Happy New Year!!

Hi everyone!

How did you all spend the New Year holidays this year? Did you stay at your house, or did you go back to your hometowns to see your families? Here in Japan, many people visit their parents to have a special kind of meal together called Osechi, and to get Otoshidama, or money, which is a custom to give all children in the family on New Year’s Day in small decorated envelopes. Since we have been at my in law’s house every year since we came back to Japan, this year we decided to go to Nagano, where we were so lucky to be able to stay at a friend’s house and to go skiing. I had been looking forward to this for quite some time;)

new year's breakfast  ski slope

As we have already finished the first week of this new year, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on 2012, and also think about a plan for 2013. I don’t know about you, but for me the past year went by especially fast. More so than other years. 2012 included a lot of courses for me professionally, which helped me a lot with changing my body, both in terms of flexibility and in the way I look and feel. It started out with my certification course for GYROTONIC® in January, which I ended up wishing I had prepared myself more for. I couldn’t move as well as I wanted, so when I found out that the same teacher I had for that course was coming back in December to do a GYROTONIC® level 2 course, I decided to prove to myself and him that I could change and be able to move a lot better within one year. I can happily say that I reached my goal! I took the 3-day  preparation courses for level 2 in June and October respectively, which helped me to get ready for the quite challenging 8-day course in December. With many more acrobatic looking movements than in level 1, I wasn’t sure whether my body would be able to perform these exercises, but as with most things, you never know unless you try! One thing that I believed helped me a lot was learning basic ballet from my friend in exchange for English lessons.  Another thing I never thought I was able to do before.

Level 2 course

As for 2013, although I will take some courses to keep learning and improving my skills as a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor, my main goal is to work on and refine the skills I already have, as well as to get more organized and establish daily habits both in my job and personal life. There! I said it. Now that it is put down in words, there is no other way but following through. Up until recently, I was always in a rush to reach for something higher all the time, thinking that that is what I needed to do in order to survive. Although I know the importance of continually learning and growing, a very special person made me realize this past summer that it is okay to take time for this, and that I don’t need to be in a rush. This really hit home with me, and made me feel as if a lot of weight had been taken off my shoulders. That is why for this year 2013, instead of striving for something higher, I am going to take my time to hone the skills that I have, and to establish routines that will help set things up for more success in the future.

How about you? What is your plan for this new year that we have already started? Any new skills to attain, or current ones that you want to keep working on? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!


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