Happy Saturday, friends! And to those of you in the States, I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I’ve been a bit quiet the past couple of days because there has been so much going on at work. We had parents’ evening on Thursday from 2:30pm until 8pm so, as you can imagine, I fell into bed pretty much as soon as I arrived home! The school term never really slows down–what with Christmas productions, assessments and all sorts of festive parties and afternoon fayres, there is always something to keep us teachers busy. I do enjoy this season though, despite the persistent rain and darkness, morning and evening.
I’m currently down in Dorset, visiting my family for the weekend. My grandma has a bit of a temperature but the district nurse is here at the moment, checking her over. My sister, Victoria, and my young nieces and nephew are visiting this afternoon, which I’m really looking forward to. We’re going to have a homemade Mexican feast of tacos, chilli, fajitas, rice, beans and salad–you can’t beat a bit of quality family time with some good food! I expect we’ll be eating leftovers for much of the day tomorrow…
I also heard from a friend unexpectedly who is planning to come and stay with me on Monday evening. It will be so lovely to see her, and will save me a little from that work/sleep/work/sleep pattern that has unfortunately plagued the last few days!
It’s hard when you’re busy, as I’m sure you know, to find time to do those things that you love and that make you feel really connected in the purest sense of the word. On those days, managing to fit in five minutes to read a few pages of a novel or to write a blog post can feel like an achievement.
But, as difficult as it can be, I keep reminding myself that it’s about trying to squeeze those few drops of true creativity and purpose out of my day, wherever I can. As I mentioned in a previous article, I think of it like pricking pinholes in a bulging agenda. Just creating those small spaces as often as possible, time to breathe, to sit still, to walk, to sketch, to laugh, to do something that lifts your soul and connects you back to the present moment, to just being alive.
I hope you manage to create those spaces today, whatever you’re up to. Even a few minutes here and there can shift the focus of your entire day.
By the way, the picture above is of my sweet cat, Maisie–another reason I enjoy coming home to Dorset!