I’m a project manager by trade, and I realised tonight that I am embarking on a big new exciting project – project me. My kids have left home and don’t rely on me as they once did, I have a husband for support, after ten years of a good job, I am lucky enough to have some money in the bank.
I do not have to rush into anything. I am still getting my head around this concept!
On Friday, it was my third day at home. The first two I deliberately did not plan anything (which was weird but very enjoyable) but on Friday, we had friends coming round and so I couldn’t spend the day relaxing. My first plan was to rush around all day. I made a list:
- Do the cleaning
- Go to the supermarket
- On the way there, go to the dump with the rubbish
- On the way back, go to the garden centre for that stuff I need
- On the way back from there, pop into the timber merchant for that bit of wood…
I suddenly realised that this was the old me. The rushing around like a headless chicken me. I could easily have accomplished all that in a couple of hours (plus cleaning time) but why? Why when I have the weekend and next week?
So I cut the list, just the cleaning and the supermarket.
And I had such a lovely day! To take time to do the cleaning was a joy – I don’t think I have ever enjoyed cleaning like that. And I shopped and then cooked in a mindful and relaxed way – by the time my husband came home from work I was in the bath, reading and totally relaxed.
We had such a lovely evening with our friends, I hadn’t had the usual stress, coming in after a days work, having to shop and cook before 7…..
I am beginning to enjoy “Project Me”!