My good friend Kirsty has shown me some amazing ideas in recent years, one being decluttering, another a vision board – putting goals on a board and taking them off when achieved, to a gratitude jar of a similar nature. Yesterday she wrote a blog saying how the jar had changed to an achievement jar. Although I didn’t do this I thought I would look back over the year and see what was in my jar and sit and work out what I have achieved. I’m actually quite shocked at how much I’ve done whilst holding down a job doing shift work which sometimes left me with very little time to myself and making me exhausted for the majority of the time. Now all that has changed and it’s time for a new beginning a time to rest and reflect and what I’ve achieved and what I have.
- Food: I tried changing my diet over the last few years and with working shift work and sometimes being out full days a common theme in the jar seems to be making sure the cupboards were full of food incase I didn’t have time or energy to go shopping. I’m very proud and lucky I’ve been able to do this.
- In the house, the loft got insulated via a government scheme, although it was a bad job, it gave me a chance to declutter. Also bought new voiles for the bedroom and living room and they’re all pink and girly.
- Tried to separate the kitchen from the living room with a curtain, figured out a shower curtain would fit and looked into getting hooks.
- Learned that wires apparently go straight up through the wall, and just because there is a hole there, it’s not safe to screw things unless checking for wires as you could blow the elctrics 😀
- Got new lights for the kitchen and it makes it look bigger.
- The garden I dug the garden over, planted lawn seed. With help from a friend got some plants to ward off the neighbours cat from using it as a toilet. It’s come on really well
- Also garden related, bought a trimmer and used it to keep the grass at a good length
- Great North Run. Not only a massive achievement in my first half marathon but the fact it reconnected with long-lost family. I may not do it next year or ever again but I have some amazing memories and got an amazing time.
- Park run in Leeds. volunteering and running both at Cross Flatts Park and Woodhouse Moor and getting a PB at both! check out if there is one near you and run or volunteer there here
- A roof over my head and a warm bed, when things haven’t always gone the way I thought.
- Asking for help, one thing I’m not good at as I feel embarrassed, and that I’ve let everyone down, but this year I did and have some amazing friends and family.
- Support. I’m very lucky for the people in my life.
- My health, even though It’s had a knock I have always been in good health.
- Diet: I aimed to lose a stone in weight. I didn’t like how the weight was around my stomach. I haven’t been completely successful as, that’s where I retain the weight the most and don’t think I did enough toning exercises but I made a start.
- Me: put myself first, looked for a new job, tried to fix my diet, completed a half-marathon on little or no training due to work.
- Rest days: Actually forcing myself to stay in my pjs and stay on the sofa ALL day.
- Transport. I can’t afford a car but where I live I can get a bus in to town most days every 10 minutes and it’s not far to walk from my house. Leeds has some great links via train and bus/coach to some amazing places.
- Baking/cooking. Again back to diet, I learned to make banana pancakes and omelettes. Strange as I’ve never really liked eggs but managed to make and love these. I don’t think I will ever try a boiled egg, the look of it just freaks me out.
- Travel: visiting Edinburgh in June and visiting the birthplace of Harry Potter.
- The Harry Potter exhibition in Leeds Central Library. Leeds has grown so much over the years with films, exhibitions etc, but to have this was just the icing on the cake, I mean a few years ago we had Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy costume *faints*.
- Ability to read. Just chance to sit down and catch up on reading and fall into another world
- Quotes. This year has been a year for quotes, one that I adopted myself is
‘it is what is’
…stop stressing and just get on with it. One from two years ago below…..
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”~ Haruki Murakami,
So thank you 2017 for teaching me some valuable lessons. I hope I learn from them, I truly do.
Check out the inspiration from my friend Kirsty here
Thank you for reading