Time is a funny thing

All in a sudden this week I realized, that it’s been a loooooooooong time since the last time I have posted a blog post. Over three years…
Wow, time flies, when you’re having fun 😉

The past couple of years have been interesting at least, and indeed they have flown by.
It’s not that there was nothing to write about, on the contrary. Living and working in Mali and traveling in West Africa there’s always a story to tell.
There were times that I was tired of writing. In between I did write some blogs, that were never posted due to power cuts, extremely slow internet (thanks Orange Mali…), the thought of a lack of time and being too tired. Finally these blogs were even forgotten about.

Time is a funny thing. Not in the last place our thoughts about time.
A well-known saying in Africa is: ‘You’ve got watches, we’ve got time.’
And I have to admit, that even though I have not been wearing a watch for at least a decade, I have had the idea of not having enough time. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was working. The more work I got done, the more I still had to do.

My perception of (a lack of) time had become a believe, a truth and a self-fulfilling prophecy. By the end of last year I was not only lacking time, I was lacking energy and sleep. And by the time one of my closest friends travelled to Mali to visit me… I fell ill.
It was about time for a change!

I tapped into my inner knowing, allowed myself the time to attend some eye-opening webinars and took some firm decisions:
– I allow myself two days off each week
– I have plenty of time to get my work done
– I have energy left for fun things

It’s not the first time in my life that I took a leap of faith and it actually felt great and a reward towards myself.

Several months have passed since.
I got my health back, have much more energy and indeed get my work done in five days a week, leaving time to relax, read, cook and enjoy.

I love having time!

About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen: www.papillonreizen.com
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