• Lara Flanagan

Day 12 - 360 days

Updated: Jan 16

Day 12 – Friday 15th January 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66 kg– 4.8 kg lost in 12 days

Calories: under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 12 of 12)

Exercise: 60-minute walk, 26-minute yoga.

Another Friday night without wine makes it 12 days without wine. 12 days is possibly the longest I have gone without alcohol in my adult drinking memory. I am rather impressed with myself and must admit that I haven’t really missed it. Admittedly, I have not been challenged by a social situation, we have been in isolation for three days and I have not gone anywhere, but I am still impressed!

A little reminder to do less

A 360-days musing......

When I grow up, I want to be a photographer. It is something I fell in love with in late 2015 when my sister Tiney gave me my first DLSR camera for Christmas. It was such a lovely gift and completely over the designated $50 budget we had back then for our family secret Santa gifts. Tiney told me that it was time that I graduated from my little digital camera because she thought I had a gift.

Since then, I have become increasingly obsessed and I am forever grateful to Tiney for putting me on a path that lead me to what I wanted to do. Since 2015, I have googled incessantly, done a few courses, taken more photos than I can remember, taught myself how to edit, and gradually improved.

After much trial and error, I found the style of prints that I wanted to sell and set up a little online store, I started going to the markets and I also started using the very scary phrase, “I am a photographer.” Since I set up my store last year, I have been meaning to get some professional looking mock-ups to showcase my prints. I took lots of photos of me holding the prints in our chook shed and I tried without fail to take photos of my prints.

This week I decided to get serious. I found two backgrounds I liked which also happened to be free, which was a bonus as I love a bargain! I then unsuccessfully tried to get my prints into the images via Photoshop. I tried for two nights in a row, for about 5 hours each night. I went to bed with a tension ache down my neck, shoulders, and spine every night. I couldn’t understand why it was so bloody difficult.

After the second night, I spent a bit more time on google and then quite literally thought oh stuff it. I reminded myself that one of the reasons for doing this project was to end up with more time doing the things I love with my two loves. What was the point of spending hours doing something that I had little interest in doing to save a few bucks? Especially when it was related to work, thus deemed essential.

I then put the search term, 'art wall mock-ups' into Fiverr and within 30 minutes I had a freelance designer contracted. I received my mock-ups 30 minutes later for the very reasonable sum of $55. I could have saved 10 hours of my life by delegating that little task earlier in the week.

It was such a valuable lesson and a reminder to me that we don’t have to do everything. That by occasionally doing less, it frees you up to do a whole lot more.

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