Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Reflecting On 2013

Just like this time last year, I have decided to do a post reflecting the last year.  To be honest, the year 2013 has not turned out the way I expected it.  The first half of the year went exactly how I expected but the second half was crazy!  But you know what?  I wouldn't change a thing!

We Finally Went To Europe!!!!
I had been dreaming about going to Europe for years but every single time that B and I started planning our trip, something else would pop up (buying a house, selling a house, buying another house, getting married).  I was so excited the moment that I stepped foot into the car park at Heathrow Airport as it meant that I was finally starting my overseas adventure.  B and I had the time of our lives!  We saw so many countries, at so much food, brought so many things and made so many new friends.  I had a heap of posts about Europe, so if you are interested, go have a look at the posts, which are in April, May and June of this year.

I Discovered It Is Really Important To Be Happy
This was the biggest lesson that I learnt this year.  You can have all the money in the world and all the material possession that a person could ask for, but it will all mean nothing if you are not happy in your heart.  I went through a really shitty time and the only way to make things better for me was for me to quit my job.  I had a really good income and being on one income is really hard, but seriously, I am much happier having less money.  I don't wake up in the morning hating life.  I don't spend my weekends stressing about the working week.  I am happy!

I Discovered My True Friends
I learnt a lot about the people around me.  Some of the people who I thought were my friends actually weren't my friends.  I also took some time to get to know some more people around me and let them into my life.  They have turned out to be really good friends.  I am so grateful for them.  They mean the world to me and I am so glad that I have them in my life! (P.S - I have so many true friends, but I couldn't fit everyone in the photo.  You all know who you are!)

I Discovered That I Really Do Love Running
Towards the end of 2012 I got back into running, however I have been back into the full swing of running this year.  And I have loved it!  There is nothing better than getting up early and going for a run outside.  I love running by myself and running with others.  And on the treadmill too.  I have had good runs and bad runs.  I have had many injuries, but running really makes me happy.

I Ran A Half Marathon
Shortly after I did my first half marathon back in 2010 I injured my knee badly.  I decided to give up running forever.  I hated it.  I cannot believe that in December 2013 I ran another half marathon.  And I smashed 12 minutes off my time.  And I now have the bug and I want to do more!

I Had An Awesome PR!
My run at City2Sea in November this year was awesome and I really surprised myself.  I was also so happy with that run.  Why?  I ran 14km in 1 hour and 18 minutes.  That was one of my fastest runs ever.  And I also felt so good running!  My pace was slightly faster than normal, however I didn't feel like I was pushing myself too hard.  I felt comfortable the whole time.  It really was an awesome run!

My Footy Team Made It To The Grand Final!!
Okay, it isn't something that I personally did, but my footy team, the Fremantle Dockers, made it to the AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final.  If you had of told me at the start of the year if they would have been there, I would have laughed at you and told you that you were crazy.  But, they were there.  I know that they didn't win, but it was awesome to go to the Grand Final and watch them play!

I Embraced Turning 30!
I turned 30 this year.  And guess what!  Nothing happened.  I didn't get any grey hairs.  I didn't get any wrinkles.  I didn't wake up with any aches and pains.  I woke up feeling exactly the same as the day before when I was 29.

For a few years I had actually been looking forward to turning 30.  Why?  Because there was nothing that I could do about it.  I couldn't stop time.  It was going to happen, so I knew that I just had to accept it.  And my birthday was fantastic too!  B organised a dinner with all of my friends.  I also went out to dinner with my family too.  I had so much fun!

I Have The Best Family!
My family have been awesome this year, in particular the second half of the year.  I don't know what I would do without them.  My mum has been super awesome!  She doesn't mind me calling her at various times of the day just to have a little chat.  When I've asked her to come and hang out with me as I have been down, she has always come over.  I crashed a lot of her work parties.  I have invited myself over for dinner.  Oh, and she had also been nice and brought me a few things along the way too.  She is really the best and I am so thankful for her.

My dad has also been really good too.  I know that he finds it hard to understand why I quit my job, but he has been very supportive of me and my choice.  And thanks to him, I have applied for uni next year!

My mother-in-law has also been really good too.  Whilst I don't go into detail with her about what is going on with my life, she seems to just understand that I have been having a tough time.  She understands that sometimes I just want to go over to her place for dinner and talk about anything else but my problems.  That is really nice.

My Hubby Is The Best
I have to finish this post off by saying that this year has shown me how awesome my hubby is.  I know I have said it so many times, but B has provided me with the best support this year.  Without him, I don't know where I would be.  We had a blast together in Europe.  He always picks me up when I am down.  He didn't have any issues with me quitting my job.  He follows me to all of my fun runs and he is my official photographer.  He was fantastic in 2013!

Given what this year has been like, 2014 will definitely be awesome!  I am happy to see the end of 2013 and making a fresh start in 2014.

I want to wish everyone who reads my blog a happy and safe New Year!  I hope that you achieved everything that you wanted in 2013 and that you set yourself some amazing goals for 2014.

Thanks for reading my blog this year.  Hopefully 2014 will be much happier and healthier than 2013!

Take care!

Lady Lou!

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year Louise. It's good to see you are feeling much better about life now. Big brave steps, but you took them. Yes, let 2014 be a great one xx