Kia Ora everyone! This was a very eventful month. Given that it’s summer in New Zealand and we’ve been trying to go out as often as we can to take advantage of the few sunny days we get a year. I’ve also been reading The Artist Way, a book that has weekly artist dates and tasks that challenge you to be more in tune with your creative self. Both of this things have prompt Jono and me to keep active and moving and you’ll see just that throughout this post.
Trip up north
We started the month going for a trip up north from Wellington. We were originally heading to Waitomo Caves but didn’t realize there was going to be a passing storm through most of the North Island of New Zealand! We ended up finding refuge in New Plymouth to then head to the Tongariro National Park area for some quick camping and hikes. Half of this trip was done in December so have a look at that blog to find out about our camping experience in the Lower North Island West Coast, Festival of Lights in Pukekura Park, New Plymouth and more!
We really did feel the rush after a great camping and hiking start of the year and we tried to keep going out and getting some sunshine as much as we could. On the same first week of January we used up some vouchers from Wellington Council’s Holiday Advent Calendar. This was one of our best uses of the advent calendar (aside from the Sixes and Sevens donuts!).
This was one of the most groundbreaking points of my mental health journey so far. It was the realization that I’m freer than what I’ve been so far in New Zealand. I felt full physically and emotionally and it was a great start of the year to motivate me to keep doing things for my wellbeing.
I even wrote and shared a motivational post on my social media where I told my story of pain and depression from the past years and I was pleasantly surprise with the positive response of people on something that has been dragging and bringing me shame for such a long time.
Another day where we pushed ourselves to go out and get some sun, we walked towards the movie theater ready to watch a movie but noticed it was too sunny to be locked in a dark room for a few hours. It was supposed to start raining in the middle of January but it didn’t and we made sure (again) to stay out as much as we could. This walk was redirected to the Cricket game. It was my first ever Cricket game! It included a woman’s and a man’s game in the day and a few salty treats to complete our little picnic towel for the few hours we were there.
The Artist Way
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