I get times when I feel a great need to be doing something constructive and artistic, but I haven’t found something that works around the children just yet.
Gardening is great, but the results are slow and I’m more of an instant-gratification type. Knitting and crocheting the same, even though I am getting a lot quicker at both.
Scrap-booking, painting, sculpture or writing are great, but difficult with pre-schoolers around, and impossible with a speed-crawling baby intent on pressing the shiny blue button on the PC.
I am also easily bored, and need to give myself small, specific goals in order to actually get into a habit of doing something regularly. With the knitting & crochet I have a list of mad ideas to try, in amongst making practical items for sale in the shop, and I tend to sit down at the end of the day to do that.
With this blog, I am making myself post once a week, and trying to write about 500 words for each post. If I find I have a lot to say, I am writing out a couple of posts, and saving one for the following week, so I can either get ahead of myself or have a week off. It also helps me to think of topics if I write notes when I am inspired by something, so I can then put it together later on. I am carrying a little notebook around in my handbag for this purpose, but as I get most of my inspiration when driving, I think I need to get hold of a Dictaphone or something.
I have also been thinking about New Year resolutions. I decided a couple of years ago to set 3 realistic goals at the beginning of the year and make a decent effort to achieve them.
The first year I started I planned to: listen to and play more music; learn a new language; learn to run. I managed the music and the running, and researched what language I might want to learn.
This year I kept the language plan, and aimed to exercise regularly (running was out as pregnant by this time), I also aimed to cook more new recipes and build up a collection of tried and trusted meals. This ended up very well in me creating a fundraising recipe book for a local voluntary organisation.
I still have not managed the new language, but I will be buying myself an Earworms CD with some Christmas money, so I will add it to my goals for 2011. I think I can combine my next plan to start running regularly (when Kaitereo is in kindy and Hakopa is asleep) with learning Mandarin by listening when I’m on the treadmill.
So, that’s 2 goals sorted – learn Mandarin and start running regularly – now I have to figure out what else I can realistically achieve in 12 months. Knitted Taj Mahal anyone?