How goes it?
I must say, it is VERY cold here today in Kent.
You know the old saying,
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?
Well, I concur that this is true in Jill’s case, too.
Me being Jill, that is.
I guess the new-speak jingle is Work-Life balance,
and all that jazz.
As you know, we’ve been going like the clappers here at Clarity
for many, many months.
Nay! Years !!!
And as you maybe also know, we lost a good friend last weekend,
when dear Jayne Nestorenko passed away
after a long hard battle with cancer.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
When a good, clean-living woman the same age as you dies,
it makes you reassess what exactly you are doing with your days.
Well, it does me.
If the truth be told, Jayne’s death was on the cards for quite a while,
and therefore I have been questioning what I am doing with my life for quite a while too.
I could work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year;
but the workload would never ever be reduced,
the piles would never ever go down.
All I would do is make room for more work.
And nobody is going to stop me, except Dave.
He puts his foot down when I overdo it.
And my parents. They shake their heads and tell me to slow down.
Ultimately, it’s down to me to make the changes.
Starting walking is a good one.
The pledge I made for the love of Jayne,
to walk 10,000 steps a day until we raise £10,000
is making me step away from the desk - literally.
And thank you for donating to the cancer page I opened.
Together, we have already raised nearly £2,000.
Here is the link in case you want to do so:
So the walking gives me time to think about other things.
Like, wish I’d worn my hat!
Next thing: read a book.
When I was younger I was the quintessential bookworm.
Would read a novel in one sitting.
Would savour the words, the poetry.
Memorize lines from my favourite novels.
Always had my head in a book.
Always had a book in my head.
Don’t know what happened....
obligatory reading at Uni didn’t help.
The kids came along.
Work kicked in.
Lost the passion for literature.
And now I can’t keep my eyes open long enough
to get past the first page!
But that’s going to change too.
I have started re-reading an old favourite.
And if I have to read standing up, so as not to fall asleep -
then so be it!
I am already entranced,
back in the web of love and pride and prejudice!
I always felt that a good book was worth at least a second read.
And if I am to get back into the written word, then I shall start with one that had me hooked from the first page thirty years ago.
What I am trying to say in my clumsy way,
is that grateful as I am for the good ship Clarity,
and all who sail in her,
I would like to think about other things than only stamps and parchment and proposals and marketing and craft;
let my mind travel to other places.
Do you get me?
You know how you escape to your craft room and dive into your artwork to get away from your routine?
Well, I have the need to jump the other way a little.
If art and the blog were the only things on my agenda,
but you can’t run a business like Clarity on those things alone.
If you always eat the same meal, no matter how spicy it is,
and even if it’s your favourite food,
you will get sick of it.
And that’s why I am changing the diet, and developing two new habits:
walking daily and classic literature.
It doesn’t get much healthier, does it ?!?!?
Love & Hugs,