There seems to have been some kind of time warp since my last reflection! We’re up to Day 25 already! Quarter of the way through my challenge! Where has the time gone?
Apologies for my late update, it’s been quite an eventful and stressful couple of weeks. I’ll fill you in on the details.
The list is going swell, lots ticked off. We (very patient fiancée and moi) went for a trip (which incurred a bus lane fine!!!! Didn’t budget for that!) to Dunsterhouse to check on the options we’d seen online. I was like a kid in a sweet shop (or an artist in an arty shop). The young trainee guide was not quite up to speed, but he was pleasant and we soon found the options we’d revised to take a gander at.
Under the watchful eyes of a dinosaur (see pictures), we inspected workmanship, size and natural lighting. I was looking at the aesthetics (ooo look at this pretty one) and Kev (the level headed one) checked thoroughly dimensions and feasibility of construction.
We came to a mutual agreement on the size and style and with taking my budget into consideration. The aforementioned guide escorted us to a very knowledgeable and un-pushy sales rep. I didn’t feel pressurised and he went thoroughly through all the options. What we hadn’t known is that, if we wanted them to install the studio, due to Health and Safety (raises eyebrows), we needed to ensure that there was sufficient space all the way around for crash mats to be put in place. Erm… we were tight on space in the first place! So after pondering, we said we would watch a few more of their very helpful installation videos and DIY it. What this did mean though, is that my expanded budget (saved £800 by DIYing it) allowed for me to up the size of the studio! But, this also meant that we were going to need to extend the already planned area. More work, but for a larger studio, worthwhile! I nervously/excitedly parted company with my pennies and we drove off into the sunset (detouring to visit my mum).
On the journey, I’d been considering names for my beloved studio. After going through all things nearest and dearest, I decided, don’t fix what ‘aint broke and stick with Red Roo Studio. I shall be designing a sign at some stage… (must add this to my to do list).
Due to working full time during the week and limited daylight, any available time to prep the area has been at weekends, even through a snowy one. We shifted much gravel, sand, cement and slabs along the scary alley (we live in a terrace with shared access) and down to the bottom of our little garden. My muscles have been telling me off! The neighbour has been keeping a low profile, I think she knew what we were going to say about the boundaries.
It’s not all been hard work, we made sure we had time out at the Djembe (African Drumming) Community Group which we are a part of. Good for the soul, mind and body. It was a welcome reprieve and great to catch up with folk we hadn’t seen for a while due to the house move.
Life isn’t a competition. I hear and see a lot of people comparing themselves to others. What’s right for some is not necessarily right for others. You have to find your own pace and live life to the beat of your own drum, to your own natural rhythm.
My lovely dad (the best dad and kindest man in the world) had a fall a couple of weeks ago. He played it down, we thought that he’d scraped his arm and bruised his ribs. Being the dad he is, he doesn’t like to cause a fuss and carried on regardless. He must have been in such pain. When his breathing got too much to bear, the hospital kept him in after finding he’d broken and displaced a section of his sternum close to his heart! that was last week. He’s at home now, taking it very steady, but as you can imagine, my plans for a while have gladly taken a back seat, even though still ticking over. He has always been my inspiration and gave me the determination and strength of mind to battle on, no matter what obstacles I face.
So, what was next…? I renewed my insurances and approached a local event organiser with plans to book onto my first fair in March. I also, stopped putting off my tax returns and was glad to hit the submit button. Why oh why do I always put it off?!
This weekend saw further work on the foundations in-between a Taiko Drumming Session (Can’t get enough of learning new drumming techniques). We also managed to speak with the neighbour… finally! We explained (as nicely as possible, so as not to offend) about how our plans showed the boundary being incorrect and we came to a compromise to extend it part way to where it should be. Phew! I was dreading that conversation, but at least it’s out of the way. I also had a visit from an electrician that I know, so we now have a rough estimate to getting wired up.
So you see… whatever life throws at you. Don’t give up, a few baby steps are better than no steps at all. You can put obstacles in your way and come up with excuses not to do something… I’m too tired, I haven’t got time, the weather is crappy etc, I’ve got to wash my ‘hare’ but if you want to reach your goal, you have to compromise on a few things, persevere and look at alternative ways round those obstacles.
Keep on kneading bakers! The results will prove you can cook up something tasty to get your teeth into.