Day 5 of Project Happiness – Kata

Status :

  • Meditate for 2 minutes –  
  • Write about something positive for 20 minutes – 
  • 5 random acts of kindness per week – 2/5
  • Take 3 x 30 minute walks per week – 3/3
  • Unnecessary items bought today – 0

A really fantastic day today; it’s not at all difficult to find good things to write about.  Started off with a lay in as the ponies are now in the field 24/7 so I don’t need to go up early to turn them out.  Result!  Then off to karate for a couple of hours.  I haven’t been as much recently due to my rotator cuff injury and time  constraints, and today’s session made me regret my time off – it was fantastic.  Started off with lots of paired sparring work which opened the pipes up nicely, and means I am now sporting some interesting forearm blocking bruises.

Finished the session doing kata practice with Jason,  a black belt who is excellent on the detailed finishing touches  you need for  a really good quality kata.  The session included the two Mr EN and I need for our next grading to 1st Kyu, and I’m now really happy with Pinan Godan, and feel comfortable with the sequence  of the other one (Naihanchi), just need to get the power into  it now, and the finishing touches on it.

Next up was watching mini EN do her basket ball tournament, then down the yard with medium EN to take her for a ride round the field.  My mare is lame atm so I went round on foot which meant I’ve easily done my 3rd brisk walk of the week, with quite a lot spent in ‘trot’, although I did concede defeat when we moved  on to canter 🙂

Mr EN has prepared dinner,  not wholly in line with my current nutrition plans, but I can’t deny I’m looking forwards to it, and mini EN has prepared chocolate brownies (very low fructose content and gluten free) for dessert, recipe here.  We substituted the caster sugar for dextrose, and used less coffee in the hot chocolate sauce.  It was *heavenly* last time so I can’t wait.  We missed the Masterchef final,  so will be watching that over dinner, what  a fabalicious way to spend an evening 🙂

Smoothie today was to use up the leftover fruit in the fridge :

  • 1 x Cup of baby kale
  • last of the strawberries
  • 2 x kiwis
  • 1 x banana
  • mint leaves
  • coconut  milk and a little bit  of rice milk to top up as I  was low on coconut milk.

Off to enjoy dinner  now 🙂

Edited : Forgot to say,  I’ve been reading Your Money or Your Life,  and I have loved the part about when you are working, you are using up precious life energy.  That has really made me think about how I spend my time, and what it’s worth to me.  The book points out that when you are aged 40 (which I will be very soon) you have on average  349,763 hours of life energy left before you die.  If you take into account what it calls ‘necessary body maintenance’, i.e. sleeping, eating,  eliminating,  washing and exercising, takes up about half your life, that means 174,882 hours for other things, including work.

This has been rumbling around my conciousness for some time now, as it puts a very important emphasis on work, given the HUGE role it plays in our life, and in particular how much of our vital life energy it consumes.  I can see a lot of negatives, some of which are ;

  1. I work for an oil and gas company, which is not in line with my core life values.
  2. I spend 40 hours a week away from family doing this work.
  3. In my opinion, my work is not providing any value to the world.

However, there are a lot of benefits ;

  1. It pays me.
  2. It pays me enough that I can support ‘extra’ things which I feel are important to our family, namely horses.
  3. It pays me enough that  I can (or will soon be able to) put extra money into my mortgage,  which supports my goal of FI.
  4. It allows me to work hours which minimises the impact of  point 2 above.
  5. I like the people there.
  6. I do not have to work overtime.
  7. It is not high stress.

I have been worrying a lot about the balance of this, and whether I should be doing something more in line with my ethics and values, but realising that this would  not fit in with my goal of FI.  The part of the book which I read today finally laid that to rest.  This chapter *defines* work.  It states that despite the facts that there are lots of factors which you can benefit from by working, such as new skills, feeling of power, achievement of recognition, feeling of contentment, self expression etc. etc.  Actually, all of these can be obtained doing other, non-paid activities.  The only thing which actually defines work as work is that you are paid for it.  And that if you are going to expend your life energy doing work which doesn’t necessarily fit all of your life ideals, that is fine, so long as you have a good reason for it.  And I think mine is very good.  I want to be FI before I am 50 so I can put my post FI years to good use doing things which are in alignment with my values.  So for me, the important factors in the list above are 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.  The lack of high levels of stress is, I think important, due to the health implications of stress on the body and mind.

So, I am content that what I am doing is right for the time being, and I have a short term, mid term, and long term goal which I’m happy with.

Short Term :

Be a good mum and wife, make a happy and healthy home which is as ecologically friendly as possible, for myself and my family, and put as much as possible into paying off the mortgage.

Mid Term Goal : 

Become Financially Independent, increase my household’s self sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint.

Long Term Goal :

Work less, and develop projects which are in line with my core values and utilise my skills to help others.  A few ideas which I feel strongly about :

  • Help children become more financially savvy.
  • Work to reduce the media pressure on children to become sexual objects.
  • Help to educate the younger generation to becoming self sufficient, and bring back the core family values, and recognition of the importance of ‘work’ within the home.

Right, enough musings, off to bed now.

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