I have been for around five years now enjoying Instagram, it has been a creative outlet, a place I have made friends, somewhere I can see the joy and happiness people find around them and also to share in life’s varied events, ups and downs and to unite in groups of like minded people.
As most of you who follow my pictures know I love a few things over anything else to take pictures of, one of these things is flowers and the other is my view. Since I was a small child I have loved watching what is going on in the world around me, I draw back the curtains every day and view with wonder. This is wherever I am, at home, on holiday, at work, walking around, you name it!
This is massively reflected in all of the pictures I take of places I see and the world around me. I believe there are almost a hundred pictures in the last year just of the view from the bottom of my garden and the sea at Margate where I work. I get such positive comments from these pictures of my views and it got me thinking.
Life is tough, we are busy, we get stressed, we watch the news and hear of war, terrorist attacks, political unrest and poverty. Sometimes it is hard to just stop and appreciate what is around you. This is what #myhappyviews is about.
A weekly photo tag contest running from Tuesday to Monday with the winner announced on the Tuesday. Your happy view could be anything at all, your children, your family, your home, a rare cuppa, a vista, a quick snap from the car window, let your imagination go free. Tell me about your happy view and why it makes you smile.
The idea is that each week a little prize will be offered to the winner spreading some smiles and highlighting some fab businesses who donate the prizes. We are talking little tokens here but how amazing to say you have won a little something just for sharing something that made you smile?
I have always enjoyed taking part in hashtag galleries and feel that I can thank them for my continued love and progression of my pictures. I hope that the #myhappyviews feed will do the same for others.
I will do a weekly round up and announce my favourite on the blog and on my Instagram page. I would love for you to join in and let me know what you think!
The first week will run from the 27th of December and I will announce the first prize and some more details soon. This will be open to all but the prizes will only be able to be sent to UK addresses.