April is here and it is now well and truly Autumn. Winter is closing in. Strangely, the last few days have been some of the best we have had in a while. The sun is actually shining. I’m sure this is the ‘calm before the storm’.

I just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben which is a fantastic book. In fact, it’s so good that I think I have to read it about three more times before I can grasp all of the goodness. I think I’m going t0 buy it. I’m sure lots of people jump into their own happiness projects and set tonnes of goals after reading it but this time I’m not going to  do that. I’m so busy at the moment with my new job and trying to finish my book and a whole host of other things. There’s lots of things I would like to take out of The Happiness Project and apply to my life but for now  I’m just going to do one thing. One thing is manageable and I’ll be able to properly focus on it. I am going to dedicate the month of April to exercise. I wish I had the energy and motivation to exercise more and I know if I exercised more I would get that energy. Interesting cycle hmm. So this month I’m going to try. Ironically it also happens to be the end of term for Pilates so I won’t be doing that for two weeks. I’m going to take this as a good thing and try and use the free time to try new forms of exercise. I have three goals.

  • Get on my bicycle and bike out of my drive way
  • Go swimming
  • Try a new form of exercise – yoga?

So that’s not a lot is it. It’s not ‘run 20ks’ or ‘exercise for 30 minutes a day’. No. But it’s a start. And making a start is the hardest part. I’m terribly nervous about riding my bike (maybe this comes from an accident I had when I was younger). I hate traffic when I’m on my bike and so I have procrastinated and procrastinated. All summer I tried. I just couldn’t do it. I make stupid excuses. This has to end. So, all I have to do is get on my bike and ride out of my driveway. If I make it that far I know I will go further. I love the idea of biking, I think I’d do it a lot if I could get up the courage.

bike sailor f

The stunning girl in the above photo is Marianne from Esme and the Laneway. Her style inspires me constantly. http://esmeandthelaneway.blogspot.co.nz/


Another thing I procrastinate about is swimming which is very odd because I love to swim and have no nerves there. Maybe I’m just lazy. I think it might be because it’s a big chore to go swimming. I can’t go before work because I will smell like a pool. And after I haven’t got the energy. Also I want to get a swimming cap so I don’t ruin my red hair. See – excuses! But I’ve just penciled in my Diary the 10 April for my first swim.

Lastly I want to try out another form of exercise or, more specifically, another venue for exercise. There’s lots of cool gyms and stuff where I live. And a brand new yoga centre and I would quite like to try at least one of them.


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