It’s been over three weeks now since I started my break from the classroom and I (wrongly) thought I would have found loads more time to blog.
However it’s been quite the opposite. I’m going with it at the moment – not putting pressure on myself – I still want to keep the blog going, mainly, to be honest, because I like to be a part of this very (on the whole) supportive community. I do also still enjoy writing.
I’m aware that I have agreed to writing some guests posts for people – sorry Sophie and Sam, have a couple of tags that I would like to follow up on from lovely blogging friends , and have the linky to keep going with the lovely Lucy – my kindred blogging spirit – too.
My main issue though is that I generally write my blog posts in the evening. I don’t want blogging to be a distraction from my family. And let’s face it there are also plenty of other things to be getting on with during the day too. However, I am beginning to resent being on the laptop in the evenings – like Sophie states from Old House In The Shires, the health aspects of regularly typing away every evening can take their toll. I also feel that I often have a better night’s sleep (children permitting!) when I haven’t been looking at a screen in the evening.
It’s really all about priorities isn’t it?! I realise I could find the time to publish if I really wanted to but at the moment my child-free time is being spent:
De-cluttering the home
Operation ‘getting organised’ has begun in our house – not that visitors may have noticed yet – there’s still a long way to go – and once I’ve started something I am impatient to finish it. As with everything sorting through all our STUFF is taking MUCH longer than I first anticipated.
Physical exercise is good for me – both physically and mentally – so I have enjoyed being able to fit in a few more pilates classes as well as still trying to go for a run too.
Watching Box Sets with the Hubby
It’s not so much about the programmes (though I am enjoying catching up with some dramas we’ve been saving on the planner), but more about cuddling up on the sofa and watching something together. Too often I am sat at one end of the sofa on a laptop and he at the other end looking at a screen too!
Catching up with Family and Friends
I’ve had a lovely lunch out with my Mum, just the two of us, which I don’ t think has happened in years and also I’m taking time to catch up with friends I haven’t seen for a while.
Facilitating Mindfulness Sessions
At the moment I am running a mindfulness course for adults locally one evening a week and also a course for children one afternoon a week too. My passion is supporting young and old to establish a personal mindfulness practice which is beneficial to them, and so delivering these courses is very rewarding indeed.
Investing in my own Learning and Development
I was lucky enough to spend 3 very full, very intense days with a group of like-minded people recently being trained to teach the Paws B curriculum to 7 – 11 year olds. It was an amazing experience, supporting my own practice, as well as helping me to develop further the language to use with younger children when teaching them about mindfulness.
I am also spending some mornings with the Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich MIND charity learning to be a volunteer on their brilliant Mindful Mums Project.
Chatting with Potential Clients and People to Collaborate with
I’ve had some exciting face-to-face and SKYPE chats with different individuals about projects next year. Watch this space!
Running A Level Revision sessions
Okay, okay I have left the classroom for a bit but I am still a History teacher deep down! This means I have popped back into school on a couple of occasions to run revision sessions.
Thinking and Planning
Ironically, for someone who is trying to help people to ‘be’, I am a bit of a doer myself and so I have needed some time to consider next steps. Promotion of the blog and the courses is my nemesis so I have been considering how to get better at this!
I feel happier when there are some healthy meals in the freezer so have been endeavouring to do a little more cooking than I usually do (usually that’s the hubby’s role!)
And of course…Meditating
Usually I try and avoid using this word as I think it is a little loaded and has unhelpful connotations and stereotypes associated with it. However, regular readers know me well enough for me to use it here. I certainly am not sitting cross-legged for hours on end chanting (but if that’s your bag then I am in awe of you). I much prefer to talk about my formal mindfulness practice which involves sitting or lying down and generally, but not always, listening to a guided mediation. Often it will be from the Frantic World website, however I am intending to lengthen my ‘time on the mat’ each day from 15 – 20 minutes to 20 – 30 minutes in anticipation of hoping to train to teach the MBSR course next year.
Writing this list has helped me to feel much better.
I may not have moved the blog on the way I have intended in the last few weeks, but, as well as spending more quality time with the children, I have moved forwards in other ways and enjoyed doing other things.
Though I enjoy keeping it going, the blog will never be my number one priority and occasionally it is good to remind myself of this.
As my lovely blogging buddy Catie aka Spectrum Mum wrote to me:
‘real life trumps blog life every time’!