Well the summer came and went didn't it? It just kind of zoomed past with trips up to Norfolk and lots of camping. We did a big old stint (for us) in Cornwall - the weather wasn't so great but I couldn't fault the space and the stars and the site. It was lots of fun and just what we needed. I'd do it all again except it was kind of exhausting and I missed a real bed!
Ruby was back at school yesterday. George is heading there for his first day on Monday. I've got mixed feelings really. Obviously I'll miss him, I'm nervous he'll settle, but I appreciate he'll grow and learn there. Ever since I had George I knew I would be staying at home until he reached school age and so I talked about 'when I've got a bit more time' for lots of creative ideas I had. I do like to crochet in the evenings when the children go to sleep but I work best I think, writing, thinking and making during the day. From the morning onwards I feel my best and then I swiftly decline from around 2pm! I take my hat off to the makers that produce during nap times and evenings. Me and a sewing machine after 7pm? Not the best of friends.
People keep asking me 'what are you going to do?!' - or exclaiming 'you won't know yourself!', let me tell you I am not panicking! I know myself and I have plenty on the cards...
I like to think I will be a little more organised. That my house will be less cluttered and chaotic. I won't be frantically scrabbling around getting dinner ready or sorting out laundry while the children are around. I will sort out an amazing system that will solve all my household tasks. All those bloody irritating jobs will get done. I won't be looking at dried weetabix in the metal sides of the diner furniture anymore, it will sparkle. The kitchen floor will be CLEAN. There won't be dust in between the railings on the stairs, there will be menu plans! I know! The excitement is palpable!
:: One of the big things for the first few weeks will be dealing with the things in the house on quite an epic scale. I have blogged about clutter a number of times since having the children and moving twice. I'm playing the minimalist game at the moment (day 10) and am having a fine old time being ruthless once again about our possessions. I've even made a bit of money this week listing stuff on the net. You can follow the journey on instagram @abrilliantme. (yep, two instagram accounts now, one for me and the crochet and one for health coaching/self development - confusing, but you get used to it) Since the new year I have tried, with success, I think, to be really careful about what I buy. I've got a bit of a system going with this which I'll explain over the next few weeks. I've reduced my impulse buys to virtually no purchases, though, still, as ever, books are a weakness. I buy less, I buy better. Most importantly, I know what I want, which is making it much easier to dispose of things I don't. However, we, a household have been teetering on critical mass levels for some time now and FINALLY I can get on top of it. I can't wait to see Joshua and Ryan, 'The Minimalists' in London next month.
:: The house. I am now fully in charge of DIY and decoration for the house (appointed the title by Gwyn himself) We completely gutted (I say 'we', I mean builders) and renovated this place over a year ago now but the stuff we have still doesn't fit, the outside looks like a dump and now I have the time to organise making it look exactly how I want it. Front door, front garden, actual PICTURES on the walls, it's all going to be going on.
:: Also, I have to file a heap of paperwork, file my tax return and change my names to my married name on absolutely everything. The New Me. I anticipate this will take hours of my life I will never get back.
:: I'll be finishing my health coaching course - now that has been a whole heap of inspiring fun over the last year. I can't wait to dive back in after taking the grief sabbatical over the summer. To anyone who's lost someone, you know what I mean, grief is physical and exhausting... I've not felt at all on my game, just tired, permanently. I think George going to school marks more space in my life around the parts that feel loss.
:: I'm starting British Military Fitness - I used to think and vocalise rather openly that I thought the people getting shouted at in the park must be crackers to pay for the privelege but I'm willing to give it a shot and I'm harbouring a very unsecret wish to see my abs at least once in my lifetime. On a self determined fitness scale at this current moment in time I would gauge myself as definitely at 'crap level'... but, onwards.... I'd also like to sign up for some events to keep up the momentum.
:: I will pick up my yoga again. The wedding, holidays and being away or Gwyn being up in Norfolk have meant my weekly yoga lapsed for the last couple of months. I'd like to get back into that and perhaps add another class. As I'm now a lady of leisure (ahem) I'd like to give hot yoga a go but I won't drop my Vajrasati class, it's the best fitting yoga I've found (for me) as a union between body and mind. I'm even going to go when it's raining. I promise.
:: Coursera. I got a link for classes that would interest me yesterday so I'm adding a course on the microbiome. I signed up for a coursera class when I started IIN but it was too much to fit in. The geek in me is fascinated by our gut though so this is a perfect distraction.
:: Crochet. Never far from my day, I will no doubt crochet more and am looking to start teaching and designing patterns.
:: Writing. The book I have crappy notes written in, in almost every notebook I possess and this here blog.
Plenty to keep me busy. I'm not worried about myself. I'm excited!