Slow down before going faster
With a crazy packed daily schedule it's easy to forget that your mind and body need some time-off, so I am going to give you a big tip. If you're a blogger or entrepreneur you'll probably think I am crazy but hear me out ok? This advice will not change your life and it's probably not something you have not heard before but here it is:
WEEKENDS SHOULD BE SOCIAL MEDIA-FREE ZONES
I repeat (clearer this time): weekends* should be time dedicated to you and your family (if you have one) or friends. If you have kids then you pretty much know already that weekends are jam-packed with their activities and your priorities will probably come in second anyway. There's no point fighting this. Just accept it and go with the flow.
*If you have to work during the weekend, apply the same on your "off day".
I tried for a long time to juggle both the family activities over the weekend and managing the blog which meant waking up as early as I do on weekdays, and setting up for shoots or writing posts or generally updating the blog with even more content. I ended up finishing the weekend exhausted. And the house looked messy too.
IT SUCKED. BIG TIME.
So I decided to cut down on the time I spend online between Friday night to Sunday. I schedule my posts for during the week anyway and will not go on Twitter or Instagram as much. Instead, I wake up early (but not too early) and make myself some breakfast.
IT'S ALL ABOUT BREAKFAST
What can I say, I'm a breakfast person! Preparing it on Saturday morning is a ritual. I just cannot operate without it. Are you a breakfast person too? Do you treat yourself to a bowl of plain ol' porridge or something extra (like bananas and some nuts too? Yum.)
Some of my favourite breakfast recipes come from Jamie Oliver and you can also find them here. From plain cheese omelette to how to make the perfect hollandaise sauce for your poached eggs (because #eggsbenedict baby!)
I would prefer someone else getting all this ready for me but really all I did was spread a couple colourful napkins from Thornback & Peel and serve fruit on these gorgeous LSA International ash boards.
I read this article about how busyness crushes our soul and how we're addicted to being busy. It's so true. Then you wonder why you run out of steam by Wednesday during the week. Well slow down. Then you can go faster again.
SO TURN OFF YOUR PHONE SATURDAY MORNING
COOK WITH THE FAMILY. READ A BOOK.
Discover something new. Read 'the story behind' you favourite brand. Tend to your garden. Make a cake and get some to your neighbours too (I often do, they think I should be on the GBBO, such waste of talent *LOL*). De-clutter your bedroom. Cook some more (here's my favourite spinach and feta cheese borek recipe) and serve the food in style.
SERVE FOOD IN STYLE.
MAKE EVERYONE FEEL LIKE IT'S A SPECIAL DAY
Above: The spinach and cheese boreks have never looked so damn good! Laid on an ash and leather board by LSA International which you can use to also serve cheese, meats or your favourite cupcakes! The table linen is by Thornback & Peel. This is their latest collection - Blackbird and Bramble and Pheasant & Oak. The salt and pepper mills where a find on A Splash of Colour - not online but in their pop-up shop. The plate is by Nathalie Lete for Anthropologie.
DON'T READ THIS BLOG. GO OUT
That's it, put your Fitbit on and walk 2 miles. In a park. Somewhere green. Take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the lawn. Listen to nothingness for a bit (or play your favourite tune).
WHEN YOU COME BACK YOU'LL HAVE A CLEAR HEAD
And more inspiration too. So you see, before going faster, you need to slow down a bit. I've tried it, it works.
AND WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH UN-BUSYNESS,
H A V E S O M E M O R E !
Go see your local florist. Don't grab a bunch of flowers from your supermarket, just go and choose the flowers yourself (you help a local business too this way). Come back home. Make a flower arrangement. Take some photos just for you, not for the blog (well, ok, use them on the blog but don't tweet them until Monday!)
I've had my eyes on this vase for some time now. A spherical vase with layers of black and amber flecks, it is inspired by the dappled effect of tortoiseshell and will become an LSA International icon.
Almost all LSA International glassware is handmade and this one certainly is. This means that each product is individually mouthblown and hand-finished by skilled artisans. The techniques used to make glass by hand have not essentially changed for 2000 years.
LSA's designs are brought to life by some of the world’s most talented craftsmen, located in Poland - a country with a long and rich heritage in glass, porcelain and wood production. Their skills have been refined and perfected over several generations and the process continues to evolve. I loved reading the story behind the 50 year old firm and how glass is hand blown (here).
So if you're feeling inspired by this post, do try the above routine over the coming weekend. Slow down, treat yourself (and family) to a special breakfast laid out as if it's a special day (they can help you clean too afterwards!), go for a walk, make a flower arrangement and before you know it, Saturday will be over and you will have survived one day without technology and social media.
In collaboration with LSA International
Special thanks: AMARA Living, Thornback & Peel and Bella the black Lab
"Bella! Bella! Look here. Here. Here girl!"
"Woof, leave me alone".
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