Monthly Archives: October 2016

What Sally learnt this week: Recharge

Having recently returned from a holiday I was feeling relaxed and calm, for about a week.  Then the magic faded.  I was tired and felt like I already needed another break!  Which seemed ridiculous.  But then I thought about it…

We recharge our phones every day.  Why shouldn’t we recharge ourselves?  It kinda makes sense!  Instead of running ourselves ragged and then needing a big  ol’ holiday, why not take a time out every day to recharge?

However sometimes I feel guilty if I sit down to just ‘chill.’  My over active brain is like – ‘hey, get up lazy bum, you should be writing,’ (or doing the dishes, or going to the gym, or insert the never ending list of things I could be doing).  Well, MR CRAZY SLAVE DRIVER, I can’t write 24 hours a day!  I need to live a complete life in order to have experiences to write about.

So I’ve begun this crazy new notion where if I have time to spare I don’t suddenly fill it up.  Instead I take a bath or dance around my room shaking my bon bon’s to J-Lo.  The way you unwind may be different to me (at least the J-Lo bit I imagine is).  Maybe for you meditating works or calling a mate for a chat is better?

Whatever it is I get the feeling it must be done daily and actually made a priority.

Because you don’t want to come to the point where everything becomes overwhelming and you want to go postal on everyone’s arses!  There’s nothing worse than trying to remain calm when you’re hanging on by a thread.  Taking time out every day to recharge, may be the answer?

The way I see it is- even if we feel guilty, we really must recharge ourselves.  Our lives depend on it.  It’s kinda like that old drink, driving ad- STOP, REVIVE, SURVIVE.  If we don’t recharge, we won’t survive.  I’ll go one better-  we won’t really live.  We will just exist without taking time out for things that help us feel real joy.  Maybe the saying should be…

STOP, REVIVE, THRIVE!

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What I learnt this week: Walking

When I plan a holiday it usually ends up being pretty adventurous.  This time was no exception and I spent 11 days walking the Portuguese Camino.  Let me tell you when you’re trekking up to 30 km’s a day in the blazing sun you think a lot! (You mainly question if you are in fact crazy).

It has been a challenging year for me – personally and professionally.  I wanted time to step away, reflect.  In my mind walking the coast would be a breeze, after all it was only 250 km’s.  I’d already completed the Spanish Camino in 2013 which was 800 km’s.

But I was wrong.

After the first day my ankles were bruised and swollen.  My body ached all over.  Maybe I underestimated the whole walking thing?  But I pushed on- through the pain, through the hunger, through the thirst, through the intense mental anguish.  And even when every step made me want to give up-  I kept going.

Sometimes life is like the Camino.  Bloody tough.  And you don’t want to take another step.  However sometimes you just have to keep going, push through. BUT sometimes you must stop and see where you are.  Otherwise you may get lost…

For me the walk made me look at my life and what I’ve built since moving back from the UK.   And you know what?  I liked what I saw.  I may not be exactly where I want to be right now but I’ve made changes so the things I still want have space to come into my life.

It took me 800km’s walking through Spain to realise I wasn’t happy with where I was.  I had to make changes- which I did.  So when I walked the 250km’s through Portugal I saw that because of the changes I made in 2013 I was now happier.  Yay for me!

But I couldn’t see this until I stepped away and looked at my life.  I got the perspective I needed.  Taking the time to step out of your world and view it with fresh eyes is a beautiful thing.

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