As you will see from my previous post, in September I got myself a temporary job which I am LOVING but because it is only temporary I have kept my usual clients as well so doing twice the hours.
Working 50-60 hours a week as well have trying to fit in the family has meant my blogging ,theatre-going AND working on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days came to an abysmal end. Many things were nearing completion and not completed, others not started.
I have been very lucky in my working life. I had years of working in education, took a long break for the children and for the last three years I have been doing the administration for several small businesses including a dance school and an art school.
August means holidays! We had an extended break this year as our drive to the South of France took a while but we had a fabulous time thanks to three very successful AirBnb stops ( we used AirBnb for the first time this year – contact me for more info) and Canvas Holidays who were instrumental in giving the kids a great holiday, they are already talking about next year!
Fact is, because I have been so hell-bent on this doing this challenge, most of the others on my 101in1001 list have been neglected. Blogging is the sole reason why I have, to date, completed less than half of my challenges. Oh well, I don’t care that much – I love it.
I can tell that you are confused. This blog that you are reading isn’t that great, I only post occasionally and in fits and starts, when I picked my challenges I did envision that Sammioneill was going to become huge and I was going to be the middle aged equivalent of Zoella. Hahahaha *kidding.
Children are all consuming, we know that, babyhood means no sleep, toddlers keep you on your toes, and then just as you think things are calming down, they start gaining independence and their own ideas and before you know it you become their taxi driver and support worker.
Their hobbies and interests start taking over your life as well as theirs. Gone are the days where you took them to Jo Jingles or tumbletots for half an hour each week. But your little ballerina who twirled around in her tutu now wants to take on yet another dance discipline, your son who went to soccer skills each Wednesday for an hour after school not only has training each week but at least one match each weekend.
Gosh, this is a really difficult one to write about.
When I was putting together my challenges three years ago, I was browsing other people’s lists and something about this challenge resonated with me…
Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards
I knew that during the course of 1001 days I had to turn a corner and move on and forget all my bad memories. At least if I couldn’t ‘forget’ them, I knew I had to accept that these memories have shaped who I am today.
Oh my, oh my, I only have 9 months to complete my 101 challenges in 1001 days and I am ONLY 40% through. A disaster! Although a lot of challenges are on their way I must admit some I haven’t a hope in completing, these challenges either need tweaking or replacing to become managable – heeeeeelp!
This is part of my 101 things to do in 1001 days project! You can see the complete list here Please help in any way you can – inspiration, guidence, or just encouragement – it all helps.
However on a positive note I HAVE completed another ten and they are all blogged about and here they are!
When I set out my 101 challenges back in 2014 I had no idea how difficult some of them would be to achieve, not because the challenge is hard but because timing just doesn’t work out. If I had to set myself some other goals I would be far more realistic.
Doing something everyday for a week is fair enough, if you fail you just start again but doing something every month or every week for the entire challenge just shy of three years is impossible.
Try ten new things to eat proved to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. I guess I’m quite lucky really I’m not a fussy eater the only food that I’ve had trouble with is that some sort some for citrusy fruits (allergy) and coriander (yuck) but I found it really hard finding food I had not tasted before.