Stories of 2019 #14: My First Boxing Experience

So, I went for it. I did my first ever boxing class! And I don’t mean boxercise, I mean an actual boxing class.

Boxing class // 13th January 2019

If you have been reading my blogs, you will know my New Years resolution was to find a new hobby which I was hoping would be boxing. I was meant to go to the class last Sunday but after seeing a video the gym posted online of the girls in the ring, I was too scared to go. Gutted because this is something I really wanted to do.

After speaking to a lady about the class, she persuaded me to just go for it and that I would actually really enjoy it. So, again Sunday came around and my alarm was going off at 8:30am, telling me it was time for boxing. Still slightly dreading it, I finally left my house and started walking to the gym.

An hour and a half later and it was all done. I was sweaty, my hands smelt BAD (I need my own pair of gloves thats for sure) but I really really enjoyed it and so glad I bloody just went and did it.

We started off with a HITT circuit, followed by a weight circuit, then skills on the bags (fav part of the session) and then sparring in the ring. I have never been hit before or hit anyone else, so this did not come as second nature to me ha ha. Anyway, I survived it just about. A lot to learn but I am excited. I will be going again next week.

This just shows that sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the deep end to achieve the things you want! Sometimes you may regret it but more often than not you will be glad you pushed yourself.

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Stories of 2019 #1: Happy New Year!

“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” – Melody Beattie.

Masters Graduation // 13th December 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. I hope you are all waking up with clear heads after celebrating your way into the New Year with friends, family and of course, a little tipple. I am waking up up north in Manchester (with most probably a headache as I get way too excited when I am out which results in mixed drink choices and I am not one of those sensible people who have one drink and one glass of water) with my friend Jess after dancing our socks off in the Northern Quarter. If I am honest, after all the Christmas and New Year festivities I am looking forward to 1, a drier January and 2, having a bit of a routine back with less food and drink!

But alongside a new fresh year, comes the tradition of the New Years resolution. 2018 was full of change for myself, some big and some small, but I am now officially an ‘adult’… well, some would say anyway, I am not sure I agree. I am no longer a university student (very VERY sad news) and I have moved back home to Stevenage and have the joyous task of finding myself a job in 2019 or just figuring out what I want to do with my year ahead.

As most people, I also start the year with a list of New Year resolutions and only keep to one or two and loosing sight of the other 50 after a months. Ok, that is ambitions, a few weeks ha ha. Has anyone actually ever stuck to a New Years resolution? If you have, hats off to you, you amazing human being! Any tips do not be afraid to leave them below in a comment. Learning from previous years, I plan to set two!

So, here are my 2019 goals:

Find a new hobby // I am really into fitness and going to the gym, so my new hobby I would like to be physical. The gym I currently go to also have a boxing gym and I would really like to try my hand at this after having a few goes on some pads (I think that is what they are called). Also in addition to boxing, hiking is on my list but I would not have as much access to this hobby. Watch this space, I could be either the next female Evander Holyfield or Bear Grylls!

Worry less about life // I am a constant worrier. Considering I am quite outgoing and have even been travelling on my own, I worry over the smallest of things. Especially now I am home from travelling and from university, as I have a sense of feeling lost in this big world. I do not know what job I want or whether I want to save up to go away again or what else is running through my head! I feel like I should be out working, starting a career like all my friends and with people constantly asking me, “have you got a job yet?” I find myself feeling guilty when I say no. But like my wise mother has said to me, there is no rush to get a job as once you are in a full time job the next time you will get this time off is when you are retired. She also adds the only people you need to worry about, about making you get a job is her and my dad and they are not bothered as long as I am happy. I currently have two little part time jobs I am enjoying so for the time being I am trying to worry less about the future! I think I will struggle with this one the most.

With these set for 2019, who knows where I will end up a year from now writing my 2020 resolutions. Wouldn’t life be boring if we knew where it was going to take us.

What are your 2018 resolutions? Comment below and let me know! We can support each other.

Blogmas Day 7: 2017 and the Future

I have mixed emotions towards 2017. In some ways it has been the year in which I have achieved so much and in another way it has been the toughest. Never did I think I could cry so much, love so much, laugh so much and work so bloody hard!

I started the year as a 3rd year student at university stressing over my deadline dissertation and thinking of new year resolutions. And now, I am a masters student undertaking my absolute dream course but it has not been the easiest road and I have not let myself enjoy my first term as much as I could. But with the help and support from lots of lovely people, going into 2018 hopefully will be a positive one.

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