These habit change posts always seem to begin with a confession. Here’s April’s: I work too much. It’s because I love what I’m doing, and because I want so badly to be good at it. But even so, I’ve let my doctoral studies take over my entire life. Which means I fell completely off the wagon with the habit changes I’ve been trying to make – my dinners have been largely pizza or leftovers, and my bedtime has been…well, my mother reads this blog, so I don’t really want to admit that I’ve been pulling some all nighters lately. My mom is a firm believer in getting enough sleep. And so I think it’s time I changed all that. Each week, from here on out, I’m taking a day completely off. A day to spend outside, a day to spend with my husband, a day to go somewhere new or read a book or take a nap or bake some brownies. A day of my own. I suspect that I’ll be more productive during my work hours if I take some regular non-working hours from here on out. Besides, life is short, and precious. I’d rather enjoy it.
I started on Saturday. I made no plans and I set my worries aside, figuring everything that had been stressing me out would keep for 24 hours. I slept late, went for a long walk with my friend Adrienne and the pup, got a peanut butter milkshake, and relaxed. It was lovely. I may have spent the evening making a powerpoint for class…but hey. Habit change happens in stages. Then on Sunday, I went on a picnic with some wonderful friends. I’ve also been playing with the camera on my new iPhone (an early birthday present from my parents) – I used to love photography, but I haven’t made much time for it lately, either. I’ve found some great apps. So far, my favorite is Lens+, which is available for the time being as a free download. I’ve been taking some springtime walks with the pup and thought I would post a few pictures from my new habit (and my new hobby)! Check ’em out! They’re rather retro – between Lens+ and the Hipstamatic app, I’ve had fun playing around with vintage lens and film effects.
What would you do, with a day all to yourself, with nothing planned, and no worries?
While playing around with different lens settings, I took this triptych of a dandelion (actually, I took about 30, but thought my dear readers might appreciate it if I edited that collection down a bit). I think I like the black and white version the best.