As has been the case for the past few years we headed down to our home in Cape Town (Fish Hoek to be exact) for a few weeks of much needed rest and relaxation. This year has been a little different as our usual guests are not around so it’s just hubby and I, plus the tree dogs, for three weeks of fun in the sun.
This month’s catch up is just that… a casual chat over coffee. I got up at 5:30 this morning and I’ve been procrastinating since then: sitting on the patio sipping coffee with a dog curled up on my lap, surfing the net, checking Instagram & Facebook catching up on the goings on in everyones lives. It’s now 8:09 and I’ve set my pomodoro timer to the first 25min session of writing for the day.
I’m an early riser and so is my brother. I’m not entirely sure why my family gets up so early (maybe it’s genetic) but I was sitting this morning pondering why it is that I seem to wake so early. I came to the conclusion that I enjoy the quiet time where it’s just me and the world, time to myself that I can do with what I want. I’ve been meaning to make the hour or so of extra time I gain in the mornings, before I officially start my day, a little more productive and not occupy it with the randomness that is social media and coffee drinking.
With all the best intentions of making my morning more productive this year I haven’t managed to get it right. A few of the ideas I’ve had to replace coffee drinking and social media(ing) are as follows:
- Stretch, maybe practice some yoga
- Write, get my thoughts on paper before the day starts
- Read or listen to something that stimulates my mind (I’ve been looking into audio books and podcasts for this very reason)
- Write down the days goals and focus my mind
- Suggestions for what you would add to your list?
I found a great little article, on the Shopify blog of all places, on crafting a productive morning ritual that’s worth a read. So why am I sharing this with you? Because it’s now 8:42 and in the past 3 hours and 15 minutes of my day all I’ve done is what I’ve just shared with you in this post…. and written this post… that’s it!
Maybe next year I will get it right and find a productive morning routine, but for now I’m on holiday so I’m heading back downstairs to find some breakfast, snuggle a dog and think about changing out of my pajamas and getting ready for the day.
Getting out this month:
Having driven around 1600km from Johannesburg (via a few cool little spots with their own posts coming soon) down to Cape Town there are plenty of stories to share. One of the reasons we left a little earlier than usual to head down on holiday was that a dear friend and colleague of mine, whom I’ve worked with for over 9 years, celebrated his 40th with a surprise party organized by the love of his life at Twaalf resturant. It’s a super little spot in Stellenbosh that I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area – great food with a distinctly South African vibe.
Movies from this month:
It’s holiday time (YAY!) so there has been much movie watching and couch sitting happening around here. First up was the first season of Mr Selfridge which was recommended to us by one of my husbands colleagues. It’s a great series, not as amazing as Downton Abbey which is what I think I had in mind when I read the reviews, but really worth a watch. I enjoyed all of the drama, costumes and the makers have tried to keep close to what the department stores values would have been true to the era e.g. make up wouldn’t have been sold over the counter and put out on display, nowadays its out on display at the front of the store where woman are seen in full daylight buying their goods (How times have changed)! Antman was also on the list of movies we have watched recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We did watch it at the cinema but it was fun to watch it again at home…. love the Marvel comic movies!
On my bookshelf:
My incredibly clever husband brought home the latest Simplicious book from Sarah Wilson home from his recent trip to Australia. It’s not available in South Africa yet so I asked nicely if hubby would drag the sizable book back with him half way around the world in person, so I could feel like I’m the first person to own one in the country. Love all of the ideas and especially the gut lovin’ gelatin gummies which I’m dying to try out. Here is a link she shared on the blog to make the raspberry variety.… the book has loads of ideas for gummy flavours including bullet proof coffee and a kiwi fruit zinger sure to have you pursing your lips.
Hope you are having as wonderfully lazy holiday as I have been enjoying this year!