I hope everyone is recovering from Christmas and New Year, whatever you got up to, mine was very quiet but just what I needed. My family popped down to see the New Year in with me and say bye to a challenging 2014.
It was great to see my nephew Mason thriving so much, he’s a keen singer, song writer and guitarist at just 9 years old; as if that wasn’t talented enough he’s also an academy footballer and a clever little sausage too. He put on a fabulous show every night, giving us various renditions of popular songs, plus his own tracks he’d written, a real entertainer.
I’m excited about 2015, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year and I welcome that. For many of us January is a tough month, with the cold, long nights it’s a bit of a no-mans land. The next significant stop on the calendar is Valentine’s Day, then Easter and once we get there, then spring/summer is in sight.
I’ve been a bit of a hermit for the last couple of months due to illness, I’ve done nothing socially but now I’m on the mend that’s going to change. Everyone makes plans to change in the New Year, diets start; we join the gym and start to address ourselves. I’ve taken up yoga recently and I’m making a concerted effort to keep up with it. I was guilty of writing off yoga in the past, shirking it in favour of more strenuous exercise which I believed was doing me more good. Now I have been doing yoga for a month I can start to see and feel the benefits. Yoga is a practice that involves the mind, body and soul it’s very spiritual and through the discipline it transforms the body and mind.
We live in a fast paced world in a society that offers us many vices and we need to counter balance that with something that grounds us and takes our attention within. Yoga has many benefits, and like Pilates, is particularly good for those that strenuous exercise isn’t suitable for. Yoga has been associated with many benefits such as weight loss, increased flexibility, stress relief and calming, inner peace, strengthening, better posture and body intuition. Personally I have found that if a mind is happy and relaxed it is better equipped to deal with what life throws at us.
The coming of a new year has also spurred me on to take up a hobby I was always interested in as a youngster but because I was so consumed with sporting endeavours I never had the time to dedicate to it. I’ve taken up DJing! I’m not having a mid-life crisis but how many years do we go wishing we’d always done something or tried something, then we see someone else doing it and we admire them so much for actually doing it; well, I’m actually doing it. Where this new hobby might take me I’m not sure, for now it’s just a lovely uplifting hobby I find fun and relaxing in my spare time. Apologies if you are a neighbour!
So despite the fact that it is January, despite the fact it can be cold and miserable, it has inspired me to do something new, make a change and try to better myself. Challenge yourselves, have the courage to do something different and finally take up that activity you always said you would. It’s time to stop talking about it or dreaming about it and take steps to initiate it, you’ll be glad you did!