Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Lifestyle Change - R2BC

We Love London!
"I'll still be blogging," I wrote back on December 1st 2018, when we announced that Reasons 2B Cheerful was taking a month long break for the holidays. And then I didn't. Of course we didn't stop living, heaven forfend, but we went to London for Hanuka and when we returned after only one week away, work suddenly got very hectic and it got cold and it always takes me a while to settle back into real life after a holiday. LSS, I've not blogged for about six weeks.

We had a fabulous time in London. My Mum took us all to see "The Lion King," as a big 10th Birthday celebration for DD. It was amazing. I can cross that trip to Africa off the bucket list as I feel like I've been - and without the malaria shots or risk of ebola virus. We had lots of family Hanuka parties - ours, my sister's in-laws, and an extra one for DD's birthday supper. We went to my nephew's school play which was lots of fun. If you're counting, that's five evenings out of the six we had available. In between we went shopping, we saw the lights in the West End, went to the Hanuka candle lighting and concert in Trafalgar Square, and hung out with friends. It was a really lovely break.

I thought about blogging. A lot. I kept thinking of things or seeing something and I'd instantly go into blog mode - how I was going to write this up and what photo would I use to illustrate it. And then I'd have an hour to write and I resisted. I don't know why. I certainly wasn't short of things to say.

One thing became very clear over the past few weeks, and it's something I've seen in other parenting blogs that have survived the years. DD turned 10 during the holidays and this blog has changed over time, as we have changed. It's no longer just a parenting blog but has evolved into a bit of everything. A lifestyle blog? I'd like to write a lifestyle blog but I feel like I need a lifestyle.

Obviously I have a lifestyle. It's sort of chaotic, lived by default, lots of procrastination, and, it must be said, not the role model I want to portray for my DD. There's a book called, "The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy." So it's been done and I could live up to a similar role, but I don't want to. We have fun and enjoy being laid back about things. However, you can be so laid back it's hard to take your eyes off the clouds above and deal successfully with the real life around you. I feel I need to live more purposefully.

New Year's Day came and went as work pulled the rug out beneath me. I needed to write school reports, hand in end of semester exams, and at my college they suddenly announced that all course materials have to be online. That means no more photocopying as the students can access and print out all their materials themselves. One of my courses is online so no panic there. One of my courses is planned and ready to be transferred but it's an enormous amount of work as you don't just want to scan and repeat. If you're already changing the format, you want to edit and improve. And adjust to a different way of teaching whereby the students don't have to photocopy reams of papers every week.

My third course is new to me this year. I've been making it up as I go along. I've been finishing the lesson plans on Monday nights and photocopying the material for everyone on Tuesday mornings before the lesson. It's been hit and miss but I figured that by next year I'll have lesson plans ready for the whole year. Except now I can't do that because they want everything up and accessible for the rest of the year. So lots of work hit me all at once.

I did the inevitable when faced with such a tsunami. I got sick. And DD followed my lead because she also wanted some time off school during a week of stormy weather. I had the whole week at home - some for my sickness and some because I couldn't leave DD at home on her own all day. I didn't get any actual work done, but I do feel refreshed and ready to hit the ground running tomorrow.

I need a plan. Planning is my favourite thing to do. Implementing the plans, less so. I don't know where this "Project Lifestyle" will take me but I'm up for the ride. I'm feeling cheerful about it. So, a bit late but.... Ready! Steady! 2019!

Reasons 2B Cheerful is back with Becky for January 2019 and I'm joining the R2BC linky over at Lakes Single Mum. 


20 comments:

  1. So glad to see a post today - I was about to email you if there was nothing this weekend.
    Sounds as though you had a wonderful time in London - and it was certainly a busy time!
    Where did December go? It all becomes a bit of a blur - fun - but hectic and you really do lose track of the days! The kids were off school from Dec. 21st to January 7th so this past week has been all about getting back to normal.
    I never thought of your blog as "just" a Mummy Blog - you talk about living in Israel, travel, food and your work - all of which I find really interesting. I'm sure that whatever you write about will be interesting - so welcome back.

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    1. Thanks Margie, I hope I'm back writing more regularly from now on. Happy New Year to you. I also find your comments interesting as you often include insights into your life and life in Cananda. xxx

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  2. Good to see you back, I like your posts!

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  3. I thought for a moment you were about to say you were stopping blogging! Phew :) I know what you mean about it all changing though, I never thought for a moment that I'd still be blogging all these later when I wrote my first post with a baby on my lap! and the 'blog mode' I can really relate to as well, I don't do it as much since I slowed my blog right down but it's always there in the back of my mind at least.

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    1. I can't decide whether to slow it down or rev it up. It needs a positive decision and not just to be allowed to limp along.

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  4. You are a beauty inside and out. You will find a new way but then again I think you are doing well already but like most of us just don't see it in yourself as much as you should. So pleased you enjoyed London and envious of the Lion King trip. Highly recommend taking some time out to plan though - working wonders at my end. #R2BC and yes I tend to naturally be of the chaotic kind family wise weirdly as far more planned work wise.

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    1. Time out is not on the cards for a while as I just had a sick week at home and the next school holiday is in April! (Apart from one day in March that is full of celebrations so no time out there.) I'm hoping for a snow day on Thursday. Thanks for your lovely comment, xxx

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  5. ohh project lifestyle! I love it, my blog has very little parenting on it nowadays, as its no longer appropriate with the kids being older to talk about their personal issues. I can't seem to get my head around calling my blog a lifestyle oen either as in my mind that means I'd share recipes, fashion and home decor posts and I'm just nto interested in those things! lol

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, have a fab week ahead. Mich x

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    1. Thanks, Um can I have a different sort of lifestyle with no recipes or fashion or home decor?

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    2. I'm liking your suggestion of Personal Blog, Candi. Or something similar.

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  6. So glad that you are back. I’ve missed your posts and, although I rarely comment, always enjoy reading about life of someone of a different religion living outside the UK. Your visit to London sounds such fun. I’m so jealous (loll) Good luck with all the changes taking place at work.

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    1. Thanks Lindsey. I really need to get that work stuff done and I'll feel a lot less overwhelmed.

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  7. I know you write a lot about parenting, but you cover a lot of other topics too. To me Midlife SInglemum is less lifestyle, more personal blog, and there's not enough of them around these days. I hope you keep on doing what you're doing so well xx

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    1. Oooh, I like that - Personal Blog. Mich scared me off Lifestyle Blog when she correctly mentioned that Lifestyle Blogs are usually about recipes and fashion, etc...

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