I was thanking my past self this morning as I woke up hangover free so glad that I drank a shed load of water last night when I got home :0)!
I was booked into the 9am swim this morning as my friend needed some help in their garden so wanted to get the swim done before I headed to their house, the lake is getting busier each week as the water/weather warms up and more and more people are embracing open water swimming, it’s so lovely to see people in the water and loving it. As I was on my own I swam at my own pace and chatted to myself for the entire swim, working things through in my head! I did 3 laps, one of which was a full front crawl lap without stopping, which got my heart racing a bit. And then I just floated on my back for a bit, just taking in the fresh air, once I was dry I got a drink and sat in the sunshine for a bit thinking about my life.
Last week the venue I go to posted on social media that they were offering Stand-Up Paddleboarding lessons in June and July, as I’m planning on doing some SUP when I visit my friend in Scotland in August I decided I would pay to attend a lesson. This has come out of the wellbeing pot I’ve saved in Monzo (my main banking provider). What Monzo allows you to do is create pots where you can squirrel away money for different things like holidays/bills/presents etc. I also use an app called If This, Then That (IFTTT) which links with Monzo and my Fitbit so every time I hit my 10,000 daily steps target on my Fitbit IFTTT triggers Monzo to move £2.50 from my current account into my wellbeing pot and then I use this pot to buy things I want around wellbeing/exercise. This is also the way I’ve managed to create some savings this year by doing other challenges in IFTTT and Monzo like the penny a day challenge, where on day one of the year it puts 1p in a post, day two 2p, day three 3p and so on for the whole year finishing up on 31st Dec with £3.65!
If you do this the whole year without withdrawing the money you will save £667.95 and yes it does get a little bit expensive near the end of the year but a great way to save money! I’m doing the reverse one where the money goes down each day rather than up, so today’s saving was £2.03 as felt this might be easier as December can be an expensive month.
Once I finished with my friend, I quickly popped to the shops to get some groceries and then home to do some work! Had planned to do more work today as I’ve got quite a few pressing deadlines this week but ran out of steam by about 6pm! So gave up and had some food and a bit of telly!
This week is a bit of a crazy one with Mon-Wed being 12-hour days to get all that I need to be done in the timeframe I’ve got to work with around my uni days! I will make sure I deliver all that I need to deliver for my clients on time even if it means a few early mornings and late nights as it will be worth it in the end.
On that note, it’s time for me to go to bed and start the week as I mean to go on!