There are two times during the year that I start to feel twitchy. I start to feel the need for lists, for new beginnings, that it's the time to take action. I get that little buzz from new ideas, new projects.
Photo: Taken by me (iPhone)
One of these times is the period between Christmas and New Year when the urge to start a list is just too strong to ignore. The other is now, the start of September. Now we all know I like a project and a good list but there is something about these times of the year where it is particularly strong. It probably has something to do with the weather changing, the start of the countdown to the end of the year, the fact that my holiday entitlement is fast being used up - but it is most likely to be the many years of returning to school after the school holidays.
In fact, I've just googled it. After not really knowing what search term to use 'back to school syndrome' seemed to do the trick. In an article on cosmopolitan.co.uk there is evidence to suggest that I am not alone. The article talks about exactly what I have been feeling, stating that 'essentially, after 16 years of school and uni, we’re mentally programmed to get ready for new beginnings in autumn' and that following the summer we are 'more focused and therefore more emotionally ready for change'. Apparently, and I could not find a source for this elsewhere but, stats have shown that more than 70% of us are still more likely to make a life-changing decision in the month of September.
Well at least I am not the only one going through this. I had started to put these feelings down to various other things. My 'baby' is growing up fast, I've been in my job for nearly 12 months, we have been getting itchy feet with our house etc, etc but this has probably just made things feel stronger.
All the talk about 'back-to-school' on the tv, radio, and in shops has after (a fair) few years out of the education system started to feel a bit too real. Children's friends are starting school and there are only a couple of years before it will be E's turn. School life will be here all too quickly I am sure.
So, I might have to embrace these feelings. Start a new hobby (urm, I may have tried that before!) or maybe I should just treat myself to some new stationery.
Does anyone else have these feelings? I'd love to hear your experiences and solutions!
Since going back to work full time weekends have become so much more precious.They've always been the best days of the week but at the minute they feel like the only reason to survive the week. But, with that comes the pressure to make them count.This weekend was a mixture of laziness, seeing family and seeing friends. The thing that tends to be missing from most of our weekends is time with just the three of us. Maybe Mr B is working so it's just me and the little one, or there is family to see who have flown in from here or there. Or there are the normal jobs to do. You know, the washing, tidying, gardening, the mundane that you don't notice until they're not done! Time as just the three of us seems to fall off the 'list'.We are fortunate to live close to immediate family and this weekend alone we've seen both sets of parents, an aunty who lives in Italy and her son who's at uni in the UK, my cousin who lives in Sydney, friends from school, friends from Uni, our 6 week old niece and another aunty who lives in Texas. We've shared meals, eaten out, drank wine, played in the garden and been for a walk at a local country park. The best thing is E just loves being in the company of others. He's very social and is in his element with a hoard of admirers. And I'm not going to lie I do try and make the most of this with doting grandparents and aunties around him I try and get to put my feet up for at least 10 minutes :)So it's been a great weekend, jobs haven't got done but fun has been had. Now the dread of the week ahead begins. Happy Sunday evening all!
Working full time in quite a demanding job with a two year old is clearly not conducive to keeping up a blog. I remember before I started working full time in March 2012 I asked on Twitter for recommendations of any blogs from mum's who worked full time. I thought a few tips from those who were 'doing it all' would be useful. I had a couple of recommendations but the responses that have stuck in my mind are those that said 'don't be crazy, mums working full time won't have time for blogging'. I scoffed and thought I would be able to.
So, no it is pretty much impossible. Getting through the days and the weeks is enough for me. I get home and once little one is in bed, which unfortunately isn't at normal small people's bedtimes, I crash. Completely.
But, I have missed it, missed writing and having something that is mine.
To be honest I had given up on the blog. Decided it was from a different point in my life but then Blogtacular was announced on Twitter.
I've never been happy with the 'mummy blogger' tag as there is so much more to me than being a mum - boy there was so much more to me BEFORE becoming a mum - and finally there is a blog conference that is about creativity and inspiration rather than being a mum, or being female.
So, here's the thing. I can't really be part of Blogtacular if I am not blogging. Just because once upon a time I 'had' a blog doesn't really cut it.
All I need to do now is work out how to fit blogging back into my world. Advice welcome!
I have 9 months to sort myself out before Blogtacular. Crikey I could have a baby in that time, surely I can type some words and collate some pretty photos?!
At the weekend we went for a lovely Autumn walk in the woods near our village.
We explored and walked and shouted as loud as we could.
We looked across fields and spotted some squirrels. We saw horses and dogs and cyclists.
I was even able to take the time to spot the little things. The things that you often don't notice.
We ran through leaves and collected sticks. After all a woodland walk wouldn't be complete without a stick!
Image courtesy of My Crush Party via Pinterest
So I want to start blogging again but there is no way I can continue with the blog looking how it does. It has been like this since 2009 and well, a lot has changed in that time.
Some people don’t mind what blogs look like, some people like lilac and pink and sparkly bits but not me. Design matters. Yes, I am a design snob. Less is more and white space is king.
I chose Blogger back in the old days due to its ease of use but let’s face it Wordpress is the platform of choice for those that really know what they are doing. Or is it?
Is it just that Wordpress templates are a little more professional and a bit less ‘hobby’. A quick search came up with a few template download sites for Blogger which may yield some results and I have saved a couple but they are very reliant on imagery, which although I do want to increase as part of my blogging is always the most time consuming bit. Also, to say I am a little scared of updating my blogger template is a slight understatement. I have been tweaking the current template continuously since 2009 and can’t quite remember what I have done but I have backed it up so all should be fine.
But the niggle remains, should I take this opportunity to switch to Wordpress? Is it required to be taken seriously as a blogger? (If there is such a thing!)
If I stay with blogger is there anything else to consider, I want the best comment plugin as possible and I like the LinkWithin plugin, do I also finally sort out the URL (I have owned theprojectlab.co.uk since 2009!). What has changed on Blogger since 2009 that I need to consider?
Any advice greatly received!
So I have lost count with how many of these types of posts that I have written over the years. You know the score. I haven’t blogged for x weeks/months/years. Well it has been 7 months on this occasion.
My last post was celebrating E’s first birthday and just a couple of weeks after I started working full time. My ambitious vision of working full time and managing to keep up a blog failed quite quickly. Not necessary due to a lack of time but a definitely an increase in tiredness. Seriously there just aren’t enough hours in the day! However, I seemed to decide that being a full time mum and full time employee wasn’t enough and took on even more by volunteering as a marketing coordinator for a new Oxfam Fundraising Group and arranging and promoting events to raise money.
Um, yes. There is a reason this blog was called ‘the project lab’ as I always seem to have to have something going on. This certainly hasn’t changed.
So, as nothing stays the same forever we move into October with me due to change full time jobs and a personal vow to start blogging again. I often read back through old posts and they really do bring my memories of E’s first year to life. It’s time to start capturing his second year properly…and making the time to do so.
A very belated post but things have been a little busy around here, but we certainly celebrated E's first birthday making a full weekend of it.
On Friday, his actual birthday, we opened some presents, went to the zoo and had some cake, just the three of us.
On Saturday we had a small family party, opened some more presents, eat some more cake and played with new toys.
On Sunday we did some more playing and eat some more cake with friends.
It was perfect in every way and E had a great time. Yes, I still can't believe he is one but I am just about getting used to the fact that he is no longer a baby and is definitely a toddler. My toddler.
Photos from week 9 including a first birthday, cat and rocking horse!
Just reminding us how old he is
Rubbish photo but the only iphone one I took!
062 (at beginning of post)First Birthday at the zoo
Playing on the rocking horse