My Holistic March

My Holistic March

Hello again and welcome to my round up of March and see what’s been happening with The Holistic Toolkit:

A- Z Blog

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how Reflexology can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters E and F.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

E is for Eczema

F is for Fertility

CrossFit Open

If you follow my CrossFit progress you will have known that my own aim for this years Open was to do 2 of the workouts RX (as prescribed) and I managed 3 of them so I’m very happy with that.

Read all about it here in this blog.

Most of all though I had fun over the last 5 weeks during this Open. Fun with my own workouts, fun watching the announcements and after shows, and fun cheering and encouraging our own community in CrossFit Galway.

CrossFit for me is about 3 things for me:

-Doing the best I can and being the best version of myself in the workouts.

-Setting myself little personal goals and slowly moving towards ticking off those goals

-Having fun in the community with the encouragement I give and get in our gym and the friendships I’ve made because of it.

So honestly it doesn’t matter where I finish on the leader board, as long as I know that I can continue to have these 3 things I will continue to turn up to my CrossFit class.

New York City

For St Patrick’s weekend I went to New York for 3 nights with some colleaguses from my day job and without making you completely jealous I had an excellent if a bit hectic time.

Like I said before in a previous blog about been in New York (click here)  its very hard to be practice mindfulness in the city that never sleeps. But I managed it atleast afew times when was I there.

Taking a few minutes to breathe and soak in the sun rays from the beautiful and quiet(ish) Central Park.

Watching the sun rise on an almost empty Brooklyn Bridge.

Taking in the vast and beautiful views from the top of the Empire State Building by night.

In the city that seems to never sleep it can be easy to get caught up in that, but its very important to remember there are always places to go and its ok to just sit back, reflect and take it all in.

Books

This month I read:

I found My Tribe – by Ruth Fitzmaurice

I only fully completed one book this month, which I highly recommend this one. Such an inspirational and deeply personal memoir of her life with her young family and how they coped with her husbands illness. Beautifully written and one that will stay with me for a while. Be warned I both laughed out loud and had tears rolling down my face with sadness at different parts. Let me know if you have read it.

So that’s it, March is done and dusted, thanks for reading and  I hope you had a great one too.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

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My Holistic February

My Holistic February

Hello Spring and welcome to my round up of February and whats been happening with The Holistic Toolkit:

A- Z Blog

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters C and D.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

C is for Colds

D is for Digestive Issues.

My CrossFit Goals

Back in January I stated here that one of my goals was to do at least 2 out of the 5 of the CrossFit Open workouts RX (as prescribed) and last week the first Open workout was released and I am thrilled that I completed this RX and not only that, it involved one of my newest movements – toes to bar !

Considering this time last year I had no toes to bar, I completed nearly 6 round of them.. that’s 48 reps .. I was delighted with myself. The 15kg dumbbell for the clean and jerks wasn’t easy though and I had a fine bruise on my left shoulder to prove it.

Such excitement in CrossFit Galway with both novice and more experienced members giving it a go. I really can’t wait to see what the rest of the Open workouts are now.

6 Nations Match

I experienced my first ever international rugby match in the Aviva stadium in February , the 6 nations Ireland versus Italy match with himself. As an avid GAA supporter and more used to Croke Park than the Rugby pitch it was great to feel the excitement when the whole country comes together and cheers for the same team. Of course they won too and that’s even sweeter!

Spotted on other sites:

I was delighted to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Emily from “Healthy and Golden”. The purpose of it is for bloggers to provide each other with a platform to be discovered, which hopefully allows people to find other bloggers they are interested in. I think this is such a wonderful and fun way to share the amazing bloggers out there, either just starting or building up their profile. You never know what you can learn from somebody else. I continued with this award and nominated 11 other bloggers blog.

Have a read of it here if you missed it.

National Random Act of Kindness was the 17th of the month and it was also the anniversary of when I did a blog about it for the ladies over on Count Her in.

Have a read of it here if you missed it.

Books

This month I read:

‘Into The Water’ – Paula Hawkins

I listened to this on Borrow Box. It’s a ‘who did it suspense thriller’ from the author of The Girl on the Train. The story itself was a bit drawn out and at times unnecessary long but it kept me occupied on my commute home. I liked the fact that it was read by different people as it might of got confusing if it was all the same voice.

‘Along came a spider’ – James Patterson

Patterson is one of my favourite crime writers and never disappoints me. This is an oldie as its the first in the ‘Alex Cross series’ but it’s a good one and I really enjoyed it. It’s easy to read and follow and at the end of each chapter you are always left wanting to know more.

