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I’ve moved blogs!

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Hey all!

I know I know! Long time no positing right?!  I’m say sorry, am well I am, but I got kinda lost on here.  I lost what my purpose was, what I was actually blogging about.

It did however, let me discover what I REALLY want to do, and I’ve been focusing all my energy on that.  It’s time to start my own business and I am beyond excited!  I’d love all your support and be able to follow you back from my new blog (and portfolio – this one does both!) so please come say hi!  I’ve tonnes to update, and there’s a few posts I’m going to transfer over.

Be awesome to see you there!

www.RuthRidgewayPhotography.com

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September’s most AWESOME blogs…

September’s been all about finding myself some sort of routine again.  I’ve been all out of sorts of late, and I’ve felt it physically and mentally.  So the gym schedule has been penned in my diary, no more snaking on the go and making REAL food again, taking down time of absolute nothingness, and remembering to do ONE THING AT A TIME!  Yeah I can multitask, name a woman who can’t, but juggling 38 balls all at once gets somewhat a little stressful.  I see you nodding in agreement.

So, it’s time to start holiday saving, making some of the recipes I’ve been pinning like a crazed pinning machine, and updating and warming up that wardrobe of mine.

  1. I REALLY want to start making some video diaries.  I love watching other people’s, I must get over my fear on learning how to edit them.
  2. Sophie Dahl is just beautiful…
  3. I need to find out if this granola is as killer as it states, after making my first batch, I can confirm it certainly is!
  4. I absolutely adore the little love stories on this blog.
  5. Leather, studs and lace, what’s not to love?!
  6. I never thought I’d say it, but I want a black panther tshirt.
  7. Love black and white, love simplicity, love beautiful handwriting.
  8. Must. Be. More. Brave. With. My. Lip. Colour.
  9. This totally inspired me to get more crafty.
  10. I soooooooooooo hope these brownies taste as jaw dropping good as they look!!
  11. As if I didn’t already want a holiday badly enough… So, so jealous.

How’s your September treated you?


August’s best… Blogs

I get inspiration from a stack of places, not just other people’s blogs.   I have however,  wanted to somehow share the one’s that have caught my eye the most, and have been having a self debate on how I want to share these with you guys, so I may over the upcoming months have a play around with how I do.  But for now, I’m going to give you a “Best of the Month” in blog world, according to me.
  1. I’ve just found Sylvia’s blog this month, and love her mix of fashion, twisted in with great photography and a good dose of travel.
  2. Does there sound like a more perfect cookie??
  3. You know I’ve been loving everything pale and white and pastel and soothing lately?  Well I’m now loving this twist with neon pastel shades!
  4. One of my fav 365 project’s lately.
  5. Try not to get puppy dog eyes over these little chaps and their cardboard crowns!
  6. This is making it in purely for it’s plane shots, I can’t stop taking ones of my own.
  7. I get closet envy whenever I read Cath’s posts.  *Swoon*.
  8. I want to start being more cohesive and THINK about my own Instagram shots.  One of the sets I admire.
  9. The first song INSTANTLY takes me bag to Thailand and wipes a massive smile across my face.  I still judge the rest of the.ego.tripper’s music taste mind. *Insert smily/winking face*
  10. Desserts in jars?? What an AWESOME idea for a summer picnic.  This book’s hitting my wish list.
  11. Creative career launch hints and tips: wrapped up nicely here.

I’m writing this naked, with my clothes on…

Ok so yeah, this is a different kind of post from me.  Why?  I WANT on this course!  Or maybe NEED?  Want/need, not usually the same thing, but in this instance, it is.  I’ve umm’d and ahh’d on how to get down what I want to say, and it feels all uncomfortable getting all these feelings out (one of my many typical INFJ traits), like I’m about to get all naked, even with all my clothes still on.

Now, let’s step back to the beginning.  Waaaaaaay back.

I knew I wanted to do something creative from a very young age, I also knew I wanted to work for myself.  I sucked at school (a bit of bullying will kill your confidence, teamed with never being able to see the board from not wearing my NHS budget free glasses will easily suck the life out of a pretty bright kid).  Ok, maybe I didn’t completely suck, but I was very much middle of the road.  I did the best I could keeping my head above water in class, and hiding myself into the background in any form of social way.  Team that with going to a failing school, and parents telling me I should be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, instead of enter the creative world as I so deeply desired, lead for a pretty lonely and mixed up youth.

