Before baby (BB) I used to commute to my full-time job in London, from my little town in Sussex. On a good day, I'd be out of the house at 7 a.m, and crawling back off the train at 7 p.m, a good clean twelve hours from start to finish. Unfortunately good days were few and far between. Work-placed crises, train crises (Southern Rail I will loathe you till the day I die), and the 'occasional' (cough) visit to the pub after work (look, it was a stressful job, ok?), meant that during the week I had very little time to do anything other than work (or commiserate on a miserable/stressful day in the pub after work). So when I went on maternity leave I thought, thank goodness, now I'll have time to breathe.
Oh, what an innocent and naive expectant mother I was! Now I don't work full time I'm rarely even sure of what day it is, and yet as the days slip by from one to another the one thing that really stands out is that I'm just so busy. Take this week for example: On Monday we took a trip to a DIY shop (this is currently a regular feature of my week), caught up briefly with a couple of friends, and took Arthur to a swimming lesson, none of which occurred near to our house. On Tuesday, Arthur had a music group in another town, and we DIY-ed the rest of the day. Wednesday and Thursday were DIY heavy, and on Friday I gave my husband 'space' to complete his tax return by taking Arthur to soft-play in the morning, and to visit friends in Brighton in the afternoon. Craft projects go un-crafted, books go unread, and my little shop sits neglected. Perhaps this is parenting, perhaps it's to be expected when we are throwing everything we have at trying to get our side of the house finished sometime this millennium. And yes, I love the life we've chosen, but I do think it's incredibly important, healthy even, to spend at least a few moments every day doing something you enjoy, something you cherish, something that is just for you. I used to be a huge bookworm, but now I don't have time to read, I've turned to my phone (a sad state of affairs), so I read the news, and blogs, and more news every time I get a few seconds to myself.
I'm a big walker, and now I live in the middle of nowhere I should really be exploring all the time. But yet again, there isn't any time! So I've decided that walking is something I'm going to try and focus on - one walk a week, with the boy, to clear my head and encourage a healthy mindset.
In other news, we're continuing with our mission to eat better in 2015, greatly helped by the discovery of the Hemsley and Hemsley cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, which is chock full of delicious eats. Although, I did just have eggy bread for breakfast, so....
How do you manage your time? Do you have any tips to share? Any advice is gratefully received!