My weekends are precious to me.
During the week I am torn between two worlds, always trying to be in two places at once – and sometimes questioning whether the other side of the “work” fence is better. However my decision to work is based on my family’s needs, therefore I keep going.
So I feel it’s my turn on Saturdays and Sundays to make the most of my leisure time. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do in the workplace but I am a firm believer in a work-life balance and the importance of recharging my mental and physical batteries. That’s what I see weekends are for.
I am not one for lie-ins – my body clock doesn’t let me these days. So it’s an early start on Saturdays with a good family breakfast, a glass of saffron and rosebud tea and a spot of blog planning before I head to the gym.
Breakfast more often than not is a tomato omelette with garlic and turmeric, or green eggs – that’s eggs fried and covered in dill. Cyrus loves both dishes.
I’m a huge fan of Les Mills’ Body Attack and Body Combat classes at David Lloyd in Newcastle. The place is more of a community than a gym to me and I use the classes to release tension, have fun and come out feeling like a champ – even if it’s a trifle exhausting! Unfortunately, for my husband H at least, my exercise routine takes up most Saturday and Sunday mornings. So it’s good he understands that I really need this.
Saturday evenings are invariably spent at home reflecting on the week’s events. I’m not a fan of Saturday night terrestrial television, with quiz shows and tired C-list celeb programmes, so it’s normally a take-away supper with Fargo on Netflix and a fairly early night. I never have a problem sleeping at weekends!
As well as sport on a Sunday, I enjoy a brisk walk with the family in Jesmond Dene, Newcastle or Paddy Freeman’s Park, Jesmond. It really sets me up for the day and Cyrus loves the fresh air.
Much as I love the North East, I do feel the need to get away now and again after a busy working week. So, a couple of weekends ago we headed for Edinburgh. We stayed in a hotel close to the zoo and used the time to eat, drink and relax. It’s only two and a half hours away from our home, so we can be at our hotel by noon on Saturday and back in good time for work on Monday.
As a PR Manager, I can never completely switch-off. I’m always available on email and try to react swiftly to everyone’s requests and needs to keep them informed.
I am immensely proud of what my little family has achieved and weekends keep me motivated. This means that I seldom have that dreadful Sunday evening feeling as I’m always looking forward to Monday morning.