2015 – My Year In Review

I’m officially on leave. Almost two weeks of no work and I cannot wait to just kick back, relax, spend time with my family, celebrate Christmas and just do what I want to do!

This time of year is always a time of reflection of the past year, the good, the bad, the ugly and this year, there has been more ugly than good, I feel like I have been repeatedly high fived in the face with a chair during 2015, or slipped down a slipper slop bashing my head the whole way down.

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So, here is a quick summary of my 2015:

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

I ran the Two Oceans and it was amazing! Probably one of my proudest achievements, not just for this year, but of my life. 

Two Oceans Half Marathon

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make new years resolutions but I did want to stay focused on my health and fitness throughout the year, it’s been up and down but I’ve stayed the course.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

We are having a swimming/braaing afternoon/ evening with some friends. Nothing big. Something about being a grown up, I don’t really care much for New Year’s anymore, it’s just another night/day really. 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, but I almost did and it was the scariest moment of my life. 

Edited…. One of my oldest friends died on Christmas Eve. 

5. What countries did you visit?

Physically, none but in my mind I wandered the lavender fields in the French countryside and bicycled through Tuscany. 

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

A sound mind and a sound bank balance.

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Aside from Two Oceans, honestly, nothing has stood out as note worthy for me this year, it’s just been one repeated kick to the head, which started on the 3rd of January in our freak house flood that trashed our ground floor and ruined so many precious possessions. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

You mean aside from Two Oceans? Winning the category of best parenting blog in African Blogger Awards.

9. What was your biggest failure?

That’s a tough one. I feel like I failed in almost every area this year. I repeatedly failed my husband and my children and on so many levels too, I failed myself when I lost control of my mental health. 2015 has just sucked giant, hairy, sweaty, donkey balls and I cannot wait for it to be over. It’s just been one giant year of SUCK!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes! Burn out, which had a knock on effect in so many other areas of my life. I had Plantar Fasciitis for a few months so could hardly put in any running training, and then when I had my …. um… erm…. mental breakdown, I also had a good dose of flu, my depression and anxiety came back in full force with the burn out and last week I also developed a case of pink eye. Fun times!

 11. What was the best thing you bought?

Nothing. I spent very little on myself this year. I cannot think of one single thing I bought myself that is note worthy, How farking sad is that?

12. Where did most of your money go?

Food! Has anyone else noticed how excessively expensive food has become? 

13. What song will always remind you of 2015?

This song from Disturbed, because it helps me stay positive and to see the light even in the darkest situations, even when I have no strength to stand up and fight and all I can is cover my head and roll with the punches life throws at me, this song reminds me that after darkness comes light.

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14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Taken it easy and just breathed. I don’t like being in situations where I have little control and this year, all the rolling with the punches has left me exhausted. I wish I had been kinder to myself, taken it easy, breathed more and stressed less.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worried. Because yes, this year has been the kakkest of the kak, but I still got through it, I am still alive (just barely) but I am here and I survived it. I got through it and the constant worrying did nothing except destroy my mental health and make me sick.

16. What were your favourite TV shows?

I’m not much of a TV watcher. Actually, scrap that, I don’t watch TV period, except for Vikings. It’s the only show I watch on TV. Frankly, I’d rather read a book (I’ve read 68 books so far this year) but I am really looking forward to the start of Vikings Season 4 early in 2016!

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17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Really? No. 

18. What was the best book you read?

There are a few noteworthy ones, but if I had to choose just one, it would be The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins!

The Girl On The Train

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Alter Bridge, there isn’t a single song from them I don’t love! But I especially love this one:

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20. What was your favourite film of this year?

The Fault In Our Stars, because it’s based on one of my greatest reads of all time.

21. What did you do on your birthday?

I got into trouble. Big trouble because apparently my friends and I are not well behaved and our husbands were less than impressed with us. 


Hey shorty, it’s your birthday, we’re going to party like it’s your birthday…

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#birthdayvibes @kate.rodney @sianies

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22. What kept you sane?

My husband and children, but only just barely….

23. Who did you miss?

My family, it sucks living so far apart.

24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015

That I’m not always as tough as I think I am, that I can be quite fragile, that I need to learn to take certain aspects of my life a little less seriously and that I need to take care of myself first and foremost.

I hope you’re all having an amazing festive season and for those that celebrate, that you had a Merry Christmas yesterday. Wishing you all a beautiful and happy New Year, may the worst be behind us and 2016 bring us all much joy.

Chat in the new year! 








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