Penelope Silver


Half-Term Happiness

Posted on 14 June, 2017 at 9:35 Comments comments (7)

Most people look forward to Half-term holidays and don't get me wrong, I do. When I used to be a Project Manager, I used to wish I could be with my kids during their holidays. I love working for myself now and being able to spend more quality time with the children. However, during the holidays most people go away and so do my clients.

I had a choice last week; get down because there was little work booked in or make the best use of my time? I decided I needed to strike a balance between having fun with the kids and still being productive for my business.

Now you know I love to practise what I preach, so the first thing I did was get out my journal and wrote down my goals for the week. I find if I spend time writing out my goals at the beginning of the week it gives me clear direction for the week ahead.

I set the intention to rise early, every day, at my regular time and do my work before the kids got up, I would then carry on once they had gone to bed.

I woke up at 5.45am and did my usual power hour of meditation, self-reiki, gratitude and journalling. Then I set to work until the girls rose at about 9 am (I let them lie in as a treat).

This gave me a good few hours to get my to-do list ticked off.

During the day we focused on what I call my "5 steps to happiness."

The five steps include:

1. Getting outdoors in the fresh air to boost health and wellbeing.We went for a walk every morning and also did some gardening and went to Crocky Trail (which was so much fun in the sunshine).

2. Healthy eating. The children love choosing healthy, fun recipes off Pinterest to make. They especially enjoyed this no-wheat pizza, so much so we had to make it twice!

3. Electronics Ban. This one doesn't go down very well; I have to be honest! I try to get the kids doing as many activities as possible to limit the time spent on their devices. I find in doing this-this promotes more interactive family time and also a better night's sleep for them.

4. Get Creative! We love to draw, colour, paint and make things out of the rubbish we collect. My eldest is doing a science project on space, so we built a space station. We found it quite therapeutic.

5. Laughter. Every night we snuggled up on the couch and watched a funny film together. Laughter is so important as it boosts the immune system and helps to reduce stress and tension.

When I look back at what I managed to accomplish during the week, I think I made great use of my time.

Not everything was quite perfectly balanced. I could have possibly spent more time on housework. 

But life's too short, and the kids were only off for one week!