28 Apr 2015


Life goes on. If you are a fan of Noah and the Whale (they're a band) then you'll know that they sing a song of this title. While I haven't blogged in a while my life has done just that - stuff has happened.

Since January a lot has happened:
  • I've moved house
  • Been on a work retreat
  • Celebrated my birthday 
  • Hosted my 4th Arts Showcase
  • Finished building my bike* 
* Massive respect and thanks has to go to Bec Lemen-Hogarth for actually building it for me
  • Met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate)
  • Led Spring Harvest 11-14's
  • Ate 17 different cuts of meat in 1 night
  • Hit the beach
  • Had my room re-modelled/designed
  • Learnt how to play Settlers of Catan
We're now near the end of April and I'm wondering why I haven't blogged until now. I guess sometimes I have felt like I have a lot of stuff in my head but it's hard to know how to articulate thoughts. Then loads of things happened in quite quick succession which meant I didn't really have a chance to process anything properly and so didn't know what to say. 

Loads of people have asked my about the Royal visit and whether I got to speak to the Duke and Duchess - well yes I did. I got to introduce them to residents and young people on one of the estates I work on and then facilitate a discussion where they were able to articulate what they feel about their community and the work XLP does there. Will and Kate are actually really great listeners and asked some solid questions and made insightful comments; that's not just me saying that, they genuinely were brilliant guests to have. 

Now the sun is coming back out I almost feel like my head is coming out of hibernation. I am having loads of thoughts about how time keeps going by and if you don't make choices to do the things you want to do then you will never do them. Post uni I feel like the years have all blurred into one and I don't want to get a few years down the line and still be in the same place. 

I read a quote which said "a year from now you will wish you started today" - I love that. It motivates me to take action where I can now. 

So in practise that looks like:

  • having a better work/life balance
  • setting physical goals (like cycling 100km through the night in June)
  • planning holidays
  • making time for myself
that's where I've got to so far. I'm sure there are plenty more to be added. Feel free to let me know ideas or things that work for you.