Well, here I am post half-marathon. I didn't break any records in the race but getting back to this level of fitness is a great achievement for me. Now a shorter run like a 5K is a pleasure rather than a chore. Although a rather enthusiastic run on Saturday has left me with a torn calf muscle and an enforced rest.
Just to let you know all is well here even though I have taken an unplanned blogging break, as you may have noticed. Work has been all-consuming, but in a good way, as I'm enjoying covering a class due to a colleague's sickness. This is likely to continue until the end of this academic year but I don't mind as I'm enjoying the role of class teacher again. I'm teaching the best class I've ever taught, so I feel blessed.
Many things have had to fall by the wayside - such as reading, blogging, photography, decluttering and compiling my Friday links. I have been focusing on staying well though and my running has certainly helped with this. I gave up alcohol for April and this also gave me lots more energy and zest for life. May is all about moderation. We've been cutting down on sugar and carbohydrate too as Tim was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February but has now got his blood glucose levels down to normal with a very careful diet and increased exercise. Michael Mosley's blood sugar diet book was instrumental in this - thank you to my friend who recommended it.
While I've been very disciplined with my work and health I have relaxed on my spending and have made a few clothing purchases. My love of clothes has not waned but my spending habits are much more considered than they once were. My year of less spending has fizzled out too but a new change is that I'm no longer managing the food planning on my own and our spending is more consistent.
Since January I've been in the process of resetting many areas of my life. Finding a new balance between work and relaxation, minimalism and materialism and contentment and drive. I have found new focus but some areas are still a muddle.
So, here's an unexpected blog post. Probably not the one you expected to read or I expected to write.
A new balance is emerging and hopefully some new blog posts will too. All in good time.
Be happy xo
Every week I like to share wonderful reads and resources to inspire simplicity, mindfulness and living well on less.
- 12 Ways To Stay Motivated To Keep Fit by Susannah Taylor via Get The Gloss
- Happy Valley: female solidarity is stronger than male exploitation by Elizabeth Day via The Pool.
- 7 Simple Spring Cleaning Secrets: Are You Ready To Clear The Clutter? by Dan Erikson at Hipp Diggs.
- 10 Ways Minimalism Saved My Life by Erin at A Welder's Life
- The 9 Secrets Of Tidy Families from Fat Mum Slim
- spring!! beautiful images from Artemis at Junkaholique
- Pope Francis on Instagram
Wishing you peace this Easter.
- 5 Simple (But Powerful) Tools For Fighting Stress by Chris Kesser. I think number 3 is a useful tool. I don't know where I found this site but I'm glad I did. I like Chris' holistic approach to health.
- From Country Living, How to take your porridge recipe to the next level. I'm getting through a lot of cinnamon this week, it's so warming on cold mornings.I don't know about savoury porridge though...
- Small changes for our young people, What if Schools Taught Kindness? via Greater Good.
- This blog because I couldn't choose one sassy post over another.
- The self-help books that aren't just for January by Kat Brown via The Pool.
- Dear Younger Self, by Miss Minimalist.
- The Small Flat that's Big on Romance via Homify.
- Pretty pics of The Book Barge but you'll have to buy this month's Country Living. Yes, I indulged.
- Why Legumes are the New Meat via Khoollect. Healthy. Tick. Budget friendly. Tick.
I think I've ticked enough boxes. Happy Friday!