I’m in a funk….
It’s nearly the end of the year and I am left pondering and looking back on a year that I have let pretty much pass me by.
Granted I have had a hell of a lot to deal with but that’s no excuse for not “living”.
To tell you the truth I will be pretty glad to see the back of 2016. I feel that with the click over of a new year it gives us the chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
This year has all been about work and home. We get up in the morning, get ready for work and school. Spend the day working our bums off only to come home, work some more, before crawling exhausted into bed. Wake up next day and repeat the whole process all over again.
Therefore I am determined that 2017 is going to be very different.
My girls are all getting older and with this brings me a certain amount of freedom, so why not make the most of that freedom and concentrate on myself for a change.
With this in mind I have been perusing the “Interwebs”, hoping to come across something that’s going to float my boat.
I would love to discover a hobby that I feel passionate about. I’m not an artist nor do I sew. I cook but not for enjoyment.
I suppose the thing I love the most as a younger person were horses. My every waking moment of the day was spent with them and they were both my passion and my hobby.
They were also very expensive, as my parents knew so very well.
I used to enjoy ceramics. There was this little studio we would go to once a month.
I would pick out a piece to paint, marvel at my creativeness all the while eating cake and sipping wine. My masterpieces are still dotted around the house. So that is a definite possibility.
Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone
What I really want to do is push my limits. Break out of my comfort zone and try new experiences. I’m not talking sky diving or anything, but you get the general idea.
After a bit of research I managed to come up with some interesting ideas to break the monotony, get in touch with myself again and can help you get out of your funk too.
- Keep a journal and find the time to write in it each day. Take it with you when you go out. Find a spot under a tree or the beach and just write. Writing soothes the soul and lets you express feelings and emotions that otherwise would stay bottled up inside.
- Go horse riding, there is nothing more freeing that feeling the wind in your face and hooves galloping beneath you. Glenworth Valley on the NSW Central Coast was always a favourite of mine, perhaps it’s time for another visit.
Test Your Limits
- Test Your Limits. Tree Tops Adventure Park is one place I’m definitely going to try out. I’m going to take the girls and have a day of adventure climbing, zip lining and pushing our limits. There are 3 centres, one on the Central Coast, Newcastle and Western Sydney.
- Pick a new restaurant every month. Try a new cuisine something you haven’t tried before. We are very fortunate to live in a very multicultural city which is reflected more and more in the various cuisines available for us to try.
- Play tourist in your own city. Living in Sydney my choices are limitless. Museums, landmarks, shopping, it’s all my fingertips. I’m going to make a pact with myself to enjoy Sydney rather than take it for granted. Tourists come to this wonderful city each day and marvel at its beauty, I think it’s time I truly appreciated it’s beauty too.
- Encounter the Supernatural. One thing that has been on my bucket list for a while is the Quarantine Station Ghost tour. I have heard from those that been that you are pretty much guaranteed a spooky time. The Quarantine Station have tours for the whole family but there is also an over 18’s tour that is guaranteed to leave your hair standing on end.
Find A Hobby
- Take up a hobby. Quite a few years ago I loved to do ceramics. I found it very soothing and therapeutic taking a plain piece of pottery and channeling my feelings into it. Might be time to find another ceramics studio.
- Go camping and embrace the outdoors. Find somewhere out of the way and just commune with nature. Really rough it for a couple of days. Wake up early in the morning and breathe the fresh air. Remind yourself why we are all here. Sit and listen to the creek as it babbles and read a book…yes a book.
- Make a pact with your family to do something interesting and new every second weekend. Our lives get so busy with work, school, kids sporting commitments that sometimes our weekends just pass us by and before we know it it’s Monday again. The fact of life is that our homes have to be looked after, kids have sport, play dates and parties, but sometimes making the time to do something fun as a family is just as important. Even if it’s just a picnic in the park, a day at the beach, a bushwalk or a visit to the local pool make the time to enjoy just being with each other.
- Eat something really, really bad. A few weeks ago I took the girls to the Vogue Café at the Macquarie Centre in Ryde, Sydney. The Vogue Café has something for everyone. I settled for the Nutella Milkshake, Miss 18 had the Oreo Milkshake and Miss 11 a strawberry milkshake. Let’s just say these milkshakes are not your average milkshakes and they are very very naughty. You might want to go for a session at the nearby Ice Skating Rink afterwards to burn off all those extra calories.
Just Do It!
- Get Fit. Let’s face it life is more enjoyable if you have the stamina to keep up with it. I have started working out for 30 minutes each morning so far and to tell you the truth after about 15 minutes I was practically dying. Life may get extremely busy but I have been very remiss in allowing myself to become so unfit.
- Pick something from Adrenalin. I visit this site all the time, to buy gifts for others or just to peruse what I might like to do one day. They have everything for the adventure enthusiast. The choices are endless.
I’ve inspired myself writing this post and for once I’m going to get out there and enjoy life and put myself first.
I know that if I am happy then my kids are going to be happy and that’s a good thing for everyone!
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