New Beginnings

The year has just begun and already I am making the changes that are required and long overdue.

Resolutions are easy to make, but hard to keep without the commitment and I will be honest; staying power is something I have been lacking this year.

For example, after lockdown happened I was able, without any effort, to loose about 5lbs simply by eating smaller meals, cutting out the junk, eating only when I was hungry and not eating after 8pm. Well…that went out the window and I put the weight back on and more. I am the heaviest I have ever been in my life and I am determined to loose about 21lbs to get back down to a weight that I suited.

Another goal is to re-commit to my religious beliefs and find better ways to incorporate them into my daily life. This means adapting the terminology more and also consulting the Runes for guidance, as well as acknowledging and celebrating the Sabbats.

I was planning a few walks in the Mournes in 2020 but events conspired against me thanks to Covid restrictions. So, this year I would like to revisit Silent Valley, hike the Granite trail and, my biggest goal, is to hike to the top of Slieve Donard. Something I have wanted to do for a long time.

I would also dearly love for my current job to be made permanent as this would provide a large amount of stability in my life. I thoroughly enjoy my job and whilst it can be challenging at times, there is no part of it which I have failed to embrace and excel at.

Hobbies: I have also bought a new piece of kit (still in the post as of time of writing) in the form of a laser engraver, which I am hoping will enable me to expand my creativity and also allow for some more complex work as well as a small degree of mass production. Details to follow when it arrives.

And then we come to Vikings. I am looking forward to getting dressed up again and meeting my team and planning new publicity photos and attending as many events as I possibly can. Magnus Viking Association in Ballydugan, Co.Down, Northern Ireland.

Vikings

By the light of stars
They set sail this night
To lands of new
And villages to fight

Of gold and silver they were told
To be taken by the brave and bold
Protected by men as big as a tree
Slay them we must and claim our victory

New villages were made
And lands were settled
They farmed with spade
And maidens protected

Invades they were,
But now no more
No fight to be had
They had settled their score

Yet their deeds live on
Past through history
Through their stories of war
And great victory