When I reread my 2015 resolutions, I half-sniggered into my cup of tea and half-hung my tail between my legs. Let’s just say I didn’t exactly rock those resolutions.
Here we go…
Resolutions I succeeded at.
- Qualify as a preschool teacher
This was my big goal for 2015 and I totally did it. I am now qualified as a preschool teacher I’ve done 15 credits’ worth and in 2016 I’ll be working towards the 24 credits I need to gain the California certificate. I’ve spent as much time as I could volunteering in the classroom and actually taught summer school at a local preschool. I set myself the goal of graduating from my classes at the top – it turns out that they don’t tell you who came top but I did get A’s for all my courses so I’ll take that. This brand-new career is the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I had the Dude – I am so grateful that I’m FINALLY in the career I should have gone into 20 years ago . An absolute triumph and delight.
2. Run in 5 exciting new places
Check! How about Maui, the Grand Tetons, Red Rock Canyon, Big Basin and Seattle.
3. Do a 100-mile bike ride
Done! This took up most of my summer’s training. But yep – me and Margarita rocked 100 miles in September and it was fab.
We had some lovely trips this year and I got to tick off the two places I really wanted to visit – Maui and Yellowstone. Super-grateful we saw both places.
Things I didn’t manage!
- ANY of my running goals.
No sub-25 5k. No sub-50 10k. No sub-1.49 1/2M (that’s a MASSIVE stretch goal but I also failed at my more realistic 1.51 goal). I was not fast in 2015. I can’t decide if that’s due to Old Age or lack of trying. In 2016, I intend to find out.
2. Learning to swim.
The second year I’ve not even tried to do this resolution. Clearly I am not bothered.
3. Cross-train weekly.
Nope. I did a lot of cycling this year though so I did better than previous years.
4. Learn the guitar
Nope. I would like to do this but it didn’t happen.
5. Clean up my diet
My diet is pretty good most of the time. I didn’t exactly clean it up but it’s no worse than it was. So…kind of.
6. Less time on the iPhone
No. I didn’t do this and I definitely need to sort it. When he visited, my Dad made disparaging comments about how much time I spend on the computer and my iPhone. He was right and I was actually quite embarrassed. It’s not good for me or my family so I’m already working on this.
So there we go. Some good stuff, some rubbish stuff.
It’s been an interesting year. I lost both my remaining grandparents this year. I lost a very dear friend a few days after her 99th birthday. Some friends lost parents, two friends lost their only child, a little boy the Dude’s age. As I get older, I become more and more aware of the fragility of life, of how life hangs on an absolute knife-edge. Which makes each day more precious and more important. I’m learning to cherish each moment and to worry less about PR’s but rather to skip runs to spend time with visiting parents, or to slow down and enjoy running trails with the Dude. This may make for less exciting blogging but it makes for a more exciting life.
Happy New Year, people. Thank you for reading my blog in 2015. I really appreciate you.