Im revisiting some old posts from my old blog, updating them and reblogging – so don’t think you are going mad if you think you’ve seen some posts or photos before!!
My other life is running a business with my amazingly talented photographer husband Timm Cleasby. In December we took a huge leap and moved into a 15th century mill and started The Picture Foundry – our photography studio and arts hub in South Yorkshire. As you can imagine, this takes up just a little bit of my time!!
At The Picture Foundry we have a kick ass photography studio as well as gardens, woods and a stream that we are filling with awesome sets and play areas… tree houses, a stage, a ridiculously amazing chaise longue…. We also run Responsible Fishing from the mill – an arts group set up by Timm and our friend James. They come up with the most fantastical ideas and then put them into place, there is the stone balancing workshops that go out to festivals all over the UK, there is Camp Cardboard, which involves taking a huge pile of cardboard boxes into schools and encouraging the children to transform the school hall into a massive cardboard den. They currently are working on a frankly bizarre yet exciting idea of building a life size version of the childrens game, Mouse Trap…
The thinking behind our move was to have a better work/life balance and to initiate a creative hub. Life is short and you never know what time you have here so we wanted to fulfil our dreams, to make the things we have talked about for years actually happen. A saying often heard nowadays in our home is “whats the worst that can happen?”
We knew that for us, the worst that could happen is to have regrets. I want to regret the things I have done, not the things I haven’t! We didn’t want to get old and to look back and think ‘what if’ – so we make our what ifs happen every day.
Its not easy, we have three children, a dog, two cats and five chickens. We have to think about money and schools and children and we have panics that perhaps we should take an easier route. But the majority of the time, we feel blessed. We feel proud for taking a leap and lucky that we have each other. We wake up every morning and think ‘FUCK ME!!! LOOK WHERE WE LIVE!!!”
Since my surgery it feels even more important to live each day to the maximum, to take risks, live your dreams and make choices that bring you closer to your goals. Life is very short. None of us know what time we have on this planet or when life will throw us a massive curveball that will change your life forever. I knoooooowwwww I blab on about positivity but I truly believe that with the right attitude, a big lump of courage and a bit of luck we can achieve anything.
Love Sam xx