So stepping out of my comfort zone is becoming a “new way of life” for me already (I’m like a walking Oprah feature). The basic philosophy now is that I say “yes” more than I say “no”. Yes to things I’d normally shy away from, yes to things I would have decided are “not my problem”, yes to things that scare me, yes to things I “can’t” do. You get the jist. It’s massively liberating and something I would urge you to try sometime.
There have been a few things over the last few weeks that don’t warrant an entire post so I’ve listed them here (lest I forget my small achievements!).
Learning to play the piano (Jan 2011 – present) – something I’ve wanted to do for years and years. I finally got a piano at the end of last year and although it’s crazy difficult learning a new instrument as an adult, it is wonderful. Teacher says I’ll move beyond children’s music books by the end of this month……..*hopeful face*
Helping write a pitch for a BBC documentary (Feb 2011) – nice to dip my toe back into work life if only for a few days. Not easy after years away so was pleased to find I wasn’t too rusty.
Blog post for Folksy (Feb 2011) – I would have said no to this last year, perhaps out of laziness more than anything else. It’s yet to be published but I hear it’s coming…..
Made my first cushion cover on my sewing machine (Feb 2011) – MIL bought me a sewing machine at Christmas & I was so frightened of it, it sat in it’s box till the end of Feb when I finally got said MIL to help me get started. Dabbled as a teenager so it’s all coming back to me now. Addiction to lovely fabric getting out of control.
Family trip to Yo Sushi (Jan 2011) – urgh, jesus. No comment.
Burlesque class (March 2011 – present) – exhausting, ace fun and mildly humiliating. Everything you would expect from a class that teaches you how to dance around a chair like a high class hooker.
Actively supported retrospective planning for a small eco house built in the grounds of the local children’s home (March 2011) – easy to ignore a neighbours problem but I decided to speak to other residents and help support a beautiful little eco house the Children’s Home at the end of our lane have created for their young people to hang out in. (Let’s face it I’d rather they get stoned out of their box in a safe environment…..)
Other than a couple of running/climbing challenges I have planned over the summer months, I’m running short on places to dip my toe so any suggestions would be gratefully received (keep it clean though eh?)