For the last few weeks I’ve felt too busy, too stressed and too glum to write any three good things posts, which in retrospect is silly because it’s when we feel down that we need these the most! I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s though – a little dose of positivity on a Wednesday morning brightens up that midweek slump.
1. Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred
It’s hard to describe Jillian as a ‘good thing’ when she’s so…mean. ‘If you feel like you’re dying….keep going!’ ‘You DO NOT get to take a break during this workout!’ But, this workout DVD has provided a timely reminder that despite my active job, my aerobic fitness could be better. The first workout level is available on YouTube if you want to give it a try. It’s a tough routine, but veterans of The Shred tell me it gets easier!
2. My cute ticket holder
I got this for my birthday back in May and despite it being such a little thing it’s one of my favourite presents! The reason it’s being featured now is because after a few months of austerity, it’s finally holding tickets for shows and events that I’m really looking forward to! The Elton John tickets at the front are obviously pretty exciting because I get to use them tonight! Plus, this will be my first look inside the new Leeds Arena, and I’m dying to see whether it’s true that there’s no bad seat in the house. (I’m right in the back corner, so perfectly placed to test this theory!)
I’m also looking forward to seeing Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Phoenix Dance Theatre @ Home, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Wicked! at Leeds Grand Theatre. Theatre and dance sustain me, they feed my wellbeing and balance my mind. I’m so excited to gorge on them over the coming months!
Crawling babies are funny! Also, cutest grin ever https://t.co/Y7AfuXBlKl
— Isobel Jokl (@CultureLEEDS) August 31, 2013
This week I’m feeling proud of my little sister, a nurse who works incredibly hard and over the last few years has saved and saved and finally, after several setbacks, bought her own house. We went down to her housewarming on Saturday, and as always a day spent with family relaxed and refreshed me. I feel so lucky to have an extended family who get on well and treat each other kindly and respectfully.
I didn’t take many pictures but I did get this cute little video of one of my cousins. This is Hannah, who’s one. I filmed her crawling because, let’s face it, crawling as a mode of transport is hilarious, but didn’t expect the big grin at the end. I can’t stop watching it!