Already, just a few days in, I’m learning more about what makes me tick and what ticks me off. Trying to focus on the former, and let go of the latter.
Garden/allotment – today was an allotment day. I had a list of pretty strenuous jobs I wanted to do – moving a couple of sacks of hens’ feed over to the allotment (bought over a month ago, but not yet moved), and cutting all the grass on and around my allotment and in the garden. As I use a push mower, it’s genuinely good physical work. I did both those jobs (and it was definitely a good work-out). There are a few more heavy jobs to do, probably on Friday.
Exercise/staying fit – in addition to working on the allotment, today was day 4 of my 30 days of yoga. I am enjoying it so very much. It could just as easily fit under the ‘stay sane’ heading: I finish each session feeling calm, refreshed and rested. A useful reminder of the difference a daily practice like this can make.
Craft/making – at the moment I have several knitting projects in progress. I think I will concentrate on finishing one of them, for the sense of satisfaction that always comes with completion.
House/home repairs, improvements – still working my way through the untidy state of my room – one more surface left to sort/clear and then I’ll need to move on to another part of the house, but for now this is paused in favour of concentrating on doing as much as possible on the allotment, while I still can. The beauty of making my own rules is that I can change them when it suits me.
Admin – today we have our first virtual farm trustees’ meeting, courtesy of Zoom. I’m interested to see how it goes, and how it feels. I know from others who use this at work that it can be very successful, so I’m approaching it feeling positive and accepting that it will be a learning experience for me. Others, not me, have been working very hard over the past few weeks and especially this week putting together a plan to give the farm our best chance of surviving this crisis. Like all the charities I know of, this will hit us hard. We’ve moved in a few very short weeks from celebrating our 25th birthday with some ambitious plans for the future, to hoping we’ll be able to survive as far as our 26th birthday. I am particularly grateful that I was able to hand over the role of treasurer to someone with real professional expertise and experience – if anyone can help guide us through these financial rapids it is him. Added later: the zoom meeting was a great success – well run, focussed, useful, and one of our best ‘attended’ meetings – definitely some learning points there to carry forward with us!
Kind deeds/something for others – I loved this Guardian article about what people in a village not so far from here are doing to help their community. This kind of thing is being replicated across the country (and I imagine, the world). We really have to make sure that we carry forward these wonderful, kind, thoughtful initiatives into our future world. And they give us a really positive perspective on how we can address the other crisis we’re currently experience (it’s the climate, of course)
Stay sane! – well so far so good. Rather to my surprise, I’ve been feeling much much better than I felt last week. I think this structure is really helping me – I begin the day with a sense of purpose, and I end it knowing what I’ve achieved (which 3 days in has always been something, even if less than I expected). I’m sure that like everyone else, I’ll have ups and downs. But truly, the longer this goes on and the more I hear of the struggles other people are having, the more I recognise my huge privilege and want to do what I can to help
How about you?
See you again tomorrow ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