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18 February 2017

Project 365 2017 #7

Week 7 of Project 365 2017 and the half-term break was here with time to catch up with friends and have a few well deserved lie ins.

Project 365 2017 day 43 - Star Wars // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 44 - Snowdrops // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 45 - Valentine's Day // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 46 - Cows // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 47 - White Horse Trail // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 48 - Birthday present // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 49 - Pulteney Bridge, Bath // 76sunflowers

Day 43
Sundays continue to be our lazy cosy up at home day. Today I baked then snuggled up with the boy to watch Star Wars.
Day 44
I got my dates muddled up so still had a yoga session to teach this morning - my two came along and joined in. Back home I headed down the garden to carry on the big Spring clear up operation - these snowdrops have survived the collapsing fence again this year.
Day 45
Valentine's Day and the husband did good with an amazing Vegan cookbook - I'm not sure who the least favourite wife is though!
Day 46
A bit of a soggy day was on the cards today so before the rain came I headed out for a 10k run and paused to say hello to the cows. We headed to a local town in the afternoon then it was back home for the girl to have a sleepover - this gave me an opportunity to catch up with my friend over a couple of cups of tea.
Day 47
A bit tired out following last night's sleepover we all headed out in the afternoon for a family walk along the White Horse Trail before popping in to see the in laws for a cuppa.
Day 48
It was my friend's birthday today so we popped round to drop off her present before heading up to Cirencester to catch up with another friend. Plenty of tea was drunk and it was great to catch up.
Day 49
I got up early and left the house dozing while I did another 10k round the villages. Then we had a rare event; a child free mooch around Bath with the husband which included a morning Chai Latte and a wander down to Pulteney Bridge.

x x x
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11 February 2017

Project 365 2017 #6

Week 6 of project 365 2017 turned cold but I was full of warmth!

Project 365 2017 day 36 - Blue sky walk // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 37 - Day of yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 38 - Village run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 39 - Daffodils // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 40 - Valentine's yoga hearts // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 41 - Yoga books // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 42 - Vegan cook book // 76sunflowers

Day 36
A lazy Sunday to begin with but then I dragged the kiddos out for a walk around the local fields - I just couldn't stay indoors with a sky like this outside.
Day 37
Another lovely day of family and preschool yoga - I would just love for this to be my full-time job.
Day 38
Tuesday is run day with my running buddy and today we headed from my house out to the local villages for an 8 miler only pausing to take a snap of the lovely houses in one of the villages.
Day 39
Back to the day job for my usual Wednesday but when I got home I noticed the daffodils had started to open up.
Day 40
I didn't stay at work long today as the boy was poorly so back home I went. Whilst he cosied up under the duvet chugging on liquid paracetamol I prepped some hearts for my Valentine's yoga classes.
Day 41
Another day where I popped into work to set up then came home to be with the poorly one. A package arrived with a couple of yoga books. I have also borrowed some more from my yoga teacher so my Friday evening consisted of a short yoga practice on the mat then off to bed with my books.
Day 42
A lovely morning of Valentine's yoga followed by a five mile run. Then the afternoon was made up of a trip to town where this vegan cake book jumped off the library shelf at me.

x x x
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4 February 2017

Project 365 2017 #5

Week 5 of Project 365 2017 and February is finally here. January seemed to have gone on forever but, as I wrote in this post, that wasn't necessarily a negative thing.

Project 365 2017 day 29 - Cacao and hazelnut energy balls // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 30 - The Yoga Shed // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 31 - Lacock run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 32 - Incense holder // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 33 - Vegan jacket potato // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 34 - Crispy chilli tofu // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 35 - Lacock snowdrops // 76sunflowers

Day 29
Sunday is becoming a kitchen day and today I made some cacao and hazelnut energy balls. They were delicious and I think they will become a firm favourite - hopefully replacing some of the junk in my diet.
Day 30
Monday is yoga teaching day and the Yoga Shed that I hire for my home ed class is such a wonderful space to be in. The day was full with two further sessions in different preschools - it's nice to be busy.
Day 31
The last day of the month and I saw it out with a 7 mile run around Lacock with my Tuesday running buddy. It was rather dull and wet but it was good to be out pounding the pavements.
Day 32
Tonight the husband got out his drill set and upcycled a split piece of olive into a handy incense holder for me. You can never have enough incense burning.
Day 33
Work day Thursday so limited photo opportunities so it is my dinner tonight; jacket potato, leftover tofu coconut curry, avacado and vegan cheese.
Day 34
I finally got around to trying out a recipe I had seen online a while from Bosh. This crispy chilli tofu was absolutely amazing and reminded me of shredded chilli beef that I used to eat in my meat eating days. So good!
Day 35
An absolutely blissful morning of yoga teaching today then this afternoon we had a wander around Lacock where I spotted my first clump of decent looking snowdrops. I'm always happy to see this flower and cannot wait for Spring.

x x x
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31 January 2017

My January

So as I type this, January is almost at an end; I've never known a January to last so long but that isn't necessarily a negative thing. This month has been jam packed with my new yoga venture which has definitely kept me on my toes. It has increased the fire in my belly and now I yearn to embrace more, learn more, challenge myself more and grow more. Training to become a yoga teacher for children has been one of the best of things I have done and it has been an absolute joy this month to start my business off. The smiles, the laughter, the positivity, the calm, the relaxation and the gratitude I have seen in my little yogis in just one month makes me burst with warmth and happiness inside.
My January - yoga // 76sunflowers
Alongside teaching yoga, I've also made sure I've hit the mat for my own practice continuing to go to a lush weekly class as well as finding time in the week to roll out the mat at home. I'm increasingly aware that yoga is not just about the mat and achieving a yoga pose goal and have felt it changing my outlook on life in many other ways. Back in November I made the final steps to follow a fully vegan diet and much of this life choice has been influenced by the compassionate element of yoga. January has seen me continue to have a great time in the kitchen trying new foods, testing new recipes, veganising old favourites and trying to get the family to have fully vegan days - the kiddos almost got there today until they admitted that they had been eating their Christmas chocolate upstairs!
My January - vegan food // 76sunflowers
Last year was definitely a year of running for me with three half marathons completed and January has seen me continue to lace up the faithful Nikes and hit a few pavements. The miles are down a bit on this time last year - just 41 this month - but the enjoyment is still there. Every week I meet up with a work colleague and through running we have forged an amazing friendship beyond the classroom walls. Our runs may be slower due to all the chatting but they leave me warm on the inside - which has been helpful on some of our cold January plods.
My January - running // 76sunflowers
As January finishes off with a cold, wet and grey finale I had a ray of sunshine with the confirmation that I am off to Soul Circus again this summer. I went to the first Soul Circus event last year, on my own, and loved every minute of it. If you enjoy yoga, good food and decent live music then take a look. And keep an eye out on my blog and social media for news of a ticket giveaway!
https://www.soulcircus.yoga/
I hope your January has been a good one too.

x x x

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