Plans, new moons & passing thoughts

Fireworks
Our view of the New Year fireworks

2014 started with a new moon on the 1st January, a lovely and serendipitous happenstance. A new moon marks a time to start new things and build afresh – which I think is a beautiful way to look at beginning a new year.

I feel daunted about the near future. This will be the year I finally finish Higher education and move on to a new phase (moon terminology, yeah!) of my life. I also want to make sure I make the most of my last semesters at university and keep my head above water.

This is also my very first blog post, so I thought it could be a good place to gather some plans for the year ahead.

I have three goals, in no particular order:

  • Get kick-ass grades and know I tried my best
  • Complete Tough Mudder (June, 2014) which consequently means working out, eating cleanly, sleeping well and being well-watered, all that jazz for 6 months (oh help)
  • Be able to do the splits (either direction, not too fussed)

These goals beget more goals, or things I absolutely have to do in order to accomplish them. I have to establish my running again, get back to longer runs several times a week (working up to 12 miles). I missed running greatly last semester being so overwhelmed with coursework. Yoga and stretching becomes a major part, for strength if not flexibility. And resistance training for core strength. Gym times abound.

So I began January 1st and have been easing in (ok, so it’s been 2 days, but still). I ran 3.07 miles yesterday which was the furthest I’ve managed since October. It wasn’t too comfortable, and I did walk a couple of times, but it’s a happy start. I’m also going to do a yoga set tonight, and can’t even touch my toes so that will be fun. I’ve also eaten cleanly for 3 days, avoiding any Christmas leftovers.

I was also admittedly happy to have dirtied up my trainers more yesterday on my run. I think the colour of them makes them look like a fashion statement more than proper trainers, but I bought them because of their support and cushioning during exercise. Ok, and because of the colour, but they’re there to be used! According to my Nike running app, they’ve covered 217 miles, which is quite cool! And something I’m really proud of. Super-trainers!

My trainers post-run
I don’t think they were actually glowing – I think my camera lens was a bit foggy

I haven’t really ‘looked back’ at 2013 because I want to focus on the future rather than the past. I think that overall it was good year but also had its share of wonderful ups and terrible downs. I suppose that’s life, though. I remember starting out with such high expectations for it – some materialised, others failed miserably. So 2014 is just going to happen, no expectations about it. I just want to work hard. And breathe.

Which reminded me, if there was one song that got me through the hell that has been last semester (because as it turns out, doing a Masters degree in computer science without an undergraduate degree in Computer Science is Exactly Like Doing A Masters Degree In Computer Science Without An Undergraduate Degree In Computer Science), it was ‘Breathe (2am) by Anna Nalick. It’s ridiculously calming, and in the midst of exams and deadlines acted as a reminder that everything was going to be ok.

My favourite part is the chorus:

‘Life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe.’

A gentle reminder of inevitability and peace. So happy new year…! 2014, bring it.

Is this all there is?

I sit here with a tissue shoved up each nostril melting slowly into a puddle of Lemsip, Earl Grey and digestive biscuits. I haven’t eaten anything but porridge or biscuits for 3 days. That’s not that…

Hello 2016

I definitely overestimated my ability to write here while holding down a full-time job, as well as managing other compulsory life stuff. I think I’ve overestimated my ability to do anything… or at least, it feels like…

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