Long time, no see!

Well, hello there. It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog! (About two years, to be exact… wow.) The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of transition for me, as I’m sure it has for you. I worked from home for over a year and was able to indulge in a lot of pursuits I hadn’t previously tried, or hadn’t made time for. In addition to the hiking and photography trips I’ve always enjoyed, I also took up embroidery, rediscovered my love of yoga, and turned a casual houseplant hobby into something of an obsession. My husband changed careers, and I thought a lot about what I wanted my life to look like in my 30s.

Then, I caught COVID myself this summer, and in some ways I feel I’m still recovering. I lost almost 15 pounds while I was ill, and have become so much physically weaker than I used to be. My sense of smell and taste took months to fully return. I have always struggled with depression and anxiety, but I went through an exceptionally dark period at this time, too. I took a step back from social media and the pressure to constantly drive all over the state, and shoot, edit & post Instagram-worthy photos. Honestly, living a more “offline” life over the last few months has been the best thing I could have done for myself. I’ve rested a ton, and I’ve focused my energies more on my immediate surroundings.

So, here I am. I still love to hike and shoot, but I’m diversifying my time a little more now. And that’s OK– I’ve learned I have a multitude of passions and it’s OK to devote my time and energy to things that bring me joy, not just likes. It’s been refreshing and eye-opening to revel in my own life, not compared to anyone else’s, and realize how good I’ve got it. I’m thinking the next time I do get out to hike, I might even leave my camera at home.

With that being said, you may have noticed some changes around here. I plan to blog more about houseplants as I grow my own collection. I’m also taking my county’s Master Gardener training program, and as I learn I hope to share some of that knowledge with you, if you’re interested. Photography and hiking will continue to have a place here as well, though they won’t be the sole focus of my content anymore. I’d like to keep being creative, whatever form that may take, and I plan to update here more frequently going forward. And if you’re not interested in the planty stuff, I totally understand– no hard feelings.

If you’ve read this far, thank you and I appreciate you being here! My photography Instagram @bethbuckleyphoto, as well as my new plant account @bthsplnts, will both become more active soon. Feel free to drop me a line here or over on Instagram, and I’ll see you all again before long!

xoxo – Beth