The start of this year has been a busy one. I began 2019 in Dumfries and Galloway, and have since been to Fort William, the Peak District (the picture above was taken at Stanage Edge) and the Linlithgow, Queensferry and Falkirk areas. I've also spent some time in Inverness, Dundee and had my first bothy experience
… and its only mid-February.
This past weekend was the first one I’d been at home in Aberdeenshire for a long time, and only the third one this year. One of my colleagues asked me this week when I found time to do my washing, which made me laugh (I do by the way!😊) It did make me think a little about how it’s important for me to have some down time and space at home to rest and recharge in between my adventures, travels and time away. Those things are so important to me, but I know I need to balance that a bit more and see more of my family and friends here. This weekend has been lovely seeing the girls from school, having dinner with my parents and taking my favourite dog for a walk on the Deeside Way - little things that really make me happy.
Much of this weekend has also been spent starting the process of decluttering, as I want to simplify my life. I want to have more literal space but also to create the feeling of spaciousness. I've been listening to a podcast called The Little Chapters - which I love - especially an episode on 'Clutter'. Jessica Rose Williams is one of the creators and I was lucky enough to meet her and spend a day at her home while I was in the Peak District on a dreamy day retreat. She is a minimal lifestyle and travel blogger, and wrote a lovely post about her trip to Shetland last year - a place you probably know by now I have a real soft spot for, and would maybe like to try living there one day.
So, with the aim of slowing down and simplifying, I am going to try and schedule in some rest time too. In my pursuit of adventures, I sometimes forget that I also love having guilt-free time to chill on the sofa watching Netflix and drinking endless cups of tea! We will see how that goes however, as I also feel I should start packing for this weekend’s adventure (which I will blog about soon!) I’m travelling by train and bus, via Inverness, as I try to take slower and more sustainable travel options when I can, and I use the time to read, plan and listen to podcasts – all whilst enjoying the view. It feels more relaxing than driving for me, which of course I also do sometimes, but looking out of a train window and listening to music is one of my favourite things to do!
This all fits with my slow travel and responsible tourism ethos. Spending more time in one place and really savouring and experiencing it, and enjoying the journey to get somewhere, instead of rushing around trying to cram a lot in. Speaking of which, as a follow up to my post about my trip to Skye in October with the Staffin Community Trust, there was an article this week in the Guardian Country diary about the path improvement work that the Trust has been doing, with a photo of our group exploring the Quiraing taken by Casey Macintyre. It is definitely worth a read, especially if you are one of the many visitors who have been, or are planning to go to the Staffin area of Skye to take those amazing Instragram photos :)
Lucy featuring in this picture by The Needle at the Quiraing, Trotternish, Isle of Skye.
Let me know how you balance adventuring and having time to rest and recharge. If any of you have any tips, please feel free to share!
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.