Without additional fanfare, here are my intentions for my extracurricular activities in 2013:
* Take a yoga teacher training in either yoga nidra, prenatal yoga, or therapeutic yoga. Stressed out type A’s, pregnant women, yoga practitioners recovering from non-yoga injuries/surgeries, and baby boomers acknowledging they’re not invincible make up a significant number of students in my restorative yoga classes. I love teaching these populations. Greater knowledge of yoga nidra, prenatal yoga, and/or therapeutic yoga will complement my restorative teaching. I have my eyes on a therapeutic yoga training at Pure Prana in Alexandria, VA, and a yoga nidra workshop at Tranquil Space in DC.
* Run another trail race. I ran the North Face series’ 10K just outside of DC last year. I’m open to suggestions for other trail races and am willing to travel. So, really, leave a comment with your ideas. Preferably distances shorter than half marathon (see above), which I know are sort of rare on the trails.
* Completely unrelated to anything fitness-ish other than the inspiration coming from running blogger Amy Lavender, I want to build from scratch a gingerbread house for Christmas 2013. I mean, how awesome was her gingerbread house last year?? Specifically, I want to build a gingerbread ski lodge. I’
m not really into have no clue how to make or work with fondant, so my structure will have a more traditional siding. This isn’t a completely ridiculous project for me: once upon a time I wanted to be an architect, and I spent a summer making scale models. And, I eat make gingerbread cookies. This project is a perfect merger of the two. Heh. Riiiiight.
* Sleep in my tent at least one night. I may even settle for sleeping in a tent not my own. Last year was pathetic on this front. I slept in my tent ZERO times, and it made me realize that I really like sleeping in my tent. There’s something super cozy about the experience for me. Weird, right?
* Finally, continue to nurture my friendships. In real life. Preferably by adding skiing or running or yoga into the mix.
* Stay injury-free and healthy. This isn’t an outstanding intention. Unlike years past where I marched myself into the doctors office with costochondritis or various issues with my lower limbs, I don’t think I saw the doctor for anything other than regular checkups this past year. It was amazing, actually. Plus, I made the right call when during that holiday fun run it began looking like I would crumble if I continued to
run shuffle. But, this should be an intention that I carry with me throughout the years.
* Sleep 8 hours a night. Similarly, sleeping 8 hours a night is a lifetime intention, too, but I’m sticking it on this year’s list of intentions because it has yet to become a habit.