Hello again. I haven’t written anything here for a while as I’ve been busy working. Busy doing two contracts, one of which I had agreed to work specific hours on specific days. Which I don’t like doing as it takes away my freedom. So I won’t be doing that again if I can help it!
But that contract finishes tomorrow, and I can taste the freedom, feel the weight lifting from my shoulders and the space re-emerging and stretching out in front of me. I’ll still have things to do, but I’ll be able to use my days how I want to a certain extent. Which after all is the reason I became a freelancer again!
During this busy time I’ve still managed to grab some space for myself. It generally involves leaving the house, as my husband works from home and has a lot of phone and video calls. So I go for what I call a run-walk, or just for a walk. Or sometimes I just sit upstairs on the bed with a cup of tea, a snack and maybe some music through headphones.
I do that on a weekend morning if I don’t have other commitments, I did a run-walk on Monday at 7.30am this week, and I try to keep my Thursday mornings free for a walk too.
And I need that time and space. Time for my brain to decompress, to have its own thoughts and not be influenced by social media. Time to solve problems, time to have ideas, time to reflect, and time to just be.
I often take photos as well, it’s part of me concentrating on my surroundings. The fact I end up with a collection of images is not the point for me, it’s a nice side effect of being mindful, snapping photos on my phone, trying different angles and shapes and views. It’s a bit like meditation for me.
I love to go somewhere new and do that, even half an hour of wandering by myself taking photos and looking at a view restores my brain and connects with my soul again. I may not have totally figured out my work life yet, but these things I know about my life balance, things I need for myself to recharge and relax.
So after my ramblings here, I’m off back to my desk to do some work. A couple of things I’ll enjoy, a few bits not so much. But I’ve had a bit of quiet, even if I didn’t get to go outside today because of the rain. Maybe I’ll pop out later if it stops raining and I have time.