I’m excited today writing this blog post, because it’s May 1st and I’ve set myself a task to write 1 blog post per day! For the month of May 2021.
The last time that I wrote blogs was way back in 2009/10 I remember because I was living in a caravan at the time with 2 children under 3... hmm that's a story for another day.
Now I am currently living in a bell tent completely off-grid in Rural Portugal, and life is very, very, very different from when I lived in the UK, it’s been a flipping steep and I mean steep learning curve,
Many tears (mainly from me)
Raised voices (from me)
The odd bit of swearing (from me)
It’s been the hardest things I’ve done,
So I’ve set mini tasks that build confidence and allow me to get on track with so many things in my life.
1. Getting up early
Waking early is one of those huge annoying tasks that I actually dreaded doing because often it’s so cold in the mornings and...well I like my bed, but I didn’t like the feeling of just sitting on my phone scrolling for easily an hour before waking up- it's made me feel lazy. I’m building a freaking empire ffs, this isn’t good enough. So I set my clock an hour earlier and woke up at 5.30am with the sun and it feels amazing.
And because I’m currently in a tent, I need to be able to see my screen and work on my laptop for an hour in peace before the household wakes up and the cats start meowing for food.
It’s lovely to have that time for myself, when everything is quiet and still. I feel that this has been one of the most significant improvements for my sense of accomplishment.
2 .Cutting down nibbling and unnecessary food consumption.
Since living on the land and being off grid, I’ve had to be mindful of what I’m eating and the energy it takes to cook things.
We have no fridge or endless energy to turn the oven on and off at a whim. So making daily bread has forced me to wait for things and prepare things, instead of just popping to the shop and buying junk food.
This has not only helped me drop 10kg of weight over the 3 months, but it’s made me feel lighter in mind as well as body. Food has been a crutch and a distraction for me, when I funnel my energy into working on a project or typing this blog post as I speak, then I’m slowly programming my mind into new, moving beneficial habits.
3. Time away from my phone. THIS IS BIG ONE!
There was a day when I didn’t look at my phone once. It felt amazing! I mean , I missed calls (but they weren’t important) and people can wait right!
I decided that in addition to taking a 21 day social media break, that I would actually turn off my phone whilst working on content and turn off all notifications in the evening....but I do like my audio books!
I was actually shocked at how ‘knee jerk’ it was to go to my phone whilst waiting for something on my laptop to load, or flicking even when I’m supposed to be working - this is THE biggest time waster of all and for a business owner I just thought to myself
"Jo you have to get this together, the phone is great and all, but it’s killing your productivity and creativity."
4. Having a routine and daily rituals is something children. pets and adults thrive on, to a certain degree I need predictability, this predictability makes me feel safe, together and in control...but I was lacking the routine.
Living off-grid and basically being in the middle of a building site whilst we BUILD OUR HOME, was making me feel disorganised and damn right irritable..
I wasn't being my best self.
I don’t really to time management, but what I CAN do is to know that certain tasks are completed I feel like a F*$%ing QUEEN Warrior Babe,
..like for example; making bread at 7am and for my family, then heading over to my olive tree terrace and setting the timer for an hour to work on my blog posts. It’s these things that create Momentum, Confidence and the HUGE sense of Accomplishment.
Some days I will have more tasks, some days my husband might have a seizure and that will shift the way the routine goes and there’s obviously recovery time in there too, but I feel that this really does allow me to TAKE RESPONSIBLE and SHOW UP FOR MY BUSINESS.
5.Self-Care (ME) Time
The more time and energy I dedicate to my business and my creating, the more time I must spend on topping up my creative well and using deep relaxation techniques.
I do find it hard to relax, so deciding on 'ME TIME' has been a HUGE thing for me right now. I don’t currently have a bath, but when I do have one, I predict hours of wallowing time lol
Some of my self-care goals include enrolling on a new courses frequently to improve my skills and make me feel amazing (I'm a total ECOURSE JUNKIE)
I love to crochet and do anything arty/crafty so I will use this time to complete projects that I’ve started.
I also like to have walks, pick flowers and learn about the plants on my land. Touching base daily with mother nature is a MUST for healing and recalibrating my energy field.
And lastly, something small, that doesn't cost anything to do, is having a meal cooked for me. I love sitting outside by the fire and watching the moon rise, drawing and doodling whilst listening to my favourite podcast.
I've learned that as I get older and wiser (obviously ) that I just know what repels me and what makes me feel good.
Stay magical, stay abundant