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Silver Linings

Posted 21/10/2014

I always try to see the good in things; I find it stops one from losing all hope in the face of hardships and keeps you searching for an answer or solution.

A few months ago our laptop screen broke. I guess it had been knocked by something as it had a lovely spider web pattern across the display - oops! We'd been talking about buying a new one anyway but we didn't have the money yet, isn't that always the way? Fortunately we were able to connect it to the TV as a monitor for a while, though it meant that while one of us needed to do some computer work the other couldn't even watch TV!

Finally the laptop itself gave up as well, I could do no writing, photo editing or website work and all research and Facebook posts had to be done through my phone. I couldn't even do any painting or drawing as the subject images I had been saving up were, you guessed it, on the laptop! So what was the good in this frustrating situation? 

Well, aside from a lesson in backing up onto an external hard drive more regularly, it forced me to dig out our ancient lap top from the in-laws attic. It's vastly outdated and the battery holds no charge rendering it 240v only (or technically petrol-powered if we were away from electric hook-up!) HOWEVER it does have Microsoft word!

So faced with a blank document and no procrastinations (like tweaking the font on the website yet again) I found myself writing a large number of actual articles, project tutorials and was also able to write down and photograph loads more recipes. The words and new ideas just kept coming. Also because I wasn't trying to do a dozen things at once, I was able to really focus and even do a little soul searching for what it was I initially wanted the website to be about, which then led me to completely redesign the website itself to navigate more efficiently than before. All because the laptop broke. 

We have since bought a new (well, second hand but new to us!) laptop and for the last couple of months I have had the seemingly never ending task of transferring all of what I had written onto the new website layout, and creating link after link after link... But finally here we are, back online and better than ever with a lot more great stuff to come I promise you! 


So the moral of the story is; always look at what you CAN do rather than focusing on what you CAN'T, and remember to back up your files! :) 

Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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