Tick tock tick tock


I painted this ten years ago, feeling as much a slave to time as I do now it would seem. It feels particularly precious to me right now, because I have so much I want to do. . . and my enemy in this endeavour is my old nemesis, the ticking clock.

If, like me, you have set forth into this new year full of plans and dreams, you might recognise something of yourself in the coming paragraphs. I’m someone who enjoys life, and I do know how to relax and take it easy. But I also have plenty I WANT to do, and in between and amongst all that, are things I NEED or MUST do in order for my life to be bearable. They are completed in order of priority, and the bottom of the list never ever gets reached. Way down there at the bottom are things like ‘dusting’ and ‘sorting clothes’. I’ve recently taken myself in hand, and picked up some things I need to do, and put them near the top of the list. You’ll recognise the words ‘My Peak Challenge’ by now; if you don’t, it’s a hugely successful endeavour, spearheaded by Sam Heughan, to raise funds for blood cancer research, and inspire people to improve their lives. (Mostly by detailed and supportive fitness goals, and nutritional plans and help, although by no means limited to that.)

Now don’t laugh. My day now goes something like this:

5.45 am   Alarm. Spend 10 mins in quiet reflection/meditation
5.46 am   Remember to put on face stuff that needs to wait 30 mins before washing off
5.48 am  Back to quiet reflection
5.55 am   Get out of bed, change, and drag mat out on kitchen floor. Warm ups and
exercises as per MPC guide
6.20 am  Go through the shower, dress, change dress, change mind, back to first outfit, put
on makeup, watch it slide down face.
6.35 am   Make breakfast, pack a lunch, eat breakfast while answering emails/facebook
6.45 am   Clean teeth, gather things together, step outside
6.47 am   See it is about to rain, return, collect umbrella
6.50 am   RUN OUT THE DOOR and briskly walk to bus stop regretting choice of clothes
7 am         Catch bus to work, sitting in usual spot
7.40          Arrive in city, have coffee at cafe near work
8am         Be seated at desk, chat to co-workers, think about lunch and look forward to it

I won’t tire you with the rest, but the morning is TIGHT. Now if I were to do ALL the things the health magazines and articles suggested, I would never make it to work before midday. (Truly, HOW do mothers with children needing to get up too, ever get out the door?)

There is a growing part of me that realises I cannot possibly do as much as I would like, and is quietly rebelling. So some pretty obvious tasks remain undone, while I slip outside onto my satellite chair in the fading light, and simply read. It all comes down to being selective – something I struggled to do when I was younger. THEN, if I was asked out, or someone wanted to go somewhere, I tagged along. I wouldn’t have dreamed of saying no. I was pretty driven. But as I’ve gained some wisdom in my later years, I know I don’t have to attend every event, or tick every box on my daily list. I don’t have to chase every distant acquaintance and try to maintain a friendship with them. That all may seem obvious to you, but it’s taken a while for me to loosen my elastic bands.

I took this today, outside with my street bike, newly restored to going order.


I am SO going to waste some happy hours peddling the local streets on this one. See – combining the NEED for exercise, with the joy of adventuring. It’s a win:win. And while I’m on that topic, I started the food plan on the MPC website yesterday, and to my surprise, am finding the meals and food choices great. Here’s breakfast this morning:


I think I’ll go to bed – I can see my blog post is meandering in a very untimely fashion, and I’m wandering off down side tracks. Forgive me for taking up your time (grin).


  1. Marij Boer · January 16, 2017

    You are So forgiven for wasting my time, as I love reading your blogs. They give me some much needed rest, and keep me sane and connected at the same time. Besides, during the hectic of everyday family life, I need to build in some me-time on a tegular basis, otherwise I’ll go ape in no time. Hope I haven’t wanted your time now, ha ha.

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    • jennyjeffries · January 16, 2017

      Nope – never wasting my time! Build in that me- time! You need it. 😘😘


  2. bigdoh · January 16, 2017

    First of all, I have that picture and it is on the wall. I adore it and what it means! You are my idol. Truly. You have been living life to the fullest and I haven’t figured out quite how to do it, but I’m making progress in changing my priorities. I’m learning to say no and am amazed how freeing it is to be able to do that! I’m much happier now. I’m living in my cozy Hobbit House, surrounded by Snisky pictures and pillows and they make me smile. You are a gift to us all! And I just finished Week3 Day 1 in MPC!! Yay! Much love, Jenny!xx

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    • jennyjeffries · January 16, 2017

      I am very glad to know your life is so cosy now, Karen! Me – an idol? SNORT! Big hug to a fine lass who is making so much of her time. 😘


  3. jeanbohlender · January 16, 2017

    I was wondering what your drink is? 🙂

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  4. Andrea · January 16, 2017

    I know the feeling! And you are so honest about it – thank you! I’m reading “Big Magic: creative living beyond fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert at the moment. Great book and it strikes me that that’s what you’re doing (and have always done – living the creative life. All the rest is incidentals.

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    • jennyjeffries · January 16, 2017

      Oooo, thanks for the book title, Andrea. Love the ideas it conjures. Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m sure you have put the book into practice too – you obviously made time to read it!


  5. Hemangini · January 19, 2017

    I wake up at 5.30 am, do some work and go to sleep again for sometime before going to office… Its no good but do it anyway. Nice scheduling and what fun illustration at the start..

    Liked by 1 person

    • jennyjeffries · January 19, 2017

      You must start work at the office late? I have to be on the bus by 7am. But only for this month. Next month I’m back to three days a week in the city, and I can’t wait.


      • Hemangini · January 20, 2017

        wow… only 3 days? I have to do this 6-5 days alternate weeks for the whole month or m done for and the work hours are hectic as well…

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