New beginnings don’t need to be about life-changing decisions, new year’s resolutions or grand announcements. Sometimes, they can just be about stopping and taking stock.
I am terribly guilty of taking on too much. There are so many things I want to do, places I want to go, career aspirations and personal goals like losing weight and getting back to competitive triathlons.
The problem is, I get so tied up in trying to be all things to all people that sometimes, I forget to take the time to just stop and smell the flowers.
I spent mother’s day putting a new floor down in our kitchen. It was a much needed job that I have been putting off for far too long. But there are others.
I need to go shopping, I have one pair of trousers that looks reasonable on me and even those are held together with a safety pin. Finding two socks that are similar each morning is like a military operation and the dog has eaten my handbag.
When it comes down to it, none of it matters. But I do need to get better at fitting everything in because life shouldn’t be like this.
So I’m using spring as a new beginning. Everywhere, beautiful flowers are coming into bloom. Libby and I spent some time this morning looking at the daffodils and talking about the changing seasons.
There’s nothing I do that I can cut out, no obvious place to find extra time in the day. But I need to work better, faster and harder.
I can schedule, know what I need to do when. Make lists, keep diaries and focus on one task at a time. I can tick things off my one-a-day list, making sure that the things I want to do get done too.
I’m taking a back-step from blogging. Not because I want to, but because I need to. I’ll still be around, posting perhaps two or three times a week and keeping up with my Thursday photo posts.
I’ll still be on social media and commenting on the blogs that I love. But I won’t be spending hours editing photos, trying to get them ‘Pinterest ready’.
I won’t be posting content every day to try to do well in the rankings and I won’t be taking on every blogging opportunity that comes my way.
I will carry on blogging because it has become a part of my life, a part that I love. And I will carry on because new beginnings don’t mean leaving behind the things that matter.
I hope to make time to exercise, see friends and maybe even go shopping. I know I’ll still run round after everyone else. Change the baby, walk the dogs, drive the children to different places, do whatever needs doing around the house.
But I’ve stopped waiting for somebody else to give me the opportunity to slow down. I’ve stopped waiting for somebody else to recognise how much I do and give me a break. There is nobody else, it’s down to me.
It’s time for new beginnings. It’s time to relax and enjoy the view.