I didn’t know how to start my year, so I decided to do something I have not done in many many years. Go for a Run. I took up running last year, but only on a treadmill inside my house. So I decided to be brave, put on my old sneakers, and stepped outside. Surprisingly, I completed 5 km, had to walk the last few hundred meters though.
I had not been out in the neighborhood like this in many weeks. I ran past rows of well-manicured home gardens. White and Purple blooms of “Lily of the Nile” (Agapanthus), a stunning array of Hydrangea, blush of Frangipani, and sweet-smelling Gardenia. Add to that a chirping flock of Lorikeets swooping over my head. I couldn’t have started the new year on a better note. My husband, as usual, couldn’t believe that I ran 5 km in 35 minutes. I had to show him the proof on my Fitbit. haha 😀
I am really hoping to continue running this year and slowly increase the distance.
Last year was all about “Balance“. The first time as a working mom, first time raising a toddler, first time working from home. And amidst all of that, figuring out a way to maintain my fitness routine. Frankly, when I look back, travel wasn’t the first thing in my mind. But I terribly missed connecting with people in real-time.
In the latter half of 2020, I decided to sign up for an online Yoga Teacher’s Training 200 hours course, something I had been meaning to do for the past 4 years. By the last week of Dec, I had completed all the assignments and mandatory requirements, including 50 hours of practice. Hopefully, I will be getting certified this month. I am not sure if I will be teaching soon as I did this course mostly to have a deeper understanding of other limbs of yoga, like Pranayam, but I am hopeful that I will find a path that I love.
I am grateful that I was able to go deeper in my practice, and find time for meditation, learn Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli Kriya. Here’s a video to recap the asanas I learned to hold for the first time in 2020.
With the numbers still rising in NSW, I believe work from home will continue for at least the first two quarters. Not easy balancing a toddler in one arm and coding in another, but well, you just gotta deal with it. 🙂 I am glad my in-laws are still here. They are bored out of their minds but their presence and support in this pandemic are helping me to keep my sanity in check.
To keep things interesting, I am taking part in an insane challenge to complete 1332 km as a part of the Conqueror Challenge. Might take me 6 months, but the medal looks really nice. I also completed 74 km for Mount Fuji Virtual Challenge in December and received this stunning medal. Call me superficial, but this is what prompted me to take up the challenge. 😀
I don’t set super big goals in the new year, but having a visual board and an idea of what I want to achieve, helps me to focus my energy in the right direction. Without that, I would probably while away my time watching dozens of Korean Drama or scrolling through Instagram. Also, I absolutely love making to-do lists. It is probably the only thing that gives a semblance of organization in my life. I will be spending a good amount of time in the coming days figuring out a visual board for this year.
I had to prioritize and put a lot of things on the backburner to balance home, work, and fitness. I didn’t draw or write poetry or blog as much as I wanted to, barely read fiction (two and a half to be precise), or spend my time watching Netflix. But since I had prioritized my health, I was able to reach my fitness goals and physically do things that were once impossible to me. So win-win. 🙂
I hope you too score some wins in this pandemic. Here’s wishing you a very happy new year. Leaving you with this video of my super energetic toddler.