Saturday, 12 January 2013

Life is What Happens…

…when you’re busy making other plans (John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”)

Royal Courts of Justice

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great time over the Festive Season and are looking forward to 2013! Can you believe that it has been four weeks since I was last here? Life is good for me at the moment, excellent in fact.  I had a wonderful trip to South Africa and have hit the ground running this year as I’ve thrown myself straight into work, studies and walking.

One thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is how much I love life in London.  Since last week, I’ve been alighting from the train at London Bridge and walking each morning to Charing Cross.  I go a different route every day and it takes me about an hour as I stop to take photos or get lost in the windy alleyways of the city.

It is magical and it has made me realise that I am not one of those people that lives only for travel or time away from the city.  I certainly enjoy travel but I realise now that I live for the other 300 days of the year.

Which brings me to today. I’ve walked 12 miles in the past two weeks, clocked up 10 hours of studying, and I’m dreaming about year end accounts, accruals and reconciliations.  I’ve specifically not forced myself back into blogging and I’m really happy about all of this. 

I want to say that I can’t do it all, and that even if I can, I can’t do it all without becoming unhappy, exhausted and a hermit, but the truth is that I can.  By the end of 2012, I was energised and happier than ever before; I blogged like crazy, wrote that difficult exam, was completely up to date at work and I’d kept in touch with my friends and family throughout. But something was missing and that was a sense of balance.  I wasn’t in a state of crisis but I did realise that I can’t go into 2013 with the same attitude.

I’ve realised that I need to spend more time going out and enjoying London rather than blogging about it, spend more time with friends rather than chatting to them on social media, and most importantly, prioritise my studies over everything else. I am under a fair bit of pressure at work to finish my qualification in 2013 – they are paying for it after all!

So what does this all mean for Emm in London and why am I posting this today? Well, it doesn’t mean that I am going to stop blogging and it might not even mean there will be fewer posts, but I have decided to blog less often.  It is all about discipline and priorities. I have allocated fixed blocks of time to blog but when life gets in the way, I am challenging myself to leave it and walk away, to not steal time from my other pursuits and to maintain a sense of balance in my life.

What I hope is that this will make for a better blog, one which focuses on quality over quantity, and one where I am better able to keep up with other bloggers.

That is my challenge for 2013.  What are your big challenges?



  1. Kudos for you!

    Balance seems to be a pretty good challenge, and I think I'll go with that ;)

  2. Challenges is life. I'm a loser at being social in real life, so it's probably the biggest challenge.

    It is often difficult to get the balance that makes one feel satisfied at all points in life.. I never make it and wish for more than 24 hour of a day.

    Wish you all the best for 2013 Emm and God bless you in all you do:-)

  3. Sounds fair enough to me. Sometimes I find it hard to see what I need to do next. Not feeling like you need to blog too often is a good thing. Blogging can get quite frustrating if you push yourself to post too often - I find that I run out of ideas or end up posting for the sake of it. My next challenge is to work on QBT Season 2 :)

  4. Happy 2013 :)

    Of course it doesn’t mean that you need to stop blogging, but it might well mean the posts are posted only once a week or that they are slightly shorter than before.

    I agree that it is all about discipline and priorities, but I would say the same about other aspects of life. If you work for 50 hours a week, your work-family-leisure balance would be out of kilter in exactly the same way as if you wrote huge blogs every second day.

    I learned the hard way. So now I only write blogs with material taken from my past lecture notes. This eliminates the need for all those extra hours of research and writing for the blog.

  5. Happy New year! I like the quote very much!

  6. I'm here wondering your trip to South Africa, my childhood dream......must have been really wonderful! I also love traveling, but I love even more to study and learn nem things, apecially for my future! That's what I'm doing at this point in my life, and it will last a good while yet......this is my challenge for the next years!

    Emm have a good year!


  7. Hugs kindred,...wowness..such stunning photos my friend....and a very wonderful read...wishing you a fantastic year..and i love all your posts/both your blogs..and look forward to your blogs whenever you post!! shine on..hugs and happiness!

  8. do you ever cut over to hyde park on a warm and sunny english day?????i used to have a box when i was 19 and go down every other day and spout off about my religion:"mormons""that was 57 years ago

  9. Good plan on the "quality over quantity" thing. Who has time for 3 posts a day anyway?! Happy new year!

  10. i so can relate to your thoughts. also: i do love what you said about travel.
    you had me thinking about it..

    p.s. i too post once a week. blogging can get quite can be incredibly time consuming too.


  11. You even sound happier in your writing. I guess the vacation, new outlook, and change in priorities helps. I shall miss your regular London posts. My challenges in 2013 is exercise more, eat less/healthier, and blog more on a regular basis which will force me to go out to take more photos. So far so good, but I have 11 more months to go.


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