Brisbane Photographer | The Importance of Unplugged Time Out

Nicole | Personal | Lake Boondoomba | 14th May 2014

Last week I had the privilege of being able to take a few days annual leave and head out bush camping and fishing with my Dad. I so needed this time out, even more then I possibly could of known. As a solo person running a small business, you tend to wear many hats. I absolutely 100% love what I do, so much so that I find that I do everything, constantly non stop all the time that after a couple of months I wind up feeling burnt out. Over the past year I have made a more conscious effort to be less full on, scheduling time out and balancing my business with having a life. The combination isn’t quite perfect yet, but I am well on my way. Back to my original story, last week I spent 4 days up at Lake Boondoomba (an hour north westish of Kingaroy) camping and fishing with my Dad. It was bliss. I had no phone reception so the only things I had to concentrate on was to stay warm, decide what to eat and figure out how on earth we were going to catch some fish and crayfish. It was heaven. I don’t think I have been this unplugged since trekking up a mountain in Machu Picchu. In this ever connected world with emails, phone calls and social media it was so awesome being present in the moment and thinking about nothing else other than catching fish. I love being on or by the water. It is my happy place. I found after the first day my mind was that much more clearer and all the stress that I had imposed upon myself prior to going away was just melting away. I had the chance to read a book, take some photos just for the fun of it and just sit around and be. After the few days away I felt so refreshed and revitalised and excited to be getting back to work. I also made a promise to myself to schedule in regular unplugged time out for myself during the week and I have found since I have been back I don’t feel I need to be on social media as much. All in moderation and balance. That is my new mantra. So my advice is to schedule some time out for yourself. The world won’t fall apart if you switch off your phone, emails or internet and just be present. Do something you have been putting off and just enjoy being. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.

Plus the other bonus of heading out west, was that I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my Dad. My parents are getting older and you never know what is around the corner. Its times like this that I will cherish.

And as I am a photographer, no post about holidays is perfect without a few photographs. Lake Boondoomba is in such a beautiful part of the world. The dam was pretty full at around the 90-95% mark and was just stunning. When it is a bit lower, the landscape changes and is just as spectacular. I can’t wait to head out again to see it evolve with the weather. There was so much life in and around the dam. It was beautiful just sitting out on the boat relaxing and soaking it all in.

We had some amazingly beautiful foggy mornings – one of the perks of getting up at dawn to go fishing, you get to see some amazing sunrises!

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And some spectacular sunsets. Besides being insanely cold and a little bit windy, it was amazing!

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And at night, Dad and I had some fun doing some light painting while capturing the stars. I’ve never really done too many night star shots, so it was fun to play!

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And this is one of my favourite shots from the trip. This shot was around 5:30am in the morning just before Dawn. I love that you can see the stars and the fog starting to roll in.

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So just a reminder to take some unplugged time out. You will be surprised how much you will enjoy it!

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