If we were having coffee today, I would ask you this while I pour your favorite beverage: How is it only two months until Christmas?
If we were having coffee, I would chat with you about making room—whether it is to make more room in a daily schedule or literally, creating a larger living space.
Making Room for Blogging
Ten months ago on December 26th, I retired from my day job of 32 years. I had to temporarily leave my part-time university lecturer job because of the rules of how my pension works. I was really quite the lady of leisure for eight months. If we were having coffee, I would remind you, that during this time I pushed hard with my new blog, committing to posting every day, which I did for through the end of May.
But then I had to make room in my schedule. Summer began full-on, with my hubby’s busy work schedule, as well as windsurfing season vying for my time. At that point I stopped posting on Tuesdays and Saturdays to make room for all these leisure activities. Yeah, I know, “tough life,” you might say.
When June began, I started my link party, The Leisure Link, and enjoyed hosting two months’ worth of link-ups. Once August came, I found myself traveling nearly the entire month to a variety of locations. Then I started back to teaching at the end of August. Believe me, if we were having coffee, I would tell you how exciting it was to travel, then get back to teaching.
I had to give the Leisure Link a hiatus, then drop down to posting four days a week. Once I got my bearings teaching and managing over 100 college students, I restarted the link-up only to sadly decide to stop it indefinitely. It was just too difficult to make room in my schedule for the care and feeding of managing a link party. The Leisure Link is still live through Halloween night if you still would like to give it a go one last time! All posts will be featured on an upcoming Leisure Link round-up post.
I felt like such a failure for stopping the link, because I REALLY loved the idea of promoting the values of leisure with my blog and encouraging other bloggers to post and share their leisure experiences. Upon reading this information in a post last week, I was heartened by several bloggers who wrote encouraging words about my decision.
I am happy to continue my blog and my Leisurely Thursdays series. My days as a leisure educator via blogging are far from over!
If we were having coffee today, my advice to you would be this: Knowing that blogging is a form of leisure (you have chosen to write a blog, you are not under obligation to do so, and it brings you joy), ENJOY it and post what and when YOU want. Make room for this important pastime in your schedule and life and keep it FUN, especially if it provides satisfaction for you.
Making More Room
If we were having coffee, I would tell you with glee that our room addition is 99.8 percent complete. As we wait for the shower doors and the final tile seal, we spent this weekend moving back in to our master bedroom, now 280 square feet larger.
The construction started on August 3rd and took three months. Very fast work! I shared about the progress in this post Living in Dust. Having construction guys tromping in and around the house 5 days a week can be a distraction. Almost daily, I would talk to the contractor about something, and unexpectedly, I needed to make room for these discussions. Of course I had to make more room to show hubby the daily changes when he arrived home from work. No wonder I couldn’t get anything done!
Here are a few photos of some before and after shots. I plan to write a post soon about “Coping with a Room Addition,” so stay tuned for that.
I hope you enjoyed the coffee. Make room in your life for the things that really matter, whether it is blogging, leisure time, family time, or any other pastime for which you are passionate.
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