If you’re looking for a good book to read, a new series on Netflix to check out or a fun class to spice up your exercise regime, this is the blog for you. Here’s what to expect from my column in Sligo Now Magazine this month.
In this issue I’m sharing 5 tried and tested favourites that I think you’ll enjoy.
We all face crossroads at some point in our lives. Many of us feel that we are not living the fullness of our lives as we are not expressing the fullness of our gifts. Ask yourself the question ‘which of the following do I currently have: a job, a career or a calling?’ I’m reading ‘The Crossroads Of Should And Must’ by Elle Luna and I can’t recommend it enough as we start this new year. Whether you’re starting out or starting over, making a career change or life change – read it!
It’s all about should and must. Should is how other people want us to live our lives – all those expectations that others layer upon us. Shoulds are highly influential systems of thought that pressure us to live our lives a certain way. Sure, the journey can be smooth, the rewards can be clear, and the options are plentiful. Must on the other hand is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our most authentic self. It’s our passions, our deepest held urges and desires – unavoidable, undeniable and inexplicable.
The colourful book is full of beautiful illustrations and typography – you’ll read in it a matter of hours. It may change you life.
If you haven’t heard of Black Mirror on Netflix, look it up! It takes a really good show to grab my attention and I promise you’ll relate to this one. It’s set in the near future, but it will actively worry and unsettle you as some of what you see is very close to reality. There is a moral and hidden meaning behind each episode, many outlining the extremes and consequences of our activities online.
Creator Charlie Brooker describes Black Mirror as ‘a box of dark chocolates – an assortment – you never know what you’re going to get from one episode to the next, but you know it’s going to be dark.’ When a screen is off, it looks like a black mirror – a fitting title for the series – you see yourself reflected in it! I’ve just watched Season 3 and I’d highly recommend watching the episodes entitled Nosedive and Shut Up And Dance. This world is all terrifyingly close!
It may be a dry January for some, but once you’ve detoxed why not treat yourself to a Mexicana Date Night at Fabbrica towards the end of the month? As part of their team, Fabbrica boasts 2 Mexican chefs who like to turn up the heat every Tuesday from 3pm offering a Mexican dish of your choice and a pint of Peroni for only €15. My favourites include the nachos and pulled pork burrito. Definitely worth a try and it’s perfect for January budgets!
I recently started Aerial Yoga at Salt & Soul. If you haven’t visited Salt & Soul yet, make that a goal for Spring. Founded by Rachel Mulrooney, this space is a fully equipped yoga studio in Strandhill. The environment at Salt & Soul is very relaxed and they offer a range of workshops and yoga classes for all abilities and interests – for both adults and children.
I wasn’t really a yoga fan up until now, but aerial is a form I really enjoy. Aerial Yoga provides a workout that allows you to stretch and strengthen without over-stressing your joints or compressing your vertebrae. The hammock/silky fabric acts as your support system. Using the hammock, you learn to invert and hang suspended in the air. The hammock supports your hips for forward bends and backbends. It acts as your seat for a number of variations on the ab-tastic crunch and it can be looped around one foot as you stand on the other. The hammock also wraps you in your own little cocoon for a gently swaying savasana.
Book a class online at www.saltandsoul.ie or download the Salt & Soul app.
If you haven’t made it to the bottle bank just yet, hold onto your pretty bottles! There is so much potential for repurposing them – from classic candlestick holders to vases. Our current favourite bottle is Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin. We’ve started making lamps and they’re a beautiful addition to homes, restaurants and pubs. Get in touch if you fancy one on firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram.
Here’s to trying new things and sticking to our resolutions.
Thanks for reading,