I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Finished my Masters on Tuesday and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long tough road, made more difficult by recurring health problems. So nice not to have to do 8-12 hour days 7 days a week anymore.
One thing I will miss is the simplicity of focusing on one task. My husband was great and took over all of the home schooling (and related admin), cooking and laundry for the last 6 weeks. All I did was make coffee, put away some laundry, look after my houseplants, feed the birds and my share of the weekly house clean. Everything else was on hold, and it was bliss.
It made me realise just how scattered my attention generally is, and not just because of having kids. I’ve a wide range of interest, which often prevents me going deep into one thing. I now know it also makes me feel more frantic. When you’ve a lot of interests, you’ve a lot of tasks, which make for a busy mind. I miss my quiet mind.
With the masters I had a lot to do but it was all connected to one thing, so there was a sense of slowing moving towards a single, unifying solution. I underestimated just how satisfying this feeling would be. A feeling you really don’t get when you’ve 100-and-one things on the go and constantly pulled hither and thither by multiple interests.
This article by author Mark Manson on the Disease of More struck a particular cord, and so I’m going to start stripping back some of my extra circular activities in order to be deepen my knowledge and expertise in a few select areas. Don’t worry Living Lightly in Ireland is safe!
And onto this planet’s happy news.
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Netherlands support scheme to roll-out 7-day energy make-over of homes!
Free webinar on seed planting on Jan 28th, 29th and 30th by a US gardening podcaster that I love!
Frost dates in Ireland and the UK for gardeners out there!
Great piece of investigative journalism on the state of small-scale solar energy in Ireland
Development banks and states pledge $14.32 billion to build a “Great Green Wall” to help contain desertification in Africa’s northern Sahel region.
A handy plan for what to do when in the fruit and veg garden!
Teenager on a mission to get seed libraries across the US
This isn’t recent news (it’s from 2019) but I just came across this fact and love it. If each adult sent one less email a day, Britain could reduce its carbon output by 16,433 tonnes – equal to more than 81,000 flights from London to Madrid.
What Design Can Do has launched a global design competition the No Waste Challenge in partnership with the IKEA Foundation. The invite all creatives to submit solutions to reduce waste and rethink our entire production and consumption cycle. Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2021.
Newly constructed French wine cellar incorporated bat boxes in it’s façade
US company Scribit soon to launch world’s first compostable markers
Japan to develop wooden satellite in bid to curb junk space
New citizen-led Wildlife Conservation Core might be on the cards for Ireland
A clever map of climate solutions globally
Some positive technological developments that will help stabilise the climate crisis
Have you heard about these little forest oasis in Ethiopia?
Phew! That’s a lot this week.
Till next week