So, the weather is getting colder, the evenings are growing darker and we’re hurtling towards the weekend which, for those of us who work a regular five-day week, may be a bit of a relief!
My week has been good, but busier than usual. Between formal lesson observations, rehearsals for our Year 5 production of Romeo and Juliet (which takes place next Wednesday… cue a nervous squeal of excitement), ordinary class teaching and the first online module of my middle leadership course, I’ve been white-knuckling it through the past few days a little bit. But I feel as though I have kept up to date with things fairly well by doing a little bit at a time–grabbing five minutes here and there to read an article, respond to an email or write a reflection about an aspect of sharing teaching and learning online. I have to complete Part 1 of my course by the close of play on Sunday, so I’m planning to stay a while at work tomorrow evening and do as much as I can, in order to enjoy the weekend.
My mum is coming to stay with me for a couple of days, which will be a much-needed break for her. (She is a full-time carer for my grandma, who has Alzheimer’s. More about that in another post.) We are planning to relax, watch films, chat, visit some National Trust properties and galleries, and enjoy some walks in the crisp London air. There are few better places than central London and the South Bank for drinking coffee and people-watching on a clear, frosty Autumn afternoon!
As well as work, I’m glad that I have made the time to blog frequently this week. I am enjoying writing posts and sharing my experiences and ideas with you. It is still quite a new venture for me, but I am so glad I started it. Not only does it provide a nice break and a welcome creative outlet, it helps me to stay accountable–to remember to be present, to be intentional, to be compassionate and to do things daily, however small, that are aligned with my values and goals.
That is really at the heart of Minimal Belle. Being true to oneself and living a life rich in presence and peace. Minimalism, meditation, money-management… they are all just vehicles that can help us to travel that path. A path which, of course, will be different for everyone.
I certainly haven’t achieved everything I would have liked to this week–but I have made steps in the right direction. That’s something to celebrate! I hope you feel the same way.
I wish you a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to.