It’s been a couple of months now since I have written my blog, for good reason! I decided to go off the grid after a moment of inspiration from a technology philosopher whom encouraged his viewers to put aside social media for several months, to remember what life is outside the technosphere of an electronic device, and to reconnect with habits and connections in a tangible world. I considered my use over the previous year or two, and committed to the challenge, putting rjbythebeach into temporary hibernation, while using the opportunity to review and cancel subscriptions and unwanted daily emails, to de-twitter, de-instagram, de-pinterest, and diminish my participation online down to my private accounts, and more importantly, to take a moment to inspire my own children that there is a bit more to life than a keyboard and screen! Truth beknown, I also simply did not have the time to do it when balancing my other life; the employee who works through the week in the education sector, the mother who spends most afternoons transporting children to their events and sporting obligations, the wife who takes a moment to reconnect with her husband, family and friends with outings in the weekend, and the ‘myself’ time…the minutes where I get to be an aspiring photographer who loves the opportunity to gather knowledge in the pursuit of realising a dream. So, I may have been quiet, but I have still been working away with the understanding of my camera, and the science of “light”. I have invested in more lighting gadgets and a retro lens I wanted to help create my home studio space into a work platform, I have recently finished another Creative Live course “High Impact, Low Fuss Lighting by Lindsay Adler” while continuing on with learning the craft of Photoshop, and I have returned to my other passion, the luxury of reading literature! And will I return to social media? Well, yes, because the truth is there are a whole lot of opportunities created in the world at your fingertips, but the difference is now I will be more selective as to where I will participate and publish my work, I will be more time-efficient and look out the window to be inspired by my environment to get outside again as the great weather of spring and summer wraps around us, all the while remembering, there is life away from the screen!