Give Yourself a Time Out

I hope everyone's week is going as swimmingly as mine - particularly at work and with my brand! As excited as I am to talk about Colbert London, I will solely focus on my day work and current mood in this post! *sigh of relief from reader!*

Venture Out and Explore Like a Tourist Sometimes!

I know I mention it a lot, but the feeling I get when I can escape the office after a morning session and begin wandering along the wide, picturesque streets of St John's Wood is truly inspiring to say the least. Although I am very familiar with the area, I treat it like a new find - exploring it as if I were a tourist in an unknown location. It really does add more excitement to the walk. 

This short but sweet time-out gives my brain a chance to re-cooperate after opening several emails, conducting meetings and burning out my fingers on the keyboard all morning.

*There were little old ladies peaking out from behind their transparent curtains, wondering who the hell was photographing on their roads as we took these!

I love the pastel coloured doors, window shutters and garage doors - both those lining the peaceful streets as well as those complimenting the pretty mews homes set on private cobbled lanes. They give my so much inspiration whether it be for the next bag I want to purchase, or a saucy new colour palette for a feature wall in my flat!

The air smells so sweet... The breeze - warm and light.

Sometimes I actually forget I'm even working a shift! This tends to happen when I'm staring in awe at all the stunning homes and luxury cars cruising by. The air smells so sweet and the the breeze is completely light. I could sit here thinking up master plans all day, but I'm aware I have an appointment within the hour.

I could swear, people seem so much more friendly at this time of day! It's like all the stressed out people are locked away in their miserable offices, counting down the hours till they can run off and scowl at fellow passengers during the dreaded commute home. The moment 4:45pm hits, the city turns into a completely different place until things calm down around 7:30'ish.

With my flexible work hours, I am able to come in and work during my most productive hours without feeling like my efforts aren't appreciated, or feeling forced to stay in the office pretending I'm working when I really rounded things up a couple of hours before! It's great not feeling guilty leaving early and as a result, I end up almost working more hours than required for the month!

Some of us do not have flexible hours, but this doesn't mean there aren't other methods of relaxing around fixed work hours and an hour lunch break. If you're finding it hard seamlessly blending work hours and 'happy hours', take my advice - make sure you're using your lunch breaks wisely. Eat a good meal and enjoy it. Take a walk and talk to a loved one, or even a complete stranger in a park. Or perhaps sit in a coffee shop whilst it's raining, and enjoy a hot beverage while reading a great book. Whatever you decided to do, do it with a smile and appreciate the 'here' and the 'now'. A please, do not miss your lunch break when you can help out. We work our minds and bodies hard on a daily basis. So give yourself a break and don't feel guilty about it!

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