We just got back from a week in The Gold Coast. I think it was a week, I am actually not sure because it was all an active blur! The days started very early. Before the sun could rise over the hills, 5:30am was heralded by the horrendous squawking of hundreds of cockatoo in the trees outside of our little holiday rental. It did not help that Gemma was sleeping in the living room on a pullout couch as the twins had no where to go that would not disturb someone if they wanted to watch TV. That meant that the whole fandamily was up and ready to “vacation” every morning before a reasonable holiday hour. The theme parks that we had come to enjoy did not even open until 10AM, so there was a long breakfast and time spent with the locals before heading out to play.
I know, don’t feed the ibis, but IBIS! How cool is it to have not just one, but MANY tapping on your screen door especially since it is actually only your screen door for one week?!!!!
Then boy did we play! We were determined to squeeze every dollar of value out of the season passes we bought as we do not know if we can get back up to the parks within the year. While we had to take Gemma out of school for a week, it was really the best time of year to visit if you do not enjoy crowds! The parks were not busy at all. We did not really have to wait for anything. Some rides we got right back on.
I had a lot of work to do while I was away, but I just had to take a break. It was not optional. Take a break or break. I think this is the time of year when I hit blog burnout as it was last August when I inadvertently took two weeks off while in America. By not opening my laptop in Queensland, it means that some deadlines were missed and time is going to be tight for a little while as I get back on track. I think it is hard to run any year round creative endeavor. For the most part, I am not one who plans my posts ahead of time. I have considered doing that, but I feel like the most honest approach for me is to share what comes as it does. I am not great with time management. In fact, I think that is my Achilles heel as a self starter. I find it hard to help keep the kids on track with their responsibilities as well as all my own. Yet I hardly say no to opportunities as I am grateful for each one…personal and professional. The more I read and learn about Kieran’s SPD, the more I see it clearly in myself and Gemma. The more I understand the reasons we react the way we do to stress, the better I can manage and predict for all of us.
This trip was an opportunity for me to stop and really appreciate the kids. Of course I do that everyday, but when you are dripping wet, lips blue with the wind chill in the air and asked to go on just one more water slide it isn’t easy to say no when you hold in your heart so many mothers who would give anything for the chance to do that with their own children. So you go on three more slides because you can. And coming back at the end of that full day, the opportunity to sit on a porch with your box of wine (don’t judge, it was great and convenient!), your husband and just watch the three kids chase ducks, ibis, coots, and kookaburra while the sun sets is exactly what I needed to rest my mind and fill up my soul with words to write and photos to create.
So while I can’t see myself getting super organized with detailed blog plans to have content running while I am away, I am now going to be extra careful not to get to the point of being overwhelmed while hopefully having more regular posts. I have big plans of a new action set, a redesigned portfolio, blog updates, the second wave of littleSIDEKLICK, my continuing series of Thursdays with the twins and even my Connected Collective blog. I have thought that I could finally tackle some of the emailed questions I get by answering random ones in a monthly newsletter? OK, so it might not be monthly, but I would love to hear more from you. Leave your questions here or email me. And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter (up there on the side under “Got Email?”) to see them answered.
It is great to be back.
These photos all with the D3200, but that got sidelined for my phone on the second day as well as my laptop. I might need to consider getting that Fuji X20 sooner rather than later.