It seems as if I am really being challenged by my 2012 word. - Fitting - Trying, to fit in all the new things that 2012 holds for me and my family. It feels as if the year started with such a rushed pace. Working during the week and then on weekends, quite an adjustment for a former lazy people. I have to admit that I'm not one of those people that thrives on pressure and lots of work. I prefer lots of empty time and space, with a little work thrown in now and again.
I have managed to negotiate two afternoons off a week, at my 'day' job. But - have been promoted, so have much more responsibility, which is okay because I was bored last year. Did I just say bored? I enjoy my job and feel that it is making a positive contribution to the poor and marginalized rural women in SA. The organisation I work for trains mostly rural women to start savings and credit groups, which then gives them access to small loans. As the groups generate their own capital, repayment of loans is almost 100%. It is a far better model than the old micro-finance models and we hear wonderful stories almost everyday of how the groups are changing peoples lives in the rural areas.
Our book shop is doing well, and it is fun to be running our own business again. I have been working hard at night making pictures and magnets from my art. I was thinking last night that I must share how I make my pics and magnets, as it is a really nice way to sell your art and you get to keep the originals.
Fitting it all in - mmm and I was rather hoping the word would be more about spending time contemplating the philosophical concepts of fitting into my soul and life, not how to fit in 100 things to do in one day. Just shows you why it's not a good idea to have too many preconceived ideas - about anything!