My bank holiday weekend

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Some of you might noticed/know that I cancelled my classes over the bank holiday weekend. You may have wondered why, but I felt as we were exiting the quiet period of summer, I should give everyone a break. Instead of trying to arrange cover for my classes, I decided to cancel them for this one time. So instead of teaching, I went up to the Peak District to attend a friend’s wedding. Their festival themed wedding – aptly called Wedstock – was pretty amazing, as was the location! On Sunday I attended an aerial yoga beginners workshop and a restorative aerial yoga class in Leeds. It was a great experience, especially as doing aerial yoga had been on my list of things to do for a while. I really enjoyed this practice and feel it gives you access to some more/deeper stretching that is almost impossible to do in regular yoga. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog about this in more detail soon – keep your eye out for a post about it! My weekend ended, like most people’s I’m afraid, with a very wet and autumnal Monday that felt like a Sunday. I had decided to break up my drive down from Leeds by visiting a friend in Birmingham. This did make for a long day, but again one filled with friends and fun. And a lovely, wet, walk! Hopefully you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend as much as I did and made the most of the break in my regular yoga classes. Remember my regular Friday and Sunday classes are back on as normal starting this...

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Why Don’t I Make Time For Things I Enjoy?

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Following up from my previous blog post about how I never have time to do everything I want to do: Have you ever been there? There’s tons of stuff you really like doing. But you never actually do them? It is one of the most annoying feelings. You know you like doing it… so why aren’t you?! In my last blog post I talked about that I needed to be more productive. This productivity will help me feel more accomplished and will also put me into a mindset of doing things I enjoy. But I feel even in my more productive state I am not doing the things I enjoy. So why is this?   Priorities Obviously there are priorities; taking out the bins the day before they are collected might be more prudent than painting your toenails. You have to do some things right at that moment; because you promised, because the weather is good for it, because it is a rush job. There are many reasons why a certain activity deserves to be prioritised. But sometimes it has nothing to do with priorities. I have done a bit of soul searching and noticed there are four reasons why I don’t do the things I enjoy. These reasons might not be your reasons, but they certainly are mine.   1. Too tired I hate this reason. It sucks to feel too tired, it is an annoying reason to use as an excuse. And, most of all, somewhere in my head I know that doing what I enjoy doing will actually give me energy. It’s a catch-22 that I haven’t quite worked out how to avoid. There must be a balance somewhere between being too tired and having energy enough to do things you enjoy. It is a reason I think most of you will understand and identify with: everyday life, problems sleeping, work, other responsibilities; it all takes its toll.   2. The activity is “too big” There are some activities I enjoy doing, but that I feel require a solid time investment. For instance, I feel I can’t do yoga or write for only five minutes. This is a bit of a paradox, as it might be better to do it for five minutes instead of not at all. And why is that I put these restraints and demands on my leisure activities? I am putting restraints and demands on something that I should be doing because I enjoy it! Granted, some activities are too big to start at 9pm. But instead of, for instance, painting an entire painting, I could start with just one corner. I am not sure whether I need to adjust my expectations...

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Busy Times or Low Productivity

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My to-do list is growing, my productivity (outside of work) is low: I’ve been so busy with work and life in general that I often don’t find time to write my blog. Even though I do enjoy it. Somehow in the midst of things it just doesn’t happen. I think this problem creeps up in most people’s lives; you enjoy doing something but you never get around to it or you never make time for it. There are different degrees of this, but I know most people deal with this issue. Observations I have found this is partly due to a lack of time, but not entirely. I took an honest look at my life this week and noticed that while I am busy, I should have enough time to do things. Yes, I am out and about quite a lot. Some weeks I have to plan one evening where I just stay at home. But there are other weeks where I spent most evenings at home. I’ll watch tv, read a book, catch up with friends in the Netherlands. Is the time that I do have at home, spent in the most productive way? No. Does it have to be? Well, that’s a good question!   Productivity I hate thinking that every minute of my day or my week has to be spent in the most productive way. I mean, that kind of takes the fun out of it. And just lounging about at home, can be so relaxing and just what you need. My problem is that when I do that too often, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything. While taking a break from the endless to-do list (that I have, don’t you worry!) is great every once in a while, if my to-do list grows out of proportion it puts me on edge. Now that might just be me, but it is a horrible feeling. Stuff piles up around me (whether literally or figuratively) and the more it piles up, the less productive I become.   New leaf So I am starting August with a new leaf; trying to do at least some productive things every day. This doesn’t have to be anything big. It can just be putting the clean dishes away, but whatever it is, I’m going to have to do it. End of the day, I know what makes me happy and accomplishing things, crossing things off my to-do list, being productive actually makes me a lot happier than just sitting around doing nothing. In 2014 August is my new January; wiping the slate clean and starting over. Crossing ‘write blog post’ off my list right...

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