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    Sunday, April 09, 2017

    The Creative Cycle

    April has always been a killer month .. if I learned to say NO to people, I would keep
    this month aside and be honest, but I dont .. I see a clearer calendar usually and forgot
    to factor in recovery from an always bumper March.  I never take time for myself and
    I forget about burnout.

    Today I googled:

    "When I do so much work people are happy and so lots more people ask me to work for
    them also, but I cant"

    Ok, so not winning any literary awards, but often when I burble into Google I get
    unexpected and real results.  Someone, usually, has written exactly what I am feeling,
    and I find what I am looking for.

    What I wanted is: How To Manage Referrals

    Because I could work forever.
    I turn away that much work I wonder why I bothered working hard in the first place,
    if I am just turning away what would be considered to be the benefits.  I give it to
    colleages, I talk up other photographer friends and why you should go to them, not me.
    I'm sad to do this, but also, I use such an enormous amount of time and energy to
    produce the work I do, by the time the referrals roll in, as they do, i'm exhausted,
    spent, and feeling like a fraud.  It's a nasty cycle.

    When I feel better and next get a spare moment, I get excited and start the cycle again,
    and make promises and changes to myself I break the moment anyway asks me to
    help them.
    I stop it, then start it, then stop it, then start it again.

    So anyway, google.

    Google's answer to my question, not the first return, but about the 5th was:
    "What is the best way to kill yourself"

    Oh.  Wow.
    Ok.
    Thanks Google.

    I didnt click on the link.
    It's not that dire.

    But I do wish I was kinder to myself and didnt carry so much guilt around.
    I hate saying no.

    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    All.The.Things!

    eek!
    I've been busy!

    I find myself running around town mumbling this under my breath like a mantra:
    All!The!Things!

    Trying to remember all the places I have to be, all these things I need to do,
    all the promises I have to keep..


    In the meantime I missed telling you about...
    ... An Excellent Adventure in Melbourne Town:


    A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on



    and a Shining Jewel by the Beach:


    A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on



    There's also been another two tours, a trip to Japan and more kinders than I can blow
    raspberries at .. plus corporate work and all.the.things.

    ( I started writing this blog post months ago and never finished it O_o ! )

    I did mention on my Facebook Page that I am totes booked out this year and have been
    referring people onto trusted colleagues, but i've been neglecting this space, so there it is.

    I'm bone-tired and have my sights set on 2016. Because this year? Gone. Bye. Hasta.

    One day .. hopefully soon ... everything will align and run smoothly and money will just
    magically appear for minimal effort.

    But, for now, just heavy slog with dubious re compensations :)


    xx
    Lea

    Sunday, February 08, 2015

    Happy New Year, 2015 Style!

    Hello!

    I had a very lovely holiday break, I hope you did too!

    A bit behind on the blogging ( hmm .. nothing since last October - ah yes, the kinder/ 
    end of year gigantic rush! ), so here's a couple of gorgeous house I photographed in
    Adelaide last year..

    House Tour #3:
    ( Architect designed in 1974, this house is both unique and fabulous,
       and you can see it up on Apartment Therapy )

    Adelaide Architecture: House Tour #3

    Aaaannnnndd... House Tour #4 .. The Sweet Petite home of Brown Button Trading
    ( again, a feature for Apartment Therapy)




    Lots more in store for 2015 .. I spent my break re-branding and re-jigging the business to make
    it work better for both me AND those that hire me.

    Cleaned out the garage ( kinda ) and sold stuff leftover from the reno or never used etc ..
    still more to go.  Played with paint colours ( our house is a minty-white which we hate,
    but you know, we like to get it right .. )

    Did some SHOPPING.  ALONE.  OMG!  I tell people I hate shopping ( really, I dont - 
    but shopping centres slay me - too many people, too many shops ), but I dumped the kids
    for the first time AND had no work ( really?  A day?  Just for me? ) and hit my two fave
    dreamy shopping destinations .. Bunnings ( ok, so any nursery will do really, i'm a sucker
    for plants ), and then a homewares store ( in this case, Freedom, on the way home, where
    they were having a sale, and OMG, the euphoria!! )

    I love getting in there and deciding which plant to love, googling the scientific name
    and hmming and haaaing over will I/wont I ?  Then I stared at a woven throw rug in Freedom
    for mm, 12 minutes? Just staring, feeling, thinking.  Wandered off to look as some baskets
    and chairs and wandered back to stare and think some more.. perused ALL.THE.THINGS!

    And went home happy.  That day alone simply made my holidays!

    Now the kids are back in school and there's work to do .. returning calls ..
    meeting deadlines .. so not ready .. *sigh*


    x
    Lea



    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    House Tour #2: Apartment Therapy

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/mariana-marks-artistic-melbourne-home-house-tour-211614



    My second tour is up, a house of fabulousness, I hope you like it!
    Mark & Mariana's Artistic Melbourne Home



    ***


    Do you know someone with a cool home?
    Maybe it's you?


    Apartment Therapy is not about having the best things or the most money. 
    It’s about real people with real lives.  It’s about people that craft a home with what they have
    and curate and comfort their nest with a mixture of old and new, of things bought,
    of things found or things made with their own hands.

    Items that reflect their travels and interests and people that follow their heart.


    If this is you or someone you know, get them to flick a few pics my way and say Hi!
    You ( or they ) can reach me at: apartmenttherapy@leannebertram.com


    Thanks again Mariana - it was nice to get to see a space i've admired on flickr for so many years now.


    xx
    Lea

    Monday, October 06, 2014

    2 Weeks in Spain with a sideorder of Dubai

    Arrived home tonight - what a trip, what a treat!


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    I grabbed these pics from my Instagram account, which I updated daily while I was away - it was fun.. I really do love travelling in the cyber age .. people give you real-time feedback and tips, and you can look things up as you go if you get stuck ( such as the time I wanted a bowl of olives but the lady had no idea what I was talking about.  I google-translated automatically on the spot and got the Spanish translation: "de oliva".  Yeah, I know .. lost in translation .. ha ha! )


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    To view them chronologically, you have to start at the bottom image and work from the bottom right corner, reading left and moving upwards.  Or, if you view them "the regular way", you can start at our day of between-flights rest in Dubai .. and work backwards.

    The itinerary over 2 weeks:

    Melbourne
    Barcelona
    San Sebastian
    Biarritz, France
    Bilbao, Spain
    Leon, Spain
    Lerma, Spain
    Madrid, Spain
    Dubai
    Melbourne


    Today is reality - washing, shopping for food, picking up the cats, and back to the packed lunch whining.. ah well .. all good things must come to an end, and Home is good too.  I know we are all looking forward to kitty snuggles tonight :)

    Thanks for following!

    - Leanne