Mindful with Irene (27)

Okay, so, you know that idea of mine from last week – my Mindful Moving plan to move 25 different things to a more logical place each day for a week. Well, it didn’t quite work. Turns out, it was a bad idea. I simply cannot declutter and cannot move things around well either. And that’s all I’m going to say on the matter because I’m okay at admitting to my weaknesses, but not so good at accepting my weaknesses. (What I do just want to say about decluttering is that I am very proud of Astrid, who was invited on to three different radio stations in one week to talk about decluttering.)

In the meantime, I’ve found the perfect remedy to help me accept that I am by no means perfect, and that is: to look forward to something. Which I am. Because I’ve booked a long weekend to Stockholm with my daughter! Four days of cinnamon rolls, paper shops, the Abba museum and, of course, the children’s museum Junibacken with its reconstruction of Pippi Longstocking’s Villa Villekulla. We’ve made a to-do list, a plan (which we’re half way through) and we’re raring to go. But first, I need to finish off my blog before leaving. How to give it a nice ending? How to round it off? Which direction to take it in? I sneak a peek at Wednesday’s Volkskrant newspaper (procrastination? What procrastination…?), which features a lovely piece by Aaf Brandt Corstius about her forthcoming trip to Stockholm. And that’s it. That’s when I think: To hell with it. I’m just going put an end to the blog here and now. Sorry guys, I’m not perfect and right now, all I want to do is shut my laptop down, and go. Without having written a nice blog this week. But what does it matter to me? I’m looking forward to something!

Irene, together with Astrid, is the founder and creative director of Flow Magazine. She lives with her children (10 and 13, co-parenting) in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Each Friday, she writes about how various Mindfulness lessons apply in her daily life.