I'm starting this blog on the last day of January, in an attempt to kid myself that I haven't completely failed to keep one of my New Year's resolutions. That was the one that read ‘I will blog’. So here I am, just not quite as early in January as I had hoped!
In fact, I don’t really do New Year resolutions, as they just seem to be another reason to beat myself up when things don’t go to plan. But I do have various strategies that I try to incorporate into my life to help everything tick along smoothly.
One of the most important things for me is not to get too wound up when I’m trying to fit 25 hours worth of stuff into each day. One of my best friends says that the main difference between her and me is that, given ten minutes spare, she will sit down with a cup of tea whereas I will try to squeeze 15 minutes of something into the time.
Things are a little easier now that two of our three children are at university – certainly in the laundry and ‘stocking the fridge’ departments – but I still seem to be overly optimistic about what I can achieve in a day. I find that one great antidote to having set life’s treadmill a little too fast is to take our gorgeous hairy dog Barney for a walk. Not only does it mean I get some much needed exercise, but I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world – between the River Thames and the Buckinghamshire Chilterns. Just getting out under the sky, whatever its colour, makes me feel better, and I find that it gives me time and space to think. Or not think, if that’s what I need at that moment.
Also, I’ve discovered that Olley isn’t the only photographer in the family, although I prefer landscapes to his speciality of photographing people. Since I upgraded my ‘mobile phone that just made calls’ to one of the new smart phones that does everything except make toast, I’ve enjoyed using its camera to record some of the lovely places that Barney and I get to. I’ve included a selection here for you to have a look at – hope you like them.
And I wonder, do you have a way of releasing the pressure that can build with normal everyday life? We all need a quick fix to relieve stress from time to time, whether it’s doing the housework to music at full volume, or heading out to the children’s trampoline in the garden for a quick bounce! I wonder what your secret is?!! I’d love to hear it.
Best wishes for now.