Health, wealth & happiness

I remember someone telling me once that one should never make critical decisions on holiday. Being away from the realities of everyday life is more likely to lead to rash decisions that can have serious consequences for the future. However, I think this is exactly the best time to make decisions. You’re more likely to be relaxed & content, having spent some time washing off the mundanity (is that even a word? It is now) of everyday life, and more likely to have spent time in consideration of options. Being away from the everyday allows us to dream a little, maybe be a little more daring and frivolous.

I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks now, and have a few more days to go. I’ve spent time on my own exploring the beautiful cities of Zurich & Innsbruck, and currently I’m languishing in the Austrian sunshine in the beautiful town of Klagenfurt, which is situated on the banks of the Wörthersee. I feel relaxed & happy, having enjoyed both time by myself and latterly a fabulous few days with close friends supporting many of them as they competed in Ironman Austria. For those in the dark an Ironman comprises a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon. It’s not for the feint-hearted, and watching friends and others battle both the elements and their own demons is nothing short of inspirational.

Which brings me to this post. No, I’m not signing up in a whim for the race next year (sorry), but it does confirm to me that I need to get back on the horse and re-focus. I’ve decided the priorities are as follows:

  1. Finances
  2. Food
  3. Exercise

Everything starts with money. This holiday is paid for already (bar the final hotel which will be paid off next month). Otherwise I have some debt still to pay, and I really need to get back to better habits, but more of that later. Once that’s sorted, the other two priorities will fall into place.

Anyway, for now I have much relaxing to do…

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