Conservatory Dreaming — inspired by New Orleans
Since we have had no travels out of Ireland this year, we jumped at the chance of a pre-loved conservatory (described as an orangery or sun- room because it has a roof and is fully insulated, apparently! We will stick with conservatory) to give us a bigger dining area.
It is the second home project we have tackled during Covid-19, when home has become everything to us — especially a safe haven, which we appreciate more than ever. We have not been able to see family or friends and with few visitors coming regularly to our homes it’s now become a perfect time to make any changes which require living with a mess. A year ago we had not envisaged making these changes, but neither had we reckoned on being homebound for so long. …
When the important areas in life are in balance, we can throw ourselves into other things with greater energy and a clear, focussed mind. When all is going well in areas such as family and health, it’s great to be able to concentrate on career goals or spend time in creative activities which give us pleasure and may even lead to a change of direction in our lives.
It’s also great to do absolutely nothing or read, catch up on TV or socialising with friends etc. …
The world of work is full of expectations, but at times we do not realise that there are lots of other areas in our lives outside of work, that require clarification.
When we are asked to do something or if we offer our help, it’s a good idea to talk over the ramifications on both sides. People’s expectations are often poorly defined, and sometimes completely unknown. We need to be clear on the amount of time we can give and the extent of responsibility we are prepared to take on.
Here are some common areas where things can become complicated if ground rules are not agreed…