So that’s it, February is done and dusted, thanks for reading and  I hope you had a great one too.

Stay holistic

Catherine

My Holistic January

My Holistic January

Welcome to my first monthly round from 2018:

A- Z Blog 

After the success of last years series, I have decided to start another A to Z Series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common ailments. In January, I blogged about the letters A and B.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

A is for..Asthma

B is for ..Bloating

My Word for the Year

Those of you that followed me last January will remember that I participated in a little experiment where I chose a word for the year ahead. Last year I chose Balance.

Read about it here if you missed it.

For 2018 I have decided to go with “Believe” and I’m going to incorporate this into all aspects of my life.

My day job, my gym workouts, my holistic toolkit, my relationships and of course in myself.

Keep an eye out for my updates on this through out the year.

Beo Event

I attended the Beo “Wellness” Event in Galway during January with some friends and really enjoyed it.  Everything about the afternoon was warm and welcoming from the warm healthy pancakes and packed goodie bags to the really informative talks from some of the wellness advocates on the Beo team.

Pat Divilly chatted about goal setting and enjoying the journey ,not just focusing on the destination.

Sile Seoige shared some very personal stories and how Yoga and Mediation really helped her to refocus on the important things in her life. She ended with a beautiful mediation which lasted with me for the whole evening.

My Nutrition Ireland give us some useful cooking and nutritional tips and of course the day would not have been the same without the laughs and bants with a very funny Doireann Garrihy.

I would highly recommend this event, so if they come to your area, you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Pippas Fashion Factory

The weekend after that I also attended Pippas Fashion Factory with my sister. This was a delightful afternoon with make up tips with Aimee Connolly, tanning and fashion advice from Pippa herself and a very good informative Q & A session with Jennifer from The Skin Nerd.

I’ve taken a lot from these 2 events and over the next year I hope to be able to put some of the learnings and advice into practice in my everyday life.

CrossFit Galway’s War of the West 

I was delighted to be involved in the CrossFit Galway Scaled Pairs team competition in January when I was asked to M.C. the event.

I was very nervous at first as I’ve never been behind a mic before but once I got going there was no stopping me and I was caught up in the excitement from the competition floor from the off.

Hats off to each and everyone who competed in it. I know from experience how hard it is to compete and all of them made it look so easy! Roll on the next one in May!

My CrossFit Goals

Which brings me nicely to my own CrossFit training in January.

As you know in the past few months of 2017 I got my first official ‘Toes to bar’ which I was delighted with. That spurred me on to set some new goals in 2018 which I will document here.

In January I set myself a target of getting 3 kipping pull-ups unbroken. So each evening I was there I did an extra few minutes bar work, I spoke to a few of the coaches and I took some tips from others in my situation and I put in the practice and on the 31st of January (tight I know) I did it. 3 in a row!! Go me…

The 2018 CrossFit Open starts in February so my goal for this is to do at least 2 of the 5 workouts RX ie as recommended ( I did 1 RX last year , the other workouts will be done as scaled) .

While outside of the Open the goal is to do 2 toes to bar unbroken and keep up my pull ups.

Wish me luck!

 

Books 

This month I read:

!”The Hearts Invisible Furies” by John Boyne. Without spoiling this on you, this is one of my favourite books in a long long time. It follows the life of Cyril Avery through his life’s ups and downs and even though I’ve finished it weeks ago, I find myself thinking about what Cyril is at now. Such a good sign!

“Some one please help me, so I did” by Sharon Fitzmaurice. In this touching and very personal book Sharon opens up and details her own journey and how she helped herself and others through self care and love. Sharon is from Galway and you can follow her journey here.

 

So that’s it, a very busy January and I loved every minute of it. I hope yours was as enjoyable.

Stay holistic

Catherine

My Holistic Year 2017

My Holistic Year 2017

What a year it has been for me, so many adventures had, holistic treatments given , work outs completed, goals accomplished and love and laugher shared.

From the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes to the top of my head I want to thank each and everyone one of you that helped me make 2017 the best yet for The Holistic Toolkit.

In case you missed any of my blogs or holistic adventures , here’s a monthly round up of the year .. just click on each months link and sit back and enjoy the highlights.

January 

February

March 

April

May

June

July 

August

September

October

November

December

I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings but for now I’m wishing you all a year full of promise, opportunities, love, laughter, health, wealth ,happiness, magic dust, belief and holistic happiness.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic December

My Holistic December

Welcome to my December round-up.

