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And all at once, it leaves you breathless.

Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois
Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois
Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Being self-employed and working from home has been one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do. I love being able to work to my own timetable and be able to make the most of the week days. It’s so nice to be able to go shopping with barely anyone around. Or go out walking in the sunshine, knowing that most people are stuck inside looking at a computer. I can stay up late and sleep in (I’m a night owl, just as our business name suggests). My mental health has definitely appreciated it. I used to really dwell on the stupidest things from work (mostly just getting irritated at people’s inefficiency) and spent far too much time at home after work thinking about these things and getting more agitated and stressed by it.

 

Although it seems like a real walk in the park (sometimes literally), keeping yourself on track and motivated to do work is crazy difficult. Especially for me. My attention span is all over the place. Just ask Hook. I find myself having too many days where I just want to go out for a walk, watch a lot of tv shows and sleep. Or like right now, all I want to do is watch Creative Mornings talks all day long (I might be on to my 4th one of the day already haha). It’s going to be an on-going struggle trying to keep on track and get more disciplined.

 

How do you get motivated to do work? What steps have you taken to cut out any distractions?

Oh I’m trying to get to you, but time isn’t on my side.

I’m not exactly back, but that’s not to say I won’t try post more often. I do want to. And I have so many photographs and things to show you all. But… stuff keeps getting in the way of that. I’ll get to them soon. Fo’ sho’.

 

Life lately has looked a bit different to usual for me. Hook has now been in Australia working on a TV show for over a month. He still has a month to go before it wraps up. I’m still finishing up some post-production on a few weddings and other shoots. Plus a few little design jobs piling up too. Once all of those are done and dusted, I will hopefully know a little bit more about what the future holds. But for now I am filling my time with work and spending time with family and friends. It was pretty rough at first, when Hook initially left. But I’ve gotten quite used to living alone now. Listening to whatever music I want rather loudly. Having tv shows or movies playing constantly to keep me company. I must say though, my eating and sleeping habits are pretty appalling. Need to get those sorted.

 

I’ll be sure to do some posts about my recent adventures fairly soon. In the mean time, just follow me along on Twitter or Instagram. That’s the easiest way to see what I’m up to for sure. :P

Seasons change.

Waipu | Danelle Bourgeois

Waipu | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Time moves so damn fast. Summer has passed… although it could still pass for Summer. It’s pretty darn hot still and our apartment really holds it’s heat (almost too well *dies from heat exhaustion from just sitting at my desk*). Wedding season is nearly at it’s end for me. Just a few more weddings to go this month and then I’ll have a few months off. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the family in Tauranga. Actual time. Not just one day here or there amongst the wedding chaos.

 

I’ll be on the hunt for some freelance design jobs, as well as some portrait, engagement and family shoots over Winter, so holla at me if you want to collaborate or have something for me to do! Will also be focussing a lot on nailing down our Night Owls workflows, updating packaging, and maybe even a website overhaul (I’m looking forward to that one the most!!).

 

Hook is heading over to Australia for a few months to work on a project as soon as the weddings finish, so I’ll be bored out of my brain at home by myself haha. Although I will use this chance to visit as many friends and family as I possibly can and constantly keep myself busy. Or else I might just fall into the sleep-all-day-nerd-all-night hole, and that will be a tough one to come back out of. Haha.

 

Do any of you guys have seasonal based jobs? What do you do to keep yourself busy in the down time?

 

P.S. Those images above were taken on a location scouting mission around Waipu, New Zealand. That place is gorgeous and I’m so keen to get a kayak and head out there next Summer. They also have tamarillo gelato!!!

Get outside.

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

Auckland Outings | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I can get a little stir crazy now that I work from home. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. Get some fresh air. There’s always something new to find around the area we live in (basically in the city), so I figured I should start taking my camera out for some exploring. Gotta do this more often!

Keep learning.

