I always say that I’m best off when I’m busy, and my life, this month I am really putting my money where my mouth is. I’m working hard, I’m playing hard, and despite being shattered (this should be a little better tomorrow, as I’m packing myself off to bed at 9 tonight!) I am loving it.
At school, I’m working harder than I have in a good couple of years, but I’m doing it in a really fun way. It’s like I’m rediscovering why I love my job, why I chose to do it. I’m better prepped, further ahead on my marking, my classroom’s looking better, my kids are happy, and I’m enjoying it. It’s a great place to be, personally. Yes there are stresses and strains, but I’m feeling much more equipped to deal with them.
I’m making lots of time for friends too – by mail, by email, by text, on the phone, in person. I love the joy and fun and wonder my friends bring to my life, and I’m really enjoying my time with them all – whether it’s a night on the Singstar or a wall post on facebook, a phone call or a letter.
I’m blogging regularly and enjoying it. I’ve taken up postcrossing, which is just genius. I’ve had a complete change of attitude on the topic of boys (see last week’s posts). I’m reading more and stressing less. I’m eating well, I’m exercising when I can, I’m singing and dancing and making plans.
All in all, I’m feeling like I’m in a pretty good place. If I could just make space for some dance lessons, the chores I never seem to get on top of, and an extra hours sleep a day, life would move from “pretty good” to “pretty darn awesome”. And it must be having an effect – as we left on Saturday my colleague just turned to me and said “What’s changed?”, to which I replied “Pardon?”, and then she said “You just seem really happy, Claire. You’re always happy and upbeat, of course, but lately, it’s like there’s something deeper there – you just seem really satisfied and happy.”
I cannot say fairer than that. There will be grey clouds ahead (there always are!), but I have an umbrella. Life’s a rollercoaster right now, but I’m kind of enjoying the ride! (ask me again when I get dumped with a huge extra project or somesuch…;))
Have a great week, all.