It’s New Year’s Eve 2017. A day during which many of us will reflect on the good, the bad and the in-between bits of the year gone by.
With hours to go until 2018, we may be thinking of pledges to be thinner, fitter, better versions of ourselves after the season of goodwill or, in many cases (myself included), a good fill of food, drink, late nights and sofa-lazing.
So here’s what I did and didn’t do in 2017 and my hopes for 2018.
What I did
In the spring, I was pretty unwell with a chest infection that I just couldn’t shift. I was stressed, anxious and frustrated and I realised that my feelings had a part to play in me being and staying unwell.
I’d love to say I manage to fit it in every day, but often I don’t. But I do use its techniques every day and they’ve helped massively, especially in paying attention to the moment and noticing things rather than letting them pass you by.
Got a tattoo
This one was a surprise. 2017 has thrown me some challenges that I’ve had to grit my teeth to get through.
So when I saw the #shepersisted campaign and resulting tattoos on Instagram, it resonated with me. So my 33rd birthday present to me was a tattoo on the inside of my wrist. And I love it.
Joined a running club
Before I had the children, I ran. Not fast, not far, but enough to have a few 5Ks and 10Ks under my belt.
Fast forward to 2017, and my New Year’s pledge was to run the Swansea Bay 10K. With training waylaid by an epic chest infection, I decided to take action and joined the Pencoed Panthers for their Couch to 5K sessions.
I could barely run for a minute at that point, but the Panthers’ training and encouragement led me to conquer the 10K.
Did my first 10K since 2010
I did it and raised more than £260 for Mind thanks to my awesome supporters.
Wrote a line a day
Last year, I was given a beautiful Christmas gift – a line a day journal. It’s been a great way to capture the ups, downs and those precious little moments with the children that could easily be forgotten over time.
Joined the National Trust
As a family, we love being outdoors for walks, exploring and finding muddy puddles.
So I took the plunge and signed us up for a National Trust family membership. It’s given us some stunning days out and encourages us to visit new places this year. And I’ve discovered a new favourite place a short drive from home – Dyffryn Gardens.
Did a Rainbow Run
I did the Ty Hafan Rainbow Run in Porthcawl, something I’ve always wanted to do. It was as fun as it looked even if I did sport a green tinge for a few days despite numerous showers.
What I didn’t do
Lose that weight
At the start of the year, I pledged to lose weight (like I usually do). It started well, but I fell off the eating less and moving more wagon at Easter and never got back on.
I refuse to diet after doing unsustainable slimming groups a few times in the past, so I know that eating less and moving more is the sustainable way to do it.
Perhaps I’ll manage it this year. Or perhaps this is just how I am now.
Break the treat myself mindset
I do like a treat. Whether it’s food or a little shopping pick me up, too often I go for the short term thrill of a treat, which is fine from time to time but not as a regular thing.
My blogging has been more sporadic than I would like this year. I hope to be more disciplined with it in the future.
So, what do I hope for 2018?
My main hopes for 2018 involve being kinder to others and myself as well as being more patient and grateful.
I have also signed up to do my first half marathon, which fills me with fear.
So goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018. I hope it brings you joy, good health, happiness and lots of muddy puddles.
What has 2017 been like for you? What are your hopes for 2018? I’d love to hear from you.