I am feeling a little stretched thin at the moment between painting custom orders, business consultancy work, school P&C commitments and my own family. One thing I've been doing to help me keep my head clear is going to bed a little earlier and getting up an hour or two earlier. The way our house is currently set up, my son's bedroom is plonked in the middle of the living areas so it makes getting up and making any noise in the house quite disruptive. So I've been sneaking out of the house just before 6am, walking to our local coffee shop (The Local Press) and having a coffee, planning my day, and doing some work there before I start getting the kids ready for school and getting on my with day.
I've never really been a morning person (even when I was in the RAAF and started work at 6am on Flight Line) but I am loving this new routine. I find I am actually much happier throughout the day (not that I'm an unhappy person by any means) but I think having some time to plan my day, answer emails, do some work before the kids get up and I slip in to motherhood mode is really beneficial. (I probably should be going for a run in these early mornings ... I'll work up to that)
Saying that I have started exercising again. I did boot camp last week and also swim squad and am wondering why I ever stopped exercising. My muscles are certainly regretting the hiatus and I am so stiff. Luckily I really love that burning ache after exercise as I've certainly been feeling it. I've lost five kilos since Christmas and I am looking forward to losing more this year and feeling more like my old self. It's hard balancing it all, isn't it? I get so distracted from looking after myself and I wonder why... In almost every other aspect of my life I'm quite disciplined and diligent - but when it comes to looking after myself, I am not consistent.
I have a little saying on my iPad to remind me to be more consistent.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
So I'm developing some new habits and reinstating some old habits that I'd forgotten.
...and of course I'm still painting loads of furniture. I've got some lovely pieces coming up - a wonderful grey glass door cabinet, a french sideboard, a sweet french china cabinet and a couple of french style coffee tables as well as some custom painted pieces.
Have a wonderful day.