Hey, what's SUP?! A healthy day on the Gold Coast

SUP on the Gold Coast

Well, it’s now been more than two weeks since the whirlwind of the Problogger Training Event passed me by and since then I have been fervently trying not to fall into the ‘life is getting in the way’ excuse for not blogging. But in saying that, it really has. Work and home life has been charging on at an unrelenting pace and there was the case of conjunctivitis that had both me and Jarvis a bit sore and sorry for ourselves last week. But this week will be different, hey?

While I’ve managed to reflect on the conference itself here, on the Sunday after the official proceedings I joined a Health and Lifestyle experience with four fellow bloggers Nicole from Planning with Kids, Deborah from Diet Scmiet and Eleise from A Very Blended Family¬†with the ever-delightful Shelley from Tourism & Events Queensland behind the wheel of the mini-bus. Continue reading

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Nia Proudman style

Yesterday, I took myself off on a little me-time solo journey to YogaFest – a full day celebration of all things yoga and yoga-related at Brisbane’s beautiful Old Museum. It really did remind me of my music festival days of highlighting the program and cursing the ‘clashes’ between two red hot acts you’d like to see, or in this case two red hot yoga classes you’d like to try.

As well as all the yoga classes to do, there were market stalls to peruse and lots of yummy healthy food to try. As it was raining all day, there wasn’t as much sitting on the grass as I’d hoped but sitting in a cosy room almost shoulder to shoulder with other yoga enthusiasts certainly was a warming way to spend the day. There was just a lovely atmosphere and lots of good energy, lots of smiling at strangers and random conversations – I just felt very much at home and happy I was there on my own to go with the flow of the day.

The highlight for me was having a go at something I’ve wanted to try for sometime – Nia Dance. Having read about it, I still didn’t really know what I was in for, but when I saw our teacher warm up by sensually slithering along the floor complete with orgasmic facial expression, I started to get a bit scared! Continue reading

How yoga is changing my life

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Save Mum’s Sanity Yoga a day challenge here on the blog. I’ve found the quick Facebook update as something pops into my head has been the best way to share what’s been happening, but even that’s been sporadic. But the main thing is that the challenge is still on! As those who have been reading here for awhile know, I tend to start things with the best of blogging intentions but they don’t always continue. So even though alot of my yoga a day has been happening ‘off blog’ rest assured it is happening and in a bold statement, which also sounds incredibly cliched, it may just be changing my life. Continue reading

Monday Meditation #2

I love this quote as it sums up what I’m wanting to achive with #SMSyogaaday.

It’s easy to sink into a rut and start to feel down when faced with life’s pressures. I am an introvert by nature which means I need some alone time each day to recharge and reenergise and I sometimes feel that quietly going about my work can be misjudged and misunderstood. I don’t stand out in a crowd but I am passionate about doing my best at all things. For all these reasons and more, these words really speak to me.

Wishing you all a shiny week xxx

Thirteen days of yoga

Well it’s probably time to give a bit of an update on how my Yoga a Day challenge is going. Well, firstly I’m proud to announce that I have indeed been successful in doing Yoga in some form every day, despite visitors and toy related clutter (see above!) and secondly I am really, really loving it!

I should point out for those following at home that I’m definitely no Yoga guru and I’m starting from a fairly beginners level. I’m not that flexible and I struggle with keeping my thinking from straying onto various topics, but that’s the very reason why I’m taking on this challenge. Yoga can be seen as a formidable pursuit – all headstands and twisting yourself into knots. But its all a process. Of letting your body settle into the space where it feels comfortable and gently pushing that little bit further as you go along. I like the idea of quietly challenging myself and this body of mine and I’m open to where this year will take me. Continue reading

Nurturing me November

This month got off to a bit of a rocky start as I felt the weight and strain of carrying too much, doing too much and as my last post mentioned I felt I was juggling too many balls. The problem, I’ve realised, is not really the doing and the juggling and the carrying but where my focus was. I was focusing on those dropped balls and not all the ones still up there being juggled with varying degrees of success. And man, was I beating myself up about it.

So a couple of weeks ago I sat myself down and drew a metaphorical line in the sand and said enough! The something that had to change, was not necessarily my workload but my approach. And the biggest change had to be my approach to myself. I had to look after myself in order to look after everyone and everything else.

So, I have made a few changes and have noticed an improvement in my mood, energy and productivity. Here they are in no particular order: Continue reading