Thursday, November 13, 2014

Do One Main Task Each Day

Briefing 4 aspiring film-makers who'll attend intenstive wkshops to result in a short film
That has been my mantra for the past couple of days. On Tuesday I focussed on writing a children's story (early reader). It's finished and I sent it to a writer friend to read through and comment. She likes it.

Yesterday was the day of completing a concept proposal for a possible funder for a project. We've already met and they suggested the proposal, so I had some guidance on what their Key Performance Indicators are, though that's not a guarantee they'll go for it. Done, doner and sent:)

Today I spent the morning at Leseding Community Development Project, a client based in Ledig, around 30km from Phokeng and around 7km from Sun City. My time mostly involved attending meetings and watching people talk.

It was a very productive session, but I find meetings to be harder work than digging hard clay soil in my garden, or sitting for hours at my computer, transcribing a conversation or writing a story or editing. It competes right up there with marketing; work that usually leaves me drained.

I was knackered by the time I made it home at lunch and took a very long nap. But I also collected enough material to write several blog posts for them and I'm pleased about that.

The end of an era

Another big thing today is that the deed for my Johannesburg house was finally registered in the new owner's name. The sale is done. Yaaay! What a relief!

I love that little house and wouldn't have moved unless forced to, but once I was here, I needed to consolidate my life. It was exhausting dealingwith two households, and I needed to focus on just one thing at a time.

The end of an era. Bye bye, sweet little house!
They're keeping my tenant, who is also a close friend, on a minimum 12 month lease, and the house is fully furnished with most of my furniture and she's going to keep using most of it.

It's a relief for me not to have to worry about moving a houseful of furniture more than 150km to Phokeng, or to worry about what to do with it once it gets here. I have 12 months to ponder the problem :)

The new arrangement is the best of both worlds for me - someone to worry about the property maintenance, another to pay the rent and I still have a desk, bed and garden in the city for when I'm there. Nice scam if you can get away with it, yes?

1 comment:

Corinne Rodrigues said...

It's hard to let go of things we love, but I see you're being practical about it, Damaria. Hugs..

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