January Reflections

January was a busy month for books. You can check out what I read and my ratings in my recent post The Book Nook.

So what else did I do in January?

What I watched –

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I finally got caught up with Planet Earth 2. Every episode was absolutely amazing. By far the best wildlife/nature series I have seen. I was enthralled by every episode. So many fascinating animals, so much amazing footage. Wonderful animals. Wonderful world.

Rated – 

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A series about a landmark 1970 workplace-equality lawsuit to tackle taken gender discrimination. It is based on a nonfiction book by Lynn Povich. The series is driven by it’s range of female characters and how they support each other in life and to take a stand. It doesn’t just cover the workplace oppression but gender roles in the home, marriage, sex, contraception, and the media portrayal of women. Sadly it does not look like there will be a second series. I would still recommend this series. I would really liked to have seen the story progress beyond the issuing of the complaint. I am cynical in the current economic climate about the reasons why a second series has not been commissioned.

Rated – 

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What I did I –

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I went on my first Group Walk. It was a really positive experience, an easy 6 miles and I met some lovely people.

The very steep climb with these steps at the end was quite hard going though. It felt like they were going on forever.

 

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I had a go at using my new spiralizer. I made seafood courgette.

I know it doesn’t look that appealing but it was actually really tasty. I will be making it again.

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My main focus for January was getting back into exercising. I have been regularly attending mindful yoga and hydrojog. I have also started a qi gong and  thi chi class. It’s more difficult than it looks but it’s very beneficial. Have you tried thi chi?

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Like a lot of public services, our local library is now depending on volunteers to keep the service open. Where the Library Assistant was a paid job, it is no longer being funded. I have started my training to support my local library and to become a Volunteer Library Assistant.

 

What I am looking forward to in February – 

I am hoping to do another Group Walk. I will hopefully take some more photos on future walks.

It’s Birthday month in our house. We usually go away for a little holiday but this year we might wait for March. I will need to think of something else nice to do instead. Any ideas?

I have quite a bit of training and e-learning to do for the library so that will keep me busy too.

What have been your highlights from January?

What are you looking forward to in February?

January Changing Seasons

Here in the northern hemisphere, we are in the midst of the coldest season of the year. Although we have passed the shortest day, our days are still short and post the festive season, the darkness and the cold can feel pervading. However, we can still have bright and beautiful days. Nature is still at work. We also got a sprinkling of snow for a couple of days. Sharing some of my January seasonal images –

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One of my new bog challenges for 2017 is to participate in a monthly photo challenge –

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Seeking New Year Inspiration While Surviving Acute Bronchitis

So far 2016 has really not gone to plan for me. The plan went array on Boxing Day (26th Jan) when I have was knocked of kilter by acute bronchitis. It has been particularly severe and my body is still struggling against it. Simply walking around the house is a challenge. On New Year’s I was in bed exhausted and things have yet to improve.

However, I am trying not to let it get me down. I am still planning to embrace the new year, once I am well enough to rejoin life to the full. Sometimes you have to just do nothing and wait for the worst to pass. I am enjoying reading again, cuddling my dog and feel very thankful for the prescribed medication that is keeping me going. I am staying focused on the notion of the new year. I am conserving my energy. I am just postponing things a bit.Read More »