Floating Along

It’s been a bit of a catch up post week this week. With the sudden arrival of two kittens into my house my life has been taken over with the playful furballs. It’s been trips to the vets and pet shops and ordering stuff online – including a water fountain with flowing waterfall for the drinking water – I know, but they love it and I’m happy they are already drinking more water in this heat we are having than before.

However I’ve also been doing lots of water related stuff. We had our club gala where the Masters swim against the kids for good fun. We came third out of four teams – usually we get disqualified! I also spent the weekend doing a powerboat course with my sister on the Bristol Channel. It was fun, but intense. Learning to drive a powerboat is harder than I thought it was going to be. I’ve also been doing some swim coaching and over at the lake enjoying the sunny weather. Everything has been floating along!

I’m off with the swimming club to the Olympic pool for a swim session on Saturday too and cannot wait! I’m also helping with the swim part of an ironman distance triathlon at the beginning of August and then a half at the end of August. Otherwise my plans are all around my house and cats for the next month. I’ve got some books I want to read and enjoy too.

Things are feeling good right now and I am making the most of it.

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Adventures in Coffee… June Hasbean

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I’m in the middle of this bag and am really enjoying it. It is a well rounded coffee that suits the french press and the pour over, but not so much the espresso.

The flavours say toffee apple and apple acidity and I would agree. It’s subtle in a way, but has a nice lingering taste I enjoyed.

I love that you can find out all about the coffee and where it is grown and even by who! It’s fascinating to me to learn about coffee and see behind the scenes that we would not get to see from supermarket purchases.

“The farm is located in Matagalpa and is a huge 171 hectares. It’s an amazing location with 9 waterfalls within the farm. It’s owned by the Mieresch family”

Overall I really enjoyed this coffee and would definitely get again.

 

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Adventures in Coffee… May Hasbean

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I haven’t been able to find the In My Mug episode for this coffee, but as it wasn’t my favourite I’m not too worried. I found it quite acidic and not in a nice way unfortunately. I tried in the french press, espresso machine, and the pour over and the pour over with milk the best of the bunch.

I didn’t get the toffee flavours, but definitely the acidity of lemons.I definitely didn’t get the nutella flavour. For some reason this one just didn’t work for me, which is probably why I didn’t rush to get a post out a bout it.

 

Project Lifestyle July Career Workstream

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I am enjoying my job. I get to hear about interesting projects and meet great people. I also get to visit some lovely places. I feel very lucky.

I have been so focused on moving my career forward I forgot about the enjoying and learning from the day to day activities. I feel this is what I have been focusing on recently. I want to progress, but there are things I need to learn in order to do so.

So this month is about my interim Personal Development Plan review. I need to go through my objectives with my boss, but also I need to make time to go through them and plan them for myself. I get caught up in my daily to do list and forget the bigger picture. I need to find a way of presenting my objectives visually in order to know I am working on the right things at the right times.

It’s really interested to be in an organisation that takes development seriously. Maybe I have just been unlucky, but I feel positive about this way of working. I feel I have a plan and targets and can think proactively more than I ever have before.  So I want to make sure I am working effectively in order to learn the skills I need to be able to progress when the time comes.

Project Lifestyle July Mental Health Workstream

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I am feeling good. I feel life is coming together and I am enjoying it. Of course there are things that I want to change, but I am not beating myself up about those things as I know if I was really engaged with them I would make the change no matter the effort required. So I am just taking time to reflect and be present, and think about where I want to head. I feel Project Lifestyle has been working well for me. It has given me some focus but also allowed me to think and take a step back every month to review these aspects of my life I find important enough to reflect on.

I’ve also accepted that for me the medication I’ve on works. I might come off of it, but I am not using that as my measure of success anymore. It is about how I feel and how I am doing at life when playing by my rules. For me it about spending my time how I want to and as long as I feel I am not wasting it then that makes me happy.

So this month I am carrying on with the things that are working and now bringing in anything new – except my kittens! I think I’ve managed to get them into every post so far – sorry about that! But actually thinking about it I have wanted to get a pet since I knew I was buying house back in 2012. It’s taken this long for me to make that step and I think that is something to be celebrating. Something was holding me back, but that is no longer there and I am so glad to have them both in my home. I love their little characters and their cute faces and the way their eyes follow me around the room. It’s a huge step to take on responsibility for another creature’s life, when a while ago I was only just staying on top of my life on its own.

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