I think it’s time for another Tea-Time Talk and a bit of reflection. May has been a rough month. It has been exciting and fun, but busy and tiring too.
I’ve had more dance performances scheduled in one month than I’ve had all year. I’ve attended more networking meetings this month than I’ve attended for the last 6 months. There have also been a lot of “firsts” this month: my first blogger meetup, my first World Belly Dance Day performance, my first dance anniversary, my first wedding anniversary, a year since I got retrenched, a year of working for myself, my first road trip with my dance ladies, and my first dance festival.
I feel like this month has run straight past me, and I was just along for the ride. Usually, after a chaotic and stressful few weeks, I get sick. This time is no different, and I am writing this post with the sniffles, a sore throat and a cough. I have a blanket over my legs and a big mug of tea close by.
I returned home on Sunday afternoon from my weekend away in East London for the abovementioned dance festival. I felt a little bit yuck on Saturday morning, and because I didn’t have to go anywhere, I got back into bed after breakfast. I made it through the day and the excitement of the performance on Saturday night.
On Sunday morning, I felt a bit worn out, but had to make the 4-hour journey home with my car full of luggage and passengers. On arriving home, I was greeted by an excited daxie and a happy hubby. I unpacked the bags, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, and settled back into being at home. That’s when I felt how tired I was, and how sore my throat was. I took a few flu meds, but it was too late. I was sick.
When I left home on Thursday, I left all my work in order and knew where I’d be picking up on Monday. Well, Monday hit me and I wasn’t ready. But I had to push through and attend a meeting with a client (luckily, I could stay at home and use Zoom), make notes of what I want to do this week, and prepare myself for next month. I’m making some progress on my list, but it’s not as quickly as I’d like it to happen. So, to stop myself from getting frustrated, I made tea and wrote this blog post.
Life, and this business, keeps teaching me to take things slower, to take time for myself, to make time for fun, to connect with others, and to take stock of all the good things that are happening in my life. I might learn this time.
Melissa De Klerk
Writer, Web Designer, Digital Media Strategist, Typophile, Inspiration Junkie, Yogi
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