Getting Back on Track

Aside from the tantrums, whining, food throwing, toy hurling, sibling wrestling and incontinence (them not me) I love being able to stay at home and experience my little people growing into full sized humans. Despite the aforementioned unfavourable qualities toddlers temporarily acquire, although exhausting, it is very, very rewarding.

However, life can become haphazard and a hazy cloud of monotony. I may not miss getting out of bed on dark, cold mornings to sit in a germ filled office for 8 hours a day, but I do miss the routine of a working week and not having to constantly self-motivate.

In January, I started watching some art and bullet journalling videos on YouTube. Some of them are super relaxing to watch and I love anything stationery related. I was inspired to start my own version of a bullet journal. I found a pack of three moleskin notebooks in one of the two book shops on the island and picked up a ruler and gel pen from an office supply shop. One notebook I decided would be the bullet journal, the other a meal planner and the third a daily to-do list.

The daily to do list is brilliant. It’s motivating, feels accountable and so satisfying when I’ve ticked off all the boxes next to today’s tasks.

We had family staying with us at the beginning of February and because our days were filled with sightseeing, beach time and family fun, my regular tasks and to-do lists fell by the wayside. We then had a shortlived attempt at potty training for Isaac and I still haven’t gotten back into my nightly routine of writing out my list for the following day. I realised this week that my days were feeling longer than usual, I was clock watching for Ste coming home and all the little jobs I kept telling myself that need doing around the house, still hadn’t been done.

Tonight, I’m getting my notebook, ruler and pen back out and writing that to-do list. I highly recommend it to help keep a busy mind clearer. It’s so satisfying to look back on and think “look at everything I did today/this week/this month”. No matter how small the task, you did it and today you achieved.

Trying Something New

I love to write and to tell a story. I love to read and hear other people’s stories. However, there’s nothing quite like seeing what you’ve read about in real life. Or the next best thing, on film. So that being said, after weeks of procrastinating I’ve decided to venture into the mysterious world of YouTube videos.

It’ll be easy, I said. I’ve got a camera, how hard can it be, I said. I’m a software tester, I love using new software, I said. How wrong was I!

Video editing is so time consuming, especially when you need to watch tutorials every 3 minutes or search for FAQs. Trying to introduce yourself to a video camera when you can’t even do it confidently in real life is terrifying; I recorded six intro videos and didn’t use any of them. Finding background music is a minefield – there’s so much to choose from. So, so much.

Having said all that, I’m going to persevere and just go for it. I’ll be learning new skills – filming, video editing, image editing, creating youtube content etc, gaining confidence, recording memories of my family and hopefully entertaining or inspiring others along the way.

I’m still not sure exactly what I’ll upload, but life is busy with a one year old and a two year old, we’re learning to live in a new country without any family nearby, making new friends and have plenty of hobbies and interests between us so I’m sure I’ll find something.

Until then I’ve uploaded a little video to kick start my channel.