June Gratitude List

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

I was debating writing this month's gratitude list at all, given what's currently going on in the world. There was something icky about writing about what was going well in my life whilst so many black people are fighting for their freedom right now after the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd.

I've spoken to some IRL friends and some blogger friends and there has been an overwhelming sense of still posting regular content whilst doing all I can to help the black community. So whilst, yes, I'll still be posting regular stuff like these monthly gratitude lists, I'm also signing petitions, speaking out on social media, having discussions offline with friends and family, I've donated to a couple of Black Lives Matter causes and I'm doing all I can to support those who need supporting. The last thing I would want is for anyone to think I'm over here having a jolly ol' time and not paying attention to what's going on in the world. I think anyone who has a platform, no matter how large or small, should be speaking out and using their voice; now really isn't the time to keep quiet. I think a lot of people are too afraid to talk about this online in fear of 'saying the wrong thing' or not being able to find the words to do what they want to say justice. This in itself is an issue, which brings me onto...

People are talking. Okay, so as I mentioned above, there has been a huge movement this month for Black Lives Matter and I honestly think it's amazing that this issue - not just in America but here in the UK and around the rest of the world - is being recognised as just that; an issue that shouldn't exist and people are rightfully speaking up. It's been incredible to see people coming together and uniting as one to eradicate this problem. No black person should ever pop to the shop only to never return at the hands of police brutality, but the unfortunate reality is that this is not the case and I hope that someday soon this won't be the norm and that those responsible are brought to justice and black people can go about their daily business without fear and concern for their and their families wellbeing. I hope this movement doesn't stop. I hope it's not a case of posting on social media for a few weeks only for it to then fizz out. It just can't happen this way. This is a change that needs to be forever and not just for now. Speak out, donate if you are able to, educate yourself, sign petitions, support black authors, support black business owners, support black people in anyway you can. Whatever you do, don't let this movement be forgotten about.

Sunny beach days. We've had a couple of sunny weekends up north, and we've taken this opportunity to sneak in a couple of family beach visits. I always said that I wouldn't be that person to go to a crowded beach in the middle of worldwide health pandemic, but we did our research and found a small secluded little beach and it was just perfect. My daughter loves the beach and it definitely made a welcome change to get out of the house for a few hours!

I bought a new camera lens!
This one might seem a bit weird, but back in my January Gratitude List post, I mentioned that I bought myself a new camera as a little treat to myself. I was using the lens that came with the camera which is the Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens and whilst it's a good lens, it doesn't zoom in as far as I would like. Luckily for me I have a best friend who is a videographer and uses the same camera I bought for her job, so she's pretty clued up! I asked for her advice and she recommended I buy the Sony 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Telephoto Camera Lens and so that's what I bought! So far I'm loving it and I'm super impressed with the zoom capacity and the quality of the photos!

I also bought a new camera! So, as I mentioned above, I bought a new camera back in January. I splurged out on the Sony A7 and whilst I absolutely loved it, the focus on it was extremely hit and miss and I found I was having to delete probably around half of the photos I was taking. Blog photos were fine, but going to the beach and trying to get a photo of my daughter running around was near impossible, so I decided to sell it - I just couldn't justify the cost of the camera to use only for blog photos, especially when the whole reason I wanted to invest in a camera in the first place was to capture family days out and special memories. The A7 was the first in it's generation and Sony are now up to the A7iii which is the camera I evidently ended up buying. It came with a fairly hefty price tag but I know it's a camera I'm going to have for years to come and I already absolutely love it.

My husband got a new camera! Okay, this post is VERY camera heavy, but my husband got a camera about a week or so ago now and we've been loving going out together and finding picturesque spots to take a few photos of. Don't get me wrong, we're by no means pros at this, but t's nice to get outside and spend some time together doing something we're both enjoying!

What have you been enjoying this month?

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