Hello and welcome back to my monthly round up. I hope you all had a spooky Halloween and are all getting ready for the Christmas season?.
October is one of my favourite months, primarily because it’s my birthday but also what’s not to love about cozy autumnal colours, crispy leafs falling all around, a valid excuse to put some Hygge back into your evenings (and life’s) and of course the beginning of ‘hot chocolate’ season.
Here are the highlights:
A- Z Blog:
In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters S and T.
Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.
S is for Sinus
T is for Tennis Elbow
At the beginning of October I had a beautiful Guided Meditation with Janine from Gentle Warrior Healing at Fitt Train in Craughwell. This was a free Shamanic Journey to meet your spirit guide or guardian angel . While I’ve never meditated with drums before, Janine explained that it is a simple, ancient practice of meditation and finding answers. It feels more powerful than just a normal meditation because it is a journey and you can feel yourself move into it, and back, and often get lessons or visions during it. It is a way you can connect with your highest self and your guides. I really enjoyed it as I generally prefer guided meditations than silent ones and really felt myself letting go and letting the world outside melt away for the hour. Its definitely something that I will go to again .
World Arthritis Day:
The 12th was World Arthritis Day.
Did you know? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe.
Did you know? In Ireland around 915,000 people, including 1 in every 1,200 children, are living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability. (I am one of them).
Did you know? There are over 100 types of arthritis but the most common forms are Osteoarthritis(OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (also known as rheumatic arthritis) and Fibromyalgia. Although many symptoms of arthritis are shared across the conditions, like pain, fatigue and inflammation, there are many unique to each disease too.(I have OA).
Did you know? People of all ages are living with arthritis, not just the elderly – the average age of diagnosis for people with RA is 35. (I was 29!).
Did you know? No arthritis cure exists at present and it is not known what causes it. However, there are many medical and non-medical arthritis treatments available that can help you to control your arthritis symptoms. (I got my hip replaced 6 years ago and currently).
Weekend of Crossfit:
We went on a road trip around the country to watch some of the best of Ireland’s CrossFit competitors compete.
First was ‘The Filthy 150’ in Weston Airport (that’s right an actually airport hanger!) and we watched one of the largest Irish CrossFit competitions run through 3 separate hangers, a class set up watching athletes from all levels from beginners to RX competitors and I even got to meet one of my idols.. 2013 CrossFit games champions winner Sam Briggs!
That Sunday we then travelled to Navan to watch the Celtic Box Cup where athletes here competed both indoors and outdoors through tricky workouts.
Well done to both of our teams (from CrossFit Galway) that competed on both days, none of these work outs were easy and yet the team work showed between them is inspiring and it’s days like this that remind me why I love the CrossFit community.
Hot Chocolate Season
As the days are getting shorter and my hands are getting colder, nothing beats holding something warm in them so for the next few months I will taste (for my own personal satisfaction and not an ad for anyone else) a different hot chocolate each week and here are the three I had in October.
-Mint Hot Chocolate in Cafe Temple.
-Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in Poppyseed.
-Hot Chocolate in Brazco Coffee Academy
Drop me a line if there is a Hot Chocolate that I need to taste nearby and I’ll do my best to get it.
Dublin City Marathon:
October marked the 10 year anniversary since I ran my Marathon and so I went to Dublin to watch my sister and brother run it. This is not a easy feat for anyone and I take my hat off to each and everyone that day and any day that does it. Be Proud of yourself people!
This book I have read this month,
A Ladder To The Sky – John Boyne
I have to say I’ve really enjoyed any of Boynes other books that I’ve read (favourite was The Hearts Invisible Furies) and I wasn’t disappointed by this one either. Its split into three main sections and tells the tale of a wannabe writer – Maurice Swift and how he will do anything to get an idea for his own books. I won’t spoil it for you but needless to say I didn’t put it down until I was finished and would highly recommend it.
Belle – Lesley Pearse
This fiction book tells the story of a young English teenager who after witnessing a murder is kidnapped and shipped off to a brothel in 1920s New Orleans and it brings us with her on her journey to getting back to her London family. It’s a detailed and some times graphic historical tale who’s author I hadn’t read before but I learned after that’s it’s only the beginning of this characters story and there are other books in the series. It’s nice to know and I can see myself returning to ‘Belle’ again from time to time.
So that’s it a busy October, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.