I won’t start this with a clichéd apology for being slightly absent from this here little corner of the internet, as I’ve had lots of time away from the computer with friends and family, which of course should never be apologised for. As well as so many weekends away I’m beginning to feel like my holdall has taken up permanent residence in the boot of my car, I’ve also spent lots of time on the sofa watching Netflix, been doing my yoga videos in the bedroom (with windows open and incense burning – it is perfection), been doing a bit of running, a lot of eating out and have potentially spent more time in pub beer gardens than is really healthy. Amidst all of this I think I have found balance – I’ve certainly felt less stressed lately and have been saying no to things that would take up my time but not necessarily be worth it; from a blogging perspective I hope I will also find more balance on here, as taking on less in the way of commitments will hopefully mean more quality content (and will give me more time for fun days out that I can then share!)
When I look back to December and January (I blogged 30 times in December, which it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out is pretty much once a day) I realise that everything was a little out of kilter. I was angsty about my inbox, busy at work, with a Filofax full to bursting. I wasn’t sleeping particularly well and was feeling quite anxious – my brain was so full that it started running away with itself and I constantly felt like I ‘had too many tabs open’. It was at the beginning of this year that I started reading more about meditation and mindfulness (and trying to make these a daily activity), and over the last few months I’ve also been practising yoga as much as possible. I find yoga a great release, and doing it in the morning before work definitely makes me feel more energised, and the bedtime routines make me feel more rested. I also think that healthy eating has helped, and being more conscious about what I’m putting in my body and the amount I’m moving and being active has been a real step in the right direction.
I cannot wait to have a happy and healthy summer, with lots of barbecues, sunshine and uncontrollable grins. I have been lucky enough to have some wonderful weekends recently and I thought I’d share a few snaps from a favourite one a few weeks ago when we were invited out with our friends Tom and Alex on their boat. We sailed over to the Isle of Wight, where we had lunch overlooking the beach, nosed around little shops and explored around Yarmouth. We then pootled back in the afternoon, stopping to take some photos of the Needles lighthouse, drink some cold ciders and catch some fish for dinner. Dinner was barbecued bream, pulled pork burgers, Tom’s homemade potato salad and a few more ciders in the sunshine.
Such a perfect day, and one that could definitely not have been bettered by any time spent on the computer! Sometimes my to-do list can feel like it rules my life, but on this occasion I was very glad to put it on the back burner and spend a day in the sunshine. From now on I will not pass up any opportunities in order to be tied to my keyboard, ironing board, pile of washing or (most recently) bags that need unpacking. They can wait.