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

Brooke Holm Workshop | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I’m slowly making my way through images that I had taken during the end of 2013. It’s taking me a while, because I have more pressing client work to do than blogging. But I figure at 1am at night, I’m probably not at my best to be doing client work, so here I am!

 

I got the opportunity to head along to a workshop with the amazing photographer Brooke Holm in November of last year. It was a short photography 101 class put on by The School, and although I wasn’t sure I’d learn anything new, I wanted to go purely because it was with Brooke Holm. This woman’s photography is really perfection. It was her work with interiors that I found first and I was totally smitten. I’ve never really done any interior or architecture photography myself before, but her work alone made me want to get into it. She’s also an amazing landscape, portrait and wedding photographer! I just adore her work all round.

 

I was correct in thinking that I already knew everything that we went over in the class, but that was okay because I still got to pick Brooke’s brain a little, met some other lovely ladies who attended the class, got to speak with the awesome Megan Morton, and also got to enjoy looking around the lovely store Mildred & Co where the class was held. So it was still a win!

 

I think it’s really important to head along to things like this, keep learning and taking in as much as you can. Are you heading along to any events or workshops that you’re hoping to learn something from? Would love to hear about them (especially if they’re Auckland/NZ based)!

It’s our hearts that make the beat.

Waipu Sunshine | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Birthdays are strange. I always feel like there’s some kind of pressure to have a really awesome stand-out day. But that doesn’t really ever happen for me. I usually just try to relax a little, and maybe eat a lot of food that I love. :P

 

Yesterday I turned 28 years old. The day was no different to any other day. We did some location scouting for this week’s wedding. I somehow got another chest virus, so the car trip wasn’t that much fun for me. I ate pizza. And frozen yoghurt (new york cheesecake flavoured!!). And lay around in bed watching TV shows with Hook, whilst thinking about all of the work that I needed to be doing.

 

I did get a few lovely gifts though. A ticket to Semi-Permanent from Hook (if you’re heading along to the Auckland one I’d love to meet up with some fellow bloggers and designers!). A beautiful ring from my BFF. It’s my birthstone. Super pretty. And I’ve got a gift on it’s way from my brother and his girlfriend too.

 

I’m feeling much better today than yesterday thankfully. Hook is on day one of a three day video shoot, so I’m at home trying to get through as much work as I possibly can. Whilst blasting some Childish Gambino while I’m at it. Thanks to Vanessa for unknowingly introducing me to this! Haha.

 

What do you usually do for your birthday? Any fun traditions? Or is it just another day for you like it is for me?

Proud.

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

Lake To Port SUP | Danelle Bourgeois

 

In December of last year, my dad and two of his mates stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the entire length of the Waikato River – from one side of Lake Taupo, all the way to Port Waikato (for those of you who have no idea how far that is, it’s over 350km). It took them a little less than 5 days, battling a lot of wind, and camping each night on the river side.

 

This journey was a fundraiser for a brave little 11 year old boy named Harrison, who had a rare bone cancer. Sadly, Harrison lost his battle with cancer on the 16th of February 2014. He was a real fighter, and always wore a smile on his face. Although I never met Harrison, his life and journey has made a huge impact on my family and today they will be honouring his memory at his funeral. Rest in peace, sweet Harrison.

 

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I am so proud of my dad and his friends for the massive accomplishment of completing their Lake To Port SUP adventure. It was awesome getting to see them make it to the finish line with massive smiles on their faces. Rosie clearly missed dad a lot during his trip! She was very excited to see him once they were back on dry land. I’m so glad that I got to capture these moments.

Rosie turned one.

Rosie Turns One

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Rosie is growing up so fast. It really sucks not living in the same city as her. I feel like I miss so much. She’s actually 15 months old now – she turned one last October so I’m a little behind in this post already. Oops.

