Hello all! Happy Monday! 🌞🌞
What one good thing will you do/start today?
For me the answer is: delving into a topic of interest!
One of the perks of being a SAHM is the wonderful opportunity to indulge in the pursuit of knowledge 💖 And if you have internet connection, you have absolutely NO excuse to remain intellectually stagnant! 🙃
One of my areas of interest is ageing well and, although I’m still a long way off from being physically old, I believe it’s never too early to start establishing some solid habits that will help one age sexily 😉
So the other week I received information about a free online course on Strategies For Successful Ageing. It is a 5-week course given by the Trinity College Dublin and is but one of the many free online courses facilitated by Futurelearn.
Here’s an overview of the 5-week course:
Fascinating isn’t it? 😀 And you can be sure I immediately signed up!
I just finished week one (which is mostly introductory) and am excited to move into week 2. The course is self-paced so you can breeze through it as fast as you want or take all the time you need, the 5 week time frame is just a recommendation.
Aside from expanding my horizons, I’m definitely looking forward to learning a few practical tips on ageing well after taking this course.
I’ll keep you posted and, you keep me accountable, ok? 😉
Howdy y’all! 😉
I’m fresh back from a well-appreciated, 1 1/2 week holiday – which effectively gave me a break from everything 😀 I love it when this happens because I always come back with a handful of mini resolutions or mini challenges for better living 👍🏻 Like …
Most often while on a holiday I allow myself to completely slack off on any fitness & nutrition guidelines I have set for myself. I’m not active & I eat everything I want.
I then get bloated and constipated and then become hyper-critical about my “self-consciously gigantic” midsection each time I catch a glimpse of it on any type of reflective surface. 😶 😶 (Come now, don’t tell me you haven’t done this yourself! 😊 😊)
Instead of countering this with mad eye-make up skills to bring everyone’s (imagined) focus up instead of on my midsection, of course all that’s really required (once I stop the exaggerated reaction) is to be mindful of my fiber and water intake.
Challenge #1: add more fiber to my life (interpret in more ways than one 😉)
As usual, I buy a couple of books from an airport bookstore because, although I have a Kindle, nothing beats the high of burying my nose amongst the pages of an actual, physical book. (Yes, I don’t read it I just smell it!😆 😆). One of these books had this reminder/challenge #2 for me:
Also to be read as: beware sitting on your bum for long, uninterrupted stretches of time. (Calling out all fellow yarnies! 😆)
Because apparently, doing so significantly decreases our lifetime. In fact, uninterrupted bum time is more lethal than an addiction to smoking. Think about that!
My mom is 69 years old. The last time I saw her was during the Christmas holidays, on this visit however, I was amazed. Her face was brighter, even toned with a hint of pinkish glow, and somehow less wrinkly (if that is at all possible) 💁
She truthfully looked younger than last I saw her, we all noticed! When I complimented her on it, she said she started using extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) on her face upon advise from her sister.
I also had coffee with a good friend who, as it happens, carries a vial of EVCO in her bag wherever she goes. She poured a tablespoon of the liquid into her coffee without batting an eyelash and, at my surprise, rattled off the billion and one uses for EVCO, and credits it for her beautiful & abundant mane and flawless complexion.
Conclusion: the coconut universe is conspiring for me! 😄 😄 I’m reading up on the billion and one usages for EVCO right now and …
Challenge #3: … will use it to replace my 4-step nightly face cleansing ritual.
I want to see if it will work for me too 😀 I’ll let you know how it goes after a month or so.
And that is all for now. (Yay!)
How about you, any healthy resolutions you’ve taken up recently? Let me know! 😀 😀
Happy Monday beautiful people! ☺️
Sometimes (because most times I use music💃💃💃), when I need to get myself motivated to exercise, I scour the net for nutrition or fitness infographics. A few days ago I found this and thought you’d find it interesting too – might not be new information but a little reminder can’t hurt, right? ❤️ 😀
Oh and, I’m all for the dark chocolate advice. You too?! XD XD
Have a strong start to your week, peeps!
I’ve been crocheting a cardigan which has significantly increased the number of ‘swirling’ motions I do with my right wrist through the copious use of treble stitches.
Add this bag to that.
Plus my quest to improve my wheel pose (which challenges my wrists, among other body parts).
And I’m feeling something just a tad bit off in my right wrist
I am reminded of an amazing crochet artist whose blog I regularly visit for inspiration. She’s been out of commission for quite some time now due to wrist issues.
So my dearest fellow hookers I thought I’d make this post all about wrist/hand care exercises because most of the time, we just take for granted how important our amazing and very hardworking hands/wrists are. And they hardly ever complain! Unless perhaps when it’s too late 😮 😮 😮
I know it’s very hard to put down those hooks and needles but we can do this! XD Here are some helpful videos, most of which can be done where we are in whatever physical state we are, fancy leggings and sexy tank tops optional:
These are under 4 mins – so no excuses! Once you know the movements you don’t even have to watch the video while doing the exercises.
This is my favorite, it’s about 15 minutes and is more extensive.
And here’s an entire series specifically for crocheters and knitters – you gotta love that! 😀 If you want to give every body part involved in crocheting/knitting a good dose of TLC then I recommend doing the entire series 😀 ❤
There! How do you like your hands/wrists now? 😀
Create happy! ❤ ❤
If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?
With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world and which may not always match our reality. –> So my first answer would be hired help for all 3 🙂
If I had to absolutely choose 1 it would be for yard work because ~
What makes you laugh the most?
It actually depends on my mood more than the subject. I can laugh at the most mundane of objects if my frame of mind is right (or not right, depends on how you look at it. LOL!)
What was your favorite food when you were a child?
List at least five favorite flowers or plants.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL flowers and plants. I was named after one of the goddesses of spring after all 😉
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week ~
I am always super grateful for my husband who washes the dishes after dinner every weekday evening ❤ ❤ ❤
(On weekends, he avoids the chore by treating us all out to dinner) XD XD
~ and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
More dish-washing from my husband? LOL! XD
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