15 minutes of fame

I have developed a deep gratitude for the gift of time. Aside from healing, time does many things for me. In fact, all I need is 15 minutes to make me feel accomplished, special, calm, and relaxed.

Sometimes, I sit with for daughter through an episode of Peppa Pig – it’s only 15 minutes long but it makes both my daughter and I very happy to sit side by side for that time.

As a working mum, part time student and wife, you can imagine that I get frustrated and anxious, especially when I’m tired and things are not going as planned. Over the years, I’ve learned that 15 minutes in the shower or in the silence of the kitchen calms me down and refocuses my energy to what really matters. Instead of turning on myself, I simply say, ‘Take deep breaths and don’t panic. You’ll be fine in 15 minutes.’ It works most of the time.

Now that I’m conscious of these 15 minutes, I find treasured moments everywhere: in a brief conversation with a friend, or a short drive to the supermarket listening to my favourite radio station. These are moments I cherish.

As I work on my dissertation, these moments will get more important and more relevant to my sanity. Indeed, challenges that seem insurmountable at the beginning of 15 minutes, could be eating out of the palm of my hand by the end.

Remember to check out my dissertation blog here. Thanks!

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