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