Monday, 14 November 2011

Getting back some "me" time

Recently, I read a post by Claire Legrand, and it brought home to me how much my life had become work and writing, with no time for anything else. Don't get me wrong, I love my writing. The creating new worlds, characters, and following their stories - there's nothing like it.

Still, I used to do other things, and what with work taking up such a lot of my time, every other moment has become writing-oriented just to get something done. That post reminded me to do something else every once in a while - get back to other things I enjoy.

My response?

I located my half-finished cross-stitch (that would be the picture above - can you tell what it is yet :)). I used to spend a lot of time doing cross-stitch. I'm useless at sewing, but I find cross-stitch relaxing. The finding of it certainly wasn't relaxing. I'd had a tidy up (which automatically means I can't find anything) and it took me a while to remember where I'd "tidied" it to.

Having found it, I started up again. I'd got to a stage where backstitch seemed a sensible idea, so I continued with that. It was amazing how great it felt to do something different!

The same with a recent trip to the cinema with my sister. Nice to just spend some time chatting and seeing a movie.

I think I forget sometimes to put everything on pause and relax for a bit, and it's really true what they say: a change is as good as a rest :).

What about you? Do you remember to take timeout? What do you do to get away from the everyday norm?


Mina Burrows said...

My life consumes me these days. Its exhausting. I try to take time to exercise and get away to see friends from time to time. Nothing more. Wish it could be more. :)

Joshua said...

I only get me time when The Wife is sick and goes to bed early.

C D Meetens said...

Mina: I know exactly what you mean.

Joshua: That's a shame. I do relish my me time when I manage to squeeze any out of a day.

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