Earn­ing a chill­out time on the beach

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I’ve de­cided to ap­proach this sum­mer dif­fer­ently from the oth­ers I’ve had here. Work­ing in ra­dio in the bay and be­ing a cel­e­brant means my sum­mers are usu­ally full of work and it’s a stress­ful time for me. But I love it.

Like work­ing in hospi­tal­ity— you work while oth­ers are chill­ing. Ex­cept I deal with slightly fewer drunk peo­ple in ra­dio/cel­e­brant work. Though I am MCing a gig on New Year’s Eve, so who knows.

Stress doesn’t mean I’m not en­joy­ing my­self. Truth be known, I have a busy brain most of the time, so I like to be busy along with it!

But this sum­mer I’m go­ing to chill­way more.

I’ve re­alised be­ing an adult is ac­tu­ally just code for ‘you have to ac­tu­ally plan times to chill out and go to the beach or it won’t hap­pen and you’re go­ing to have a lot of bills and peo­plewill ex­pect you to ac­tu­ally make de­ci­sions oc­ca­sion­ally that af­fect your fu­ture and the fu­ture of oth­ers.”

Yeah, it’s a time isn’t!

So this sum­mer I’m go­ing to do that ‘adult’ thing and block out week­ends, say no to things and work harder when I’m ac­tu­ally work­ing. If I do that then I re­ally feel like I de­serve my chill time.

This sum­mer is go­ing to be busiest the BOP has ever seen. Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ously mov­ing here and there are more events than there has ever been. We should all be su­per ex­cited about that— we aren’t the sleepy bach town that gets mobbed for six days over Christ­mas/New Year likewe used to be. It starts now and goes un­til mid-March re­ally.

How great is that for busi­ness ven­tures and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing new things in the sun and sum­mer temps.

The guilt when I’m chill­ing (and oth­ers are work­ing) can some­times make it hard to en­joy the time I’ve earned. But I’m go­ing to try and off­set that with a lawn­based bean­bag and a GnT. But not un­til mid­day.

■ Will John­ston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and lo­cal from 9am-3pm, ev­ery week­day in the Bay of Plenty. Fol­lowWill on In­sta­gram to see un­cen­sored and be­hind-thescenes footage at @ra­diow­ill

Just chill­ing by the beach.

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