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Friday, 10 October 2014

The Peak District | There's More to Life

The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District with Alexandra Cameron Photography
The Peak District Sunset with Alexandra Cameron Photography
All photographs captured by the wonderful Alexandra Cameron

A few weeks ago my friend (and photographer extraordinaire) Alex, invited me to the Peak District with a group of her friends (or to me, strangers).

My entire life I've sheltered myself, my tribe of people are small and I rarely reach out to find new members. It's become even more difficult since my anxiety kicked in, too. Not to mention that I say 'No' way more than I say 'Yes' to anything. So going away with Alex and her tribe was a pretty big deal for me. I was nervous and to be honest I wasn't really sure what I was doing. Why was I putting myself in a vulnerable position, with people I don't know?

Main point to take from above...I'd already said yes.

I sat there on the driveway waiting to be picked up and all I could think of was excuses about how I'd suddenly caught the worst flu of my life or my non-existent cat had died. I was excited to see Alex but what if her friends didn't like me? What if I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst a group of people who love each other dearly? What if?

Luckily, they're probably the nicest people I've ever met.

I spent a weekend climbing hills, playing card games, taking photographs, sleeping in bunk beds and breathing in the fresh air of reality: There is more to life.

There is more to life than settling for less. I've spent so long denying myself chances of happiness, because I'm scared I won't be good enough. Be-it meeting new people, applying for that dream job or even something seemingly trivial like how to write the perfect reply to an important email. But this weekend taught me that I am - I am good enough.

Life is about the chances that we take, the opportunities we grab, the demons we defeat. [tweet this].

And the people we choose to do all of the above with. There is no better medicine in life than surrounding yourself with positive people. Surround yourself with positive people, and the rest will come.

I spent a weekend with a bunch I didn't know and whilst I was there I realised, they were such wonderful humans. There really are people out there that are selfless and intelligent and driven and funny and they aren't pretentious or one bit scary. They're just living, being, existing. They made it seem easy. They brought out the best in each other, and in me. And I discovered that maybe I could do that too. Even if it did take a little while to master. I mean I got myself there and I enjoyed it, so that's one step closer - right?

And so, a whole new bunch of 'what if's' were born. What if I hadn't gone that weekend? What if I hadn't realised I was capable of so much more than I was giving myself credit for?

Because saying YES is so much more rewarding than saying NO.

And the Peak District is so desperately beautiful.


Samantha Sunderland said...

Such GORGEOUS photographs!

Sam | Tiny Paint Pot xx

Sami said...

Love this post. I totally see where you are coming from because I've been there myself - scared of change I guess! But the past year or so I've been trying to grab hold of opportunities and get out of my comfort zone and I'm a lot happier for it. I'm glad you had a great time and your photos are beautiful!

Sami xx

Emily said...

Gorgeous photos and beautiful words too.

Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


Sara Chergui said...

All of these pictures are simply looking incredible !


Heather Jaques said...

These photos are amazing!! Lucky for me the Peak District is only a 30 minute drive away!
Also what you wrote is great and I think it relates to a lot of people. Me and a lot of people I know are scared of change, and sometimes when you go out of your comfort zone you get the best experiences!


Hannah Bailey-Churcher said...

These pictures are beautiful, sometimes saying Yes is the best way to live! Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone ;)

hannah bee | Australian lifestyle blog

Emerald Dove said...

Such amazing pictures and I completely agree about moving outside of your comfort zone. :)

Emma said...

Stunning photography, everything about this is beautiful



Jessica Shep said...

These pictures are the absolute cutest thing! :)

Elizabeth Rebecca said...

Stunning pictures - definitely agree about saying yes and not no too.

Lizzie's Daily Blog

lifeasart said...

Lovely pics, I love how the color of your hair looks with the flowers in the first one.

Jemmarshmallow said...

Thanks for writing this, it really spoke to me :) What a lovely post. I need to learn to say yes more. x

Fräulein Wunder said...

wonderful pictures...


Rebecca Jane said...

What a gorgeous post, so well written.
I know exactly how that feels and there has been so many times in the past I have said 'no' due to anxiety, saying 'yes' definitely makes you feel a lot better.. in the end.
Great to hear you had a fab time, it looks like s breathtaking part of the world. Thanks for sharing!


Rosie said...

Beautiful photos!xx

Amanda H said...

Such a lovely post. Seriously reminds me of myself, I will try and make excuses to just be able to say NO and get out of things to stay in my comfort zone. I then do things and think to myself look at what I would have missed out on if I didn't say YES.

You look so pretty and these pictures are gorgeous!x

Amanda's Escape

Emma's wacky world said...

What a wonderful post, and the photos are breathtaking! I really like the message you put across :)

Kristie Glenn said...

Looks like alot of fun and great scenery!


Megan Lillie said...

Such a lovely post Meg, with gorgeous pictures too! It's nice to step out of your comfort zone, that's one of my main aims over the next few months.

Megan xo
Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

char said...

Really glad that you took the plunge and that it worked out so well x

Jessica Lynn Suchon said...

Oh my gosh. These photos are GORGEOUS!

What a fun trip!

Wildflowers for Brunch

Shani Parkman said...

Needed this right now.

chrizzia binas said...

the way this was written is so beautiful. and the photographs, are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Elizabeth said...

Those photos are incredible, and I'm so glad you wrote this because I am much the same way.

Jo said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts, and a beautiful place.

This was wonderful to read Megs. Saying yes can be so scary, and I feel exactly the same - sadly I'm saying no more and more, avoiding social situations and playing it safe. It sounds like you have been through the mill this year, and you deserve to find the wonders in life; new friends, passions and places, and it seems like you are really becoming yourself. I am so genuinely happy for you, even though I've never met you!

Keep doing what you're doing - it's working for you. You're wonderful.

I wish I lived nearer the Peak District - I guess I should make the most of the New Forest though!

Jo xx

She Wears Burgundy

Shannon P said...

Your hair colour is stunning! I love the peak district, can't beat a nice walk :)


Sarah Louise said...

Beautiful photos in a beautiful place. Also a great message that you put across!

Sarah x

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