At the start of this year I decided I was going to keep a little box full of positive memories. I find my memory isn’t so great at remembering the good stuff, and sometimes I struggle to remember just what I’ve done all year, which can sometimes leave me feeling like my life is at a bit of a standstill. So I got myself a box and any time something good happened I would write it on a piece of paper with the plan to get them all out at the end of the year and read over all the lovely things that had happened that year. I thought it might be quite nice to share a few of those things with you, and maybe you could leave a few of your own positive memories from 2015 in the comments.
➳ I Turned 30!
This may not seem like a good thing to some people, and I’ll admit that the month or so leading up to my birthday, the thought of turning 30, of being in my 30’s, did fill me with dread. But the night before, as I lay in bed, I thought back to when I was about to turn 20 – I had that same feeling then about turning 20 as I did about turning 30. I thought about all the things I had done, people I had met, places I had been to and things I’d experienced in those last 10 years, and it made me really excited to see what the next 10 years has in store for me.
➳ Seeing Fall Out Boy Live!
This kind of ties in with the above. Radio 1’s Big Weekend was held in Norwich this year, which just happens to be where I live. I so desperately wanted to get tickets but unfortunately they sold out too quickly. Luckily for me, one of my friends had snagged a couple and, as a birthday present, invited me to go with her on the Saturday. I was beyond thrilled! The weather was perfect – sunny but not too hot – the company was great and we all had a blast, listening and dancing to the various amazing bands, but the absolute highlight for me was Fall Out Boy. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard their music in One Tree Hill, they were amazing and basically performed all my favourites. It was the Best Day Ever!
➳ I Ran 5k!
Even since I started my fitness journey I’ve had in mind the goal of running 5k. Not necessarily in a race, but just being able to run that distance without having to stop to walk. I’d never been able to do it before, the most I’d managed previously was about 2 miles, but this year, with Ben’s help (running with me and pacing me!) I was able to finally reach my goal and it felt so good!
➳ I Got Back On A Plane!
I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past.. Ben and I went travelling towards the end of 2010, and at the end of that 6 and a half month trip was a flight to Greece where we had the worst turbulence I have ever experienced. I’m a nervous flyer due to turbulence at the best of times and this one flight completely put me off flying. In fact, the moment I was able to turn my phone back on and had signal I was trying to google alternative ways of getting back home… Anyway, this year I put my big girl pants on and drew from within me some deeply hidden source of courage and got back on a plane. Admittedly it was only a 2 and a half hour flight to Ibiza for a week, but it was a start and now I don’t feel quite so apprehensive about flying.
➳ Reaching Over 5k Subscribers & Blogging On A Regular Basis
I know most YouTubers will say it’s not about the numbers, but when you start reaching milestones you can’t help but feel like you are doing something right. This year I reached my first big milestone – 5000 subscribers. I still can’t quite get my head around that number, but if you are one of them then I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and giving me the confidence to keep pursuing this little hobby of mine. This year was also the year I feel like I got on a regular schedule with my blog. I’ve kind of dabbled in and out of it over the nearly 4 years since I started this blog, but I finally have a schedule in place and plenty of ideas flowing. Again, if you follow my blog and like reading what I have to say, thank you so much, you have no idea how much that means to me!
➳ I Got Myself Happier!
I started this year in a pretty dark and miserable place. I was so full of negativity and feeling worthless and I couldn’t see my way out of it. Gradually as the year has progressed I’ve opened up to people close to me and started to see how off-base my thinking was. That’s not to say that I don’t still suffer with those dark and lonely thoughts sometimes, but now I’m much better at recognising when I am in that funk and can try my hardest not to believe in those thoughts or react to them. I’ve been steadily working on focusing on the positive side of life, and I have to say that Tone It Up’s Fit Fierce and Fabulous book has played a huge part in that – giving me a road map of positive things to focus on, do and say to myself daily. It’s something I am going to continue to focus on next year but I’ll talk more about that in my New Years Goals post I’ll be putting up on Friday!
➳ I Hosted My First Ever Christmas For My Family!
Ben and I have lived in our house for 2 and a half years. For our first Christmas I just did a little roast for the two of us, the second year we went to Ben’s parents on Christmas Eve and stayed there til Boxing Day. This year I had my close family all come round in the morning to open presents and I then proceeded to cook the Christmas dinner. The timings of everything always stress me out and our kitchen isn’t the biggest, but it all came together with the help of Ben and my Mum, and we all had a lovely day together. I’m so pleased it all turned out well and I loved getting to spend some much needed time with my family.
So that’s my 2015 in a nutshell. Thinking back over these past 12 months to all the wonderful things that have happened has left me with that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I hope 2015 has been good to you and I hope 2016 brings even greater things.
See you in the New Year!