Hello! And welcome to Week 3 of Contemplation.
Thanks again to Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, for starting the Contemplation series. Each week Desley chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. Here are my posts from Week one + two.
Today’s question: What do you like to do in your “me” time?
If you had asked me this a few months ago I would’ve only said:
Put my favourite playlist on blast and dance around the house like an idiot.
As much as I still LOVE doing that, it took me a while I’ve managed to find other things I enjoy doing too. Three months ago I found myself having an abundance of ‘me’ time and in the beginning it wasn’t going as well as I had planned.
I thought I would spend it solely on myself. That I would lock myself in a room and write until my fingers bled, do Yoga every single day or that I would fully immerse myself in daily meditation again without fail and sadly that didn’t happen. I took on challenge’s (30, 7 days etc) to help me, but afterwards I found it extremely difficult to push myself.
After a lot of thought I realized that what must’ve happened is that instead of doing those things because I love them, I was doing them to fill in the time. Not out of love for myself but because if I didn’t I probably wouldn’t have gotten out of bed that day.
Eventually I decided that I should take it back to basics, and learn to do things with intention + love.
Which leads me to today, where I can happily answer the question: What do you
like to do in your “me” time?
- Listening to Music and dancing around the house. This will always be number 1.
- Writing stories. I love making up characters, there’s always one I love more than others but seeing them all develop and asking myself questions like: who will they become at the end? I think is an awesome part of writing.
- Photography. This is a more recent one, but being away from home I think has allowed me to explore different passions. Editing isn’t always fun and can be frustrating BUT after you have a finished photo that you’re happy with, it’s a really nice feeling.
- Learning new things. I’ve spent some time doing free online courses and I’m currently doing a Mindfulness one which ends this week.
- Yoga and Meditation. I try not to put so much pressure on myself to do it every day which has helped me to feel happier when I do make it on the mat.
A side note, I don’t think I would ever have come to this conclusion so quickly had I not been doing my Mindfulness course. Seriously, I cannot wait to share with you what I’ve learned! I have never been able to communicate what I feel and why, in a better way than I am (learning to) right now.
What does ‘me’ time look like to you?