Christmas is great but the run up to it is hard work! Preparations, shopping, socialising it’s a busy time. If you too work full time and have school age children you will know what I mean.
At one point though it did lead me to reflect, what if I managed my time like I managed my money?
When it comes to money, I don’t spend more than I have. I try to have something put away for emergencies. I think about the on going commitments when I purchase something. Many years ago ( before marriage and children) my husband and I were discussing cars. He suggested that I buy a soft top sports car. At the time I lived in hospital accommodation in a city centre and I commented that I wouldn’t buy a car like that unless I always had enough money in the bank to be able to have the top replaced if it got slashed. Similarly, I would never buy an item of clothing that was so expensive that it would cause me grief if someone spilt red wine on it. I don’t spend my money on rubbish or things that I don’t want.
With my time I’m profligate. I live day to day and spend every bit I have – there is hardly any reserve. When something comes up like Christmas I haven’t budgeted for it, haven’t planned ahead and done my cards a few at a time over November. I am the person buying Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and just hoping that we have something in the cupboard/freezer to eat on Boxing Day. I got caught twice speeding in the week before Christmas – I was unaware that I was driving too fast and have had a clean license for years, I was just rushing around too much. Something had to go to make way for all the Christmas stuff and it was my running.
Today I went out for the first time for 3 weeks. It was great and I loved it despite the rain. I also loved the soak in the bath afterwards. Christmas has left me sated with food, alcohol and fun. I’m ready to go back to my slightly ascetic lifestyle and enjoying the simple pleasures!
If I am going to be fit for the marathon in May I need to make time for the running though. Something to think about.
This is the river at the bottom of our hill. It’s normally half this size with the trees being on the bank. We have had so much rain this month! Luckily here most people live on the hilly bits. Only 10 miles away people have needed to be rescued from their homes.
I hope that you have had a safe, dry, warm and happy Christmas!