Hello everybody... I'm back from my few day's break-from-the-norm and it's been a pretty busy, eventful and contemplative week.
For those of you with children, I'm sure you'll completely relate to what I'm about to say. When you've got a couple of little ankle biters, you find yourself asking "What did I do with all my time before I had these kids? Then they grow up, start nursery and school and slowly but surely, life gets back to normal and you start to remember who you are, what you enjoy and start to prioritise the stuff that's put to one side in your life since the day you found out you were pregnant.
But, last week I asked myself "What ever do I do with my time when the kids are not around?". I achieved all my usual business tasks, I took care of young children, I spent some time with my boys and we spent one of the day's out clothes and IKEA shopping, I took them to the hairdressers, I used up half a day driving Den to and from Heathrow airport and I even got a decent portion of coursework completed. Okay, the blogging went down the pan, but I'd made a conscious decision that was going to happen anyway.
So, today's Monday and we are all back to normal routines and the house is peaceful, it's just me and the cats. I suppose what I'm highlighting is that I spend too much of my time pondering and even planning what I'm going to do and spend very little time actually implementing it. My last week was full of doing, doing many different activities and they all got done successfully. Nobody gave me an extra few hours here and there, it all fitted nicely into 7 days.
My cautious, reticent streak needs to be kicked into line, it comes as a result of being a terrible self promoter, being plagued with lack of self belief and just being a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable. So with renewed vigour, I am going to cram my hours and days with as much interior design as I possibly can - whether that's in the form of writing my blog, studying with KLC to completion or getting out to events and networking. And I'll also decide on which area I'm going to develop my design business in, then implement it. I'm going to do them all, this year. There... said it now.
I'd also like to thank Tracey from procrastinationmama for coming over this weekend and sharing her new project. She doesn't know this but the very act of her coming over and kind of putting me on the spot, discussing all things design and business and personal objectives and style, has enabled me to gain some much needed confidence and reignite some of the passion that subsides from being afraid and when thinking too much about the negatives in life.
Below is a photograph I took a couple of years back when Den, I and the boys were on an RV trip in the US. We stayed for one night at the luxurious and blingworthy Trump Hotel in Las Vegas and, feeling carefree and inspired, I can remember vividly my thoughts at the moment I stood at the foot of this building and gazed into the sky above. That anything is possible if you put your mind and passion into it.
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and have learned some new stuff since we last spoke?