I am slowly getting back into the swing of things now that the kids are back at school. I still feel a bit adrift, when busy time becomes ‘free’ time again I always forget that not only do I need time but I also need will power to get stuff done and stay on track. As usual though I just feel so tired due to bedtime shenanigans that it can be hard to be motivated. It has been so hot too, which I struggle with a bit and my productivity crashes when it is too warm for me.
I need to sit down and write a massive brain dump list. I need to walk around the house and make a list of all the things that we want and need to do. All of this still feels completely overwhelming though.
At this time of year I feel like I have been given a fresh start and it is so easy to slip back into the old habits of telling myself that this is the week that I will stop drinking, eat better, drink more water, get some exercise, lose some weight. But it is completely unrealistic and too much.
So I am going to try something a little different. Instead of having a list of projects that I want to work on, or a list of ‘resolutions’ I am starting smaller, picking one thing that I really want to do, or really want to learn and not picking anything else of the list until I have done it. I will call these my adventures.
My first was to go swimming in the sea, which I did twice in the last part of the summer holiday. Oh, it was so nice. Cold, but amazing when you were in and just made me feel brilliant.
Next was something that has been on my list on intentions (something I vaguely write at the beginning of each year) for a number of years. Make a saffron cake. It is my favourite cake ever and one that I cannot get where I live and can only stuff my face with it when I am home in Cornwall. It took all day Wednesday to make, starting with infusing the milk with saffron and leaving to prove twice. Although it is called a cake it is really a bread recipe with extras! It was baked at tea time and cooled enough by the evening to enjoy with some tea before bed. It wasn’t perfect but I was so proud of myself for finally having a go and making it.
And so, with those two things completed I now have to pick something else. These projects should be fun, and should be something for me personally I think.
In the time that it has taken me to write this post I have decided that my next adventure will be to go on the London Eye. I have wanted to do it for years and as everyone else in my family is either very unkeen or afraid of heights it is something that I can do by myself. We even have our Merlin passes this year so it will be free!
If you could pick one adventure, something that you would love to do just for yourself what would it be?