This week I have been making a special effort to go fallow. That is, restoring my energy by being kind to myself – resting, re-setting, switching off and finding some time amid the chaos of daily life that can swamp us unwittingly.
Social media is a key player in our saturated lives. I adore social media and all it brings us, but the constant reach culture and feeling of missing out if we unplug can lead to frazzled brains. Stepping away from the screen is good practise to recharge this brain cells, something my ecourse alumni know I am vocal about.
So, going fallow as bloggers can reap many benefits. Once you have set up a workflow and system that you trust to email you the right news alerts and smart information gathering, take time out to recharge that grey matter. No one can work efficiently under a constant information barrage, and reclaiming some space reaps creative rewards and allows for some space and clarity in your writing.
Yesterday I tore up my to do list (which as a mum of twins running two businesses isn’t small). I watched 3 films in one day – actually watched them without playing on my iPad at the same time – and I also read a book. I also listened to new radio stations, an audio book, played with some new hand lettering ideas, had a bike ride with a friend and enjoyed sitting outside having a cup of tea.
Taking time to go fallow can feel like a luxury and maybe you start with a manageable chunk; just an hour of ‘you time’ will make the world of difference.
When you step back into your workload and social media world it is so much easier to be focussed, procrastinate less and have those ideas that make you stand out.
Over to you: do you find it hard to go fallow and let the weeds grow? Can you allow yourself a little time out to restore your busy mind? If you do, let me know how it affects your blogging.
Image credit: Johnboy Mitchell’s photostream
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Autumn. I am in the UK, and the golden hues and bright sunny days with that certain Autumn chill just make me smile. I find it hard to resist toast and loads of jam this time of year (not helpful for endo at all), so I have been making lots of seasonal soups to get that hearty Autumn food feeling.
As the nights draw in, it can be so easy to miss out on the daylight; in Summer, if we are sofa bound in the daytime we know we still have an evening ahead to make the most of and get some fresh air. When Autumn and Winter kick in, I often find I need to re-jig my day to get those all important times of fresh air and some daylight.
Getting outside has so many benefits for body and soul. If your pain is not letting you go out and exercise, just take a mooch in the outside air for half an hour or so – if you move as much as you can whenever you can it benefits our bodies.
Getting outside earths us, connects us to the outside world and nature, and nourishes the soul as well as body. On Saturday I managed a 10 mile bike ride and revelled in the mud splashing around me and being in the woods. On Sunday I was in more pain so made do with an equally soul heartening pootle on the plot at Farm Club.
Set yourself a challenge to go play outside every day, and post me your Autumn pics!
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Never one to make life easy for myself, I am currently training for Cyletta, a women’s 40k bike ride in Brighton in 2 weeks time, and Run to the Beat, my second attempt at the half marathon debut I made last year with Team Bangs on the Run.
As an endo warrior exercise is a hugely important part of my health and well being regime, also one that needs to be balanced carefully (see my post on Spikes and Heels for more about training with a chronic illness). Read More >
On today’s training ride for Cycletta I realised a few things:
1. My bum hurts when I wear a dress, leggings and Converse as opposed to proper cycling stuff.
2. I am a lot less fit than I was last year and I have a half marathon and 40k bike ride to train for.
3. The Fenlands are beautiful, actually, in Summer – I love the sticks although I miss London terribly. Maybe I need a pad in both…#dreamondreamer…
4. Today its that hazy heat that reminds me of nearly school holidays, playing outside all the time, and art on a Friday afternoon at school.
5. I love being outside.
What did you do this Friday afternoon? x
Ok endo warriors, my fellow sisters in pain and suffering, this is for you.
I am taking part in 2 events to raise money for endometriosis – the Nike Run to the Beat in September, and Cycletta 40km bike ride in Brighton in November. This is a big deal for a mum of two with extreme pain and fatigue who is on a mission.
I may have to walk the courses on the day, I may crawl it, but I will do it.
I would like to thank Freya lingerie for supporting me during my training and for sponsoring me to attend the Cycletta event.
If you would like to help me, you can donate to my JustGiving page here,. Contact me for info on how your brand can get involved. If you want to join me and take part with me, let me know, and above all else please spread the word and donate.
Let’s do this.
Last week after the Team Bangs graduation at Run to the Beat, there was an interesting debate going on in Twitterland about the dumbing down of sport for women.
Do we really need runs like the Boutique Run and Grazia Bootcamp to lure us into getting sweaty, or is it an insult to our femininity and intelligence to powder puff exercise and give it a spray tan presentation?
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