We’re always being told how important it is to find ‘me-time’ and how we must find time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate...but it’s not always that easy, right?!
And if you’re anything like me - you’re always thinking - yes, how am i supposed to do this with a million and one things to do, including taking the dog out for a walk (because no one else ever seems to do it), tidying up the kids’ toys so no-one breaks their neck, and tackling the mountain of washing?
Don’t get me wrong I absolutely adore family time, but sometimes i just have to have some time just for me. But I have to admit, like every working mother, I find it so difficult to get time out for myself - there’s always something more important I should be doing. So when I do get some time, I love to retreat to my studio. It’s in the back of the house, away from everyone else, so it’s super quiet, and has a lovely peaceful view of the garden. Plus it has a fantastic plethora of lovely jewellery making tools for me to play with (yes, I do have a bit of a weird obsession with tools, especially hammers!)
For me, I’m in my element when i’m creating something - whether it’s doing some hand-sewing, making a card or writing this blog - I’m most at peace when i’m in that creative zone. So I’m never happier than when i’ve got a lump of metal in front of me, and all the possibilities it represents.
I adore making jewellery as each piece represents a creative process i’ve been through, and i get to wear pieces that you just can’t find on the high street. The possibilities are endless and there’s just such a feeling of achievement afterwards.
I put on my lovely Roberts radio from which can float either the sounds of the latest chart music to some chilled out jazz, and get cutting, hammering, and completely absorbed in another world.
And then there’s the process of creation itself - for me, there’s nothing more relaxing than gently hammering and manipulating a piece of wire, or sheet metal into a thing of beauty. With the thought that someone will eventually wear it and get as much joy from wearing it as i’ve had making it.
I have a really lovely time, so lovely in fact that time whizzes by and it’s not long before i’m being pulled back to reality and the craziness of family life.
But for just those few precious moments spent doing something which fulfils me, helps me feel alive and gives me even more enthusiasm and appreciation across my life. And gives me a purpose. It just makes me a nicer, more relaxed and positive person to be around.
Do you ever get time for yourself? Where’s your relaxing place? What do you do? Do you have somewhere you can get away from it all? Does meditation work for you or do you prefer getting out for some exercise in the fresh air?