27.08

Take-time
Image found via Pinterest, originally via Observando.

This week’s resolution is inspired by an encounter I had at a petrol station last week. It was rush hour, and I wanted to get home so I could start cooking dinner, and the petrol station was absolutely rammed. I parked up behind a pump with a car already next to it, and waited. And waited. And waited some more.

When the guy eventually came out I was all set to scowl and tut at him for taking so long, when he smiled apologetically and ushered his tiny son along in front of him to try and get in the car as quickly as he could. His little boy was so sweet, snacking on a Kinder egg he’d obviously just been bought, and it melted my heart. I felt so guilty for being impatient, and gave the guy an extra big ‘Don’t worry, take your time’ smile to compensate.

And so my resolution for this week (and forever really, but we’ll start just with seven days) is to give myself, and other people, more time. I have a dreadful habit of forever being at least ten minutes behind (as mentioned last week) and it leads to a constant feeling of impatience and hurry. This impatience has a knock on effect for the people I encounter whilst running late, because it means I haven’t got the time to just relax and wait for them to get on with doing their thing, you know?

I’m going to try my absolute hardest to be more tolerant of other people, and give people more of my time instead of forever being in a rush to hurry on with my day.

*Generosity of spirit*
That’s what I’m aiming for.

Have you started out this week with a resolution of your own? :)

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12.08

Cider-with-Rosie-breakfast

I’ve been finding myself…’slipping’ recently. My morning routine has got slacker, I’m finding it harder to motivate myself to workout every day, and I keep ending up makeupless and in scruffy dog walking clothes at 5 in the afternoon. Of course, being makeupless and wearing slobby clothing is just fine and dandy, it’s just that they have such a detrimental affect on my mood, productivity, and even my energy levels.

Fellow work-from-home-ers, have you been through this phase too? Where the temptation to not bother wearing decent clothes or makeup lures you in, but eventually just ends up leaving you feeling…blah?

So this week my resolution is to make my work mornings more organised and structured, in order to feel better and get more from my working days. I’m going to set my alarm for 8am each day, be out the door taking Ted for a walk no later than 9.30am, workout as soon as I get home, and then shower and put on some presentable-ish clothes and makeup before getting started on my day’s work.

I’m excited for this resolution! I think it’ll be a harder challenge than any of the others so far, but if I manage it, it’ll make the biggest difference to my mood and wellbeing.

Are you starting out this week with a resolution of your own? :)

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05.08

Tidying-stuff-up
Image: From ‘The Art of Clean Up’, by Ursus Wehrli

Have you ever heard of that old saying that in order to keep a tidy home, you should never leave a room empty handed?

The idea is that if you always leave a room taking with you something that doesn’t belong there and return it to its rightful place, you home will always stay tidy and well organised.

I’ve been working hard on being tidier over the past couple of months, but still have a long way to go. I have a dreadful habit of completing tasks (getting dressed, making tea, baking, working on my laptop etc.) and as soon as I’m finished, walking away leaving behind the detritus (discarded clothes, spoons, ingredients, cables etc.) without even a backwards glance. It’s bad!

So this week I’m going to try my hardest to keep to the rule of never leaving a room empty-handed, and hope that it helps me to slow down and take the time to keep our house tidy.

Do you have a resolution you’ll be trying to keep to in the week ahead? If you fancy sharing your own Monday resolution on your blog, please do go ahead! I’d just be grateful if you’d include a link back to my post in yours, so that we can share the love around :) Happy Monday, everyone!

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29.07

A-Life-of-Geekery-Thai-chicken-soup Photo credit: A Life of Geekery

This week’s resolution is another food-related one! Last week Jason mentioned that he’d like to lose some weight and get fitter, and so I promised that I’d work on making the meals we eat during the week ahead healthier and cleaner.

I got started on our healthy-eating resolution over the weekend, and have to admit that the first meal I cooked and served up to Jase was a failure of epic proportions! It was roasted garlic mushrooms, giant couscous with courgettes, and a salad of lettuce, carrots and red cabbage. Jase tried hard to feign enthusiasm for it, but eventually his hatred for salad & couscous won out. He looked so miserable, I took pity and made him a sandwich to eat instead.

Jason’s thoughts on the dish? Direct quote…’It was horrible.’ ;)

Looks like I’m going to have to get creative to stick to this resolution!┬áHere’s what’s on our new, healthier meal plan for the week ahead…

Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut chicken soup)
Homemade pasta with a roasted red pepper sauce
Turkey meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce & pasta
Roasted butternut squash soup
Strip steak (one steak shared between us both) served with sticky rice, pak choi & sesame seeds

I’m also going to make a batch of Deb’s famous granola bars for us to snack on during the week, and have bought plenty of fruit and natural yoghurt for our breakfasts.

Are you starting off the week with a resolution of your own? :)

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