I was laughing with my friend Adam about why we felt we needed to move somewhere else before we made a start on our ‘A Better Me’ to do list. For example, I just ‘knew’ that once we moved to Finland I would cook my way through Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook, despite only using it twice in NZ. I also ‘know’ that in winter I will read all the novels I have on my bedside table and use my time wisely, doing craft and baking rather than lying around eating cheese toasties like I do at home. And Adam ‘knew’ that once he moved into his new house he was going to do yoga on the balcony each and every morning. I must check in with how that’s going….
Artist’s impression of me baking this winter
…because I’m making some headway on my list! Although its all by circumstance, rather than self-discipline. Which makes me think perhaps I wasn’t really identifying enough with why I thought I should do some of these things in the first place and therefore never did them. Here’s what I’ve managed so far:
I’m walking everyday
Original reason: I love to exercise and make it a part of my daily life
Real reason: We don’t own a car here
I no longer watch TV
Original reason: My time is valuable and I use it wisely
Real reason: Everything I’ve seen so far is in Finnish or Swedish except for McCleod’s Daughters or Emmerdale. Having said that I did watch a bit of Miss Finland and a doco on Abba but am not tuning in to tune out every night.
I’m not reading the news
Original reason: I don’t need to fill my head with the bad things that happen in the world
Real reason: I don’t really feel too attached to the world of news here or overseas at the moment
I don’t drink wine every night (despite it being good for your heart)
Original reason: My body is a temple and not one that takes communion every day in large glasses*
Real reason: They don’t sell wine at the supermarket and the Alko store is a fair walk away (more on that later)
We eat simple meals each night together at the table
Original reason: We eat mindfully and value our together time
Real reason: We don’t have a fridge full of food accumulated over time and we are also trying to buy conservatively as we are still spending NZ dollars. Jonny now finishes work at 6pm at the latest and not Miko’s bedtime like he did in NZ. (Also see item above about not watching TV).
We live minimally and are not tied to our possessions
Original reason: Something about not needing ‘stuff’ to feel good
Real reason: It’s all in shipping containers and isn’t here yet!
* I realise this is a mixed religious metaphor but nobody says ‘my body is a Catholic church’