Holistic Treatments

December was a busy month with Massage treatments and Reflexology for both new and old clients. I always check in a day or two after the treatments with my clients to see how they are and I’m always delighted to receive feedback like this one below..

Gift Vouchers:

Once again a Christmas voucher for a “The Holistic Toolkit” treatment was a hit with those who want to give the gift of a relaxation and so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who purchased one of these for others (or themselves) and I am already looking forward to meeting you all in the new year.

Mindspace December Calender:

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have noticed that I took part in the wonderful “challenge” that “Mindspace Mayo” were promoting. 31 different ways where you can think about you mental health and do something that keeps you in a happy and healthy Mindspace.

This was a fun challenge that reminded me to practice kindness daily, to appreciate the outdoors, to spend time my friends nearby, to contact family further a field, to get good sleep, to eat well, to exercise my mind and body. All of which I aim to do and equally promote here with my posts and blogs.

Commas and Ampersands Photo Challenge:

Each December I also participate in a photo challenge to help me get into the Christmas spirit and for a bit of giggle and this year I choose this one.

It was slightly different that the ones I normally pick and had me taking photos of anything from “Ribbon” to “Maps” and “Season” and “Golden”. I hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge. Comment below if you took part in any December challenge. Id love to hear about it.

Spotted in a Magazine:

I also love when I spot my tweets been published in one my favourite magazines – Healthy Magazine. The next time you are in Holland and Barrett, be sure to pick up a copy. This magazine always has great articles, about healthy eating, exercise, healthy lifestyle and much more.

Books:

This month I read:

Behind her eyes – Sarah Pinsbourough

I read this book on BorrowBox.  If you are looking for a good suspense mystery book as your next read, this is the one for you. It’s easy to read with a slightly off the beaten path storyline and an ending you will not be able to predict. (I don’t want to spoil it by saying anymore!)

Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent

I listened to this on Borrow Box and it made my commuting so much fun. This is a crime novel with an excellent story line and read by a full cast so  you don’t get bored with the same voice. It has a great mixture of crime, suspense, love, lust and hate and I even found myself laughing out loud once or twice. (which got a few weird looks from the other commuters!)

I’m currently in the middle of the following two books “Someone please help me.. do I did” by Sharon Fitzmaurice and “The hearts invisible furies” by John Boyne so I will let you know how I get on in my January round-up.

As always please feel free to comment below with any book recommendations you think I might like.

Happy New Year:

I will have a separate blog with a round-up of 2017 but I just want to take this time to wish each and every one of you ..

“12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun, 365 days of success, 8,760 hours of good health, 52,600 minutes of good luck and 3,153,600 seconds of joy….Happy New Year”

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic November

My Holistic November

Welcome to my November round up…

A- Z Blog Series:

In November I updated the link to the full and complete A to Z blog series that I finished recently. Follow the steps below to find all of the blogs in this series in one handy place:

-Go to the home page,

-Scroll over “choose your toolkit”,

-Click on A to Z blog series.

-Scroll down all through all the blogs.

And enjoy!

I will do another list in 2018 so please feel free to email me any suggestions you might have for any common ailments you may be having trouble with that Massage or Reflexology can help with.

World Kindness Day

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

How did you celebrate World Kindness Day on the 13th of November?

DoTerra Wellness Talk and workshop

On Saturday the 18th of November I was invited to this workshop by Alison from IndiGlow Gal on the benefits and numerous uses of the DoTerra Essential Oils.

It was hosted by Vanessa Jean from The Food Alchemy and Rosie Greaney and was an event full of essential oils, blending, happy meditation, laughter, positive affirmations and so much more.

I’ve always been interested in essential oils and was so impressed with all the amazing uses and benefits of them for the mind and body I ordered my first essential oils kit the next week and cannot wait to see what they can add to my holistic toolkit. ( Watch this space for future mentions)

Christmas vouchers:

After such a great success last year, I am happy to announce that the gift vouchers for my treatments are available again for Christmas presents for those near and dear to you.

All vouchers are valid for 3 months and can be used for any of my treatments.

Flu Season:

It’s that nasty time of the year again when all colds,flu’s and bugs are going around.

Have a look at this blog for some tips and hints on how to cope with this time of year.

