In the last post, I wrote about the the ride P and I took up into the mountains — the one that refreshed my mind, body, and soul on such a deep level that I have decided that this summer, I’m making big changes in my work schedule to allow for much more of that tempo libero (free time).
I simply need it.
I’ve been feeling rundown after a physically, emotionally, and mentally rough stretch that started when we lost our dear Pinters last December and culminated in a miscarriage I suffered last month.
I’m still in the depths of processing the up and down emotions surrounding so many events in the past six months; they’ve all been competing so ferociously for air time, and I know it’s time to listen to them.
It’s also time to really listen to my body and what it’s telling me.
It’s time to slow down and really drink in this Calabrian summer and all it has to offer.
Now I’m not doing anything crazy like taking a sabbatical for a few months (oh how I wish I could!), but for me, the upcoming pledge is rather revolutionary.
So I’m writing it down here for the world (well, you readers) to see:
No work on the weekends this summer.
And “work” includes accounting, invoicing, marketing, website upkeep, and social media, which as anyone who has ever attempted to have an online presence knows, can eat up a *lot* of time and energy. Anything work-related will just have to wait until Monday.
On Friday evenings this summer, I’ll be shutting down my work brain and doing only things I love, on a personal level, all weekend long. These may include but are not limited to:
- Trips to the campagna with P
- Long early morning walks with the dogs
- Playing with the goaties
- Sitting at the bar with my cappuccino for as long as I like
- Reading, for pleasure
- Writing, for pleasure
- Taking photos, photos, photos
- Scanning old family photos & archiving them
- Digging back into family genealogy after a several year lapse
- Picnics & barbecues
- Watching television, yes including crappy reality TV!
- Catching up on movies
- Nothing at all
And I reserve the right to add to this list of ideas at will, and, incidentally, to take off random afternoons or mornings whenever I like.
I know that all the work on my to-do list will be waiting for me on Monday mornings, and the world will not crumble if I don’t do just one more blog post or reach out to one more person to review our upcoming release from Gemelli Press (stay tuned for more info though!).
I also have a funny feeling that I’ll be getting more done during the week than I usually do just because I know the weekends are off-limits for “catching up.”
This may seem like a silly post to many of you, but I needed to get this out there; I feel lighter just having typed all this, so thank you for humoring me.
Now if you’ll excuse me it’s time for my afternoon iced decaf coffee to close out my Friday workday as I stream an episode of Fringe for later this evening (I’m finally in the current season, albeit early on!).
And then tomorrow, well, I don’t know yet what I’ll be doing.
Isn’t that wonderful?!
Do you have special plans for your summer schedule?