Burning the midnight oil

You know you’re overworked when you count going to the bathroom as a break.  

I have been tremendously busy since the beginning of the new year and I am already wondering how I will keep up with my new year’s resolutions. Life has a way of getting in the way of even the most perfectly planned projects but it is early days and there is still time to achieve the goals that I set for myself.

Work has been hectic as it is the beginning of a new academic term. I have twelve new students and I need to assess their skills which means a lot of marking to be done! I have a rule of not doing work at the weekend, but I will have to break my rule if I want to keep up with my workload.

I have two Google Educator training days upcoming, and still have to organise a digital champion mentoring session for myself one of my students, who is also taking part in the project. I have had no time so far to study and as the exam is in a month’s time, the chances of me passing the exam are slight, but not impossible!

As the volunteer secretary of a small charity called Islamic Resource Centre, I have had to attend several meetings in order to secure our funding from the council and I have yet to submit the required data which is due imminently (well, to be honest, it was due last week!).

As the volunteer social secretary of my Dragon Boat Club, I had to organise a Sunday roast last Sunday in Henley on Thames and I am in the process of organising a fundraising Curry and Quiz night which will take place in March. I have spent the last two days working on the questions and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so.

I have also resumed teaching French for an agency and, at the moment, I have one student that I meet once a week on Wednesdays at 7.30 in the morning. It is early, but it gets me out of bed!

As for my blogging, I am trying to keep up with posting once a week. I am managing for this site, but my three other sites Learn French with Pascale, Post Scriptum Poets and Pathways 21 Coaching have not been updated for a while. I will do so in due course though.

On an irritating note, my new Instagram account pascaleshealingjourney was deactivated by Facebook for violating rules! I have no idea how this could have happened.  Facebook’s request to email them a police-style mugshot of myself “holding a hand-written copy of the code written on a clean sheet of paper, followed by my full name and username”, seems preposterous to me and I am not willing to do so. It is highly frustrating as I had spent time to create it and I had already gained 26 followers in a week. However, I still intend to continue with the idea of the #meto_narcabuse and will probably have to create a new account.

My Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching is on the back burner at the moment as there are simply not enough hours in the day to study! I still have time though, but it will have to wait until the end of this academic term for me to be able complete some of the required modules.

My New Year’s resolution of going to the gym 3 times a week has been compromised but I am still training every Wednesday with my Personal Trainer and training with my Dragon Boat Club every Saturday. I also took part in a 7km race in Henley on Thames. I had never paddled such a long distance before and completing the race gave me a real sense of accomplishment, which was a great sensation!

Looking at my progress on my healing journey, I cannot help but feeling proud of myself. A year ago, I was still in the clutches of my narcissist ex-partner and devoting my time to help him sort out his problems while ignoring my own. Thankfully, this is all in the past. I have been No Contact now for 10 months!

I have gone from doing nothing for myself to doing maybe a bit more than I can handle! I may be slightly overworked but as Thomas A Edison once said: “The perils of overwork are slight compared to the danger of inactivity.”

I may have my hands in too many pies, but at least, I do not have my hands in the narcissistic pie anymore! I am doing things for me. I am moving on with my life. I am happy. I am growing. I am thriving.


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