A few weeks into the year, and after a bit of a tumble down the internet rabbit hole where you overthink everything possible about what you’re even doing putting photos on the internet, I’m back with yes, more photos on the internet.

I have these beautiful photos from Nicole and my stay at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about the coming year and what I want to do with my little corner of the internet. It felt like the right time to come back, especially as the wonderful team at Minthical have just given my website a little facelift.

I think this is where I’m supposed to insert a cliché paragraph about this visual metaphor of a door opening a new chapter to the new decade, but I promise that these photos weren’t taken with that thought in mind. I am, in fact, just quite late in posting them and trying to find what is probably quite a far-fetched way to tie this all together.

The truth is that, for the first time in weeks, I felt like I wanted to come on here and have a good old chat. It may have something to do with having a new laptop that doesn’t have a constant pop up telling me that my start up disk is full… now that felt like some kind of metaphor for life.

But it’s mainly down to having had some time away; time to be inspired by different people, new places and things offline. And that is exactly what this little getaway with Nicole was – we booked a weekend staycation to have a good old catch up, a brainstorm about a project that we’d been talking about for months, and to bounce a few ideas around about where we felt we both were in our lives and careers. I cannot tell you how much I love having someone who is on such a similar page to me to have those chats with.

I’ll tell you more about the specific project we’ve been chatting about when (or if) the right time comes but for now, let me show you around our beautiful room at the Beau-Rivage Palace.

We booked a Junior Suite with a lake view and of course, dinner at L’Accademia specifically for the agnolotti (similar to these), which I rave about to anyone who will listen. I absolutely I love being in this gorgeous space soaking up the stunning views and the impeccable interiors.

The most special thing about these rooms is waking up, rolling over to press the button to open the automatic blinds and seeing the stunning views of the lake first thing in the morning. In my little dream house that I shared on Instagram a few days ago, I would totally add some crazy home automation system that would allow me to do just that.

We spent the weekend surrounded by books that inspire us including the absolutely incredible Athena Calderone’s Cook Beautiful, This is Home and of course, Kinfolk Home, and we chatted through dreams and ideas.

We took a bunch of photos to make the most of being in such a beautiful space and of course, popped the bottle of complimentary champagne and tucked into the delicious Paris-Brest which should have been too big for two.

Every little corner of the room we were sitting in was impeccable and utterly beautiful, and it was the perfect escape.

But let’s remember that this is a long way from my day to day reality…I think we all know that this is not the my usual breakfast spread and that I’m a porridge topped with whatever is in the cupboard kind of girl.

And it’s that thought exactly that hit me and made the think about the purpose of the content I’m sharing on the internet.

The blog posts and social media accounts that I’m really enjoying these days are those where you get a little insight into the way someone else sees the world. It’s these kind of posts on Lizzy Hadfield’s blog sharing glimpses into her everyday life shot on film, or seeing the world through Will Darbyshire’s eyes through videos like this one. They make the mundane and totally normal day-to-day things look so special and it makes you see things a little bit differently.

I want to challenge myself this year to not get so held up on achieving a certain aesthetic and focus on finding the beauty in everyday imperfections – in myself, my body, my work, and in everything around me. I think it’s important to capture moments of those normal everyday days in the same way as the “special” ones.

That is not to say that I won’t continue to treat myself to little moments of escape at the Beau-Rivage Palace or any other luxury hotel (I am a sucker for a five star hotel), and share that little bit of those stories, but I do want to follow in the footsteps of so many people I admire and show you more of my day to day, and make sure this space to be representative of who I am and the life I live, as scary as that idea may be to me.

I haven’t quite set my goals for 2020 (I’ll post that blog post soon), but this is definitely something that I want to do this year. It’s easy to share photos in beautiful places or when you’re on holiday, but I really want to make sure I’m sharing photos of the every day, of my reality, and encouraging myself to see the beauty in the little things, rather than being limited by some far-off objective.

I’d love to know whose journey you’re following that you’re really enjoying on YouTube, Instagram or any other platform for that matter. I’ve also been enjoying the Michalaks and these two on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by for a read and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. xS

Photos by Nicole Hertel