Quick Personal Blog Update

Hello fellow bloggers!

Just wanted to give you a quick update as to what I’m up to and what’s happening in my life outside of blogging. You’ll see I haven’t written much these past few months but I still love finding cool quotes that gel with my philosophy; I still love talking photos and walking in the forests, gardens and local open spaces.

Work-wise, I’m still involved in the wee contract that was supposed to have ended prior to last Christmas – and the contract has been extended until this September. I’m really grateful for my job because 1) it pays the bills; 2) I’ve learnt some interesting stuff about myself; 3) I get to move around a lot and be quite active in my role so I get to exercise and I’m getting paid for it! (I usually do 12 – 15,000 steps per day, which I’m really pleased about!) 4) I get to choose my own hours so tend to start early and finish early -starting around 6am and finishing between 2-3pm; 5) My role is quite autonomous so both my real boss, and my on-site boss pretty much leave me alone to get on with the job and I am definitely not being micro-managed (as I have been in other roles in the past) – for this I am really grateful; 6) I’ve picked up several gardening contracts so will do basic gardening (weeding, tidying up the existing gardens, planting, pruning and trimming tress etc) for 5 or 6 different clients. Most are older people who are no longer able to garden so want someone to keep their garden tidy for them. Some don’t enjoy gardening at all while others love it but find themselves limited in what they’re able to do. One of my clients has had me tidy her gardens prior to renting out her house and then I’ll just do maintenance on a monthly basis. It has been a little thing (that began as just an idea) and has grown via word of mouth and taken off. It’s just a part time thing – sometimes afternoons after work or on weekends but it has been a great way to make a little extra money, keep myself busy and active, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet some lovely (sometimes a little lonely) folk who no longer have to feel guilty about their untidy gardens plus get a little more company than they had before. I’ve been surprised how often the client will come out for a chat, and sometimes end up gardening with me for a little while. The whole experience has been fun, creative, tiring, and I’ve met some really lovely people.

Long story short – I seem to not have a lot of free time on my hands at present. I still love finding quotes and taking photos and putting them together – but just find I don’t have much time to actually write very much. However I like the creativity of creating the quote/pictures, and enjoy looking back on what I’ve created, and re-reading the little nuggets of wisdom that so many people have provided along the way. So just wanted to explain what’s going on for me and why I’m not writing much, and give you an update.

And for the record, I’m still going on my year of practicing self-love. Sometimes this is easier than others and it’s a ongoing process but I’m pleased with how this year is progressing thus far and my attitudes & outlook in general.

I wish you all friendship, laughter, memories of good times, and the opportunities for more of all three. I also wish you kindness and peace.

Ruth πŸ™‚

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11 thoughts on “Quick Personal Blog Update

  1. Well that sounds like a really great idea. Yard maintenance, physical activity, and helping people who, for some reason or another, can not do it themselves. That’s multitasking!! Nothing like connecting with mother earth. It’s therapeutic! I’m happy for you!! I wish I could work with you or maybe find some opportunities myself.

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    1. Thank you. I’m always happy for others to live vicariously through my life (ha ha!) however you are welcome to come and visit if you happen to be down this way. I live in Wellington, New Zealand and we are just moving towards winter so it’s getting cold. Not the best time to come and visit but we can dream for free!! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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  2. Great to have a catch-up, pleased life is going well for you and what a wonderful service you’re providing. My elderly mum gets so distressed and depressed about how untidy her garden is but can’t find anyone reliable -and cheap! – to maintain it, so I know you must be appreciated by those you help.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback- most appreciated. Yes, they do seem to get down about their untidy gardens so it’s lovely when they start to take pride in their gardens again & want to show them off to their friends; and I feel good about that too – that I’m (hopefully) adding to their quality of life. I always drive home from my gardening jobs feeling tired and happy – so I think it’s good for them and therapeutic for me too 😊😊😊

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