Taking Time for Me Without Apology

The other day, I was talking to a friend about how time seems to speed up as you get older. It’s kind of ironic if you ask me – just when we want time to slow down so as to enjoy the many gifts it’s given us, it speeds up instead.

After a spring snowfall this week, a student said to me that Mother Nature has a strange sense of humor. I’m inclined to think time shares a similar sense of humor. Here we are, already into May, while just yesterday it was September.

This has been the fastest year to date for me. I’m hoping it isn’t the new trend. And I have a sneaky suspicion the jump had something to do with the amount of hours devoted to my book. But given that I plan to keep writing and publishing, I don’t see things slowing down any time soon.

The best I can do is make the most of each day – which doesn’t mean that I spend all my time in busy mode. I think it’s equally important to take some time to care for our bodies and minds. I know it’s not always possible, but as long as we find a balance there somewhere, it’s all good.

Personally, I set aside thirty minutes every evening for a relaxing bath. It tells my body and mind that it’s time to wind down for the day. After my bath, I love to spend time with my other half. I started my bath ritual while on vacation last summer and just kept it up after that. I suffer from insomnia, but since starting my evening baths, I sleep so much better. I still have the scatter sleepless night, but those nights are fewer and further between these days.

I also take the time to work out every other day. I’ve been working out since my teens, so it’s become a lifestyle choice. And the closer I get to my nifty fifties, the more determined I am to keep working out. Those workouts give me strength and energy – neither of which I’m willing to give up just because I might be getting a little older. Age is never an excuse.

This blog is another form of me time. I love writing down my thoughts to share with readers – more or less successfully. My blog is meant to be informal and fun. I have no notions of it ever being a well-crafted body of information – nor is that my intent.

Rather, each post is organic and imperfect. I’m hoping my blog will grow along with me as a writer. Whereby I continue to share bits of my writing/publishing journey – in addition to bits of who I am as a person. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I like to mix things up.

And as you might recall, I’ve recently picked up reading again. The past number of weeks have been so busy that I’ve fallen off the reading band wagon – again. Ah well. I’ll hop back on as soon as my schedule allows me. What more can I do?

A couple posts back, I mentioned how I haven’t take the time to get my hair done in eight (or nine) months due to the hours spent on my book – leading to me feeling like a shaggy dog. Something had to give, right? Well, my appointment was on Friday evening. I now feel like a brand new woman. I promised that I’d share an updated selfie – and because I believe in keeping my word, here’s how I look now. 😉

As you can see, my hair is lighter and you can finally see my face. I’m also having fun and exercising my sense of humor with this photo . Fun is another thing that we need to take the time for whenever possible.

Before I let you go, I’d like to share a funny story with you. As I mentioned earlier, I like to spend time with my hubby in the evenings. Lately, we’ve been enjoying the NHL playoffs. I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so I’m always excited when they make the playoffs. I usually lose interest when they’re eliminated. I should also point out that I don’t consider myself a big hockey fan. I can’t remember the last time I watched a game during the regular season.

So after the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated this year, I lost any real interest in the playoffs – as per my usual. When my other half suggested we watch the first game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators, I said sure – why not. But I had no investment in the game whatsoever.

I started that first game by dividing my attention between what was happening on the T.V. screen and what was happening on my phone screen. Around halfway through that first period, I couldn’t help but notice how well the Winnipeg Jets were playing.

By second period, I was cheering them on. By third period, I was a full fledged fan. I couldn’t wait to see the second game! And by the second game, I was following the Winnipeg Jets on Twitter and Facebook. I wanted to see everything they were up to. At some point, my husband joked that I’ll be wearing the jersey next.

I’ll always be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan first and foremost, but I now have a new team that I love cheering for. The Winnipeg Jets rock! And what a game last night!

Well, that’s it for this week! Until next time, be kind to yourself. And as always, if you have any thoughts that you’d like to share, I love hearing from you.

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