... can you hear me?
I’ve tried a couple of times to start sending this again, but I repeatedly got sidetracked and (wannabe) perfect became the enemy of good. So I’m making this short and sharp to get back into the habit.
Initially, this led me here a few weeks back:
Then I subscribed to the newsletter sent by Stephanie Wood (author of memoir Fake, and a journalist I admire). I realised she’s writing what I rather aspire to write, though mine is with more of a yoga/movement/health bent.
Lastly, a client at the yoga studio today who returned after a long break said after class that he didn’t understand why despite knowing how good a class would make him feel, he has this resistance to coming. One thing that doing a 30-day challenge taught me was the habit of taking my arse to class no matter what was going on in my head; he said, “Ah, yes, smart feet!”
[Knowing something is good for you, but not doing it because it’s tough — is it the exact opposite to knowing something is bad for you and doing it because it’s easy?]
So, this is sort of about smart feet.
A few lists in threes, to warm up:
2/3 of a Professional Certificate of Holistic Wellness Coaching at Nature Care College in Sydney (by distance). If you would like to be a volunteer client as I finish, let me know.
There is nothing in the positive results reported in this study that couldn’t be easily explained by a combination of placebo effects and relaxation from lying on a table for an hour while someone pays attention to you.
If that’s all it is — okay, then. It might be just what some people need.
Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health and Body Image. Highly recommend, if you are already a teacher — more here.
I’m now considering this course — if you happen to have any feedback related to it or know anyone who’s done it, I’d love to hear about it.
Three personal things, ditto:
Rented a tiny house just down the road from us to renovate as home office/guesthouse. Decor inspo today is Sam Fox’s bedroom in Better Things—specifically those hot pink curtains, green glass lamps, and artworks on the walls.
Learned to ride a motorbike, and bought one, too.
Three health-related things:
Went plant-based maybe 95% of the time. Don’t reckon I could have done it without a Thermomix (best pandemic purchase along with the motorbike) and easy access to ingredients that used to be really hard to find.
Started doing sauna/cold plunge once or twice a week. Have done 7 minutes in 12 degrees—exhilarating! Lasted just 30 seconds in a 9 degree one yesterday 🥶.
Beachwalking again. Thanks doggo!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Rereading this for the first time since high school was interesting. What a hefty book for a 13 or 14 year old to have read!
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. Watching the series, which is inspired by just a small portion of it.
Yoga by Emmanuel Carrere. The Adversary is one of my favourite books, so looking forward to diving into this.
Better Things. Nothing better has been done portraying parenting, ever.
Hacks. I love being the generation between the two of them.
The Staircase. Colin Firth, odious.
Till next time:
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