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Monday, 12 September 2011

thinking

france 2011
france 2011

since last november life was moving so fast it felt suffocating. the scales were just tipping far too much. not in the way of having to work the odd extra hour, but in the sense of an all-encompassing state of working, where there was no time to even leave the house when the sun was - so rarely - shining, or to see a friend for a chat. occasionally there were precious hour-long breaks to meet someone, or chances to cycle to the garden, but even that was mostly impossible by the time june and july came around.

being away from it all for two weeks, staying in the south of france, two long weeks of hot summer days, days that were finally entirely unplanned and truly free, gave me time to think.

i don't want a life that feels like a race i can't win. time is a precious gift, not a string of numbered days. i will make space for shared hours, shared thoughts and ideas. because as much as i love my work, living and creating, and caring and be cared about, are infinitely closer to my heart. first things first.

17 comments:

eva said...

sounds good.(& i love the second picture!)

charlotte said...

hear hear! i'm constantly looking to be able to work to live, not the other way around. sometimes it's more manageable than others but i'll not stop trying :)

Annton Beate Schmidt said...

there's something in the water it seems; been thinking a lot around this lately and decided, not for the first time I have to admit, life is too short for constant running.

barb. said...

sounds refreshing. lovely pictures. life changes?

Enia Is (Almost) Here said...

i so know what you mean and i hope you find that balance and make it right (for you)...

MANDY said...

Beautiful words Kristina, and so so true, I'm with Enia XXX

Sammi said...

well said kristina

alexandria said...

I too have been pondering over the same things. Thank you for putting your thoughts into words and sharing here. I love these photos too!

elisabelle said...

that's a beautiful post kristina.

la casita said...

and because life is too short.
:)

maria said...

I know what you mean, its like stop running and start walking to realize what you missed out while running. love the images and your words...

Pascale said...

Yep, yep...
First photo is so beautiful (and energic !).

jana said...

du hast so recht!

Mary said...

these 2 photos go so well together.
i understand also how hard it is to say no to work :)

Trixi said...

Wahre und sehr schöne Worte!

Lisa-Marie said...

WHen you do something you love for work, the balance is so, so hard to get right. You have to do it though, make the time, a thing you love becoming a burden would be so sad. God luck with making time!

la ninja said...

first things first indeed.
you have the luxury to try and live the life you want to (within limits, but we do live in luxury up here, in good old europe), go for it :)

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