Books:

This month I read:

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

This is a memoir by the creator of “Nike”. A very interesting and easy to read insight into the life and struggles of setting up one of the most successful sports shoes in the world. I really enjoyed this autobiography and you don’t need to know anything about sport or even like Nike shoes to enjoy it.

The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma.

This is a self-help book about the development of character and discipline in life by Robin Sharma, a writer and leadership guru. It conveys a message that one should live his life freely in spite of working all day. Ive been meaning to read this book for ages and I actually downloaded it on my  borrow box and listened to it on my daily commute and for this type of books I think this is the best way to take their lessons and insights in. This is definitely a book I think I will actually buy a hard copy of and keep by my bed side for daily dip ins.

Happy Christmas:

I know this is the November wrap up but as its December as i type this and we are all in the madness of Christmas parties and present buying, i want to take this time to wish you all a happy, holistic and joyful Christmas season for you and your loved ones.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic October

My Holistic October

Here’s whats been keeping me busy for the month of October:

A- Z Blog Series
The last letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

W is for … Wrist Pain

Y is for… Your Busy Mind

Z is for…Zzzzz

X is the only letter in the alphabet that I didn’t have a common aliment for but if you have any suggestions for this letter, please do drop me an email.

 

100th Blog Post

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and I was delighted to hit the 100 blog milestone during October. I couldn’t do it without your likes,comments,follows and encouragement so thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to 100 more.




Massage Therapy Awareness Week

It was Massage Therapy Awareness Week in the U.S. in October so each day for the week on Instagram I put up a post highlighting some of the numerous benefits that Massage can have on the body.  For more indepth information on the wonderful benefits of Massage, check out some of my previous blogs here .

Hygge

Have you started your Hygge season?

Read all about some of my suggestions in “My Hygge Dictionary” blog.

   

Filthy 150

I went to support “himself” at the Filthy 150 Team fitness event in Dublin during October. A great event with teams participating from all over Ireland from beginners to advanced athletes competing for the podium finishes. I had a great few days cheering people on, drinking coffee, eating muffins, fitness window shopping and of course meeting the Crossfit Games athletes that were invited along for the event.

Here i am with Kari Pearce – the fittest woman in America (and 10th in the world) and Jamie Greene, 8th fittest at the 2017 CrossFit games and Sam and Jen Dancer (Regional Athletes). Such lovely people and I wish them all the best in next years Games. Just a normal Sunday really!! lol


   

Books 

Following on from Hygge, one of my new goals is to make more time for reading this season so I will also let you know all about whats currently on my bedside table and in turn I would love if you could recommend any good books for me and my followers.

This month I read:

‘The Mystery of Mercy Close’ by Marian Keyes- a very light hearted chic lit set in Ireland. This was funny enough and you could guess the ending but still nice and easy to read.

‘Christmas Under the Stars’ by Karen Swan – a romantic novel set in the Canadian snow mountains and was quite weepy at times. I love Karens novels so highly recommended.

‘Together is Better’ by Simon Sinek – a little book of inspiration. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book full or wisdom, quotes and inspiration.

Thats it folks…hope you enjoyed my October round up.

 

Stay holistic

Catherine

 

 

My Holistic September

My Holistic September

In case you missed it here is what’s kept me busy in September.

 

A- Z Blog Series
The next 4 letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.


S is for… Sinus

T is for…Tennis Elbow

U is for … Urinary System 

V is for… Vertigo
World Reflexology week

It was World Reflexology week, the 18th to the 24th of the month and each day for the week on Instagram I put up a Reflexology post highlighting the numerous benefits of the treatment. I was also honored when I was named on Facebook as one of the top 20 Reflexologist blogs on the web (by blog.feedspot.com). Check it out here if you haven’t already seen it.

Crossfit goals! 

I set myself a goal after the CrossFit games of been able to climb the rope in the gym. After many (failed) attempts and watching numerous YouTube videos on the correct foot grip, I finally achieved it. The first one wasn’t pretty and I think I scared the coach (Coach B) a bit when I realized 15 foot up I hadn’t a clue how to get down!! ha ha. But I’ve done it a few times since and I actually enjoy it. That’s me sorted now if I ever need to climb my way out of a 15 foot deep well or something!! Lol

14 day meditation challenge

In September I started and completed a 14 day meditation challenge that I followed on Mind Body Green with Light Watkins and really enjoyed it. Whilst I can’t say a lot about it at the moment as I written a blog post about it for another site. I thoroughly enjoyed how I felt from during it every day and have continued my practice of it. Meditation is great for busy minds and bodies and it’s beneficial to all. I hope to be able to share my findings in it with you all shortly.

