10 Things I’m doing instead of Blogging

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.

Laptop open on a wooden desk with a pot plant

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.

 

Pilates

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!

 

Cooking

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’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 Comments

  1. June 28, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Hayley, please do not worry at all about the guest post. I’ve been taking a bit of a break myself lately too so I completely understand your reasons. This is why I haven’t linked up to #thesatsesh for a while. We all love blogging but sometimes we have to put ourselves above it. Self care all the way! 😁 Enjoy your break xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 28, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Sam and also for being so understanding. Much love xx

      • June 30, 2018 / 8:45 am

        Hi. Just popping back from #thesatsesh. I hope you’re well. X

  2. June 28, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Don’t worry about the guest post too Hayley! A mention is lovely so thank you so much!
    I sooo agree with you (and Catie ) that real life is much more important and your life is busy…you have young children! I’m not blogging quite as much as in my spare time (which is not often) I’m gardening because it’s my mindfulness and I love it. Just watered the garden as it’s desperate and the mindfulness right there allows me to download from a busy day with my loveky year 1’s!
    I love the Frantic World site! Lots thanks for the PawsB curriculum…I will have to look into this.
    Big hugs,
    ‘Sophie x

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 29, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      I am using watering the garden as part of my informal practice too at the moment 🙂 – gardening is definitely an inherently mindful activity and I’m so pleased it helps you decompress after a hard day in the classroom. Those Year 1s are very lucky to have you xx You would love the Paws B stuff xxx Have a lovely weekend xx

  3. June 28, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    I am so glad that my words meant so much to you. Take all the time you need lovely and your friends will be here for you whenever you need us 💙 Much love 🌈

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 29, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Awww thanks so much Catie – you really are a lovely lady xxxxxx

      • June 30, 2018 / 7:57 am

        So are you 💕 Popping back from #thesatsesh

  4. June 30, 2018 / 8:35 am

    You have *a lot* going on! Nothing to feel bad about, there! #TheSatSesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Thank you xx

  5. June 30, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Sounds good … #TheSatSession

  6. June 30, 2018 / 11:45 am

    It’s great to read what you’ve been up to. Very busy but mindful! I left teaching 2 years ago and trained to teach mindfulness. I’m really enjoying the opportunity I’ve had to reconnect with myself.and help others. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 11:02 am

      That sounds great – yes I can so see that. Thanks so much for the lovely comment xx

  7. June 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Sounds like you have been super busy. I found as soon as stopped working I wasn’t sure how I would ever find the time to go back as I was so busy #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 11:01 am

      So true! xx

  8. emptynestmummy
    June 30, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Hayley, how on earth have you been able to fit all that in?! You must be even busier than when you were working! Make sure you do come back to blog though, you’ve got an appreciative audience waiting for you! #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Awww that’s very sweet of you to say Martina – thank you. I have to confess I have been having some childcare help a little each week but that stops very soon! xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Yay – it’s fab – I really hope you get to do it. xx

  9. July 1, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    you are one very busy woman!! xx We’ll be hereeagerly waiting to read your blog when you do post something even if we have to wait for it – probably make us even keener 😉 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 2, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Awww that’s a super sweet thing to say – thanks Berni xx

  10. July 5, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I’m with you when it comes to the decluttering and surrounding myself with those I love #thesatsesh

  11. July 5, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    #thesatsesh I guess you have to do what feels right, when it feels right… plus new pathways inevitable mean opening new doors and closing old ones (well partially shutting them)

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 9, 2018 / 11:04 am

      So true lovely xx

  12. July 5, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Hayley, you keep on doing exactly what you are doing! It all falls into place when it should do so, and what you are doing is just as important. If it stresses you, it’s not worth it! <3 Mwah! #thesatsesh xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 9, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Thank you honey – that is so encouraging and such kind words. What a boost for a Monday morning xx

  13. July 6, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    It’s funny I thought that when my youngest started school last September I would find time to do everything. I had forgotten how short the school day actually is and I am lucky if i get all of my work done during that time. It sounds like you have got plenty to be getting on with. I think it all falls into place eventually.
    I’m the same as you with time spent on the laptop in the evenings, I’m really trying to avoid it (apart from this evening!)

    #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      July 9, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Hee hee – yes there are always exceptions to the rules! xx

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