My Year – 2016

I love reading everyone’s ‘Year In Review’ posts. They usually highlight the best parts of the year, and look on any negative moments with reflection and resolution. I find myself feeling proud of fellow bloggers for their achievements, and can’t wait to share my own.

So here’s what I got up to in 2016.

1. Turning the Big Three-Oh

Yes folks, I made it to 30 years on this planet! While I didn’t have any life affirming revelations the moment I woke up on my 30th birthday, over the year I did find myself looking sensibly into the future. Inspired by my best friend working super hard to get on the property ladder, I looked into moving house myself, still renting for the time being, and from that started planning a whole new side of my career in the fitness industry. I felt calmer in my own mind, happy to be single, and not settling for something that isn’t good for me (OK, I’m still working on the latter).

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Credit: Will Patrick

2. My First Yoga Retreat

As part of my 30th birthday, my very generous Dad sent me on my first ever yoga retreat with my favourite teacher; Adam Husler. Having practiced for nearly 3 years, I was super excited to immerse myself in a week of yoga in the Spanish sunshine, improving my technique and my practice. I not only achieved those things, but also made a whole new bunch of friends and had the best week laughing, practicing and being kind to myself.

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Credit: Adam Husler

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Credit: Adam Husler

3. My Nutrition Qualification

This took longer than I had expected, and required a lot of dedication and hard work on my side, but in the summer I achieved my Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management. I learnt that online learning is something that I don’t always find the time to do, and I should have made it more of a priority. In doing so, I became more organised with my time when it came to starting my PT course at the end of the year.

4. Becoming An Ambassador

One huge achievement for me was becoming an ambassador for one of my favourite brands; Sweaty Betty. I used to work for the company many years ago, and it is because of Sweaty Betty that I found my current place in the fitness industry, so I owe a lot to them and the inspiration I found in my colleagues. Check out their #31DaysToFit challenge for January, and join me in making January 2017 your healthiest yet.

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Credit: Will Patrick

5. The Big Holiday

A big 30th treat to me, from me, was an epic trip to New York with my best friend of 28 years (who also turned 30 this year). Although I’ve been before many times, this trip seemed special. I’ve never walked so far, seen so many things, laughed so hard…or wanted to move there so much!  NYC will always have a special place in my heart.

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6. Trying Something New

With my Dad living just 10 minutes from Nazaré in Portugal, one of the surfing capitols of the world, it seemed right for me to give it a go! Search Nazaré online, and you’ll see articles about 100ft waves and a Big Wave surf competition. Fear not, I’m not going to have a go on them, but I have been learning to surf with an amazing local surf school Surf4You. With expert 1-to-1 tuition from Miguel, both he and his colleague Henrique have made me fall in love with a new sport. It’s tough, and I ache all over, but I love it, and will be no doubt be popping by for a lesson every time I visit Dad.

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Credit: Henrique Silva @ Surf4You

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Credit: Henrique Silva @ Surf4You

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Credit: Henrique Silva @ Surf4You

7. Moving House

I love my job at barrecore, but I make it no secret that my big plan is to have my own studio one day. Right at the end of 2016, I made a big move towards that. After 7 years in my little 1-bed flat, I decided to move, taking a risk by increasing my rent, to a 2-bedroom place. Why, you ask? Well, that spare room is to become my little PT room, so I can start to see clients in my own space. It’s a tiny step on the road to a fully fledged studio, but a brave one for me, and I’m so excited. Stay tuned for how I’m going to kit it out once I’m a fully qualified PT (because having that qualification is important to me).

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Credit: Will Patrick

So I’ve had a very lucky 2016, no major injures, lots of travel and achievements in my career. It’s not all been rainbows and unicorns of course, I’m still dealing with the constant pain of hypermobility syndrome, having other ailments investigated and let’s not forget, my major self-esteem slump in the last couple of months.

But I’m writing this post on New Year’s Eve, on a plane home from my Dad’s place in Portugal, with the sun setting on the horizon and looking forward to an awesome NYE night out as soon as the plane touches down. Life is good, and I’m super grateful for every opportunity I’ve been given.

Happy New Year Folks!!

New Year, New Goals, New Plans

Here we are again at the beginning of a new year. Is life flying by at a scarily fast pace for everyone else? No? Just me then. This year I turn 30, and while I’m not being melodramatic about turning the big three-0, I am certainly feeling like some of my plans are coming from a more mature, more focused version of me.

happy new year, lifestyle, fitness, beachNow before I go on, I don’t subscribe to the ‘New Year, New You’ theory. What was wrong with you last year? Absolutely nothing. Be the same you, but plan to be even more awesome, even more driven, and even more like you.

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I’m not one for resolutions, but I do have a few plans for this year, both personally and professionally. Writing them down makes me more accountable, and even if I don’t achieve all of them, it doesn’t mean the year has been a failure, it usually means that life has gotten in the way.

Get My Motivation Back

I’ve struggled since last year’s surgery to really feel like ‘me’ again. Just in the last couple of months of 2015 I started to get that drive to get to class again and I want that to continue into the new year. I’ll continue with yoga of course, and as a creature of habit, you’ll be seeing me in Rocket Yoga and Hot Dynamic Yoga most often.

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Most of all, I want to get my butt back in the air again. I was just getting into aerial yoga and aerial hoop before I got injured, and now that I think my knee has improved enough, I need to get back up there. I’m even toying with the idea of getting back into a ballet class. I miss dancing, and while the thought of leotard and tights leaves me cold, I would like to feel that old familiarity of a ballet class again.

I plan to…er…plan my weeks properly and schedule classes and gym sessions into my busy life. That way, there are no excuses.

Get My Nutrition Back On Track

This might seem like a bit of a cop-out. Doesn’t everyone vow to do this every year? Well, being honest, I’ve become pretty lazy, and I’m not sure why. I know I can cook nice nutritious, non-complicated things, yet I just stick to the same few things or rely on convenience. I see it on my face, in my skin, and in my general body shape. Time to sort it out! Am I dieting, no, but generally looking after myself with better nutrition.

Stick To My Happiness Planner

I quite often start these mindfulness challenges, diaries, and the like, but not complete them. This year I’m determined to make the first 100 days count with my Happiness Planner, mindfulness cards from Lululemon and #100happydays instagram challenge. Let’s see what happens!

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Start Planning My Future

Maybe this is the ‘almost thirty-year-old’ in me speaking, but I feel I have some important decisions to make. I make it no secret that my ultimate goal is to have my own studio, and my Dad has kindly drawn up some business plans and financial projections for me (isn’t he a doll?). My main thoughts are – WHERE? My mind wavers between staying in London, the city I love, and moving away in order to not become bankrupt very soon. I think I have to make that decision this year as part of my future business plans and really think about how I make this crazy dream of mine come to fruition.

This doesn’t only mean working through business plans, but also sorting my personal finances (ARRGGHH) and planning any future training. Maybe, if I get planning properly in 2016, I can finally put more of a solid date on my own business venture. Who knows?!

Happy Birthday Dance Flow Lift

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Yes! A new year means that Dance Flow Lift is now 2! Do I have big plans for the blog? Not really, just to keep posting, keeping going to events, and keep connecting with you lovely people. Do I wish my blog was bigger, more established, award worthy? Yes, but as I always say, life takes over….and I’m happy with that.

So there you have it. They might not be big plans, but they’re just a few things I want to keep in my mind as we begin 2016. Here’s to a wonderful year full of fun, fitness, love and luck.

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