I originally began this blog almost six years ago, as a way to explore interests outside of graduate school. I found that so many of my interests and goals outside of my chosen field of School Psychology had fallen by the wayside as a result of the crazy schedule I maintained. At the time, I decided to devote each weekly post to one of my hobbies, an interest I would like to spend time exploring, or an activity that I believe will help me grow as a person. My goal was to spend at least 5 minutes each day devoted to that interest, hobby or activity. At the end of the week I wrote about my experience – the positive moments, the challenges, and how the experience contributed to my mental or physical health. I chose the name “Cinq Minutes” because it is a code my husband Matthew and I developed, as a way to tell each other that we needed a few minutes to recharge our batteries in social situations. Over time, it morphed into a way for us to express that we needed to take a little break from our everyday lives. I liked the idea of using this as the title for my blog, because that is really what I was trying to do, albeit in a more formal way.
Six years later, I am happy to report that I have regained some of the balance I lost. I find myself actively exploring other interests and hobbies outside of work – and I actually can devote much more than 5 minutes a day to these things because I have this glorious thing called FREE TIME now that I only work 40 hours a week, as opposed to the 60+ hours/week in grad school. I haven’t done the best job of blogging about all of this, but trust me, it is happening!
It is always a process though – this idea of balance, productivity, and growth. So that is why I am back here, in 2016, and trying to blog more frequently about my thoughts, actions, and a new pursuit of mine – coding.
To those who follow my blog, I hope that my experiences inspire you to take 5 minutes to explore and reflect. I would love to hear about your lives. If you send in reflections about your own explorations, I would love to repost them.
It is so easy to forget to breathe…to forget to really live. This blog is all about taking back our lives – 5 (or 10…or 60…) minutes at a time.