GAA championship

As we all know by now my beloved Mayo didn’t win this years All Ireland GAA football championship. While I spent it in a Dublin pub after the usual last minute ( and unsuccessful this time) scramble for a ticket I watched men and women of all ages walk away from it with saddened and sombre hearts I couldn’t help but still feel proud of a team  that brought such hope and belief into their fans lives. They did so much and brought us all together for the past few months and I know while this season is over, we will all be back again in 2018 with them to do it all again. You have heard it here first  ‘Mayo for Sam 2018’


Wild Atlantic Way

Speaking of Mayo I got to spend a beautiful weekend in a beautiful part of it at the end of the month and absolutely nothing beats the feeling you get when you are standing on the edge of Europe with the winds from the wild Atlantic way blowing through your hair. Fresh air, wild white waves and beaches that go on for miles are some of the best natural cures for most things.

Till next month! Stay holistic
Catherine x

My Holistic August

My Holistic August

August to me was all about holidays, anniversaries and celebrations. Here are just a few of my highlights:

CrossFit Games

It started off with a trip the CrossFit Games in Madison Wisconsin in America which is a holiday of a lifetime for any Crossfitter. Imagine the All Ireland Final multiplied by 4 days of events or been a the New York fashion week for my fashion followers out there and you can get the picture. This is the biggest CrossFit event in the world where 40 individuals( both males, and female) 40 teams and 100’s of communities come together to compete for the title of the “Fittest on earth”. With over 10, 000 spectators a day, a huge vendor village, a full day time table of both indoor and outdoor events, the numerous coffee and food stalls were badly needed in this busy busy venue.

 
But what can I say about The CrossFit Games that hasn’t been said before, from day one, the buzz and excitement from both the athletes and the crowd was infectious that even the thunder storms and rain clouds couldn’t dampen our spirits. Even though there wasn’t any “Irish” athletes competing I stood there waving my tri-colour every time one of the many European athletes would be near by.

 

The days all blended into one big event, with haybales, sledge hammers, rope climbs, bar bells, burpees, running, dumbells, cycling and many many more workouts. As the events got faster and harder, these amazing athletes really showed us why they are the fittest, they didn’t seem to tire at all and it looked like they just continued to get stronger and stronger. You cant help but admire them, when fans are screaming at you from all angles and asking for selfies and autographs from the minute you leave the floor to the sheer determination and mental strength to continue each and every workout when every bit of  your body and mind must screaming at you to stop. The smiles on their faces just got bigger and brighter as the days went on.


This is amazing to watch and I have to say I was on my feet for all athletes but by the end I was definately on  ” The Toomey Train” . I can never imagine what was going through her head during that last workout and then last lunge, all I can say is my heart was in my mouth and I will  never forget that feeling when Dave Castro announced her as the overall winner. After 2 years of finishing in second place,the persistence and determination to go back and do it all again has to be admired (this lady even competed in the Rio Olympics between CrossFit Games).

I’m proud to say I had tears rolling down my face when she found out and I’m very honoured to say I was there to experience it.


Over a month later it feels some what like a dream, for those 4 days we were in a CrossFit Games bubble the Alliant centre where we mixed and mingled with other CrossFitters from around the world. The community element was alive and strong and that only made me adore it even more. A big shout out to everyone we met including some famous “athletes” parents and families (too many to mention) and to Brooke Ence who is just the warmest “American girl next door” I have ever met! Brooke if you are reading this you are welcome to CrossFit Galway when ever you are in Ireland.

 

Living Well with Arthritis

August 2012 was when I got my hip replaced and I cant believe its a whole 5 years on. Every day I’m so grateful that I made that hard decision back then. Thankfully it was the right one and the surgery was a success and I continue to live by the words of my consultant who said when I asked if I could exercise after my recovery , ” of course Catherine, that’s why I gave it to you, I want you to use it, its not for sitting still” and so every month I hope I continue to live by those words. I have proved to myself that I can still live well with arthritis and not be restricted by a replaced hip. Long may it last.


Happy Birthday Blog

This month also marked the second anniversary of this blog and I wrote a little blog about it. (click here if you missed it) Ive learned a lot over these 2 years and it really humbles me when people take time out of their busy lifes to read it so thank you all again.

