2021 has been a fucking rollercoaster and no doubt about it. Aside from the usual challenges of your average year, we’ve had the peaks and troughs of the pandemic thrown in too. But dear readers, we have made it to the end – and all deserve a bloody big pat on the back if I say so myself!
Today is my last working day before 12 glorious days off and to say I am barry buzzing is an understatement. I have 12 sexy beers tucked away in the kitchen ready to crack open at 4pm, I am sacking off my usual Thursday schedule of splits class followed by pole and instead have opted for sitting on my arse, cracking open said sexy beers and watching Die Hard (it’s a fucking Christmas film, fight me).
Will I be training over the festive period? Maybe. I am strongly considering rolling my arse down to Boxing Day practice at my local studio Maya Dance and Fitness if I am not in some sort of booze and nut roast fueled coma, but overall I am putting absolutely zero pressure on myself to do any sort of training over the festive break, and neither should you.
Personally, 2021 has been a chaotic year for me. Trying to squeeze in pole dance training alongside training my young, high energy rescue dog, moving house and the usual suspects of work and socialising has not been without a fair few meltdowns. Therefore, I am solely committing to treating myself with kindness this festive season. I am not giving myself any expectations to get pole dance training done, unless I genuinely want to. And as an awesome reader of my blog I encourage you to do the same thing. If you’re mega motivated and want to get training then by all means do it, however if you’re exhausted after bravely battling and conquering the beast that was 2021 then take a fucking break, stick your PJs on and snuggle up with Netflix. If you’re doing the latter I thoroughly recommend binging on the Witcher, that Henry Cavill is an absolute sight for sore eyes!
Anyway, I digress. Basically one life lesson I have firmly learned in 2021 is that to treat yourself as you would your best mate. There is no point giving yourself a hard time or bullying yourself, as all it’ll do is fuck up your self-esteem and leave you feeling low and demotivated. It’s a long old slog and a big personal learning curve, but I am trying hard to rest, relax and practice self-kindness in all elements of my life, especially my pole journey. This year, graduating up to Advanced class was a huge step for me and I felt like the small fish in the big pond for a long time, however I committed to being patient with myself and now I am finally starting to see progress and feel like I’m getting somewhere in class, hooray!
Overall, if you really want to get your training on and hit up the studio/have a dance around your home pole over the festive break then good on you and go for it. However, if you just want to chill, socialise and do anything but pole dance then good on you and go for that too! You are under no obligation to do anything apart from exactly what you want to and please refrain from putting any pressure on yourself. Be kind instead.
This may very well be my last blog of 2021 (or not if I fancy blogging in between now and January), so thank you all much for sticking with Chrome Chronicles for another year! I am hoping to blog more regularly in 2022, so watch this space for more pole dance related rants and tales.
Have a sick festive break and I’ll see you in 2022!