Done with the terrible twos and now to the next. No, this isn’t about a toddler. Not yet anyway.
Today, I celebrate two whole, adventure-filled years of moving to a new country -Hamburg, Germany. Perhaps this is what happens on the other side of 30, but I find myself increasingly taking stock of my life on days like today. It helps put my ever erratic thoughts in perspective.
To sum up the last 8 seasons of “Indian Hamburg-er”, here’s a recap:
I’m six months done with waiting. Three to go before my son is here.
I speak German fluently now and even lectured a whole day last week in my field of expertise- Homoeopathy. At the end of the day, I couldn’t talk in English anymore! My German husband found it hilarious.
Working with Homoeopaths Without Borders is both fulfilling and challenging
Discovering the many by-lanes and tantalizing surprises Hamburg hides at various corners.
I love my life with all its trials and tribulations. Although I would never trade my pani-puri and chai for a bratwurst and beer (well, for a Glühwein maybe); I love what living abroad has done for me.
it’s broadened my horizons like nothing else before.
I have learnt to accept that I’m different and to celebrate it. No more trying to fit in. That’s plain boring.
there’s always a way, you just have to find it. Of course it helps to have a friendly face or at least a chocolate croissant accompany you.
Will I live in Hamburg for the rest of my life? Maybe. Maybe not. It will however, always be the place that taught me life is so much more than everyday worries. There’s magic everywhere. Follow your nose and you’ll find it!
Oh no, I just let out a mighty sneeze and from two years of experience, I know exactly what’s coming- a giant change of season cold. Well I’m off to follow my nose and celebrate in the comfort of my warm bed.
Tschüss! (sounds like a sneeze I know, but it actually means bye in German)
Today’s all about getting flexible and fit, the fun way. I love Yoga, so for me it’s trying my hands and feet and neck and hips at the “CROW” or Bakasana. Take to the mat, thebike or the track; and get those bodies flowing again.
It’s easy to get stressed, over-eat and out of shape, especially in the holiday season. No time you say? What if someone told you that you could be Fit in 5 Minutes? I love this routine. Perfect for the lazy bum and the procrastinator- not to say that’s who we always are- just that the holiday season can have this effect on us.
If the suggestions above are no inspiration to you, how about the picture? Sketched by the brilliant cartoonist Mario Miranda, you see a traditional goan Toddy-tapper or Reindeiro doing what he does best.
Motivate yourself out of the no-exercise slump today and feel great about yourself!
Happy exercising today and happy muscle ache tomorrow! 😉
Yes you read right. Let’s make our pair of breathers happy. Before you take off screaming – all in the name of exercise of course; let’s check our options.
For starters, there’s what we all did best the moment our tiny feet hit this sticky universe. We cried and screeched at the top of our lungs! What a wonder that did to us! And reduced the family around us to tears. Wanna give it a try? Maybe this time there’ll be tears too. I can’t promise they’ll be happy though.
With us breathing in more pollution than peace, it’s no wonder our lungs take a beating. How about showing them some love with Pranayama? Say, what?! To quickly explain this beautiful sounding tongue twister; it’s the art of controlled breathing. Lookhereto know more. Psst- it doesn’t just help your lungs, it can help reduce belly fat and lots more!
I got you at belly fat didn’t I?
Well if you’re still reading, we’ve come to my favourite option- to sing. Simply let those vocal cords lead the way. It’s simple, it’s free, it’s beautiful.
Ok, reality check. It may not always be beautiful. It could be glass-shattering, terrifying and simply painful. But that’s not the point. Lung exercise is.
Let the singing be all of the above and more. If you enjoy it, do it like every one is listening. Have a blast, at the top of your lungs!