Day 37 of my something new challenge – baking a birthday cake for a fish.

I am attempting to do something new every day in a challenge to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0.

This time two years ago I was a CFO and COO turning a loss- making company into profit. Today I spent the afternoon making a birthday cake for Bruce, our goldfish.

I have never made a birthday cake for a fish before today. Actually it turned out to be fish biscuits which we haven’t decorated yet, much to the screaming anguish of my children. I have a bad feeling I will be coerced into baking an actual cake for the sodding fish tomorrow. The hilarious thing is I don’t know when the fish’s birthday is, or even which month we bought him, but my son decided it was today and I rolled with it. I think the lockdown has sucked all the fight out of me.

Yesterday I posted a video of myself on social media. I’ve never done that before, let alone to post it on linkedin. It was weirdly nerve wrecking. Anywho, it’s done now and people have been complimentary, which is kind of them.  It’s an excerpt from a speech I made last year at the ICAEW for Women in Tech. I discuss the myth that women are more emotional than men in the workplace.

On Sunday I listened to a Van Morrison album. I’ve always liked his music but never quite enough to sit through more than a few songs. I persisted and found some more tunes I enjoyed, so that’s good. For most of the afternoon, it was a lovely mellow background to the perpetual clanging and clattering of our mad little family.

And Saturday I just failed. Again. I found the return of kids to school joyous, yet I was left with nothing in the canister. I mustered through last week but mentally fell over at the weekend. I’m still engaged in quite a bit of exercise and am generally always walking or running or yoga-ing, or gardening or just “-ing”. However on the tired days, I have to let the something new just slide. I’m not giving myself a tough time over it. I think during this pandemic, as long as we achieve and push ourselves some days, we don’t have to stress over the odd days. Life is tough enough as it is.

I am attempting to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:

  1. Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
  2. Meditate for ten minutes
  3. Go for a run or a walk
  4. Do something new – I’ve never done before.
  5. Clean the kitchen every evening
  6. Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
  7. No eating after 7pm (except Friday & Saturday)

Published by gillsheeran

Former CFO/COO who quit my job to emotionally support my family at the start of the pandemic.

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