Work life balance-finding the little things that make you happy.

I have to say the last few weeks at work have been probably the most challenging I’ve had in my career. Keeping with up the 21st century as an interior designer- learning to create cgi images- isn’t for the faint hearted or motion sick.

We live in such a fast paced environment where ‘time is money’ and life needs to just slot in somehow.

I’m certainly not the queen of calm and I’m not pretending to be. However taking a minute to just appreciate life is important..

I love to :

  • watch the trees wizz past on the train to work
  • a calming bath with a cuppa tea at night.
  • Walking along a quiet beach- exploring the rock pools
  • Long mountain walks
  • Gardening or sitting in the sunshine.
  • Wee cheeky G’n’T
  • Burning some ‘Skye Candles’ or ‘peat sense’

It’s important to make time for yourself.

We should be working to live not living to work.

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, says, “We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture. Most of us do have time in our days that we could devote to simple relaxation, but we convince ourselves that we don’t.” It seems there is always something that needs doing, always someone who needs our attention. “Unfortunately,” Moore says, “we don’t get a lot of support in this culture for doing nothing. If we aren’t accomplishing something, we feel that we’re wasting time.”

Wasting time…is such a horrible term. We work at 100 miles an hour and will not give ourselves time to breath.
Moore says.”We are constantly pulled outside ourselves—by other people, by the media, by the demands of daily life. Nothing in our culture or in our education teaches us how to go inward, how to steady the mind and calm our attention. As a consequence, we tend to devote very little time to the life of the soul, the life of the spirit.” We need to balance the pace and intensity of modern life

I think we need to embrace a little ‘still time’ once a day. Otherwise I know personally I’ll be unfit in later years…to do the job I love so much.

Let’s take time to do what we love & be with our loved ones! You will remember those times…not those late nights behind a desk.

L x

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