A couple of weeks ago when I wrote this post about feeling as though I'm being pulled in too many different directions a friend sent me an email with some useful suggestions. One of them was to write a list of all the optional activities I take part in and decide how important they are, how much time they take, what I get from them and what would happen if I didn't do them. She then suggested I make a second list of the things I don't have enough time for.
I haven't physically made the lists yet but I have given them a lot of thought and the one thing I never seem to have enough time for is working in my garden. I always forget how much I enjoy it. But this afternoon I decided to make the most of the wonderful autumn sunshine and cleared out my vegetable beds.
And after two hours of clearing, digging and harvesting in the fresh air and sunshine, I realise that I do need to make more time to work in the garden. We have a large garden that takes a lot of work and usually doesn't look its best. Stewart cuts the grass but he'll be the first to admit that he doesn't know his Dandelions from his Delphiniums... and the less said about the Hollyhock/weed confusion the better. So if I want my garden to look good I need to put the hours in. So the first thing on my second list will be gardening... essential for my mental wellbeing on so many levels. (Do read Nancy's excellent post on mental well being)
And of course, with all the extra exercise I can indulge in guilt free cake eating... coffee and walnut this afternoon... which is just as well as baking is another activity that feeds my soul... as well as my stomach!