Today Becksie has been cleaning the kitchen! This is a task that really needed doing but one that Becksie finds really dull. Not only does she find it dull she finds it frustrating – frustrating as it’s a never ending job. Her intention today was simply to tidy up the ingredients cupboard. This is something she has been putting off for a while as…… she has come to realise she is an all or nothing kind of person! So a good idea to simply tidy the cupboard has ended in an entire morning of scrubbing and sorting. It’s now 2.14pm and a very snotty runny eyed Lizzie is napping and the kitchen instead of looking like a sparkly palace looks like a carboot sale. This is because the all or nothing person has got WAY to into the task in hand. So writing today’s blog is a welcome distraction.
Being an all or nothing person is a double edged sword. On the one hand when you really want to put your all into something it usually means that with minimal sleep and maximum energy output one can achieve something like what you set out to. But…….. It also means that people often laugh at your extreme efforts (and crazy ideas) and occasionally take advantage of you…….. (but that’s a different blog post). Being an all or nothing person also gives you an ability to put something off because you can’t yet face putting all your effort in (please note you usually end up doing it in the long run). Being an all or nothing person means you often find yourself in a little too deep with things and frantically swimming against the tide, a few examples:
Kitchen cupboard tidying that’s been put off for ages turns into EPIC kitchen clean.
Wanting to make a dress to help a little girl around the world turns into a 200 dress target and multiple events to organise.
Wanting to save money and write a little turns in www.ayearwithoutsupermarkets.com a huge time commitment and daily discipline.
Are you with us now??
If you are an all or nothing person (or know an all or nothing person) you will probably sympathise with the above examples. Being an all or nothing person is (from personal experience) exhausting but it is also hugely rewarding, spontaneous and exciting. Now…… when an all or nothing person marries another all or nothing person you get an even more dangerous all or nothing couple. You know the type that decide to hold their wedding in a sheep barn just because if we’re gonna do this we may as well do it to the max and………. make our live as hard as possible.
This all or nothing person is much better at all of the above but has his own personal issues……… this all or nothing person will NEVER pay for parking (50 mile walk to save £2), keeps every bit of wood in sight for that moment when one needs a bit of wood exactly to its specifications and he can’t eat just one biscuit and has to eat the packet.
And…….. already we are starting to see that when two all or nothing folk have a small person of their own said small person at the tender age of 13 months develops their own all or nothing traits! All the milk must be tipped on the floor, all the books must be pulled from the shelf!
So…… where’s this going? Well……. firstly it’s assisting in avoiding finishing the epic clean Becksie has started. Secondly it is simply an acknowledgement of what Team Pugh are like. Thirdly it is an opportunity for those much wiser to let us know how they feel we should tame this beast and fourthly……. it is a request for guidance on where we go next?
We have been writing this blog for 7 months now and….. putting our all into it. It started, as you know as a way to save money and prove we had the will power to make a bold statement like ‘we are not going to shop in supermarkets for a year’ and actually see it through. We’ve had lots of fun, done exciting things and met really cool and lovely people. As time went on it became easy to not go in supermarkets and the challenge was writing new content every day (this is still a HUGE challenge especially as if we missed a day NOTHING would even happen). We have supported our local economy and eaten some lovely food. We have learnt SO MUCH about food and food production and formed our own opinions about food. But…….. where do we go from here? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated………………………………………