places I want to take quick photos without drawing too much attention. It has a touch screen that also flips up for selfies, has wifi so I can transfer photos straight to my phone and it takes beautiful photos. Even after well over a year, I am still completely in love with it. In fact, two friends have bought the same camera on my recommendation. In my opinion, it’s the perfect camera for bloggers and pretty much anyone looking for a great little easy to use but powerhouse of a camera.
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