July 13, 2015

The One Day Project // Quarterly Update 2

Have you ever heard of the expression: The days are long but the years are short? Do you want to know how short? Only 25 weeks are left-short! Yes, seriously!
Now, I am not going to start this whole It’s-Christmas-before-you-blink-lamentation in the middle of the summer. I am just pointing out the facts as they presented themselves to me last week, because last week was half time on The One Day Project and a little progress review was in order. What can I say, I might feel like I am at the peak of my productivity, but the data speaks a different truth.
Need a refresh first? Ok. At the end of 2014, facing THE longest list of unresolved resolutions, I decided instead of setting new goals and dreams I make fighting my procrastination habit my goal. So I vowed to find a way to finally cross off all these un-ticked goals by spending at least one day in 2015 on each of them. No fixed time tables, no required outcome; just doing it for at least 24 hours (or 24 projects) this year. Sounds easy? Well, there are 24 projects of knitting, sewing and crafting to be completed as well as 24 hours of running, swimming, biking, nurturing my herb garden, writing, learning how to juggle, practicing English and doing Yoga. I track my success on a simple telly chart ( I actually moved away from the modified goal tracker!) every time I complete one hour on a task. Here is where I stand on the 30.6.2015:

...learn how to knit. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...learn how to sew. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...practice more yoga. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...learn how to juggle. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...go more swimming. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...go more running. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...ride my bike more. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...do more craft. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...practice my writing. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...improve my English vocabulary. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...read more books. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...listen to more music. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
...nurture a herb-garden. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

So I am half way there, but not really half way through. Although, what kind of procrastinator would I be, if there wasn’t some procrastination going on? No, I have to admit there is still a long way to go. However, before anyone can slap their hands over their heads in despair, let me point this out: I am still going. I AM STILL GOING! That is better than staring paralyzed at the long list of to-dos or dumping my goals in frustration of the difficulty to reach them. I am still going forward. The waves of productivity might pull me forth and back, but I haven’t lost sight of the shores yet.

Some goals I am actually going towards in leaps and bounces. Usually the ones that I managed to really integrate into my life. That form an integral part of my day, so I don’t need to spent energy on deciding whether to do them or not. I just do them. Almost like habits.
My morning yoga is one of them. Over a month ago I started to watch the 30 Days of Yoga-series by Adrienne. Each morning there was a new video to look forward to. Some were half-hour workouts that earned me points straight away, some were only 10 min long, but those in particular reminded me that all I have to do to achieve my yoga goal is to continue showing up on the mat. That’s what I did. I showed up. Didn’t matter if I managed half an hour each time, as long as I showed up I managed some minutes. And those minutes eventually added up to a full hour and then 2 hours and before long I’ll have practiced 24 hours.

Same goes for my running. Who cares if I really run each time I put my trainers on? But I bet you, if I put them on and walk out the door I will do some running no matter what. And I will love it. No matter how miserable I felt about the idea before. All I have to do is put the shoes on. And putting my shoes on is the easiest bit.

Those are the easy goals. Obviously there are still goals that I haven’t made a single step towards, which brings me back to the facts I mentioned earlier. 25 weeks left, means there is technically not much time anymore. As it stands I will have to complete a project a week if I want to finish in time. But that’s the sweet thing about TODP. I actually don’t have to. No fixed times table means, I could do 1 project a week now for the rest of the year or I could do a 24-hour craft marathon in August alone. I found that is the best trick to stay motivated and focused. Making it sound like I have plenty of time makes me actually make things. On to the third quarter I am.

Nx

June 01, 2015

6 Days In New York: The Packlist

As a keen explorer I find packing for a trip almost as exciting as actually going for it. Contemplating on what to wear and how to maximize the outfit options with a limited wardrobe not only fuels my pre-travel excitement, but often turns out to be a fun challenge on minimalism and efficiency. I am just not one for lugging a lot of stuff around and like to keep it light. Yet, there has been many times where my suitcase basically stayed untouched. Safe to say, a good travel capsule is easier dreamed up than achieved.

Which is why I roam Pinterest now long before the suitcases need dusting off, pinning together my packing list. Since I have found myself mildly obsessed over other peoples suitcase fillings, I thought it might be fun and hopefully equally helpful to others to share my packing list for our week in NY, which on some wonderful miracle turned out to be just right. The black, white and grey might seem a bit minimalistic to some, but this wardrobe was really versatile and fun to wear. So if you are into your neutrals and ever find yourself travelling to New York in spring time, here is what I recommend to pack:

Two day dresses: One black, one patterned. (Preferable two that could be dressed up for the evening)
One pair of jeans: denim.
One pair of linen trousers: black. (Perfectly comfortable for the flight)
One jumper: wooly, grey. (Again, really comfortable for the flight)
One t-shirt: white.
One blouse: patterned.
Two cardigans: black and grey.
Two pair of boots/shoes.
One pair of ballerinas (or heels).

Also: a light jacket and a scarf.


Happy exploring! Nx

May 27, 2015

Currently Behind the Hedges | May 2015

Anticipating lots and lots of apples and strawberries.
Building the framework of our greenhouse.
Cutting ranuculus for indoors.
Digging up all the weeds.
Elevating the carrot beds.
Finding still potatoes from last year.
Gathering wood and beams and for the greenhouse.
Hunting down the first slugs.
Inspecting the radish and strawberries daily for slug attacks.
Lighting up the bonfire of weeds and hedgecuttings.
Mulching the strawberries.
Nurturing the first shy salad leaves.
Organising the remaining seeds.
Protecting the peas with glass panels.
Researching how to cut flowers.
Supporting the young apple tree and its rich baerings of fruit.
Trying to tame the raspberry bushes.
Uncovering the gooseberries from under the weeds.
Visualizing where to put the chicken next summer.
Watering more regularly now.

What are you up to these days?
Nx