Weeks 20 and 21: That's Life!

So there will be weeks were the Wake Up! challenge takes a back seat...

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The upshot is: no Wake Up! experiments for me these last two weeks. Why? Other things got in the way. Important things that needed to be prioritised.

I am both a teacher and mother and from both perspectives exam season is here. So, yes I have dedicated myself wholeheartedly to marking, preparing revision resources and staying amazingly positive for my students. At home, I have been trying to keep life calm and ticking along for the two of my three children who are facing exams. And this is how it should be. Wake Up! is flexible enough to fit into the ebb and flow of life. I could have shoe-horned in one little tree climb, or one slow walk, but in all honesty why? This experience knows I am committed: it doesn't need any pretence and I would feel that I had let it down.

I firmly believe that curiosity is one of the key elements to a fulfilling life. Wake Up! certainly addresses this, but it is also a process and not a constraint. Chris comes across as the last person who would ever want guilt to be part of this experience, rather he would want us to be active participants in this: thinking about what will work and what, sometimes, needs to wait until later. The great thing is that all the positives that I have gained from this have been 'banked' and so I feel no sense of frustration that for a while other needs take precedence. I still have my yoga, meditation, nature, singing and dancing to keep me topped up with Wake Up! endorphins! And I can enjoy reading about the exploits of the other bloggers.

So normal service will be resumed this week...and I look forward to it! And if the mean time I walk extra specially slowly to the photocopier, or feel a little tree climb is in order I will take the opportunity!


Mother, wife, daughter, teacher...

Firmly stuck in the 'sandwich generation' category, I am 46 years old and looking to shake things up a bit! I am a teacher, which I love - but it takes over your life! A mother of three - two daughters, 16 and 15, a son aged 11. Wife to Simon for 19 years. Carer for rather eccentric mum, aged 89.


Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Great blog, Jacqui, and I couldn't agree more. The perspective gained through the experiments so far is something I will always value for helping me become truer to myself by making the space to listen. Hope the exams went well!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
So true Jacqui - it is so not meant to be something else on your to-do list - you listened to yourself and that is a wonderful thing. C x