2018 - Good bye January Hello February
I started the New Year feeling a little guilty for eating and drinking a bit too much over the festive season. Whilst a dry January and a new fangled diet were out of the question, if I am being brutally honest a number of outfits in the wardrobe were fitting, to put it mildly, a bit snug. So the pressure was on to make that New Year’s resolution and commit to a new goal to improve my wellbeing in the coming year.
My plan was to loose a few pounds and get in shape for spring. Joining a gym seemed the most obvious thing to do. Everywhere I looked there where promotional offers to join one. The reality of getting up early a couple of mornings a week; or leaving work to pound the treadmill at my local gym was suddenly daunting. It was not exciting, would be difficult to sustain, and was not something I really wanted to do.
Why was it important to make a New Years resolution I asked myself?
Making a commitment to care for myself required contemplation, honesty and being proactive.
Through self evaluation I was able to find out my flaws and find ways to improve myself, something that is necessary for development.
I knew I wanted to get fitter and healthier but I was not sure whether the gym was for me. After further reflection I realised that my decision to choose the Gym as my preferred choice to get fit, was heavily influenced by the mass external advertising I had been consuming.
After a bit of soul searching and a lot of research I realised that I get the most rewards when I am learning something new. So, I signed up to a Tai Chi class. You are probably wondering why Tai Chi? Well, it is an exercise were you need to use breathing, visualisation and movement to work the entire body all at once. It was originally a Chinese Martial Arts but it is mainly practiced today as an excellent form of exercise with many health benefits. Although there is a lot to learn it works for me and I am enjoying the challenge.
It is also the Chinese New Year 2018, the year of the Dog. People are said to hold similar personality traits to the animal named after the year they were born. I was born in the year of the dog, an animal which symbolises luck. So what better way to start the New Year.
My tireless pursuit to create unique one-of-a-kind silver jewellery for people who want to stand out from the crowd is reflected in self-fulfilment, harmony and balance, the skills needed to master Tai Chi. It might take me a lifetime but I will get there.
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