So far in 2016:
1. I’ve somewhat accidentally created a yoga practice for myself.
I’ve toyed with yoga on and off for the past three years. I’m not a fan of meditative yoga — the new agey language and tone made me restless. But I have found a couple of fitness yoga practices I like to use; my go-to is Fitness Blender on YouTube, and I do enjoy Jillian Michaels’ yoga workouts. Via a Twitter discussion, I became curious about Yoga with Adriene.
On Jan. 2, I tuned into her 30 Days of Yoga, and due to her spunky, grounded method, I got hooked after Day 2. I haven’t managed to do it every day; it’s Jan. 11, and I’m only up to day 8, but I like her style. I’m going to go through the 30 day sessions and see what’s next.
What I do like about yoga is the combination of stretching and strength it imparts. What I like about Adriene is that each workout is different and challenges different areas in different ways. What I am happy to discover is that since I started working out regularly again three years ago is that I can actually do a lot of these moves. I’m not flexible — I’ve never been able to even touch my toes — but I am definitely strong enough to hold the poses and move through the practice.
And I feel good afterward.
2. I’m still working on the writing practice, not just for myself, but with my children. Credit to Kim Dale (again) who wrote about these Q & A journals she does with her children. I got each of my children one as well, and we are working on them nearly every day. Due to the weekend schedule, I think we missed yesterday. We do them at dinner instead of bedtime, and it’s fun to see what they are thinking about. Plus, it gets the children off the tablets and at the kitchen table for conversation.
My Mac crashed, and is being repaired. I have my novel backed up elsewhere, but since I don’t have my own laptop, my desktop computer is where I write, and I haven’t been able to do that for a few days now. I am using my favorite Christmas gift, which came from Flora, a book of 300 writing prompts, to continue to flex that creative muscle.
3. I am creating a reading list for myself this year. The criteria is straightforward: authors and/or protagonists need to be non-white. That’s it.
So far, I have finished Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (another Christmas gift, this time from Dan). It’s a stunning work, beautifully written and thought-provoking. I’ll probably review it here.
I’ve started Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi, and next on deck is Toni Morrison’s Home. I’m on Goodreads, user name red-pen-mama, if you’d like to follow along.
If you have suggestions for non-white authors, leave them in the comments! I need some new perspectives.