A- Z Blog Series

The next 2 letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

Q is for Quadriceps Muscles

R is for Respiratory Issues

 

Featured on other sites:

I had so much fun when I took over the “Snap Chat” for French Vanoli for their CrossFit “Battle of the west” competition.  Sure who doesn’t like a camera been shown in their face once they finish a horrible workout?? lol

I also love when I spot my tweets been published in one my favourite magazine – Healthy Magazine. The next time you are in Holland and Barrett, be sure to pick up a copy. This magazine always has great articles, about healthy eating, exercise, healthy lifestyle and much more.

Mayo GAA championship.

Aww my beloved Mayo started August with a replay and ended August with a replay. The team with 9 lives for definite this summer. The never say die attitude in this team has to be admired as they enter into their 4th final in 6 years …and still await that elusive win in 66 years. Ive have many memories of Mayo football and one of my first is going to watch the ’89 defeated team fly into Knock Airport with all the other fans that were there just to catch a glimpse of their hero’s. This passion is still in Mayo and the hearts, hopes and dreams of a county (both at home and away) are with this team once again for this final so all I can do is hold my breath until the 3rd weekend in September and hopefully we will have a good result for my holistic September.

So that’s it, an extra long round up but such a great month I hope your summer was as good and busy as mine.

Till next time..stay holistic

 

Catherine

 

 

My Holistic July

My Holistic July

Wow I cant believe I’m rounding up July’s holistic month already! Where has that first half of the year gone to?

July was a busy month as always for the blog and the business and here are some of whats been happening incase you missed any of it.

A- Z Blog Series



The next 5 letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

L is for Leg Muscle Pain

M is for Migraine

N is for Neck Pain

O is for Osteoarthritis

P is for psoriasis

Travel therapist:

Did you know that I’m also a travelling therapist and will do evening call outs in Galway City and Oranmore. In July I was kept very busy with these appointment and love nothing more than meeting new clients who for one reason or another were not able to travel to me but can still avail of the benefits of a good massage or reflexology treatment.


Hot Yoga:

In July I also continued to attend my once a week Hot Yoga appointment which indeed was getting “hotter” with the temperature outside adding to the degrees inside. (it was 29 degrees after 9pm some of the evenings!!) I love giving my heart, body and mind to this hour and to be as flexible and open to all the movements as it can be. While i’m no an experienced yogi by any means, I am noticing little differences in both my bodies flexibility and my minds ability to detach itself from my other wise busyness for that hour and for this i am very grateful. Im also working on my head stands as this whole class ties in lovely to my word of the year which is “Balance”.



Love and gratitude:

On a more personally note while spending a beautiful evening celebrating my anniversary with himself at The Wineport Lodge just outside Athlone, I got to sit back and reflect on life for a little while. This beautiful place with its tranquil and relaxing surroundings, good food and great company reminded me of how grateful I am for all the love and positivity that this person gives to me so a little note to say thank you and heres to many many more holistic years together.

CrossFit – set goals and smash them!

Anyone that follows this blog, knows how much I love setting myself little crossfit goals (see my first pull up here) and over the last few months I set myself the goal of my first toes to bar. For those of you who dont do CrossFit this is basically hanging from the pull up bar and swinging your legs around until it touches the bar that you are holding (with touching the ground). This my friends is a lot harder that it sounds (especially for me and my replaced hip and lack of flexibility). But I was very determined to do it and practicised after class for about got 5-10 minutes, recording myself and getting tips from coaches and others who could do this and low and behold on July 20th I got it.

 

Mayo GAA championship.

July was a busy month from my beloved home GAA county team with match after match and thankfully victory after victory. This team sure know how to keep the fans on their toes and anyone else who is a Mayo fan will agree that the nerves and blood pressure really cant take games like that for much more. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go to any of the matches this month due to other commitments but that didnt mean my passion and love for the red and green was any less. Even on holidays we managed to find an Irish bar opened at 8am to watch them draw with Roscommon. That match was so exciting and nail biting I was so proud to wear my county colours walking through the streets of Chicago afterwards.



Holidays time

 

Which brings me to how I wrapped up July. In the lovely “not so windy” but very busy streets of Chicago.

 

“Almost everything will work again, if you unplug if for a few minutes, including you” Anne Lamott.

Chicago was just that, no plans, no schedules, no deadlines, just plenty of good food, good coffee, people (and dog) watching, fresh air, vitamin D, sleep, great company, touristy things,all of which I highly recommend for every one for their mind, body and soul.

So that’s it.. until next time… stay holistic

 

Catherine