Do you enjoy learning new things about yourself? I do. In fact I like nothing better than a bit of self-analysis. For that reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hours I spent yesterday unpicking my Myers Briggs personality profile results.
It transpires that I actually knew myself pretty well already. Apparently, the bit I need to work on, is accepting that my way is not always the right one......right for me, but perhaps not right for everyone. Sadly this also means that I will have to learn to ignore my daughter's hideously untidy bedroom, general last-minute nature and lack of organisation skills. It would seem that she gets there in the end, we just choose a different method - ain't that the truth!
Although the test confirmed many things that I already knew about myself, I do now feel as though I have a 'seal of approval'; one which says: 'it's okay, this is how you work best and you're a nicer person all round if you're given permission to do it.'
One of the things I am is a planner (this came out in my results more than just once!). I don't do last-minute, I'm vehemently against spontaneity and an empty calendar brings me out in a cold sweat (I am also an Extrovert - who knew?!) If I'm not planning, I can quickly become miserable, feel totally disorganised and stress soon follows.....you wouldn't like me when I'm stressed!
At the end of the school year 2012, I wrote a list of what makes a successful 6-week summer holiday for us. In reality, very little of it was achieved and I ended the holidays having had a lot of fun but berating the fact that my list wasn't adhered too. I also added a few extras for next year, which is now this year - how did that happen so fast?!
When the lovely Claire over at Clarina's Contemplations suggested supporting one another in an attempt to focus and plan Summer 2013, I jumped at the chance. Merely thinking it through and writing down my intentions, helps hugely (as Myers Briggs proved!); having someone keeping tabs on me, makes it all the more likely that I will succeed.
The idea behind 'Get Good Summer' is to share 5 things that you plan to achieve between 1st July and 1st September - either as a family or as an individual. Here are mine....
1) Decorate my son's bedroom. This is a job long overdue. The Boy doesn't ask for much but every now and again, he reminds me that I promised to decorate his room this year. We've gradually replaced the teddy curtains for grown-up blinds, had new carpet fitted and had the ceiling re-plastered but I've never got round to painting it. I have one week in July when The Teenager is on Guide Camp, The Boy is at Judo Club and The Tween is.....watching TV probably! Sounds like just the right opportunity - no excuses.
2) Work my way through this stack of books. Have you got a pile of books beside your bed that look like this? Some I've started and not finished, others I've not even opened yet. I'm determined to work my way through all of these over the summer....watch this space!
3) Take the kids to Warwick Castle. This is one place I've never been but think we would all enjoy. We almost went last year but had to forgo the opportunity due to our little pooch who couldn't be left for an entire day in the car (the downside of having a dog). So now the summer holidays are upon us again and it's a perfect opportunity to plan ahead, book cheaper tickets and maybe somewhere to stay overnight.
4) Take up running again. A few years ago I managed to complete a 10k run. I took about 6 months to train for it and I really loved running - the head space, the feeling of exhilaration and the joy of achieving something. Then both of my knees began to hurt, even after 5 minutes of running, so I gave up. I think I know the root of the problem now and so I've bought one of those horrible blue rollers/implements of torture, to try and ease out the muscles down the outside of my leg, the Ilotibial band I think it's called. I also need a new pair of trainers!
5) Leave one day free each week for just vegging. Every summer holidays I forget this, I book us
up and we spend very little time at home, enjoying our garden and one another. The OH is a great believer in children experiencing boredom and I think I'm beginning to see the logic behind this - the best times can be had at home, running around in the garden, making mud pies and creating obstacle courses for the dog .....or is this me donning my rose-tinted spectacles again? I'll keep you posted on how that one is going (probably whilst tearing my hair out!)
Have you got some goals that you would like to achieve over the summer? It might be as simple as finishing a book that you started last year, or making a few more home-cooked meals. If so, why not join in with the Get Good Summer linky party over at Clarina's Contemplations.
If you don't plan it, then it won't happen - that's my motto and I'm sticking with it!
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