04 January 2014
On Comfort, Calm and/or Well-being
Well, last year, although I don't think I made any great announcement about it at the time, my theme was definitely "change". I was applying for new jobs; Steve and I were talking about moving house; it felt like life was about to take a huge leap forward.
I got to March and felt really let down that nothing at all had happened. Not only had nothing happened, but the sort of homes we wanted had shifted out of price range and I hadn't had so much as an acknowledgement of the majority of my job applications, never mind an interview.
But then - then - we moved house and I had surgery on my face and I started a fab new job all in the space of three days and my aim for change was well and truly met. Add to that painting every single room, turning down a bunch of unsolicited interview offers and a whole mess (sometimes literally) of other adventures and 2013 exceeded my every expectation.
I tell you what, though: it got exhausting.
But exhausting, too.
Mix in a couple of health issues and, by the end of the year, I was utterly wiped out. Not even my almost-two-week Christmas break has restored me. And Steve seems pretty washed out, too.
Less with the upheaval, I think.
This year, it's all about comfort... or maybe calm... or maybe well-being... I haven't decided which word to use.
It's about investing in really good quality pillows for our bed. It's about making lots of time to read lots of books. It's about drinking hot chocolate with warm milk instead of boiled water, but cutting down on the booze. It's about watching favourite films (most recently The Straight Story which I love and recommend). It's about accepting invitations but prioritising time alone together. It's about arranging to see people we love in Paris. It's about looking at 1920s photos with my Grampa and having hopping competitions with my four year old nephew. It's about just ten minutes a day of keeping on top of the tidying so we need never feel overwhelmed by mess. It's about hanging pictures on the walls and having music where and when we want it.
And that's just the first four days.
My focus for the coming months is more of the same: a comfortable home; people we care about; and lots of care for ourselves.