Every year I make the same New Year’s Resolution: to worry less.
I am a mother, a small business owner and a bit of a perfectionist, hence the reason I’m still not succeeding.
The one thing that always helps to put things into perspective is outdoor exercise. As my other New Year’s Resolution is to blog more, “Janathon” is the stone to kill my birds.
The idea is to blog every day in January about the exercise you have done each day. Hundreds of people do it, it’s organised by one of my favourite bloggers and Twitter friends Cathy White (@jogblog) and it presents just enough of a challenge for me to be intrigued but not overwhelmed.
Plus I got a new pair of Nikes for Christmas.
So today, on the very first day of 2014, I knew I had to get out there and make a good start. My toddler saw to it that I was well rested before this challenge. That’s a lie. He was up all night and I was watching Postman Pat at 6am. But I remained focused. So we went for a walk.
What is it they say about March? In like a lamb, out like a lion? Well so begins my march to achieve my goal.
I had two wee lambs accompanying me.
I also had two very hungover men and a pregnant woman walking beside me. The only people we met were dog walkers and other tired/jaded parents with small children. It was wonderful. The views were invigorating, the air was fresh and the light was that Aberdeen quality that I can’t quite describe except to say that the sky is bigger here. We walked for an hour, with no pace whatsoever when two two-year-olds are exploring beside you, and just relaxed, enjoying the feeling of a new beginning.
I’ve always believed in starting small. Tomorrow I’ll go to the gym and on Friday I’ll go to the park. Some days I’ll have to get creative, but I have all good intentions and I’m looking forward to getting some ideas from other janathoners. One down, thirty to go!