I’ve been to the year 2016 and now I’m going to party like it’s 2017

Well not exactly party but I now have to work very hard to complete my challenges. Do I have doubts; I do but 2017 is going to start as I mean to go on – my glass will always be half full.

My 2016 started very well – or so I thought for me anyway. I felt positive, was happy in my job and I was loving life. I even shifted a few lbs that I wanted to lose. Sometimes things happen that become totally out of your control and it can be very hard to take the knocks and bounce back. This did happen in the first half of the year but although there were lots of days I wanted to crawl under that duvet, I bounced off the bed and got on with my life. My memories of 2016 are full of the positive things and some great achievements. Definitely these challenges have given me a lot to enjoy and be proud of.

My greatest achievement

Has to be running 10 miles in the Great South Run. Who knows I may do this again.

Funniest moments – more than 1!

  1. Trip to Fuerteventura – the trip back to Lanzarote on the ferry was a bit rocky. Funny watching the crew running round with sick bags. Okay I know I can say that because we were okay and enjoyed an ice cream when we got back!
  2. Making Viennese Whirls with Jordan. Great achievement but it was amusing watching Jordan doing some of the preparation!
  3. Learning how to skip – who would have thought that something I could do so easily as a child could be so hard
  4. Trying to sit back-to-back with Kathryn, putting our feed down and pushing back until we both stand up – there is a video of this – maybe I will share sometime!

Favourite Days out with the kids

Jordan – trip to London. We had a great day wandering around and going on the cable cars. A beautiful sunny day too.
Kathryn – On another beautiful day, we visited Brighton, a favourite place for me and the kids. Enjoyed seeing Brighton from the BA i360 and having our photos taken

Favourite Music this year

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling. This song is the song I think of when I remember the Great South Run. Inspired me at the beginning and is a favourite when running although I do have to be careful I don’t dance and clap my hands.

Craig David and Sigala – Ain’t Giving Up. I just loved this record. On listening to the words, it does sum up my year.

George Michael – December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas). This song used to be my ringtone at Christmas until I changed phones. After hearing it on a shopping trip before Christmas, I realised it was missing from my music collection. I kept hearing it after that and it is truly a beautiful song. It is now on my iPod and I will not be losing it again.

I have enjoyed my challenges so far. It is certainly making my 50th birthday last and I can’t wait to share more completed challenges with you.

One of the challenges I have found more challenging than I thought it would be was reading a different book in a genre I would normally. I love reading and some I have chosen have been tough. For January, I have decided to pick a book (this might lead to more than one) as a reference book to help goals. In the past, I have downloaded a few of this type and get fed up with them but thought I would buy one and give it my best shot. I have gone for one called 50 New Year’s Resolutions – How to Make Them, How to Keep Them. I don’t normally make resolutions, just goals and not normally at the beginning of the year. Hopefully this will help me complete my challenges. Will share later.

Happy New Year.

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