2016 was a year full of ups and downs and while overall it was a bit of a rough year for me, there were still some pretty awesome things that happened as well. Some are healthy living related while others are more about my own self-growth. Here in this post, I am going to share the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. So come along for the ride!
- We decided that we were going to move back to our home state of California sometime in the summer… so exciting!
- Mid-month I fell on the ice at the bottom of our ramp, which resulted in a bruised body from the impact, strained muscles that took a long time to go back to normal, and a bruised tailbone that still flares up from time to time.
- Just as I started feeling good enough to return to exercise, I got sick.
- I started training for my upcoming half marathon with increasing my steps, walking outside when I could, doing my first interval training sessions of the year, and starting a self-compiled strength training routine for runners.
- I had a tooth pulled, which was unplanned.
- This month I let my Be the Best You (www.journeytohealthyyou.wordpress.com) blog go, not necessarily by conscious choice. However, I didn’t have enough time or energy to keep it going.
- Mid-month I had a tooth pulled again, this time it was planned ahead. Just when I thought I had the tooth extraction thing figured out, I was thrown for a loop with a long, hard, and more painful recovery.
- Climbed trees, probably for the first time, with my niece and two young nephews. What a rush! It made me feel like a kid again.
- My first staycation started at the end of the previous month and lasted a couple weeks into this one. Such a nice break and I used as much of it as I could for rest and relaxation.
- I worked to increase my steps 2-3 days a week and hit a new record for me of 25K steps!
- I had two long training speedwalks in preparation for the half marathon- one 8 mile and one 10.5 mile, the last of which was in the rain for most of it and I persevered.
- Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the beginning of the month- I finished and had the time of my life! I even spent the next day with my cousin and her kids, whom I hadn’t seen in a few years and we took a light hike.
- My parents went out to California to scout for apartments.
- 2-year anniversary of my healthy living journey was on the 28th!
- New bigger playground was installed in our community- my nephews and I were thrilled!
- We started packing things up for our move, which was a huge undertaking with six of us in the household.
- I spent a good chunk of the month working on and struggling to get back on track with my eating, which had gone haywire during the previous month.
- Started a new medication for my joint pain, which didn’t end up helping.
- There was lots and lots of packing to be done in preparation for our big move.
- We had a dud of a community yard sale, which I ran mostly on my own but with help that made it a bit easier.
- We sent out a rental application for the apartment complex that my parents had chosen as their first choice in California.
- I had to change anti-depressants since the one I had been on before was not helping as much as I, or my primary doctor, had hoped.
- My parents’ dog, Daisy had surgery to remove a cyst-type thing. She did well with her recovery and soaked up all the extra attention!
- My brothers and little nephews moved out on the 17th, we finished cleaning out my grandparents’ mobile home for its sale a few days later, and finally moved out of our own house on the 22nd. There was still a couple days of clearing out the remaining belongings. We learned that we always have more than we think we do!
- We got stuck in a hotel room near where we lived in Indiana for over a week, and the rest of the month.
- We said goodbye to my siblings, nephews, and nieces. The two youngest boys, my brother’s, were a huge part of my life and I was like a mother figure to them. It was so hard to leave them and I still miss them like crazy!
- We hit the road on the first of the month, for our cross country trek that took ten days. We spent a final twelve days in a hotel in our new city due to issues with our apartment that was supposed to be ready but wasn’t. We also had our dog and cat along for this big ride of hotel living and road tripping.
- We finally moved into the apartment on the 22nd, after exactly a month in various hotels.
- Then began the settling-in process. We hadn’t brought much furniture along with us, so getting what we needed after moving in was a focus at first, along with unpacking.
- I got back on track with my weight loss efforts a few days before this month started. The craziness of moving was finally over and I was able to refocus more effectively.
- My birthday was this month as well. I am getting even closer to 30, wow!
- I traveled to my hometown for a few days- reconnecting and visiting with a lot of friends and really enjoying the visit!
- Started my Inspire the Best You blog and business, undertaking a little bit of rebranding and starting over in a sense.
- I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this month even though I was writing a memoir. I nearly finished the book too, which was such an amazing feeling!
- I managed to get two, back-to-back, colds… lasting into December.
- I went to my hometown again to visit with another cousin and her family, and had a great time there with her!
- Made lots of connections and progress with my blog and business, branching out much more than I could have ever imagined.
- I continued recovering from the last cold I had.
- We placed membership at a Church of Christ in our new city, finally.
The theme of the year was change, perseverance, and learning how to be a better aunt and mother-figure to my nephews. I got them outdoors a lot more than I imagined I could handle, and we did a lot of crafts and fun indoor things as well. As you can see, there were also a ton of big changes and other happenings. I learned to persevere, and push through whatever life threw at me! It has made me stronger and I finally feel like I was thriving as the year ended, which is a great feeling!
What were the highlights or big happenings in your year for 2016? What was your overall theme of the year?
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