My apologies for the leave of absence... I still haven't finished reading the book, but I do miss you so I'm resisting my obsession and stepping back into the real world (clothes washing, house cleaning and -thankfully- this little blog).
It's been a while since I've posted a happiness file, because the last couple of Monday's I've been out of action on some sweet mini-breaks. To fill you in:
The first weekend, Kym and I roadtripped to Melbourne. We went to the Melbourne Design Market. It was lovely to see some designers that hadn't yet ventured to little adelaide. We also went to a 30th birthday gig (our reason for the trip), which was fabulous. We went to an AFL game, which was... less than fabulous. (I have vowed never to go again, however if I do, I will have to be drugged or restrained to ensure I don't pick a fight with any burly men for their offensive language around children. Really.)
The second weekend I visited family in the Blue Mountains. It was slow paced and filled with food, gossip and stunning views. I loved spending quality time with my aunt, uncle and cousin, who I don't see often because of the distance. I always leave conversations with my aunt feeling inspired to pursue my passions and think about the things that are really important. It was just the push I needed to confirm my move to part time hours at work (thus today I will be working on a couple of e-books and articles to send to publishers... yes about creative and ethical living). Today I am the little engine that can and will.
So.... back to my happiness file. I've had a number of people ask me about the experience of dropping hours at work and changing to part time. In short, it has been absolute bliss. I didn't realise how much my job was impacting on my mental and physical health until I slowed down. I'm feeling calmer, confident and capable to deal with dilemmas at work (of which there are many) and have energy and clarity about my personal life. Every Monday, my home becomes a private temple where I have the time and space I need to exhale the week that has been and prepare myself for the week ahead. I'm finding I'm much happier 'out of the game'. That's not to say I won't pursue 'higher' positions in the future, but I do suspect I will have a close eye on my work-life balance- which, I suppose, is exactly what this experiment in creative and ethical living is about. I can't recommend highly enough giving yourself the extra day to look after yourself.
Time and space brings a whole new perspective.
What's in your happiness file today?