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Today is a big day for me: I get the keys to my condo. I now have possession of it and I am truly a homeowner! I’ll be going in this afternoon after writing an exam to check the place over and ensure that everything works like it should.
I have spent much of this past week packing up my apartment. I’ll be moving some of my things this weekend, but the bigger things won’t be moved until Monday. Originally I figured I would round up some friends to help me move things like desks and tables and beds, but then I opted for hiring movers. I had to hire a mover for the piano anyways, and this way my mind will be at ease; the people moving my furniture will actually know what they’re doing and how to handle it all. Definitely worth it, compared to renting a truck and going through that kind of hassle!
It feels good to be moving.
30-Day Yoga Challenge: Mid-Challenge Report
My 30-day yoga challenge is going great so far. Mostly I’m doing 20-minute free downloads from Yoga Download; I love the short sessions and the instructors are fantastic. I tried doing some stretches and moves that I found described on the Internet, but they just made me impatient and I started rushing through the moves. I’m much better at properly performing the yoga moves when I have someone telling me what to do, how to do it, and what to watch out for (eg. not to let the back slouch).
Last Friday I took a nap instead of doing yoga, and it was just as calming to nap as it was to practice yoga (I never nap. But somehow, it felt right). On Saturday, I was feeling stressed about moving house and studying for exams, so I neglected to go for my usual walk or to practice yoga. The result: I overate, felt cranky and sluggish, didn’t do nearly as much work as I would have liked to, and slept restlessly.
After subjecting to myself to three hours of walking and 20 minutes of yoga on Sunday, I felt much better, and accomplished a great deal more in terms of packing and studying. Clearly yoga- and plenty of walking- are necessary for my sanity and ability to be productive. Even though yesterday I skimped out on yoga practice again. Oops. I was at work for 10 hours, and then had to rush straight to an appointment in the evening; by the time I arrived home, I felt as though my options were either to pack or to do yoga before I’d call it a night. I was feeling pretty relaxed and stress-free, so I opted to pack up a few boxes. I don’t regret that choice, but I’m still making sure that today I get in a good yoga session!
Are you doing the yoga challenge? How’s it coming along for you? Got any tips on moving from one house to another for me?
Check back on Monday for Part Six of our Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Budgeting mini-series: Looking Towards the Future.