Press “Start” and “Go”

I’ve been away from my blog this past two months and I have missed it dearly.  After a hectic two months (which really isn’t any excuse) I am now settling down in my new house, new life and getting routines sorted out.  The other day I went back to the gym after a few weeks of absence due to my sprained ankle and was immediately commented by one of the regulars there about my absence, “It’s hard to get back in pace once you stop exercise.”  I smiled and nodded in response, “Yes it definitely is.  I will now be coming back again regularly.”

It has been hard to get back into pace and fighting the “lazy me” is no easy job.  Sometimes you fall behind your goals but as long as you keep working on it and pushing forth, it will be better than just giving up and never continuing on with your goal.  For me, saying these thoughts and promises to oneself and out loud gives me an incentive to keep my promise.  I feel it an obligation to keep my word.

The same applies for everything.

So here’s my word.  I’ve pressed “Start” and now I am in “Go”.  Tomorrow morning I am going to run.  Next week I am going to Amsterdam so keep watch.  I’m excited, I can’t remember the last time I was there. It must have been over ten years ago!!

What state are you in now? Are you ready to press “Start” and “Go”?


A Gift for Birthdays

Every year just before my birthday, I get into a frenzy and decide I have to make a resolution.  It’s a relatively new phenomenon for me thats been happening ever since I hit my thirties. I suppose it’s the sudden realization that I am no longer young.  Each passing year, means another year of my life has passed and there are fewer to look forward to.

We grow up hearing abuout New Year Resolutions, but I wonder why can’t we have Birthday Resolutions? It sounds so much more fun.   Each year just before our birthdays, we can all make resolutions.  Resolutions for ourselves. Resolutions that we want, whether it be taking better care of our health, or finishing that project we’ve been planning for years.

You start off these resolutions at your own pace, your own time.  The focus is on you. Afterall, it’s your birthday.   It’s “Me” Time resolutions to remind us that these are goals we set for ourselves and sincerely want to get done.  Remember though that “wanting” is not sufficient.  We have to also “JUST DO IT”!  Get it done and off your “To Do List” before there’s no time.

Make a Birthday Resolution. It’s the best gift you can give yourself.  Happy Birthday!

Anticipating Japan: The Land of the Samurais

In less than two day’s time I’ll be on my annual block leave and wondering around the land of the Samurais.  I’ve been planning this trip for years and for some reason or the other never made it.  I’ve made plans before with friends, bought the guidebook and even had an itinerary. Then something comes up and ‘phoof’ it’s off and gone. This time though the trip is set in stone with tickets issued and an itinerary prepared.  

It’ll be by first time in Japan and I’m excited.  I have always loved the Japanese maple tree, the landscape, I die for japanese food, I crave to visit the zen temples and discover some peace, I admire the japanese sense of order and am enthralled by the strangeness of Murakami novels. 

There is so much that is yet to be discovered in Japan.   I grew up with a wonderful Japanese friend, and I can’t wait to see her once again. It’s been many many years.  Much too many.

Yet despite all this happy anticipation and planning, for some reason or the other the week ahead of any major trip for me is always so busy and hectic it always makes me feel so rushed and hurried.  There are always a zillion things I have to get done “before” the trip and make sure that everything is in place.  Sometimes I feel like I’m putting everything in place for a trip like I’d be gone for years and never to come back.  Maybe one day it’d be just like that. Who knows.

I’ve read the guidebook on Japan but I’m sure there are many more things out there that are not in the guidebook.  If you have any suggestions on what to visit (I’ll be around Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo) and what to eat, please let me know! 🙂

Most importantly if there’s anything special you’d be interested in hearing about during my 9 days there, let me know…I will of course attempt to blog as much as possible (depending on where I can get undisturbed internet access)   Keep tuned!