Be more tortoise and less hare
When I launched my website in April 2016, I set myself the goal of publishing a monthly blog. I have received lovely feedback and for 2017 I shall continue to blog focussing on topics related to interpreting / language / teaching and others with a more personal tone. To date, 1,057 people have viewed my website .
The new year is the perfect time to reflect and take stock and my number one resolution is ‘To be more tortoise and less hare’. I spotted this sign towards the end of my first 2017 run which was rather appropriate. I’m often guilty as a freelancer for not maintaining a work-life balance so this year I am scheduling time for activities I enjoy including swimming, running and violin lessons without any self-imposed pressure to succeed. Yesterday, I took a gentle run without my Garmin watch and just enjoyed being outside. Today, I went for a lunch-time swim, came home and baked a cake (I can highly recommend Nigel Slater’s recipe for chocolate & banana cake). The lesson from Aesop’s fable is that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Life isn’t a race but it is easy to treat it like one: setting ourself goals in all aspects of life, racing along without noticing and appreciating the beautiful world around us.