One of the damn near impossibilities for most mums (and dads) these days, is carving out a few hours a week of ‘me time’.
Kids, be they smallies in the sling, toddlers on the tear or older, they suck the life out of us. Ok, maybe they don’t suck the life out of us entirely, but our time is spent nurturing them and their needs; taxi driving them to their social and scholarly commitments. ‘Me time’ evades us.
Sometimes we need a good kick up the arse to remind us that if we don’t take care of the engine hauling the train, then the train might actually crash, or just stop working entirely.
Me, I am at that stage in my life where I have finally come to the realisation that I need ‘me time’. I need, want, and have earned at least a couple of hours a day where I focus on me. My health and my sanity (with four kids!!) demands it.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will notice I keep a fairly steady flow of #Sunrise photos in the photo stream. I have always been a morning person. Typically by 5:30am I am awake and ready to go. Keep in mind, I am usually fast asleep by 10pm each night, so am averaging 7 + hours of sleep on a good night. This, a healthy diet (thanks to my live in chef), a walk every morning and a weekly visit to my local Pilates studio ensures a few of the boxes are ticked when it comes to taking care of ‘me’.
If you are ready to carve out a few hours of time per week, for you, then today is the day to get started.
Sara O’Reilly owner and instructor at Mindful Movements studio here in Galway, is celebrating her first birthday today. Her studio is open to the public for a few hours this afternoon starting at 2pm and I would love to see a few of you there.
Many of you are probably wondering what ‘Equipment based’ Pilates really is, so I took a few photos of the lovely Sara herself using one of the beds yesterday. I know, I know … it looks like torture, and truth be told … it sometimes feels a bit like torture….
Trust me when I tell you – there is no sleeping on these beds!
Yes – Sara is smiling but I can assure you, once you get to the stage of being able to use one of these beds … it would be difficult to look this glamorous.
There are a few other free classes today, and I signed up for ‘Body Balance’ with Seámus, because lets face it, grace is not my middle name.
So. Is today the day you give it a shot? Are you going to drop the kids off to Granny or let your other half wing it for a few hours while you make a little ‘me’ time? What do you have to lose?
At the end of the day your health is your wealth …. make time for you.
See you this afternoon at
Mindful Movements (Sara O’Reilly)
Unit 14 A
Lisbon Business Park
(091) 760 004/087 138 1516
I am not even going to try to hide the fact that this is a press release down below.
If you are wondering which movie you should go see during the Galway Film Fleadh .. this one is right up your alley if you are working in the service industry or just happen to enjoy your wine. Read all about it … then as long as you abide by the rules down below you can enter a drawing to win TWO TICKETS to see the movie AND thanks to our good friend Peter Boland at Cases Wine Warehouse over on the Tuam Road in Galway, you also will get to drink the wines. Perfect way to spend a Wednesday evening methinks!
I know … I know … I know …. another giveaway … Galway peeps … we love ya …
‘Somm Night’: Wine tasting with Master Sommeliers at Galway Film Fleadh
The 26th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with wine merchants Cases Wine Warehouse, are delighted to present an innovative sensory screening of Somm, a unique documentary which takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world—the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. This will be the first festival screening of Somm in Ireland.
On Wednesday 9th July at 8pm, ticket-holders will sample wines as they are discussed on the screen, in the Veranda Lounge of the Radisson Blu Hotel. The screening will be preceded by a brief introduction to the wines from Peter Boland of Cases. Somm has won multiple film festival awards and all the wines set for tasting are top-end examples of their style so the night should prove a thrilling experience for wine lovers and film buffs alike.
Somm is the story of four friends attempting to conquer an exam with a failure rate of 90% – the prestigious Master Sommelier Exam. This is a test that can cover literally anything to do with the entire world of wine and that’s only the beginning of the challenge! In over fifty years, fewer than two hundred people have ever earned the title of Master and the ones who succeed have risked their personal lives, their wellbeing, and often their sanity to achieve this feat. Known for its secrecy, access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam until now.
Tickets are €30 including wines. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended. Further information and ticket booking is available at www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.
AND – the very (very) generous Peter Boland from Cases Wine Warehouse has just given me TWO TICKETS to offer our readers for this event next Wednesday, July 9th, 2014.
Throw your name in the hat by leaving a comment below … the usual rules apply:
1. You must be a registered reader of our blog – signup here for that and
2. Tell me why you want to come see this movie
3. AND also tell me … where is Cases Wine Warehouse?
I will pick the winner at random on Sunday evening (July 6th) … and that will give you enough time to get your ducks in a row.
Thats it for now folks … may the 4th be with you … sorry … could not resist …’tis the 4th of July after all!
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