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What a week… month?

After four days of conferences this week (across two different locations), I’m finally home and feel like I can take a breath, and write a blog post. (When I last wrote, I was taking a mini work retreat. It went well but at lunchtime I got a call from O’s school, he wasn’t well so I had to cut it short to pick him up. Sigh).


Beach near conference number 2. Enjoying our winter weather!


I knew May and early June would be intense, and indeed it was. It included:

  • In laws as house guests for 3 weeks (hugely helpful and lovely house guests but still a lot).

  • A 9 day trip to Canada

  • A local TV news interview (my first!)

  • A live public webinar (and associated social media advertising that I featured in)

  • A major work event with media/VIPs present

  • Presenting my work overseas

  • 3 conferences

  • Visited friends and stayed with them 3 nights during the second conference

  • O was sick with fever cough and eventually a secondary infection he needed antibiotics for

  • My parents visiting (staying elsewhere though!)

  • Inspecting houses for my parents to buy

  • My parents bought a house close to us! This is a VERY HAPPY THING :)


However, all those events and activities meant my normal rhythms and routines were interrupted, and I missed them. Things I didn’t do regularly:

  • Walk (this was good in Canada but much less consistent the rest of the month)

  • Listen to my podcasts (less opportunity to be alone)

  • Read (this one I’m really missing)

  • Plan! There were multiple days where I didn’t crack open my beloved Erin Condren and I misssd it

  • Write fiction (I did basically nothing on my novel during this period).

  • Stretch - my neck/back was not happy with so much sitting and less walking/stretching

  • Have solo time (lots in Canada but basically none since I got back, which was hard).


Luckily the conferences this week weren’t too far away (2 hours drive), so instead of me going on my own, Al and the kids took a mini break and we all drove to stay with friends near the conference venue. It gave the kids a little holiday which was fun, we got to see friends, and it made my conference attendance easier from an emotional perspective (I didn’t want to leave the kids again so soon after Canada). It worked out well, but gee it was tiring. After each day at the conference I had to come home and socialise with friends. But overall I’m so grateful I had that option.


Now we are all home and there is NO conference travel or major work events planned for many months! I feel really relieved and pleased for all of us to be back into a routine (when I’m out of routine the kids are too.)


Today I have a day working from home with minimal meetings, and I can’t wait to do my June planning, my forward planning for work, take a walk, listen to a podcast and generally bring some calm and quiet to my life.


I hope everyone has had a good start to June!

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Daria P
Daria P
Jun 10

A busy month! Congratulations to your parents, how wonderful that they will be close by. My family is in Russia, so they can't really help out with the kids... I wish they were closer. Like Lisa above, I am curious about your specialty, would love to see a post about that.

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Sophie
Sophie
Jun 10
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I do feel so lucky that my parents are moving close- I really didn’t know if it would ever happen, and now it has! Good to know my career is of interest, I’ll write a post soon on my work specialty :)

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Guest
Jun 09

Hi Sophie- I wrote a comment the other day but I think it disappeared (I only mention this in case I end up commenting twice.) You definitely had quite a month- it reminds me of the quote, "You can have it all, but not all at the same time." I can see why there wasn't a lot of time for walking, reading, writing... hopefully you'll have more time for those this month. i hope your WFM day was enjoyable and peaceful, and that you got to do all the planning and writing that you wanted.

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Sophie
Sophie
Jun 10
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Haha hi Jenny! No it’s my stupid comments section which I have to fix! Yes so true- i got to have a month full of travel and work events and family time but not the quiet relaxing routines too! This month promises to be much calmer 🙂

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optimisticmusings7
Jun 07

Wow! That is...a lot. I'm so glad you have a stretch of time to recuperate and how wonderful your parents found a house. That is a joy that will keep giving for years to come.


I also find it SO hard to have to socialize when I'm tired. But you survived, so gold stars for that <3

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Sophie
Sophie
Jun 07
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Yes! I kind of glossed over it in this post but having my parents live close by (10 minutes drive!) will be amazing and something I’ve hoped for but not been sure it would ever happen… and now it has. We honestly love hanging out with them, and they are so helpful too, so it’s very special.

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Lisa Segner
Lisa Segner
Jun 07

Wow you have had a lot going on! I would love to know more about your career/role at the university or what your area of expertise is! If there is a post about it, let me know!


That is exciting that your parents are buying a house close to you! That will be amazing! I’d love to have my family close by to help out more but it will never happen since they are retired on a beautiful lake. But at least they are only 3 hours away

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Sophie
Sophie
Jun 07
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I haven’t really written about it yet (I’ll do a post soon), but I am a neuroscience and psychology researcher in the area of dementia and healthy ageing. I research ways to reduce risk of dementia via lifestyle and other novel interventions, and I do a lot of student supervision, leadership stuff, and community talks etc too. So it’s a busy role, but one I do love (as long as it doesn’t take over my life which sometimes it threatens too!)

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