...and breathe out the negative.
I've just started yoga and this quote from the instructor in my first week has really stayed with me. I've just done week 3 and am feeling like a new woman. Who knew that an hour a week of deep breathing, adopting the tree position or downward facing dog, was just what the doctor ordered?!
The last few weeks then have been focussing on the positive. It's not always easy in January, when everyone around you is doing the fasting diet and the weather is pretty awful, but I've coped ok!
Aside from the yoga (which is hopefully going to strengthen some of the damage done 4 years ago when I broke my leg in some style)
the sun has shone (albeit briefly, but it was definitely there),
we had some snow,
the shops are full of tulips, daffs, pots of bulbs and primulas (some of which made it home with me),
I'm not doing the fasting diet so have been able to eat cake every day (and some of the biscuits on the staffroom table would have gone off without my help),
I have improved my knitting,
I didn't actually put on any weight over Christmas,
My legs didn't feel like jelly this week after yoga,
I have lots of things to look forward to in the coming days and weeks, such as my sister coming to visit (tomorrow - woohoo!), a holiday to the South Downs in half term, tickets to the theatre, drinks with friends...
In other news...
I had a lovely evening last night at the Craft Night In at Cafe Moochoo, in downtown Cheltenham. It is a fabulous cafe owned by my lovely friend Lara, and the evening was organised by the very talented Bex from Stuffed Nonsense (my daughter Ruth has a huge array of well loved Human Beans and Beardy Weirdys). I coaxed a friend along with the promise of teaching her to crochet, which I did, and there was a multitude of talented knitters, crocheters, printers, artists, embroiderers, some old and some young, and a good time was had by all. It was very inspiring, and I am already planning a trip to the wool shop to buy mustard coloured yarn to make a scarf, having got knitting envy! They are going to be a regular event, so maybe I'll see you there?!
(Photo: Stuffed Nonsense)
January has also brought excitment as I have had my best ever month on Etsy. Who would have thought that January would be the time that people want to buy vintage?! Thank you to everyone who has bought from me, either from Etsy, Folksy, fairs or shops. I feel 2013 is going to be a good year for Pink Green.
Sorry for the lack of photos to link with my writing - I'm out of the way of blogging and taking photos, and the light has been so awful. I'm not going to promise to post more frequently because when I do I never keep my promise, but you never know...