August 24: Productive and slow …

Is it possible to be productive at the same time as taking it slow? In the past, I’ve always worked at a fast pace, but lately, since slowing my life (so to speak), I’m more inclined towards a methodical plod. Today has been a great example of the possibilities of having space to breathe and time to think.

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Water dripping from the gutter

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Our Australian flagpole came down (again) in the big storm last Thursday (the night I flew to London). Luckily Leo got to it before it could do any damage

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Free water!

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My lovely little cherry tomato plant keeps giving! They’re so sweet – I seem to always pop one in my mouth as I walk past

Glorious and much-needed rain has kept me indoors today, but it feels like I’ve been working on things that need to be done. I’ve been asked to write four stories for a food magazine for chefs, called BISTRO, and today has been spent planning my questions and contacting people to interview.

I’ve never been a huge foodie – I love eating food but I don’t get excited about cooking at home. Eating out is a lovely thing to do, but more often than not it’s just to eat rather than to experience. We all need to have more experiences when it comes to eating!

In London, I did something very out of character (and out of budget!) by having lunch with a friend at the Oyster Bar in Harrods. Definitely a fun experience, and if we could have afforded it, I’m sure we would have eaten more food! Six oysters and three carafes of white wine do not maketh a filling lunch. A giggly lunch, yes, but not a filling one!

And yesterday’s outdoor event at our favourite restaurant in Wohlen bei Bern was an experience, if not just for the shots!

But I digress …

Taking time … to digress … 🙂

Sitting at my desk today has been very productive and helps curb that ‘out of control’ feeling when there’s a lot on my plate. (Pardon the unintended pun!) Slowly crossing things off ‘the list that never ends’ is calming and satisfying. Generally, I can be quite scattered when it comes to concentrating on one thing, and, in some ways, I’ve come to accept that. Doing small amounts of a few things helps with that overall sense of achievement. As the story deadlines get closer, I know I’ll focus harder, but today, preparing and planning has been a very relaxed affair.

That’s cool. Fingers crossed I can keep up this methodical plod without the deadlines causing stress!

Wishing you a wonderful day.

June 17: Possibilities?

One of my friends from German school, Iva, is married to Marko, who is a karate Dan. He has a karate Dojo and wellness centre on the Aare river in Bern. I’ve mentioned it before, when I did a yoga class there earlier in the year.

Marko has asked me to do some work for him on one of his websites, enso-shop.ch which deals with the selling of karate gear. On Friday, I’ll go in and learn the ins and outs of the website from him, and then eventually, I’ll be responsible for all things to do with the site. Neither of us are sure how much work this will involve, but he wants to push the site more than he’s been able to, because he’s so busy teaching.

This means I’ll be working in the office with Pastora as well, which will be fun. She works there five mornings a week. This could be my chance to get back into the swing of things and help promote his website, which thankfully is mostly in English. I’m very excited and hope I can do enough to make the orders soar! Learning more about how websites work will keep me mentally fit, too. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet, that this could be a job with possibilities.

Being in the city today (to meet Marko) made me realise how much I’m missing sugar. I’m in week two of the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program, when we can’t eat any fruit either. I was bombarded with people eating ice cream, Berliners and other sweet stuff that normally I wouldn’t think twice about buying. Grocery shopping, and seeing all the lovely bananas and watermelons etc was even harder. They’re healthy! But I’m committed to giving this sugar cleanse a real go. In week six, fruit is reintroduced. It was a dumb time to buy that cherry tomato plant – they’re all looking so ripe and yummy, Leo will have to eat them all!

Here are some other photos from my walk to the bus and time in town.

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More corn growing near us, with my favourite farmhouse on the hill

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This looks like silverbeet perhaps?

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A close up of the silverbeet?

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Healthy geraniums at a house on the way to the bus

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A lovely veggie garden on the way to the bus

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How cool is this bug? Love the colour!

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This is the path I take down to the river on the way to the Dojo

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The building on the right side of the river is where I’ll be doing some work

I use a running app on my phone, called MapMyRun. Today it sent me an email to remind me I haven’t been running in a month. A month! Oops! How did that happen? (Well, um easily – busy in the garden, raining, lack of motivation!) Will try to fix that asap.

The 30-Day Challenge with the plant names has also taken a backseat. I think I had a bit of burnout, searching the web for the plants I have in the garden, not knowing where to begin other than a generic description of what the plant looks like – the images always offered up so many options. I’m learning some Latin herb names now, starting with thyme – Thymus vulgaris.

Rather than searching for three to four each day, I’m going to scale it back to one from now on – I’d bitten off more than I can chew! Hopefully that isn’t the case for the website job with Marko!

Wishing you a wonderful day.