This week was my reentry into babysitting. I had a lovely month off which went by way too quickly. From now until June, I will be babysitting once a week without any holidays or breaks unless there is a snow day. The preschooler and I have some great times, we try to get a walk in as long as it isn't too cold or too windy. We bundle up and talk non stop about shiny rocks. There's a lot to be said about shiny rocks and what constitutes as a 'good' shiny rock. I have learned that she is the expert and I am the apprentice.
I witnessed a beautiful yet unexpected snowfall mid-week. Glorious! I was happy to wake up to a few inches of snow and eager to wear my new snow boots (the above photo is not a photo of my snow boots!).
I've been tracking my days in my daily planner diligently. I'm surprised by a few things after only a mere ten days into 2020. When I track what I'm doing, I want to write down something interesting. Surfing the 'net isn't interesting and I don't want that to be my everything. I've found that I'm consciously choosing what I do with my time in a meaningful way. I am knitting and reading for longer periods without a glance at twitter (yay!). I am knitting more enthusiastically and I am slowly inching towards a better menu plan. I'm documenting nature sightings at the end of the day.
I feel relaxed and calm with this approach. So far. I know it's early days and I know there will be days when I am flying by the seat of my pants with a myriad of chores and I won't be able to write much if at all about my creativity.
I am really really trying to enjoy what I'm doing while I'm doing it. Driving to work? I'm enjoying my scenery instead of being impatient with the slow car in front of me. There is always a slow car in front of me. Focusing on the task I'm doing makes time slow down a bit. Cooking dinner? I'm focusing on that. I feel that multitasking is important and has its purposes but it fractures the attention a bit much.
I'll continue to keep you updated on how this goes throughout the year.