I haven’t been taking enough care of myself this year, despite having chosen “Balance” as my word theme. It took until very late in the year to find a way to gain outer accountability for this obliger, but I finally got there. Along the way I took an Obliger Vacation that looked a bit like rebellion at the time, and a lot more like it as time went on.
So today I decided to give myself a final gift of self-care for 2018.
From the start of January I’ll be making an effort to spend the full month taking time out to do yoga every day. I’m no yogi so I’ll be following along with Adriene from Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She is doing a month long series called ‘Dedicate’. It’s my attempt to nudge myself towards more self-care and further away from imbalance – literally and figuratively.
If you think you would enjoy doing this too I’ve added a link to the invitation on the image below. And if you would like to chat with me about it as we go along, you can always join the newly created Oh Waily Waily Discord server*.
In the meantime, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Holidays. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends, as well as taking time out for yourself too.
And I will see you all next year!
*if you already use Discord just drop me a comment asking for the invite link and I will email it to your comment email address. If you aren’t familiar with Discord but would like to know more this article from Lifewire is a good rundown.
2016 has been a fairly good year of reading for me so far. Up until the end of this week I have managed to read thirteen books. Considering I managed a rather feeble twenty books for the year in 2015, this is almost a blistering start. I could not give a good reason for the change, other than the fact that I managed to get a bit of a roll on while on holiday back in March. Also, I’ve decided that it is perfectly legitimate to add in my read-aloud kid’s literature. I mean, when you are reading Carnegie winners and classics like Roald Dahl, how can you not include them in your official reading list for the year !?
Anyway, amongst the March books there were two re-reads for me. One was a lovely visit back in to the world of Harry Potter, and the other was back to Regency England with Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
My latest book review is up over at the 1001 Books blog. It’s a perennial favourite by Jane Austen – Emma.
I was finally brave and tackled an Austen. I first read them as a teenager and loved them. I think I’ve watched every BBC adaptation of her work since that time too.
I can also say that my vague memory of the 1996 film adaptation isn’t one of dread. Ms Paltrow isn’t a massive favourite with me, but that was more than offset by getting to see Jeremy Northam as Mr Knightley.
Whether you are an Austen fan or not, feel free to pop over to the other blog and leave a comment either for or against.
In light of the youngsters in the family coming down with a nasty cold, it’s going to be a bit of a lightweight post here today.
My latest book review was posted over at t’other blog yesterday.
It was a very old favourite of mine, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
You know the review is going to be positive from someone who had her entire canon as a teenager, don’t you? Anyway, you can pop over there and read it, or wait until I re-post it here some time towards the end of the month. The choice is yours.