It’s that time again, and I can’t quite believe it?! I reflected on 2015 in a post here. This year, as I’m sure most will agree has gone by like the blink of an eye. I still feel it’s important to reflect on what you’ve achieved in a year to give you some form of direction towards the next year; I set a lot of personal goals and am always trying to tick things off my “bucket list” as I aim for my time to be used productively.
So where to start? Splitting my life into categories made it a lost easier!
From how my career had progressed last year receiving a promotion in April 2015, I hadn’t expected much to change this year; how wrong was I! My boss had decided he was leaving in May, the end of an era but exciting opportunities were presented. I was fortunate to be given the Fitness Manager position starting 1st June 2016. I would still keep all of my personal training and aerobics instructor roles but now be solely in charge! I have a fantastic team and couldn’t do it without them. Luckily, I had finished the Level 3 NVQ in April so I was able to manage my time accordingly.
The final 6 months of the year were testing, I had a lot of adapting to do and have worked an un-godly amount of hours but have loved every second. I managed to over-see a refurb; which you can read about here. I also studied my first Level 4 Course in specialising exercise referral for mental health; a big step up but a fantastic qualification to add to my C.V. I know 2017 will be hard work but I’m looking forward to it and have lots to get done at work to make my mark on our centre.
Personally, as I mentioned in my 2015 reflection that an achievement for me has been this blog; I still love writing it’s always been an ambition of mine. I mentioned in a post back in October here, that I hadn’t kept up with blogging since changing my job, because work is my priority and it would be silly to put a blog that no-one reads before that! But I still want to keep it up, just for myself if no-one else.
Secondly, I competed in another Triathlon, beating my first Triathlon in October 2015 by 30 minutes! Second time round I knew more about what I was doing and had time to train! I loved it but don’t have the time to train and make it a regular occurrence. Because of this, I tried to improve my 5k time. I started doing Park Runs on any Saturday morning I had free with a friend who is much better at running than me! See my post on them here. I managed to get my 5k to under 30 minutes comfortably and competed in 2 x charity runs at the beach supporting the YMCA Bournemouth.
Sports Massage Business
I’m very fortunate to have my Sports Massage business along side my full time job. It’s convenient, and I have some wonderful clients who I get to help. I’ve managed to maintain this client basis for 2-3 years and am trying to limit my days due to being overworked – it’s very physically demanding. The only downfall with being a masseuse is the impact on the body. I have been suffering this year with awful swollen joints and extreme paints within my hands and fingers; I’ve had to have x-rays and blood tests to check for arthritis (luckily all clear) but still not at the bottom of it! I’m having to take glucosamine daily to monitor the pain which happens in “flares” and to ensure being a masseuse doesn’t have too short of a life span – I’m being sensible with the amount of massage I’m doing.
Seeing the world is very important to me – there’s so much to see and so little time to do it in! Each year I try to go to places I’ve never been before and explore as much as I can. This year I spent New Year in Brussels and Bruges, Belgium with my family, I went skiing to Val D’Isere in France, stopping in Annecy on the way, I surprised James with a trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands to celebrate his graduation in the summer, and I went on holiday to Malta; covering the whole (very small) country in a week! Not forgetting the UK; but we don’t have all day.
Feelings and what I hope to achieve in 2016?
To conclude? Last year I wrote “Reflecting on this on New Year’s Eve I feel really happy and positive for the year to follow. I feel I am very blessed with wonderful family, friends and boyfriend which I am always reminded of over Christmas time. I live in a beautiful part of the world and my job is my passion”. Fortunately, I can echo this exact paragraph again this year. My boyfriend graduated form university this summer with a First Class Degree, has moved back home and landed a fantastic job that he worked so hard to get; I’m very proud and so happy to have him home again so we can plan our 2017 together!
Overall, 2016 has been another interesting year across the world, an awful year for politics in my opinion, a great year for achievements personally, and amongst my loved ones, “you can’t have the yin without the yang” as they say.
These photos highlight some of my best bits of 2016. In March, I skied for the first time since I was 10 years old – it was incredible! Here’s to 2017! Wishing everyone health, happiness and good fortune in the New Year.