Time for me


So, we're a week into the new year and I'm wondering what resolutions you might have made, and how well it's all going?

Well, I didn't make any... I'm not very good at giving up my favourite treats - like cake and tea - and I can't think of anything worse than going to a gym to get fit. I don't smoke and rarely drink... so not much there to give up

Then I came across an article in Harpers Bazaar which says more people want to quit social media than smoking this year. That really struck a chord with me as I struggle with the whole social media thing. I got real tired of Facebook and deleted my account this time last year. It was surprisingly easy and I suffered no feelings of withdrawal. I didn't miss seeing photos of friends doing the same old stuff week after week, and some of the things posted, by people I thought I knew fairly well, was sometimes shocking. Yes, I guess it is a platform for free speech, which I wholly embrace - obviously - but did I really want to spend my limited spare time scrolling through it all?

That was my biggest incentive for leaving... getting time for me.

I'm a busy mum and, as any mum will tell you, it's exhausting - physically and emotionally. I've done some demanding jobs in my working life, but most of those were 9-5 so, bar commuting time, the evenings and weekends were pretty much mine. Once you have a child there is no such distinction, especially during the baby and toddler stage, which is where I'm at right now.

Once I've got my little darling into bed I tend to collapse on the sofa with a cup of tea and, up until last year, reach for my phone and look at Facebook. I thought I was too tired to do anything with that short space of time in the evening before I too headed for bed.

How wrong I was.

Since making time for me, real time for me, I've started to read books again - even if some evenings I start nodding off to sleep after a few pages. I've started drawing again, and even treated myself to a new camera, something smaller and easier to take along with all the baby paraphernalia when we go out.

It's all led to me starting this blog, a place for me, for things that interest me and which I hope will interest you too.

I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to have some time for me again. As important and fulfilling it is to be a mum, partner and homemaker, I missed just being Vicki.

So, whatever your new year's resolutions are - or were! - I hope you remember to make time for the things that are important to you.

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