This blog started as a quarterly, then as birthday musings and finally an end of year blog. This perfectly sums up the last 6 months for me. It has been a funny old year; it has not been a bad one. The last 6 month in particular since the August eclipse have had such a funky energy. It was aptly described as stirring the water in a fish tank and everything becomes murky and unclear.

I have started projects and not finished them, which is unheard of for me. Every project I started I would be stuck in only to realise I was not at the beginning, and had to take a step back and work out where my start position was and then again taking a step back.

It was a frustrating process and not a position I have been in before with lots of unfinished projects. If I flip it, I have lots to get started on for next year!

I started my Hatha Yoga training when I realised that Yoga will be a fundamental part of my exercise routine in the future. I have been going to Yoga classes for over a decade. Not as regular as Pilates but I knew much more that I thought. I also discovered that there is so much more to learn!

The oldest yoga instructor is 98 years old. Isn’t that amazing? I could potentially be teaching yoga for next 50 years! I am 48 this birthday so essentially double my time again. If that does not change your perspective on getting older, I do not know what will!

I have been working on quarterly planning and focusing on creating a maker/manager schedule. Like most people, I have opted for morning’s for maker and afternoon/evening for manager. How will I know if I have been successful? If I have consisted created whilst not succumbed to just ticking off my to-do list!

My menopause symptoms have been significantly reduced in the last year, with energy management still being my top priority. If I have a glass of wine a couple of days in a row as you do over the festivities then I do start to glow again. Stressful situations such as Yoga Teacher Training assessments have the same effect!

Again, noticing the irony that working in fitness industry is one of the unhealthy ones if I let it. Boundaries, good self-care on autopilot all helps to manage it!

Samantha Valand is the author of “The Menopause Diaries: A practical guide to healthy eating and exercising in your menopausal years”. You can find out more about her book here.