I like to take a little time to look back on the year before I concentrate on plans and dreams for the new one. I usually do this by looking through the pictures on my phone because I’m a visual person and I like to have something to look at.
I tried to choose one pictures for every month of 2014 to share a few of my adventures with you.
January was slow. We both reluctantly returned to our daily lives and strives after spending lovely Christmas holidays in London and the West Country. The highlight of this month was probably our Burn’s night party that we celebrated with a huge home made vegetarian haggis.
I also started a permaculture course that would not only reconnect me with a lot of outdoor and gardening work, but also bring so many new friends and tons of inspiration to my life.
In February, I started my yoga teacher training and for the next three months, my life would revolve around the mat, and the people in my training group. It was a very intense, but also hugely blissful and fruitful time!
We celebrated Imbolg, and I visited my family in Switzerland for a few days for my Dad’s birthday.
March saw the beginning of the gardening season. 2014 was the first year I had my own little allotment space. I really enjoyed working with earth and plants. I didn’t get a lot of yield from that first season in terms of produce, but I sure spent many blissful hours in that little space.
I started organising group rituals for full moon celebrations, something I’d always wanted to do but never really got around to. I didn’t have time and energy to do them regularly in the end, but the few that we held were very beautiful and encouraging.
We started back on outdoor adventures in March as well, starting with some Aurora hunting (no luck though), and getting our walking boots back out of the closet.
In April I started my own outdoor teaching business. I did a few events with my friends from Tir na nOg, and organised a couple of birthday parties. Then I teamed up with the fabulous people from Green Aspirations Scotland, helping them out with their birthday parties program. It was a wonderful opportunity to do more work outdoors and with kids again.
I also started an online chakra course, working intensively with each energy center in turn, and doing a lot of work with tarot cards.
On my birthday, I finished my yoga teacher course and got my diploma. It was one of the best presents I got. The other one was probably Tref organising a huge birthday feast and party for me.
We also went on a wonderful vacation at Center Parks where we spent a week just doing nothing but fun stuff like bowling, playing table tennis and squash, walking in the forest, and spending hours in the spa.
For Midsummer Night on the 21st June, we traveled up north and camped on a beach called the Singing Sands for two nights. We stayed up all night to watch the sun kiss the horizon and then come back up again, never letting the light fade. It was such an amazing experience!
We also did a lot more exploring and hiking, including a trip to the wallaby island on Loch Lomond, and I went back to Switzerland for a week to see a lot of old friends and soak up some sun and warmth.
In July we traveled to Oxford for a wedding of a friend, tried to observe Ramadan, did a lot of outdoor yoga, and more hiking and camping. It was a very outdoorsy month.
I also started teaching my own yoga class, and doing some outdoor yoga workshops and classes in the park and community centers. I bought lots of yoga mats, blankets and blocks. It was all very exciting.
My middle sister came to stay with us for a couple of months to take some time in between jobs and do an English course. It was great to catch up with her and show her around my new home.
More hiking once again. In August we spent a weekend in Argyll and I climbed my first Munro. I did a lot of outdoor birthday parties, helped out at a lovely festival, and started a part time job as a nanny.
I look after two lovely kids aged 3 and 5 for four afternoons a week. It was tough for me to settle into the role of a nanny, which is somewhere between a teacher and a parent, between a nursery worker and a friend, just not quite like anything I’d ever done before. But I sure am learning a lot and loving the experience.
My memories of September are full of friends and nights spent with a pint in hand and lovely people around me. My sister had to leave us and the flat became quiet again during the day.
I also said goodbye to my long hair – a change that was long overdue!
I started teaching another yoga class for staff at one of Glasgow’s hospitals. It was very stressful at the beginning, but taught me a good lesson in letting go of things you can’t change.
In October I carved a lot of pumpkin faces. Like, a lot. At least two every week. I got quite efficient with it at the end. We also wrapped up the outdoor season with a Halloween trip to the Highlands at the end of the month.
Trev and I did a climbing introduction course at the climbing center in Glasgow and started going climbing one or two times a week. Trev has done a lot of outdoor and cave climbing when he was younger, but I was never interested, until we did a hillwalk that had quite a lot of scrambling stretches in it, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m so glad we started, or in his case, restarted, this hobby together.
In November I started teaching more yoga classes at a studio outside of Glasgow as a replacement teacher. I teach two classes that are quite a different style and focus from the ones I teach already, and it has given me so much precious experience. It also means that most of my weekday evenings are now taken up with teaching, which can be a bit stressful at times. But I love teaching yoga so much, I always feel very happy and energised after a class.
This picture above is from a birthday party where everyone dressed up in 20s style and it’s one of my favourite memories from this month.
We had a lot of guests that month and especially enjoyed Trev’s old school friends all coming for a visit.
And padaam! How the time flies! December came around soo quickly. But also, just in time. There were a lot of good and exciting things happening that year, but also, especially for Tref, it was a very tough year where we spent a lot of time just hanging on with the last of our energy and motivation, trying to get each other through down times and spending energy in turn keeping each other up. We were both very much looking forward to the holidays.
In the first three weeks of the month we had a lot of finishing up to do. Our forms for our visa applications finally came through a few days before the holidays, we sold our old car, and wrapped up a lot of other paper work. But we also enjoyed Christmas time. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped up presents for our neighbours and friends, and Trev and Stef organised a huge traditional Christmas dinner for our group of friends.
Now we are spending two weeks in Switzerland with my family. We’re mainly hanging out, trying to get used to relaxing and not running around all day. And after calming down a little, we will be excited to start making plans for the new year which will bring a lot of changes for us and our little world.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!