Chilled out and relaxed. Stretched and challenged. Books read. Days sitting in the sun. Tanned and burnt bodies. Sand between the toes. And one little dog with separation anxiety.
The excitement and thrill of going away on holiday is beginning to fade as thoughts of returning home begin to surface.
I’m luckier than most. I take my home on holiday with me because I live in my motorhome. But for two weeks I’ve been able to travel and explore with new friends Sharon and Adrienne. Two years ago we didn’t know each other.
What we have in common is a love of travel, and travel in motorhomes in particular. We each have our own motorhome and fix our own meals (or go out). We plan our tomorrow over a few wines.
We’ve had lots of laughs and a few honest tears. And in two days time we will go our separate ways again. But we’ll meet up again at the end of January. It turns out we’re all going to the same festival.
It’s so cool when begin a new friendship and find out what you have in common.
Writing I took a break for a couple of days from writing, but the new year has begun with a new book. I rolled over in that half sleep, half wake state, to hold my I hubby’s hand as we used to do in the night when we lay and listened to the surf. He’d passed away in July 2020. And I realised a small book needed to be written.
Background Photo The end of State Highway 67 is at the Kohaihai DOC Camp. The start/end of the Heaphy Track. Home of a pretty lagoon and beach with rolling sea.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” – Michael Altshuler
The end of year is looming at break kneck speed. Smell the roses? Put up a Christmas tree? Hurrying past the people in our lives, all but yelling “get out of my way”. Don’t these people know how busy we are?
Once it was important to make time for family and friends. Not to rush to the next place. The next job. The next…whatever has our attention.
At the start of each year, do you set goals? Possible covering all the important areas of life:
Career and business Finances Education Relationships Health and fitness Personal growth Spiritual growth
When was the last time these were reviewed? How are these goals tracking?
What if we squeezed ten minutes to take a look, now.
Celebrate the wins.
What if the order of these goals were reversed?
My goals have been partially realised, but I’ve been wondering what the outcome would have been if I’d begun with spirituality, personal growth etc.
A long time ago, we decided to get ready for Christmas a week early. And go camping. Hardly anyone else was wherever we went. They were jostling shoulders with the maddening crowds while we soaked in the sun, read a book, played board games and splashed in the water, enjoy a campfire. Carefree. No hustle. No hassle. We returned home relaxed and ready to enjoy Christmas and our Christmas traditions.
Take time to chill out and celebrate this year’s wins. Its been a tough one very few people would have known to plan for. That makes all you have achieved special.
“Don’t just plan to write — write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” — PD James
Nanowrimo: Day 10 Writing, writing, writing. Time to revise goals? Yes. Thank you Black Wolf Editor for your wise insight. I write six days a week. Its been my habit for four years. But this year’s Nanowrimo I’ve put unnecessary pressure on myself. Not helpful. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If its not working, find out why. Then write. Don’t just plan to write — write.
Quietly, in the background there’s been something very special happening, that I’ve been privileged to be a (small) part of. Obstacles have been overcome and just maybe in time for Christmas…
The background photo – is part of the very special project.
“Begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in editing.” — Will Self
Nanowrimo: Day 6 Keeping the momentum going. And today there’s a bonus. A wedding. A real live, real life one. And it was beautiful and heartfelt and joyful. Ah, the romantic in me sighs.
The background photo – a pretty rhododendron while on our walk.
The Shelfie is an author and reader thing. My current book shelf is on Audible, Kindle and in my basket is my notebooks, Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations Magazine, and writing craft books, Fast Feast Repeat, by Gin Stephens, and a spiritual book for digging deep.
Quote for Today “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Writing Even the possible threat of a COVID outbreak lockdown sent everyone in Christchurch into a spin and my intentions to write at the beach went out the window – I did visit the beach.
Nanowrimo – three days to go!. Look out for a celebration launch in your area (you can find your local people – even though Nano have said no physical meetings). Christchurch writers can check out the ChristchurchNZwriters dot org for events in their area (because we’re online, anyone can join in).
The background photo is of my current bookshelf because I live in my campervan. When I move into my motorhome in a few weeks, I get a bookshelf again.