It’s New Years Eve – again I’m stating the obvious. I’m good at that.
I’ve been working on my year end review for work…not exactly my favorite thing to do this time of year. The exercise got me thinking not only what’s happened professionally but personally in my life.
Overall, 2015 wasn’t so bad. I’m not one of those folks who’s dying for the new year to start. In fact, I’m a bit indifferent about it. 2015 can take it or leave it. However, if I could be 28 and it be 2015, I wouldn’t complain.
One of the benefits of having an organized blog is that earlier this week I got a notification from WordPress to let me know my end of year stats. It was interesting. Turns out this year, I’ve posted more blog posts ever, 26 to be exact and I feel like that was an accomplishment. I enjoy writing and sharing my stories of life, running, and travels and hopefully in 2016 I can get can a few more followers. Here’s a breakdown of the stats…kinda cool if you like charts and graphs.
But here’s my actual review of 2015…
At the start of the year, I wanted to change some stuff specially how I felt about myself. I feel like over the years I keep doing the same things and keep getting stuck. I tend to stay stuck unless I have some sort of plan. I’m the type of person (or control freak) that needs a plan. I always start off positive but then ‘things’ get in the way. Unfortunately, I let those ‘things’ get me down.
As it turned out, 2015 I had lots of starting lines & finish lines. I started a new job, I started (and completed) a lot of great projects, and I mixed things up to try new things both personally and with my marriage (ex. clamming, skiing, fishing). I finished 3 half marathons and 1 marathon. I also got more involved with being a patient advocate for breast cancer.
I started the year off with a challenge – no alcohol. I lasted 35 days, not bad. Ironically, I’m also ending the year with a challenge – a run challenge. As of today, I’ve gone 36 days of running at least 1 mile each day. The challenge officially ends tomorrow and I’ll try to do a recap of my 37 days of running.
At the beginning of the year, I mentioned not liking the number I saw on the scale. Well, that needle really never moved but I kept moving so that’s a good thing. After a ‘certain’ age, it gets harder and harder to move that needle on the scale in the right direction. BUT I can stay active and eat better, so I won’t complain about maintaining a healthier weight. I’m thinking the number I’d really like to see on the scale may be unrealistic and most importantly unhealthy.
As for running goals, all my races this year were in Tacoma, except for Hood to Coast and the Turkey Trot I did over Thanksgiving. Maybe I should say all my half marathons and marathon races were in Tacoma. I PR’d at 2 of the races which was an awesome feeling. Finally after years of trying got a sub-2 half marathon, I did it! It was a good running year! I will say I fell flat on keeping my running journal up to date. I lasted about 6 months on that part but oh well. Focus on the positive.
Here’s a couple of other stats (no fancy graphs this time) I’ve noticed for 2015 about what I’ve accomplished…I guess you could say ‘accomplished’:
- Flew 58,554 miles
- 3 weeks in Hawaii (1 in Kona, 2 in Kauai)
- 1 trip to Tennessee
- 1 trip to Alaska
- Countless trips to LA for work
- Ran 392 miles
- Biked 379 miles
- Read 14 books
- Wrote 26 blog posts
To round things out, I’ll leave you with this last bit of reflection on 2015. I was reading an article early this week and they asked the reader to answer these questions regarding 2015…
Looking back at 2015…
- I know I have made a difference because…I continue to get asked to share my story and help other women go through a breast cancer diagnosis.
- I know I have not done enough because…I can’t seem to figure out where I want to focus my career.
- I know I have grown because…I stepped out of my comfort zone a few times and tried new things this year.
How about you? How was 2015 for you? Are you ready for 2016?
2016 will be a busy year for me and I’m excited for all the new adventures.