Here is something I do on the blog every year. It is good to look back and reflect on a whole year. It helps to put things in perspective. I always tag people to do a post using the same questions but anyone should feel free to join in. Just take the questions and answer them in a way that makes sense to you and preferably although it is not a rule say that the idea for the post came from this blog.
Here is my 2015
1. What was your happiest event?
Moving house away from that rotten place to a city by the sea and into a house of our dreams.
Seeing people’s real joy in my weight loss with a special thanks to Katy Hill who gave me the self-belief to start the journey in the first place.
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
Learning my brother is very ill and also knowing that I am unlikely to see him again.
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
Losing so much weight. Hugging Caprice. Attending my college reunion. Telling Carol Smillie I was an expert in wet knickers.
4. Who let you down?
I don’t think anyone let me down although perhaps this year I started to learn who my true friends are and who is along for only part of the ride.
5. Who supported you?
My husband and children.
Special thanks to blogging friends as always but this year I really valued the support given to me by friends from school and college days.
Bloggers. So many do this throughout the year. I look back and remember so many encouraging tweets, offers of telephone numbers, emails and comments. I appreciate them all. They sustain me.
The people in my local community who chat, call me “Sweetie” and make me feel that I have found the right place for me.
6. Tell us what you learned
That I have spent far too many years focusing on the past or the future rather than enjoying the present.
That life circumstances can change very radically and quickly and in the most unexpected ways.
That people were there all long just waiting for me to tap on their door.
That people who know me via social media and the blog often have a very restricted view of who I really am.
That I am becoming less comfy with sharing heart and soul stuff with people who are fundamentally strangers.
That I am rich in the ways that matter to me.
That those who have everything may still be deeply unhappy.
7. Tell us what made you laugh
Laughter is a huge part of our family dynamic. We do a lot of analysing of current affairs and television shows complete with strong opinions, wit and voices.
My undergarments falling off whilst I was facilitating at BritMums Live and thinking if they actually hit the floor at least it would e proof positive of the substantial weight loss.
Political cartoons put together by my left-wing teenage son and his general questioning of authority.
My tween son’s comic faces.
My tween daughter’s language.
8. Tell us the things that made you cry
Reflecting on how much time I have wasted thinking I am not good enough when it is now clear to me that I am more than good enough and I make a contribution to the world just by being in it.
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
My oldest son is easy to be proud of – handsome, intelligent, sensitive and caring. I was most proud when he summoned up the courage to ask someone out and she said yes! I also love how he regularly gives his spending money to homeless people and charities.
My daughter takes no prisoners and I love seeing that in her even if it is sometimes not easy to deal with. She remains creative and the best story-teller in words, films and songs. She is very political and I enjoy that she has firm opinions even when I don’t agree with then.
My youngest son remains gifted and good at everything he tackles. He is gorgeous, funny and a master at all things gaming.
10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.
Discovering the old me by sticking with my medication. It is good to have me back.
Keeping on keeping on through challenges.
Relaxing more about home education – a work in progress.
Losing loads of weight and inspiring others to do so.
Feeling the fear and attending the college reunion anyway.
11. Tell us the challenges you overcame
Moving away from an awful area.
Pushing myself outside my comfort zone.
Juggling it all and I have a lot to juggle.
12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2016
1. New challenges in my working life.
2. To continue to lose weight and get fitter.
3. To forgive myself and others for their imperfections.
4. To continue to build on friendships old and new. To learn who is worth investing in and who is not.
5. To inject more fun into our home education efforts.
6. To be more organised with domestic stuff.
Overall to build on the amazing progress made on so many fronts in 2015.
Over to you. Any blogger or reader can have a go at this one if they fancy reflecting back on the year. What were your highs and lows of 2015?