My friend’s dog, drawn on my iPad
My friend’s dog, drawn on my iPad
Well, we are almost at the end of January. My initial resolve was to take part in the 365 Project and post on the same theme for a whole year. I chose motivation but quickly realised that I’d bore myself, let alone my readers, if I posted up about that for a WHOLE YEAR!! So, I decided to adapt the idea and post on the same topic for a month. I also allowed myself not to post every day. I pretty much abandoned the 365 Project in fact!
Anyway, I have, more or less, posted motivationally themed stuff throughout January, I think, and I intend to end with a summary of how my own motivation has helped me to keep up my fitness training and started all the other things I said I would do.
Or rather, that WAS the intent
Unfortunately, I’ve just returned from a slap up meal of Tapas with copious amounts of wine and I really feel a bit of a fraud talking about how determined I am to eat healthily and keep fit.
Although I did go to a personal training session at the gym this morning. AND I have been walking regularly. AND…and this is the bestest AND….I have joined a burlesque dancing class. So far, I’ve only been to the taster session but I’ve signed up for the full six weeks. It’s so much fun! The challenge for me is how to look alluring whilst trying to follow the steps. Not quite there yet but I’m hopeful! Anyway, I highly recommend it as a fun way to exercise.
And, joking apart, I am really enjoying my exercise, whatever form it takes.
The Italian classes are great fun too, not too hard but I’m learning new stuff. It’s fun doing the class with KD who has a fantastic accent and we practise our new words during the week so I fully expect to be fluent by the end of the course (well, I hope to be able to order wine and food at least. Or just the wine even….).
As for the other projects I had intended to pick up on, well, the photography is slow. The weather has been poor and I have yet to find the subject that inspires me….but I will. I am a frustrated photographer.
I have not done any more drawing and I have totally forgotten about the needlecraft apart from a brief spell (one evening) where I got out the knitting needles for half hour.
Still, it’s only January. Eleven more months to achieve my goals!
I have decided to make my theme for February ‘Love’.
Not sure what I’ll post yet but isn’t that the beauty of it all?
It’s always nice to have a new project I think. Unfortunately, I have many ‘new’ projects -started and never finished. Needlework, knitting (I still have a cardigan I started for my six month old daughter. She is 29 now), painting and drawing, machine embroidery, web designing, photography, blogging (well, that’s kind of consistent in a fluctuating way), gym and keep fit….the list just goes on.
So, this year, I am going to write the list out and work my way through it and do every one of these projects by the end of 2012.
To add to the list, and a brand new project for me, I shall be starting Italian classes next week with KD.
I’m really looking forward to this as it is a very different sort of project compared to my usual ventures. It is only a 12 week course, just to get us through our next holiday in Italy in June. As long as they teach me how to say “Just leave the bottle on the table thank you” and “mine’s a double” I will consider it money well spent…..
We visited Italy earlier this year and stayed in a little place called Scala, up in the hills near Amalfi. It is a beautiful place and we will return
I had just started sketching again at the time and here is one I did of Ravello, which we could see from our hotel
We are off again next week, this time to Porto Santo so I expect I’ll do a bit more drawing while I am there
To be honest, I don’t know how I manage to find time to go to work these days!!!