We jump forward a few years and I attend college, a fresh start from anyone who previously knew me, and I had 2 of the best years of my life surrounded by new creative people, in a design school.  Now I guess things should have picked up from here, life should have ‘really started’ now I’d sent myself in to this new direction.  Well it did, for a while, but life doesn’t always work out quite that peachy.  It generally has a few more (hard) lessons it wants to teach you – and boy did my life want to learn the lessons it had up it’s sleeve for me.

After ass whooping lesson number 258:

I found myself very rich in life experience (the good, the bad, and the damn right fugly), but pretty damn poor in what I really wanted.  The unfortunate trap of listening to what everyone else thinks would be best for you, what society deems the acceptable path you follow.  In a nutshell, it can make you pretty friggin’ miserable.  I’ll admit it, I’ve bought that miserable t-shirt, wore it to death, sewn it back up, and worn it to death some more.  The t-shirt was never in style when I bought it, and it certainly wasn’t when I finally took it off.  I won’t lie, it’s hard, soooooo hard, and scary too, going against what everyone tells you is the right thing to do, to go stand alone and say “no, THIS is right for me”, but oh the joyful, peaceful, beautiful, exciting sense of calm and fulfilment it gives you.  And that’s what’s lead me to not only start this blog, but get my derrière on James’ course.  I want more of that feeling, A LOT more.  I’ve experienced it in small doses, and I’m craving, yearning for more, and bar sell my sole (oh wait, already done that!  Lesson number 137 maybe??) I’m prepared to do pretty much anything to get it.

And what do I want to do with all this new learning?

Very good question dear reader, as always.  Quite a few things actually, but I’ll explain the most important two to me.

I want to start (truly) leading the life I want to lead.  I’m not naive enough to think it won’t be hard work, but when you’re doing something that you truly want to, that you truly feel is right, the hard work never seems to matter quite so much, it soon gets replaced with that lovely fulfilment feeling.

Not only do I want to use this opportunity to fill all my own self needs and wants, but I also want to be able to use it in a way I can inspire others.  That ‘misery’ t-shirt doesn’t suit anyone, and whoever I can help inspire take off that raggedy old thing, and replace it with a far more fetching, confident, inspired, energising t-shirt, then that’s what I will do.  I’m not really sure if I believe in karma, but I’d like to think so at times, and when someone presents you with an opportunity such as this, putting some goodness back out there in return makes my insides feel all ‘whole’ and warm and fuzzy again.

So I’ll take your words of encouragement, and feel free to cross those fingers for me too, cos I’m off to get me that new career!  


Everyday I’m tumblr-ing : Social Media

I’m attempting to pull my finger out of my derrière and get all my social media up and working for me, and consistent – I’m a little all over the place at the moment.  It’s all very disorientating.

Anyway, on that note, have you come across my tumblr site yet?  Oh, some of you haven’t?  Well let me show you want collage of inspiration you’re missing out on!

When I’ve a stack of things I need to get done, I can spend hours tumblr-ing away filling my procrastinating time instead.  Have you got a tumblr blog?  I’m always after my next fix of tumblr inspiration – so hook me up!


Horse Play : Dartmoor : Devon

After 30 years, my surprising revaluation continues into the weekend, that Plymouth really isn’t so bad after all.

I had one of those lovely lazy Saturday’s, doing everything and nothing all at the same time.  On the way to the grocery store to restock the barren cupboards, I detoured across the moors.  You can take the safe assumption they’re in the complete opposite directions, but hey, it’s a do everything and nothing day so who’s caring?  I had no planned direction or destination, and it managed to find me.  Literally, it stopped me in the middle of the road completely oblivious it nearly ended up on a collision course with my car bonnet.  A sharp turn into a makeshift ‘car park’, the iPhone was quickly whipped out to capture this.  Tell me who now wants to move to the edge of the universe to have this on your doorstep.