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28 July 2014

Rosie Recently

Last night I dreamt that our house was in the midst of a huge tornado, and that the whole area around the house was flooded.  In my house, along with myself and Tom, was my Mum and Dad. The whole house shook and shuddered until it almost tipped over and we held our breath, waiting to see if everything was about to crash down on us - but it teetered back to normality.  Realising that we only had a small timeframe to escape before the winds hit again, we all flocked outside and climbed over a fence to higher ground.  As soon as we got outside , we realised that my Mum hadn't come out with us.  I went back in to get her and she was frantically trying to wash up and make sure we'd left the house tidy.  In the end we got her out to safety.

What does this mean? I'm not sure - (if you don't believe in dreams having meaning you'd probably say that it means I shouldn't eat cheese before bed).  Perhaps it means that I should take heed of what I was trying to tell my Mum - that sometimes, the to-do list gets out of control and we put too much pressure on ourselves for things to be perfect and to keep on top of the demands of the day-to-day. Or maybe it's a personal tornado warning - a sign to me that things are starting to spiral out of control.

One thing that I get asked quite a lot is, "how do you manage a full time job, a blog, wedding planning, and doing all of those things that you then end up blogging about?" The answer really, is that I don't, or not very well at least.  I sometimes get up early to blog before work, I set aside evenings to catch up on blog reading and blog posting, and I have a Filofax that's run like a military operation (or at least a military operation that relies heavily on highlighters and post-it notes).  Tom told me that he feels that blogging is becoming a bit 'too much' at the moment, and that there are times when he would like to go out and do things but I have a list of things to photograph, review or feature.  So I have agreed to cut back and start managing my time a little better.  Over the coming months my job will stop being based five minutes away and turn into a 45 minute to an hour commute so I already need to anticipate that I'll have less free time and less time to blog.  I need to stop trying to wash up in a tornado and start being a bit more sensible.

But the purpose of this post wasn't to whinge about my to-do list, it was actually to tell you what I have been up to lately and how I've been spending my time.  In amidst being a busy-bum we've actually had a really lovely few weeks.  Our camping in Kimmeridge and a few other weekend bits lend themselves to posts of their own (and probably another video!) but here's a few other things I've done...

001. Been doing a bit of rolling around the neighbourhood on my little Penny skateboard...

Skateboarding

002. Walking the dog by the river...

River

003. Being generally hot and bothered (but loving the sunshine!)

Dashboard

004. Tom has been baking sourdough bread most weeks which has been very, very yummy (Bodhi thinks it looks pretty good too...)

Sourdough

005. I've been getting stuck into reading again lately - I've been trying to make time to come home, sit in the deckchair in the garden and even just spend 10 minutes in the sunshine reading.  I've just finished Born to Run, which is all about barefoot running, the evolution of running and the Tarahumara tribe (the best distance runners in the world!) I've now just started The Round House by Louise Erdrich which I'm enjoying so far - I've loaded lots of books onto my Kindle app on my iPad Mini ready for Trek America in September!

kindle

006.  I've also been having a humongous clearout lately - I've given another three binbags of clothes to the charity shop and put another lot on eBay.  I had about 30 listings in total I think and made about £180 - bumped up by a satchel that sold for £50 and a couple of bits that sold for £25, most went for £2-3.  I was sent some results of a survey that Ladbrokes Games did today about American TV and film stars - Carrie Bradshaw was voted the most stylish female American character, and it made me think of the closet that Big built for Carrie - wasn't it amazing? I think I would probably keep all of my clothes if I had a huge closet like that, but sadly my wardrobes (yes, plural... ooops) are full to bursting, so more clearing out is in order!

What have you been up to recently?

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comments:

  1. Taking a break is never a bad idea - it's the best thing to do when you feel like it's all getting a bit too much, really. If you don't do it you'll start to hate blogging which'd be a lot worse. Little articles like these are always nice to read, though - just some photographs of your everyday life don't take a lot of time to post but I personally love posts like these!
    X Sjoukje from www.lemontierres.com

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  2. I think taking a break is a good idea when things are getting a little hectic! I'm considering getting a penny board but I used to suck at skateboarding as a youngster and I'm worried I'm going to be just as bad. Is it difficult to get used to? Lovely photos x

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    1. I find it harder than I used to find skateboarding on a normal deck when I was a kid as it's much smaller! But it's a lot of fun, I think it just takes some getting used to :) xo

