2014 was a big year of change for me. I quit a job that was all wrong for me. I took a position at a big box store a few years ago thinking that it would be nice to have regular hours and a steady pay check. Unfortunately the job was all wrong for me. I was not challenged in any way there. It was just mentally exhausting to be that bored all of the time. My mind would wander about other things constantly. I am the type of person that needs to be busy all the time or I get bored easily. Most of my jobs previously were very creative and I love to be challenged every day to come up with new ideas or solving problems. The hours were another problem. The schedule required that I be at work for 6am. I am so not a morning person. I basically just went without proper sleep the whole time I worked there. Being sleep deprived is really bad for your health you know! I quit that job without even having a new one lined up. I just knew I needed a change. Lucky for me a previous co worker and good friend started a small home business sewing bridal dresses. I jumped in with both feet right away and we worked on several weddings together. She is an amazing seamstress and it certainly got my creative juices flowing again. I really feel that things like that fall into place for a reason. One door closed for me but several other doors opened. And I have been very happy to be sewing and creating new things again. Unfortunately I didn't make much money at sewing so I took on a part time job at my local fabric store as well. But this new job still leaves time to sew and I don't feel exhausted all the time. Yay!
Since I started the job at the big box store years ago I had not been exercising regularly. I used to mountain bike on a regular basis. In fact I taught other ladies how to mountain bike. I am the women's coordinator for my local bike club. I ride with some of the best mountain bikers in all of Ontario. But I have let my cardio get so bad that I can not keep up on group rides sometimes. Riding uphill takes some serious lung power! Another thing I have let slide is my diet. I have been a vegetarian for almost 20 years now. But I am a terrible vegetarian! I eat loads of junk food all the time. Chips and chocolate count as vegetarian right? No? Oh well...
Bat Fit Goals 2015:
-Get my cardio in shape this year. I want to be able to pedal up those steep bike trails this year without feeling like I want to collapse at the top! This means I need to go for lots of walks with Bella around the neighbourhood until the snow melts. There is an indoor bike park in the GTA. But it's not exactly close. We plan on going there with friends every two weeks at least. This will help get me into shape for the summer season. We also plan to do more down hill biking this year which is even more physically demanding than riding regular trails.
-Nourish my body by eating healthy and satisfying meals. This means cooking more meals and passing by the chips, chocolate, and diet coke at lunch time. Become the vegetarian I'm supposed to be! Eat more salads and green stuff in general.
-Continue sewing and being creative. I want to start an etsy shop selling some of my creations this year so I need to be more organized with my sewing time. I have a long, long wishlist of projects to make.
-Nourish my soul by spending more time in nature and with friends and family. I have taken a giant step towards being happy by ditching the wrong job and getting creative. However I still need to get more spirituality back in my life. I want to accomplish this with nature walks and being mindful of the people around me. I need to spend more quality time with friends and family. This means less Internet time and more face time!
-Get organized. The last few years I was so exhausted that I never fully decorated or organized my new house. I still need to hang all my artwork and organize my messy basement including my sewing space. No more excuses. It's time to get organized!