After all the fun of January, February has seen a return to the ordinary. I could lament that, but I’m not. Holidays wouldn’t be such a delight if life was like that all the time.
The wee guy is settled back at school and loving it, but it’s been a big change for me. I’m working around 20 to 25 hours a week, mostly from home, at the moment. I’ve struggled a bit to find my rhythm with blogging, but I managed to post 8 easy tips to simplify housework. In the post, I touch on one of the real successes I’ve achieved through embracing minimalism: that my home is pretty much guest-ready, most of the time.
I noticed another success in the weekend, as we gathered up our library books to return. The wee guy handed over Badjelly the Witch. He looked very confused when I said that one didn’t need to go back – ever. Badjelly was my husband’s favourite as a child. The local bookshop had a copy and he recently bought it for the wee guy. We very rarely buy books or toys except for birthday and Christmas.
Badjelly was a hit. We’ve been reading it again and again. I have these visions of having to construct some kind of Badjelly the Witch birthday cake come September! The thing that hit me in the weekend was the wee guy was overjoyed by that book, not because it was a present for him from Dad – that had been totally lost on him – but because of the experience of reading it. He knows the joy doesn’t come from owning stuff per se, but from using it, and that you don’t always need the first to get the second. That’s a success. I’m noting it here so hopefully I’ll remember next time I’m searching for library books under the couch!
Turning to the month ahead, I plan to join in with the Slow Home Podcast experiment for March. It’s about prioritising time in nature. The experiment is to commit to spending a certain amount of time outside each day. I’m keen to participate as March marks the beginning of Autumn and I get out of sorts when daylight savings end. My natural inclination is towards hibernation as the evenings get dark. I’m hoping an emphasis on time outside might help to counter that.
The Slow Home hosts are aiming for 60 minutes a day. I’ve settled on a target of 45 minutes. It’s not too far off what I do on a good day, but will require real prioritisation when I’m full-on with work deadlines.
What I’ve been:
- Reading – I’m back on form with my reading. I read Still Alice and I’m now enjoying Little Fires Everywhere. I also read Cait Flanders’ memoir The Year of Less . Cait reflects on a year-long shopping ban and oh so much more. If you’re skeptical about how much examining your relationship with stuff can change your life, read this. It’s a brave and personal story, but you’re sure to find aspects you can relate to. I certainly did and my life story is quite different from Cait’s. Thanks to the book, I’m considering a shopping ban – it’s not as scary as it first sounds. My favourite quote from the book was this question Cait asks herself, “Who are you buying this for: the person you are, or the person you want to be?”
- Listening to – I know many of my readers are fellow bloggers. This one is for you – ProBlogger podcast. I subscribe to lots of podcasts, but the one I listen to first is ProBlogger. Darren, the host, knows pretty much everything there is to know about blogging – he’s done it full-time since 2004. He sounds like such a friendly guy, has genuine enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and isn’t trying to sell some get rich quick scheme.
- Making – More growing than making – but we’ve started harvesting cherry tomatoes from the plants my brother and sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. I gave up veggie gardening this summer as it was so dry. I put the tomatoes in pots and placed them where I see them regularly and they’re easy to water. Yummy results, it’s like you can taste the sunshine they’ve been bathing in.
What have been your highlights, or lowlights, for the month? Are you keep to join me in getting outside more during March?