January 2021 – Escapism at home

As we entered a new year the inevitable announcement came that once again we were being asked to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

One thing I decided to do with the lockdown announcement was to turn my phone off at the weekend as I don’t need to be anywhere and in most instances, I’m not needed by anyone (my landline is still available if my family did need to get hold of me) so why would I need it to be on? As much as I love social media and interaction with people I sometimes feel that I can’t fully relax at times.

I believe that your home should be your sanctuary a place where you can escape from the world and mine is very much that! And these last 10 months have made me realise even more how much I love being at home. Yes there are DIY jobs that need doing, most of the rooms could do with a fresh lick of paint and a bit of a declutter but overall I love my house/home. I feel lucky that I’ve got space to be able to have a dedicated home office, a place to sit and read/meditate and a garden (very overgrown at the moment) but still my own outdoor space. So often in life we take things for granted when we are distracted by other stuff going on, this period has taught me so much about the things that really matter to me and one of those is being able to work from home and have the separation between my work life and home life.

I must admit as I’ve said before I really don’t have a problem with being at home on my own, I did cry when the live announcement was made, I guess there are many reasons for this but mainly I felt sad for all the people out there who do struggle with being at home and/or have lost loved ones over the last year or so. I am missing seeing friends in real life, a zoom catch up is fab but just isn’t the same as being in the same room as someone you care about.

Business-wise, the month started off pretty quiet so I thought I would use my time to work on a few business/marketing ideas I have bubbling around in my head to see where they take me, more details of these ideas will follow very soon as these ideas/plans are coming along slower than I would like as work started in flood in mid-month and ultimately at the moment I have to prioritise paid work although this strategy HAS TO CHANGE because without doing marketing and business development to bring in future work then I know I’ll be constantly chasing my tail which is what has happened for years. And I’m determined that 2021 I am going to do things differently, will be quite challenging for me as I’ve run my business the same way for the last 9 and half years which has got me so far but I’ve got big plans and without doing things differently I know these plans won’t come into fruition.

For the large part of the month I was feeling quite buoyant and content with my lot however a couple of days before January came to an end I had a wobble, the tears flowed and I felt completely overwhelmed with life. I’ve come to accept that our feelings come and go & to let them run their course, which is what I did, I was kind to myself, had an early night knowing that the next day will sun will rise again, the following day I was feeling so much better, ready to take on the world again, I decided to share this experience on social media as I felt that often on social media we tend to just see the glossy side of life & wanted to so that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. I had an amazing response to my post. I didn’t post it for likes or follows I just wanted to say it’s ok to have wobbles!!

Until next time, stay strong and stay safe xx

Published by lincolnshiregirl

I'm 40 something gal living in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire, England. I run my own business which is a rollercoaster of good times and bad times but it is what makes life interesting. I'm a self-confessed foodie, which some people might think is bordering an obsession, but a good obsession I would say. I am a fully qualified food technologist, nutritionist and personal trainer and use my skills and knowledge to keep striving to better myself in all areas of my life. Despite being dyslexic I love reading both fiction and non-fiction books and usually have four or five on the go at any one time. I enjoy keeping myself fit and healthy by regular visits to the gym as well as enjoying open water swimming and sometimes I'm brave enough to swim without a wetsuit. This blog is all about my life and adventures.

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