July 10, 2021

1.10 - Summer Holidays and to do lists!

1.10 - Summer Holidays and to do lists!

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In this months interval, I want to talk about the Summer holidays.

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Hello everyone and welcome to the inwils interval
A short, monthly podcast that is perfect for you to listen to while taking a quick break with or without a beverage and biscuits.
In this months interval, I want to talk about the Summer holidays

So summer is almost here in the united kingdom. It's already July and with the heatwave in the united states, I am starting to hope that we don't have one as well. Me and heat do not get on well together. I'm not a sun lover or even a summer lover. Too hot, too many bugs and too much hayfever. I also say that I prefer winter since you can always get warm on a freezing cold day, but keeping cool on a hot day is almost impossible!

The other thing that coincides with summer is vacations. I always look forward to the long summer breaks. Those weeks, when you have saved up all your annual leave and take it in one long holiday off work. I always have to take more than a week off work in order to truly relax. The first week my mind is still buzzing but by the end, my body has adapted to the slow flow of the day and I suddenly realise that days are passing without me actually doing anything.

I've never been one for holidays away from my flat and general area. I really like just having a stay-cation every year for me it is relaxing than the possible hassles of driving or flying to somewhere new. Also, I think I would miss all my home comfort and gear - I don't think it would be possible to bring everything with me in my suitcase or car. I once read a blog post about someone who had a dreadful holiday abroad who concluded by stating . "next year we are putting the phone to the answering machine, getting up when we feel like it, eat and drink anything we feel like and go to bed or have asleep when we feel tired. " This does sound like a nice break from everything!

One thing that I am really bad at, is creating a holiday to-do list. As the first day of annual leave gets closer and closer I start what I call my holiday to-do list. Initially, this starts as a list of jobs that I need a longer time doing than is usually available at the weekend. For example, recreating the introduction for my Twitch channel or trying to create new graphics for my merchandise. The latter takes me so long since I have to learn how to draw first before actually designing it!

The list, however, continues to grow from these initial tasks. I have not yet ever managed to create everything that I set myself to create within a month. I say to myself every month that I need to publish the Mythras Matters and this podcast, a video about Gamemastering, a personal video and a rules video for Mythras. On top of these, publish weekly content on Youtube and Instagram via Shorts and Reels and the actual play sessions for our RPG sessions. I've never actually achieved this, ever! But still, I strive for this goal! 

As the holiday's approach, I start to challenge myself and add to the list, making as much of the content that I can so I have a stable of content ready to slowly release through the year. I also say that I need to write more both with my fiction and blog posts. The list starts to get longer and longer and when the first day of the holiday arrives I set off full steam ahead!

However, as the first week passes, I start to lose momentum and by the end of the second week, I find myself doing jobs that were never on the list. Things like watching the afternoon screening of Miss Marples on television, or sat on the sofa watching whole box sets, allowing myself just one more episode!

Before I know it the holiday has come to an end and my list still has very little crossed off and I am back into the heavy schedule of work, streaming and content creation. Please tell me that it is not just me who battles with these holidays to-do lists! I hope that I am not the only one who starts off with good intentions but then end up just being a couch potato and chilling!

As I am writing this script, I am thinking this year is going to be different. Now that I have acknowledged what happens and shared it with all of you, then I feel that this will be the momentum and the accountability that I need to make a change! Imagine me rising to my feet at this point, punching the sky in pure determination. This year will be the year that I complete my holiday to-do list and I will rise from the ashes like a glorious phoenix triumphant and pleased with myself!

I wonder what I will be saying in September's podcast episode - place your bets now!

So are you a holiday to-do list creator? Do you set off with great intentions but end up on the sofa watching box sets just like me? Let me know how you like to spend your holidays - you can use the recording feature of the website - it's the blue mic in the bottom right-hand corner! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and antics. I'll play any recorded feedback that is appropriate at the end of the following episode 

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Until next time, have fun, stay positive and enjoy your holidays!