I’m not sure I ever had a groove. Before my son was born I had a job which I didn’t feel particularly enthusiastic about, involving fairly long hours with a two hour commute at either end of the working day. I went out after work with colleagues and also did some yoga occasionally but I was unfit, tired and stressed and didn’t have much energy left to devote to anything else. Looking back now, it feels like I’m appraising a stranger, so different am I now compared to then. So that is why I’m entitling this piece “How I’m Getting my Groove” rather than getting it back, because I suspect I never had it in the first place.
Once my son was born, I discovered a confidence and energy that I’d never had before. I thoroughly enjoy being a mum and am so much busier now than I have ever been before. While my son was very small I devoted myself entirely to him and neglected myself. I like this groove that I am in, but over the summer it has gradually dawned on me that there is only one more year before he starts primary school. With the imminent prospect of more free hours, I have decided to use that new-found confidence and energy to carve out some sort of groove just for myself.
So far, this is the list I have drawn up:
- Make more time for reading. So even if I am half comatose on the sofa at 7.30pm, I will still try to read at least one chapter of my current book.
- I’ve joined two book groups. This means I can’t be half comatose on the sofa at 7.30pm on book group evenings.
- Learning Italian. I’ve been dabbling with the language and off for about 10 years, so I’ve decided to consolidate that knowledge and begin a second year course. This means I can’t be half comatose on the sofa at 7.30pm on Thursdays.
- I’ve begun the process of losing weight. I have a few pounds to shift and have dropped about a quarter of the number needed so far. This also means I can’t be half comatose on the sofa at 7.30pm on the evenings that I need to visit the gym or Fat Fighters.
- I have begun writing my blog.
- I am so enthusiastic about my blog that I am going to enrol on a writing course to learn how to write properly and thereby maybe make some money from writing in the future.
So, this is my list. My blog and the writing course are the main focuses at the moment, with everything else just coming along for the ride. I’m excited about the coming year and how each of these ambitions is going to develop and help me discover my groove.