For me, summer vacation is a time for fun, busy days balanced by slow, lazy relaxation. It is a time without deadlines or rushing or obligations. It is a time to refresh, refocus and take stock.
It is a time to plan and organise; to make the most of our days. But, it is also a time for spontaneity and winging it and having a go.
And, it is as much a time for quiet and contemplation as it is for excitement and noise and adventure.
Everything slows down. Everyone relaxes and unwinds. Everyone takes time to simply be.
It is time for a break.
But, for me, summer vacation is also about taking advantage of those slower days and quieter times. To consider, to assess, to measure, to prioritise.
It is time to evaluate.
I will be enjoying our summer, and I will be writing about it, but I will be taking a step back from a lot of my self-imposed blogging obligations. I will be focusing on my own little corner of the web for the next couple of months.
Giving it some attention; it deserves it.
I will be making the most of every day of our vacation and ticking as many things off our summer bucket list as possible. I will be enjoying this time with the kids, as it will be over too soon. I will be savouring these last weeks before the wee girl starts preschool. I will be focusing on my family.
Giving them the attention they deserve.
In my must have a list kind of a way though, I am making a plan. An outline of the things I want to think about over the summer. I might not come up with an answer, I might decide that I’m happy the way things are, I might realise that my focus needs to be somewhere else entirely. But, for want of a better starting point…
My blog started as an on-line diary, a journal of sorts. It has evolved hugely since then, to a point where I worry that its overall content is no longer capturing memories, or our expat life, in the way I originally intended. What is the story I wish to tell?
However, I very much enjoy writing about lots of different things, and I don’t want to plan myself in to a corner! The direction I take needs to stay true to my original intent, but I want to develop other areas too. Which is leading me towards developing more features. Who is my audience?
This then alters my approach to linkys. I am too tied to other peoples schedules. I will continue with my favourites. I will join others as and when. I will drop to monthly on some that I love but simply don’t have the time (or content) to join every week. How do I write what I want to write?
Most importantly I will be focusing on my voice. I want to develop my style and ensure that all my content reads the same. How do I maintain my authenticity?
My house is chaotic. The mother of all projects, I need to focus much more of my time and energy on it! We are about to kick off works to replace the roof, sidings, gutters and windows, and that’s before we think about internal redecoration. How do I blog and manage these projects?
Along the way I have challenged myself to deal with the clutter. We have boxes in the garage that were packed when we left London over ten years ago. They need to be opened. They need to be sorted. How do I let go?
I am also painfully conscious of the fact that the wee girl starts preschool in September, and while I know that the time she is at school will help me achieve all of the above (!), I will miss her. For the last three years we have spent almost every day together, just the two of us. I need to make the most of the summer, and I need to ensure that I better organise my time going forward. How do I ensure I have balance?
And the most important thing? I want to be happy. I want to enjoy everything that I do. I want nothing to feel like a chore. I want nothing to detract from the time I spend with the kids. I want to finish the house.
I don’t want to feel pulled and frustrated and incomplete.
But, what if after all my planning and assessments, all my sorting and resolving; after my evaluation of life, the
universe blog and everything; my only achievement is a happier, more balanced life? Then I’ve won.
You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this week’s prompt inspired you; I look forward to reading your posts.