I am on holiday. But as any self-employed/freelancer knows, that doesn’t really mean that I’m not working. It just means that instead of my desk looking out over suburban London gardens, this week my desk has a view of a giant agave and if I look to my left, the sea. In fact I’ve done quite well adjusting to the new holiday paradigm that when I woke up this morning I had no idea it was Wednesday and that my blog needed feeding. So, sorry folks, today I’m dialling it in a bit.
What I’m working on
It begins with G and ends with DPR. With the deadline so close I can’t ignore just how much work I’ve still got to do to get compliant. At least now (having done my data audit) I have a realistic appreciation for just how much needs doing, and it’s a bit daunting! After the Design Trust webinar last week I took the plunge and bought Lesley Cooley’s ‘Small business GDPR pack (for solopreneurs)’ and am finding it incredibly useful. It may seem like quite an investment, but I think it’s worth it to ensure that I meet my obligations, legally, and that I live up to the transparency and trust expectations of my clients and customers. Do check it out.
What I’m reading
No holiday would be complete without a stack of books on the bedside table. On the go so far – a book about orange farming in 1960s America called Oranges by John McPhee and Neil Gaiman’s new Norse Mythology. My best holiday read, which I recommend to anyone who will listen, is Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker. It’s an absolutely beautiful and poetic account of flying, and all that entails, by a commercial pilot. You should know that I am a nervous flyer and yet this book is so lovingly written, describing the wonder of what it means to fly, that I wished I could enjoy the experience more. While I was on the ground, I could.
What I’m listening to
Mostly jazz in the evenings. During the day I enjoy the random sounds of the town and sea that float up from down the hill. So many lawnmowers today, and the odd boat honking. Twice a day I’m also listening to the guided meditations in this book ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ as part of the 8 week course. How is it going, you ask? Hard to say, but just the act of spending time trying to be more present feels like a win.
What I’m doing
The pool is just a tad chilly at 22 degrees, so most mornings instead of a dip I’m doing some yoga. I started a daily yoga practice about 5 weeks ago after some seriously bad neck pain and I’ve found it helps. Not only that, but I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, and relish having some quiet time to myself first thing. There are more yoga teachers on youtube than you could possibly ever need, and I suffer greatly from decision paralysis, so I went with one of the first people I found when I was searching for ‘yoga for back pain’. Luckily SarahBeth does a great video even if you’re not in pain, and her calm, straightforward instructions are easy for a beginner to follow. It’s a subjective thing, but I would recommend her channel to all. I’m currently doing her Month of Yoga 30 day challenge it’s going well.
What are you up to at the moment? Is work stealing your focus or are you able to find some time for ‘me’ activities that balance you?