Despite the weather, April was much better than March. And what things in particular were responsible for this? Split between the children and my creative outputs, I have been finding joy in taking a step back and evaluating what really matters.
I spent the first half of the month really enjoying the Easter break with my girls. We had time at home, combined with a few activities, but I really focused on making sure that the time we spent together was quality time. Everything was at a much more relaxed pace, and yet we still managed to cover lots of ground and not get to the bored stage.
I took time to be that Mummy that I spend a lot of time wanting to be but normally end up losing the plot and being the Mummy that makes me cringe instead. We had lots of time for talking and building relationships, following interests and being inspired.
I also got to meet the wonderful Maddy from Writing Bubble when she came to London for the London Book Fair. She is someone I share an affinity with (we even had matching ‘Mummy coats’!) and she is very inspirational to me in my writing. We managed a good natter over a meal and to be the last ones left in the restaurant! You can’t underestimate the importance of connections with other people.
I started following The Artists Way in April too and that has been a positive influence on what I have been thinking and feeling in respect of my writing. I began with morning pages’ and have amassed over 30000 words, showing me that I can be capable of doing ‘writing’.
Part of the journey has also been a week of reading and media deprivation, which wasn’t the easiest to do practically but it showed me where I don’t get my priorities right and how I could perhaps make some changes.
It is easy to end up spending to much time filling up your days with jobs and chores and must do’s, so that you have little time for other things that mean more to you. This month has definitely been about challenging that and making more effort to do the things that matter to me.
Time is the key here. We are all given the same amount of time and we have to choose how we use it. I have lost time on some things but gained it on others. All the time we are making choices and that may mean a sacrifice somewhere down the road, but not making choices is no longer an option for me. I cannot afford my time to get lost in the detritus of life.