It was at Burns Night that I took another opportunity – it’s a tradition for people to perform, either reading some Burns poetry, or singing an old Scottish song. I was asked if I would like to do something, so I took the opportunity to learn a new song, and chose Wild Mountain Thyme. Although it’s a fairly well-known folk song (versions by Bob Dylan, Ronan Keating, Marianne Faithful, The Corries, Ed Sheeran, among many others) I didn’t really know it, having only heard it a couple of times in a sing-along at my scout mountaineering course. Upon investigation, it turns out the words were written by Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Rabbie Burns, and therefore making it a suitable song for such an occasion. So I learnt the tune, spent most of the evening at the support being nervous and then performed my song to a room of about 60 people. Opportunity taken!
For Burns Night, I also went for quick and easy hairstyle using my regular hair-up thingie, it only takes about 20 secs to do. My new healthy eating 1200kcal a day regime is slowly paying dividends – I have now lost a further pound since regaining my pre-Christmas weight last week.
I also had one networking meeting this week, where I met with Jon, who runs Walkabout Scotland. I was put in contact with him from my day at the Melting Pot freelance office last week (another networking opportunity I attended) and we met up to discuss hints and tips on running an outdoors-based business. Through the conversation, I also sneaked in a few coaching questions to help Jon figure out and cement his goals for this year, hence counting a coaching freebie given!
For some things, I am progressing ahead of schedule:
- 9 different restaurants eaten in
- 9 new films seen
- 22 alcoholic drinks tried
- 8 different hairstyles
- 11 opportunities taken
- 10 blog posts written
- 5 recipes
- 5 soups
- 4 random acts of kindness
- 4lbs lost
- 5 pictures (master pieces) coloured in
- 3 coaching freebies
- 1 new munro climbed
- 1 cake baked
- 0 hello/thankyou in languages (well, none documented)
- 0 new artists/albums downloaded
- 0 songs on a playlist
- 0 ski runs (and with no ski holiday booked – this is looking very unlikely!)
Learnings for me this week are:
- Recovery can take longer than you expect and sometimes you have to just accept that you can’t do stuff in the short term to enable you to do it in the long term. E.g. Short term pain (or a boring weekend at home) for long term gain (a quicker overall recovery.) This is a change to my normal approach of ‘what the hell, it’ll be ok.’
- Wild Mountain Thyme is a famous song. When you tell people you’d never heard of it before last week, they snigger at you and make loud exclamations of ‘Really?!’. A bit like when you tell them you don’t really know who David Bowie was.
- Even when you really enjoy something and commit to doing it, you can apparently not do it for reasons unknown to yourself.