It's an integrated life

So things have been pretty quiet around here for a while, but they've not been quiet in my life or my head.

I tend not to write many posts here as I framed this blog as a Node/MEAN stack blog which is somewhat limiting. But recently my MEAN Stack focused posts have either been on my Full Stack Training site or as guest posts in other places like this one on Sitepoint and this on DZone.

Aside from that, a lot of my technical writing time goes towards writing books and MEAN Stack training courses.

There's a lot more to my life than this of course, although the time I spend on the above could be a full time job! However, it doesn't pay as well as a full time job, so I have one of those too. I also have a family with two young children, and I like to keep fit and healthy.

All of this stuff competes for my time, attention and energy. I'm pretty good at compartmentalising so I focus on the task in hand and push other things to the back of my mind until it is their turn. But it's all integrated and overlapping, one flowing into the next. The biggest natural overlap is between my job and my writing/training business. I've learned many things in researching for writing that flows into my job, and I've also learned much during my career that flows into my writing.

And then there's my family, which is very important to me, as is my fitness and health.

This all takes time, energy, attention and focus.

And I love the logical compartmentalisation of it, but I've come to realise that for everything to work well together I also need to think of it as an integrated lifestyle. Any single aspect can have a positive or negative impact on another. There needs to be some give and take, and a sense of balance.

I can't completely separate out each aspect, life is too complicated for that.

My head is full of stuff on each part of my life, and is often intrigued by the connections, interactions and impacts between them.

So limiting this blog to a very narrow focus no longer makes sense, especially when there are various other outlets for that. For many years the strapline for this blog has been where Simon Holmes frees some brain space and that's exactly what I'm going to use it for. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, is that the best way to stop thoughts from going round and round in your mind is to get the out of your mind and onto paper. Or into markdown.

I'll also start cross-posting and referencing my articles from other places so that everything is in one place. After all, it's an integrated life.