Mutlu Yıllar!

Happy New Year!

Top of my 2015 resolutions this year?

No attempts to polish stairs with backside.

Yep, despite years of practice of walking down stairs with socks on, I finally learned my lesson when I took a lovely spill that Wile E. Coyote couldn’t have done better, broke a vertebrae and am now accessorizing my outfit with a tres stylish back brace.

After slumber party at the hospital and with my new accessory

After slumber party at the hospital and with my new accessory

(But the worst part was having to cancel our ski trip in Colorado and, especially, family Christmas in Illinois.)

However, it’s not all bad. I have become a master at keeping physically active and fit while not jeopardizing my recovery, something that will come in handy as a personal trainer and in our online classes and tips to help others get and stay healthy.

(And, yes, I will add to our tip list to avoid walking down slippery stairs with hands full.)

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And, while spending a lot of time horizontally, I have put those hours to good use: I started to learn German, have done extensive research on possible retirement areas across the US – assuming that the big R one day arrives – and have caught up on my reading (and then some).

Here are some recommendations of good reads that are easy and won’t throw you into a depressive state, something I wanted to avoid during my recovery phase: Although I enjoyed Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things was my favorite; Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; How to Build a Girl and How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran; What I Know for Sure by Oprah; and I admit to re-reading the entire Harry Potter series, which I adore, and many  of my favorites by Marian Keyes, an author who always makes me laugh and wish I were Irish so I could say “feck” and “varmint” without sounding like a fool.

(I also read Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins, which has some good information, although, depending on your financial situation, this might throw you into a depressive state…or make you start taking charge of your financials, if they are out of whack. I recommend deferring this until you are in a proactive mental state.)

Now at week 4 of my recovery, I am looking forward to branching out a bit more vertically and reassuming my exploration of Istanbul with my good friends. Whirling Dervishes are on our list, so stay tuned.

Oh. And ditching the back brace won’t be bad either.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a healthy, happy, prosperous and fall-free 2015!


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