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    2. You're almost convincing me to get one! I used to like skateboarding even though I wasn't great at it. Thanks for replying :) x

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  3. I think if blogging is effecting those around you then something has to give! We'll all still be here to read when you do post :)
    I'm jealous you have a deck chair in your garden! It sounds like the perfect reading spot after a long day!
    xx

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  4. It's so hard to prioritize when you have a busy life doing things that you enjoy very much. Hope things will be easier in time xx

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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  5. Rosie, I love your blog posts! I've just moved away from Dorset and it cheers me up so much when you talk about places that used to be my old stomping ground.

    Try not to get too wound up that things are getting a bit hectic - just remember to take time to breath, keep on having those weekend adventures, enjoy the sunshine and you'll be fine :]

    Jess x

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  6. That's such a coincidence - I just wrote today about the fact that I've spent my birthday money on a brand new Filofax after my last one got stolen. I think most bloggers will nod furiously while reading this post. I don't give Frank enough credit for how patient and accommodating he is with my blogging. With jobs, blogging, freelance, housework, weddings, exercise and keeping up some remnants of a social life (and relationship!) there simply aren't enough hours in the day. Sometimes I think the best thing you can do is switch off the computer (and TV!) and simply enjoy your own company, or each others'. Nothing is ever so important (unless it's a genuine emergency of course) that it can't be put on hold for a little while. As I type Frank and I are sitting here on separate laptops and not talking. Time to switch them off and have a conversation I think :) xx

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  7. I think you're doing an excellent job of balancing it all! I've been known to spend my whole lunch hour on blog stuff, and perhaps the odd ten minutes here and there throughout the work day. Shhh, don't tell anyone!!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  8. I don't think dreams have meanings personally, dreams are things that have been in your head that day even subconsciously! :) but yeh, sounds like your life is very whirwindy atm which isn't a bad thing but taking a step back from blogging never hurt anyone :) cute lil penny board gal, i just got a skateboard and love it! xo
    amber love

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  9. I'm a big believer in the significance of dreams, and it sounds like you've hit the nail on the head with your interpretation! Blogging alongside a full time job is hard work and although I wish I could post more, 2-3 posts per week is achievable for me if I don't want to let the quality slip.

    I really want to read Born to Run - have you read Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley? It's been a brilliant motivator for me and interesting to read about the experiences of a 'normal' girl go from coach potato to marathon runner.

    SJ x

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    1. I think you're right, there are periods when I've tried to blog every day (last December my average was more than once a day as there were some days I blogged twice!) but it's just not manageable if you want to have a life as well.

      Born To Run is really good - Running Like a Girl is on my list, my next running book on the list is Eat and Run by Scott Jurek but I follow Alexandra on Twitter and am really keen to read her book too! xo

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  10. Put some bloody kneepads on! If you come off that skateboard you'll graze 'em all up!

    :)
    x

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    1. Haha that's okay, I don't go mega fast so I just step off if I hit a stone or something :) xo

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  11. I know what you mean about too many things. I am starting to try and free up some time but it's really hard. I think it would be a lot easier if I learnt to say no to the things I can't fit in, but I always think I'll manage it somehow and them put a lot more pressure on myself. Annoying.
    I think the place to start is a list of the things you need to do, but then pick the ones you actually want to do, and do those first.

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  12. I can totally relate to the fact blogging sometimes takes over your whole life. It is so hard to find a balance whilst working full time. I genuinely enjoy blogging so much but real life is for living right?!
    Sophie
    x

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  13. Hey Rosie,

    I have always admired your blog and how hard you work on it. I've always wondered how you fit it all in. Taking a break/slowing down sounds like a great idea! Love the lifestyle pics and you look umber cool on the penny board. if I tried that I'd be flat on my bum in a millisecond!

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  14. We are similar in so many ways. I work full time and am so busy with 2 dogs (who have been in and out of the vets the past week and a half), hobbies, a house, boyfriend, etc. I have to let my blog slide because something has to give and who cares if I write about a day out three weeks after it happened :)

    If I try and do everything I want to do it drives me crazy. So I've had to accept that the washing basket will always be full, my blog will always be behind and if I keep stressing out I'm going to end up with lots of grey hairs! x

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  15. Thankyou for sharing with us this lovely post.

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