 

Her birthday party was a lovely little gathering at her home in Mount Maunganui. The weather wasn’t the greatest (I was hoping to go out to the beach that day too), but at least the overcast weather was good for photos hehe. She had lots of family and friends surrounding her (which was probably a little overwhelming for her – she seemed a wee be annoyed the whole day and it took forever to get her to laugh). Lots of gifts, and a very yummy cake made by her poppa! Oh and Marlee pretty much didn’t move from that bean bag the entire day. I think there were too many kids around and she wasn’t having a bar of it haha.

 

Rosie’s facial expressions crack me up. They look so much like faces that my brother and I would pull when we were little, and SO much like my Dad. It’s so cute. She does this sort of unimpressed look, and I love it.

 

She might just be my favourite. <3

Looking forward.

Raglan Sunset | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I welcomed 2014 with open arms this new year’s eve. There was nothing wrong with 2013 (although it seemed like a bit of a dud for so many people that I know – boooooo). In fact, it was pretty great for me. The start of something new. I quit my full-time graphic design job and become a completely self-employed Night Owl. It was a scary but exciting leap, but I’m so glad I did it!

 

Life has been pretty crazy for us over the holiday period. We had a fair few weddings during December and specifically during the week around Christmas, so I only got to spend a few days with my family. It was pretty fantastic though. I ate (went completely off my no sugar, gluten or dairy diet), drunk (oops), and played games. It was great. I taught my family how to play Hedbandz with just post-it notes. They loved it.

 

I’m not really into resolutions or goals that much, so instead I thought I’d take the time to list out a few things that I’m really looking forward to this year. In no particular order…

 

  • Paramore’s concert.
  • Giving this paleo diet a good go. Gotta make it past 3 months. That’s the aim.
  • Taking Molly‘s calligraphy Skillshare class. And then moving up to Melissa‘s calligraphy class. Yes!
  • Going on more walks.
  • Visiting my grandparents in Wellington who I seem to only see every 5 years for no good reason.
  • Seeing my BFF Brittany. More than 3 times this year please. Why do we live so far apart?!
  • Sleeping more. Without waking up all the time.
  • Hook and I’s ten year anniversary.
  • Juice cleansing.
  • All of the awesome weddings we have coming up this season.
  • Hanging out with Rosie. Lots. She’s growing up too fast.
  • Blogging wayyyyy more. Personally and business-wise.
  • Getting into a daily routine – involving a good wake up time, a walk, and solid work hours with no distractions.
  • Semi-Permanent. I hope the speaker line up is a goodie.
  • Document my life more (read: taking more photos).
  • Using social media / my phone less.
  • Seeing where this year takes Hook and I.
  • Spending more time with my high school friends.
  • Getting back into wedding invitation design.
  • More family time.
  • Exploring around more of New Zealand.
  • Booking a full wedding season for 2014/15. Okay okay, this is a goal.
  • Making smarter supermarket shopping choices.
  • Taking photos of my grandparents (even if they don’t like it).
  • Learning to chill out more. I’m sure Hook will be the most excited about this one.

 

If I think of any more I shall add it to the list. I bet I’ve missed something major. Haha.

 

What are you looking forward to this year? Visiting someone you haven’t seen in a while? Travelling somewhere new? Already excited about a movie that’s coming out this year? Tell me about it!

Something always brings me back to you.

danelle bourgeois

 

I thought with all this free time I would have I’d been blogging more. Turns out, that’s not the case. Wedding season is in full force – we have weddings basically every single week until the end of April (some have double weddings!) – so I’ve felt a little overwhelmed with organising everything. I’m still learning how everything works best for the business, but I’m sure I’ll have it under control soon enough.

 

With that said, I can’t imagine I’ll be blogging again during this holiday season so I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful readers now! I hope you all have a lovely break away from work and get to spend some sweet time with your family and friends. Oh, and have an awesome New Years Eve too! I have no idea what we will be doing (five bucks says we will be working the night away haha) but at least I’ll be hanging with Hook and maybe family too.

 

Catch ya’ll in the new year! :)