And so, fittingly, now that I’ve settled back into work, there are no more guests in our house, and our Christmas decorations have been taken down and safely packed away until next Christmas (or do you call it this Christmas seeing as it’s Christmas this year?!), I think it’s time to get blogging again 🙂
For days, I’ve sat thinking about what I want out of 2014, what I want to achieve, what goals I’d like to set for myself and what I’d like for my little family and I feel like I’ve already come across my first stumbling block for the year. Is it even possible not to know what you want for yourself? Perhaps, in order to decide what it is that I want, I should look back at the past year! Sharon over at The Blessed Barrenness blogged about her 2013 year in review by answering some questions that she “stole” from another blog and I thought that it may be nice to do the same thing. So I’ve taken some of the questions that she’s used to review my own year!
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I joined bootcamp in the first week of the year.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not big on new years’ resolutions so when it comes to making them, I must admit that I often don’t (as I’ve done this year) but last year, I made a resolution to join bootcamp and eat healthier in an attempt to lose some weight before my 30th birthday which meant no luxuries at all for the first month and then some on weekends (in moderation of course) for February. I’m happy to say that although I didn’t hit my target weight loss, I lost quite a few kg’s. I kept at bootcamp until June and then started gyming in about August when I couldn’t quite fit bootcamp into my schedule.
will you be spending did you spend New Year’s Eve?
My amazing parents offered us their tickets to watch Blood Brothers at Monte Casino and to babysit Ethan for the night so we went to dinner and a show and saw the New Year in sitting on our verandah with a bottle of champagne, just the hubster and I 🙂
4. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
I’d like to grow my spirituality.
5. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The 22nd of September – the day my best friend’s second child was born, also my cousin over at Memoirs4MyMunchkins‘ birthday.
6. Where did most of your money go?
Ethan of course! We also spent a lot of money on our house and we bought a new car at the end of November.
7. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Stop and smell the roses.
8. What do you wish you’d done less of?
9. What were your favourite TV shows?
Definitely Greys Anatomy and Parenthood (although I think I’m the ONLY person who watches Parenthood – I’m yet to find somebody else who does).
10. What was the best book you read?
I can’t single out one book but I can single out an author – James Patterson – and his Alex Cross series. I think I read the first 13books one after the other!
11. What did you do on your birthday?
I spent the evening with about 25 close friends and family at Katzys in Rosebank.
12. What kept you sane?
Probably my husband…although he’s also probably what drove me insane as well 😉 Other than my husband, definitely my mum and my sister – they’re both so level headed and have this amazing ability to calm me down.
13. Who did you miss?
I missed somebody who used to be my best friend. Somebody I’ve known since 2001. We had a massive fall out just over a year ago and after numerous messages, I had to cut ties with her even though I tried my very best to repair the relationship. I think about her constantly but I know that people come into your life for a reason and I guess that relationship is now over 😦
14. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
Be thankful for the things that you have.
So for 2014, I’ve gone into the year on a good note. I had my family staying with us for 2weeks and the time spent with the hubster, Ethan and my family really did me good. I came back to work feeling rested, refreshed and ready to go! This may sound strange or even silly but I’ve given this year to the hubster. Every year I say that it’s my year…I want this to be his. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m putting our family aside or that I expect him to. In fact, God willing, we’re hoping to expand our family this year. But I want him, for a change, to focus on some of the things that he’d like to achieve.
We already have three weddings in the next two months and plans on just about every weekend (bar two) until the end of March. For the rest of the year, I’d like to enjoy life more. Stop and smell the roses. Spend time outside running around, swimming, playing with Ethan and going for walks. Of course, I need to shed some kgs which I think is probably the winning new year’s resolution across 99.9% of females 🙂 but I don’t want that to be my central focus as life’s just too short to worry about the small things (and, of course, there’s just too many yummy things to eat!!).
So to all of you reading, a happy 2014 to you all. May this year be a fantastic year for you and your families and may God grant you all of your heart’s desires xxx