well, in common parlance, we’ve completed another year in orbit around the sun. i am grateful that this planet, filled with amazing vistas, diverse flora, compassionate hearts, and a good measure of fear, held tight to its path and brought us through solstices and equinoctes with equal amounts of equanimity.
2013 has been a ride. i mean, it has been the continuation of the ride. the journey. the dance.
there isn’t anything i would undo, even if i could.
in 2013, my mom turned 82, my oldest daughter turned 25, and my youngest turned 18 and entered university. it was the 28th or 29th revolution through space with my fave companion space traveler – xo you.
the furnace fritzed, the cold water tank sprung a leak, the pine trees further colonized the property, and spooning made everything work.
my dad would have turned 94 in 2013, though he’s been dead 10 years, and it was the 17th anniversary of my sister, Claudia’s, death. her death forever changed my relationship with my nephews and by moments i grieve this. however, neither my dad nor my sister have been lost to me, but the nature of our relationships has evolved. every year they are richer, deeper, more fulfilling. ❤
both daughters and i completed the Run Or Dye 5k together in september. i loved this, as neither of the girls was a runner before training for the event. organizationally and ethically, the event was a mess (one that i’ll never repeat), but i was heart-bursting happy to run and get messed good with these young women who used to fill my days as – still, in my mind – toddling bundles of wonders.
sunrises and sunsets were killer in 2013. but mostly, it was the clouds that pulled my heart from my chest and my breath from my body. clouds, and the warriors of basic goodness and courage who wandered through my awareness.
in 2013, social justice movements built momentum and social media was a significant tool of connection. it has been a spectacular unfolding and entwining.
my facebook feed has been filled with artistic souls, clever beings, compassionate presences, wide eyes. lovers and friends, strangers but for interwebly sympatico, hilarity and the fatiguing, soul-wrenching aspects of people-nature.
but there is continuity, persistence, tenacity, indomitable spirit.
i am awestruck. every single day.
as this orbit completes itself, january 1st let`s me celebrate 4 and a half years in the studio. really, that means i celebrate 4 and a half years of the lifestreams of astounding people intersecting my lifestream. it has been nothing short of total soul satisfaction.
the studio was founded on the bedrock of personal training clients, kettlebells, yoga . . . and fitness enthusiasts with a passion and a skill in persuasion!
over the years there have been shifts in programming – i loved the Morning Moxie and all who bed-headed those workouts; BawdyMax classes that seemed to scare the bejeezer out of folks; Jazzercise for the fun if not for the fitness; Yoga for the masses and Gentle Yoga for the gentle amongst us; Kettlebell Classes in the amazing sunshine of Victoria Park; Bootcamps indoor and out; Core DuJour, and so much more!
this year i launched KBell Jam, having completed my KBell Jam certification in the fall of 2012. man oh man, it has been fun! there were more ‘Jam weeks in the year than not, and classes of the most hard-working, laugh-loving, strong-body-building, crazy-kettlebell-loving, huge-hearted people.
i am so very grateful that Ajamu Bernard had the good sense and tenacity to talk me into his Kbell Jam certification.
in 2013 i certified in FKCI Kickboxing and ran an early morning Kickboxing Camp in the studio. Some mornings i laughed more than i instructed, i am sure. that happens when couples roll, bleary-eyed, into the studio for 6am kickboxing and get to kick crap out of each other as the start of their day. it was ALL LOVE, ALL THE TIME.
i also attended an MMA Summit in the fall and spent a day learning drills and getting training tips from amazing UFC folks like Myles Jury and Greg Jackson,
in 2013 i completed contract work for a number of clients. Kettlebell Classes at Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI, seated exercise classes at Whisperwood Villa, Seniors Fitness Classes for City of Charlottetown, and a big mix of classes (Kettlebell, Seniors Fitness, QiGong, MashUp, KBell Jam) at Atlantic Fitness East. i also had some nice corporate gigs with too-long-sitting employees and a few high school programs.
personal training clients continued to come into service during the year. at the most odd times of year, it seemed. pt clients are my passion and lifeblood, in more ways than one. i am honoured and privileged to share such intimate relationships with them and to assist in creating/recovering health and fitness in their lives.
later this month i will mark 6 years of group kettlebell instruction. 2013 ended with an accumulated total of 2404 classes/groups/workshops coached/instructed. i don`t know how many thousands of hours of personal kettlebell training i`ve done.
i was very happy to bring my kettlebell work into sharper focus in 2013 and join the Master Trainer, Candidate, team of Kbell Training Academy. i took the course early in the year and co-taught my first certification program in november in Dieppe. i look forward to further developing my skills and experience as a Master Trainer this year.
in addition to completing a course in Kettlebell Rehab, i certified in LeBarre. Jenn Hall is an amazing driving force in the fitness industry and has chosen to share her energy, enthusiasm, and badass barre work with the rest of us. good thing Mark Lebert arranged for pink and green Lebert Equalizers! LeBarre classes are launching in the studio in just 12 days!
i read (or reread) a lot of books in 2013. as i generally do. not fiction (you don’t want to know, so don’t ask). i like to read scientific journals too, but they aren’t listed 🙂
- tim anderson. original strength: regaining the body you were meant to have
- tim anderson: pressing reset: the guidebook to becoming bulletproof
- dan john. never let go: a philosophy of lifting, living and learning
- judd biasiotto. psych
- thomas hanna. somatics: reawakening the mind’s control of movement, flexibility and health
- thomas hanna. changing your age: using your body and brain to feel younger, stronger, and more fit
- pavel tsatsouline. simple and sinister
- gnowfglins. lacto-fermentation
- shawn mozen. agatsu kettlebell
- al kavadlo. we’re workingout
- lewis richmond. aging as a spiritual practice: a contemplative guide to growing older and wiser
- kelly starrett. becoming a supple leopard
- pavel tsatsoulin. enter the kettlebell: strength secrets of the soviet supermen
- dan john. intervention: course corrections for the athlete and trainer
- melissa and dallas hartwig. it starts with food: discover the whole30 and change your life in unexpected ways
- mike mahler. live life aggressively: what self-help gurus should be telling you
- pema chodron. living beautifully: with uncertainty and change
- gray cook. movement
- amber rogers and go kaleo. taking up space: a guide to escaping the diet maze
- josh kaufman. the first 20 hours: how to learn anything … fast!
- and so many more! ebooks, kindle, lovely hardcover and paperback editions 🙂
and so, it is not done. nor can it be.
but, as 2014 dawned the colour of smoked salmon, luminous, ripe and juicy with potential, i am reminded that a new year starts every day. each day i awake, i make gratitudes and set intentions and roll from my bed ready for life.
may our world know greater peace, compassion and common sense.
i made no resolutions for the new year. the habit of making plans, or criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ~ anais nin