A new year, a new me? Not exactly, but still a new phase in my life no matter how dramatic it sounds. A recent post by Carmen Varner about life after university pretty much sums up where I am at and have been in the last couple of months. Even though I have only just finished and am awaiting my degree certificate, I have not had any classes since before the Summer of 2014. Weird when you think about it like that. With no school and studying to occupy my time and life, it starts to hit me that I have to take action instead of keeping my life a bit on a pause. Sure, it is good to unwind a bit (as far as that is possible) but as I am one who likes to make lists I am feeling the need to make some plans for myself. Nothing extravagant, just to get a bit more of a routine in my life that is seriously lacking at the moment. Similar to New Year's Resolutions, you wonder? Yes, sort of. I never was a person for making them, but if we want to head in that direction then let's call them that.
Drink more water and start exercising. Let's get the typical ones out of the way shall we? If I am doing some New Year's resolutions then I might as well go all the way and take a couple of the most used ones - drinking more water as one of them. On a day to day basis I drink water and tea, sometimes coffee. I cannot remember when I started to exclude the fizzy drinks, maybe two or three years ago. Even so, I still drink way too little on a day due to laziness, seeing up against going to the toilet, but usually by just forgetting to drink. So yes, drinking more water is something I need to work on. Secondly, start exercising. I cannot believe I am putting this on the list as a non-athletic person for various reasons and as someone who hasn't really had a weekly workout since, uhm, P.E. in high school? Yup, I am that kind of girl. Of course, I walk a lot when I am out and about and I do cycle to work, but I do not actively exercise and I really should. The fact that some form of rheumatism runs in the family (on both sides) and having overloaded my neck and back in the last couple of months certainly put things in perspective.
January is almost coming to an end and I can already say that I have taken action on both these items. I notice that I remember to drink and although it usually adds up to maybe two glasses more a day, it is something. As for the excercise, I have installed two workout apps on my phone when I started to notice my back and neck pains some time ago, and am trying to use them at least once a week. Still taking baby steps and especially focusing on the areas that I have strained by doing extensive stretch workouts and warm ups is a great start if I say so myself.
Start a routine. The aforementioned resolutions luckily already contribute like that, but as stated my life is sort of in a pause and I should undertake some action if I want to battle this frequent tiredness due lack of structure. No classes and having a lot of free time on my hands, although to be honest a lot of them are reserved for helping my mom around the house, means finding ways to occupy myself with such as a new job. It would be amazing if I could start somewhere related to what I have studied for in the last couple of years, but as only a few very lucky people receive this opportunity straight away I am just happy with getting a job with more hours than I currently have. Having more free time on my hands also means I can spend more time doing the things I like to do, like learning how to play more songs that I like on my guitar and keyboard, but also being able to spend more time on my blog.
So far, I am soliciting to every vacancy a store in the vicinity has to offer with more hours than I have now. All I can do is apply and wait for a response. As for the more fun stuff, as you would have seen in the second part of my 2014 favourites, I finally learned how to play a song by Civil Twilight on my keyboard. Still not able to completely sing and play it at the same time, but I am getting there.
Blog. The first month of a new year means another year for my blog. I started this blog in 2013, on the 1st of January and it now has 133 posts and over 5000 views (although I am sure at least 500 are mine). Happy belated birthday blog! I cannot believe how much my blog has grown - sounding a bit like that aunt you only see on your birthday - but it has. 2014 was the year I discovered Bloglovin' and bloggerchats on Twitter, both of which contributed greatly to how I see, work, and post on my blog. Next to this, I have found even more great blogs to follow and people who have been so very kind to me even if it was just by favoriting or replying to a tweet I posted in one of the many bloggerchats that I didn't know of until I read this post by The Lovecats Inc. If you want to be more involved into the blogging world and want to get to know who is out there, then make sure to check them out.
Blogging continues to be something I love to do. December's Blogmas was a new undertaking for me and I didn't think I would be able to make a post every other day, but I did. Don't expect any of those crazy undertakings on a regular basis, but I do want this blog to continue to grow. Not necessarily in the amount of views and followers, but as my own personal space online where I can ramble off in a post like this one. Let me know what you would like to see and as always thank you for visiting this little blog of mine.