New Year, New Decade, More Blogging
I don’t know about you but my Christmas holidays consisted mostly of playing the Witcher 3: Wild hunt after binge watching the Witcher on Netflix. I’m guessing there’s quite a few people out there that could say the same, after all, the Witcher is so damn good! (So good in fact that I watched it twice through) The majority of the time was spent being a total slob and not taking care of myself as an adult. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of it. But its not sustainable and at some point I had to get back into the mindset of an adult and start showering and eating healthy again.
The way that I get back to business as usual is by going to the gym again, getting back into that whole self discipline thing with the easy stuff, like lifting things and putting them down again. And moving my feet. But at some point I also have to start planning like an adult and thinking about what the new year will bring with it. I’ve started doing the horrible task of filling out my calendar and seeing all my free time disappear away as things are planned months in advance. I’ve started cooking proper food again rather than eating a packet of Hobb Nobbs (surprisingly a lot of calories in one packet mind you).
At some point I started thinking about writing a blog again. Letting my creativity fly. I cancelled my subscription to Wix because I haven’t been using my website or blog since April last year and its expensive to pay for something that I’m not using. So my website domain has changed. You can still find it online. Just at a different domain: https://jessicakeastman.wixsite.com/climbingandchaos. Then I thought, perhaps I could try writing blogs this year, now that I’ve submitted my PhD thesis and can be creative again. Maybe I could change it up and go for a different platform.
One of the reasons that I stopped writing blogs was because I forgot that my voice had any value. Let me explain: these days it seems like the world is going to shit, climate change is destroying the planet. Australia is burning. 1 billion animals have died in Australia, a number of people have died from the fire and the smoke and summer is just beginning. People are battling with their own personal problems. People I know and love. How can my voice have any meaning to anyone if I can’t fix the problems of the world? I feel helpless. Doesn’t it seem a bit on the nose to start talking about health and travel and all the privileges that I have when there are so many people suffering?
But then if that’s how I think about things, I will never post anything ever again. There will always be people suffering, close to me or not, and there’s not a whole lot I can do, especially on the other side of the world. I can’t express the emotions I feel when I see all the suffering, I don’t have the words to tell you how pained I am by your pain. If I can’t solve the problem, I can’t do anything.
But how can I ever express my own feelings and my own suffering to the world if I think my own voice isn’t valid? It is valid, everyone’s voice is valid and should be heard, and if I can’t use my words to fix the world then I can use them to bring love and wellness and self care to the world. So long story short, I want to write blogs again. Because I have a voice that needs to be heard as well. And maybe, just maybe I can offer a distraction at the very least from the horrors of the world. After all isn’t that the purpose of entertainment in the first place? To escape the world, and to connect us. I have to convince myself to have a voice on social media. I just don’t like being fake about it.
We have a lot to catch up on. But all in good time. January for me is about becoming an adult again after the holidays. And its mostly about fitness because the challenges in fitness are simple and easy: pick up this thing, put it down again, repeat until you see the gains. So I’m probably going to talk about fitness a lot. I hope you don’t mind. One of the things I really want to tackle in this blog is mental wellness because its so important to me and it’s something I strive for each day of my life. I struggle with it a lot of the time. Especially living in a big city like London, it can get really lonely and at the same time completely overwhelming. I have to make an effort to take care of myself as I’m sure many other people also have to do. If there’s one thing I aspire to do, its to help other people that are struggling just as I am. Maybe together we can be healthier versions of ourselves.
At the moment I plan to post weekly blogs every Wednesday (London time). I’m not very good at keeping to my word though and I don’t know how long I can sustain content generation while doing a post doc but we’ll see how I go. I’m releasing this blog post at the same time as a fitness post that I wrote: Train like a Witcher and become your true viking self. I know great title right. It might be obvious what its about, I plan on training like a Witcher (ie. Henry Cavill). Hopefully there will be more blogs to come.
So I’m starting this blog, in January, the time when everyone around the world turns inward and focuses on health and wellness with the goal of self improvement. I am all about self improvement, I don’t like to restrict it to one month but work on it every chance I get. But it is good to start fresh after the holidays. December is a time to be gluttonous and indulge in the company of others. January is about reigning those indulgences in and getting back to work. Last January I took part in the 30 days of yoga with Adriene, following the YouTube videos and doing yoga everyday for the entirety of January. Ok so I didn’t do it everyday, but it was the healthiest month of last year for me and I want this month to be exactly the same. I’m once again attempting to do yoga everyday this month, with the allowance that I can miss days but no more than one day in a row (I'm inspired by Matt D'Avella's two day rule). Hopefully the habit will stick and I can keep doing yoga and feeling great for the year. I know that my posture could really use improving after the months I spent writing my thesis and the last two weeks of playing video games for hours on end. Yep, my back hurts, my shoulders are tight as, I’m doing yoga for the selfish reason that I don’t want to be in pain. I like the feeling of being flexible. Do it with me if you also like this feeling.
I want to form other habits in January as well, with the same sort of method, attempting to build habits by doing it every day for the month. I love reading and I already do it a lot but I want to see if I can read every day of January as well. I just finished reading two books; a fiction book: The sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt and a non-fiction book: Odd girl out by Laura James.
At the moment I am reading The legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion, The edge of the world: How the North Sea made us who we are by Michael Pye and I’m going to start reading The gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris. I have a library card and every time I return a book, I borrow a couple more. Its totally not sustainable, I probably won’t finish all of these books but one of the things I love is the time spent in a library searching the aisles for new material and finding a book that really interests me. My current obsession with everything viking has certainly influenced my reading choices lately. What are you reading at the moment? Do you prefer books or audiobooks? Let me know. I also want to write a lot this year but I might share that in a different blog.