*Photo header from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux* taken in May 2017.
When I first decided I wanted to blog I didn’t imagine I would relay any personal information but the annual ‘reflection’ post is so very therapeutic; and not that I would expect many people to read it – to write it feels great. I ensure all the rest of my content (though not that grand) is all informative and mostly fitness based!
The festive season is my favourite time of year, sharing food, drink, relaxing and playing games with your loved ones; it’s the only time of year that I can truly relax and unwind from work as well as simply being a mix of all of my favourite things!
And what better time of year to reflect? Looking back to the goals I set myself for 2017, I’ve made a pretty good effort of achieving all that I wanted to. The only thing I am still striving towards is in hope of having a better work/life balance come 2018.
My original goals of trying new sports and exercise forums, as well as trying Cross Fit and Kickboxing which I did several sessions of each which I loved – I also tried Reformer Pilates which was a whole new world but I equally enjoyed. Again, another goal was to try Reflexology for my joint pain; it helped to relax me and was therapeutic but didn’t solve any problems – however, I’ve now been diagnosed and am medicated so I now regularly see an osteopath who has helped my joints and alignment massively. This is something I will now keep up to keep myself in the best possible health.
This year I travelled to Dublin for a weekend Hen Party with one of my best friends in February which was amazing fun and a wonderful place. I holiday’d with my family in South of France – we stayed in the middle of nowhere and visited many places around including St Tropez, Marseille, Valence and even Monaco. Finally, James and I went for a weekend in Paris and even did a day trip to Disney! It’s been another wonderful year of travel and I’m happy to be ticking more things off of my bucket list.
This year I have qualified as a Pilates Instructor, qualified as an Exercise Referral Instructor (more medical side of exercise inductions) and completed a 7-month management course – all alongside my day job. I’m really proud to have achieved what I have but I wouldn’t put myself through it again. The efforts of 2017 will benefit me from now on so it has been worth it and I will look forward to having real free time in the New Year. We also have new spin bikes installed in the gym so we had a full day training on them which really “re-lit” my passion of teaching again. I do believe it’s so important to study and expand your knowledge to develop as a professional; especially in my industry in order to stand out from the crowd as a trainer and keep up with ever-changing research and industry trends as a manager.
Two of the most significant things to happen in my life to date have both happened in this year. I lost my dog, who I have had since I was 10 years old and will always be my best friend, I miss her every day. I have also bought and renovated my first home which has been a lot of hard work, time and effort but is so rewarding – especially that I was settled in happily ready for Christmas. I’ve also seen one of my best friends get married, and had my Dad turn 50 and brother turn 21, so an exciting year of celebrations also.
Each year is sure to be an emotional rollercoaster and this year has definitely be testament to this! I have a post to come at the beginning of January on my goals for 2018; aiming to tick some more things off of my bucket list, see some more of the world and improve my work/life balance so I can enjoy my work and invest time outside of work to doing fun things with my loved ones. But more than anything, I hope for good health, happiness, and success to everyone around me; and to remember to be grateful for how fortunate we are, taking a minute to be thankful for the little things.