I read a few yearly round ups & thought it would be a great thing to do. AND it is!! Going through & remember all the year's achievements is such a lovely task. I have also read a lot about keeping a jar of memories throughout the year then going through them at New Year. I may have to try this out!
I have just sat & went through my diary, my blog, & my hubby to work out what happened in the year 2012, hold on to your hats - it's a long one!! In fact think I will do it in two parts!!
JanuaryThe start of the year saw me join the gym! Your probably thinking, yeah like a load of other people!! But for me this was a big deal. This meant over coming fears of a room filled with buff, fit people all pointing & staring at me the fat, sweaty newcomer. As with most fears, it was no where near as bad! Did I keep it up, well no I didn't but I can now proudly say I have been inside a gym & I might have even liked ;-)
FebruaryI think this is where you start to see me stepping out my comfort zone.
- I enrolled on an online Life Coaching & Counselling course & with 100% on my first assignment I reignited my love of learning.
- I went to a Vintage Styling night at Miss Dixie Belle & thoroughly enjoyed myself!
- I did a days sewing class - finally learning how to use my sewing machine properly.
All these things made forced me to focus on myself. To mingle with other people, to venture out of the flat & to start living again.
This was a tough time for me. My beloved dog, Bailey was very unwell & the vet couldn't figure out what was wrong. I started to question myself again but after some tests at the Vet School in Glasgow & a special prescription diet he is back to his chirpy self & helps me through each day. (cue dog photos!) Also in March having been off my work for a very long time, things started to get very serious with talk of terminating contract & retirement due to ill health (at 29!!) so I had to stand up for myself & March was when I contacted my union representative & started to take charge of my recovery back to work.
Hubby's birthday. Mr Brown is a wee April Fool. The day when his mum went into labour & everyone said ha ha April Fool but no joke, Mr Brown was born. He's getting old but still tries to act young - by sticking out his tongue in photos??
In April I had a few sessions of hypnotherapy & although I was sceptical I do think it helped me work through some issues.
I was obviously feeling brave & enrolled on a Happiness Workshop. Me & a full day being happy? Well it was great. A fab trainer in Lesley & learned some great skills to use NLP in real life. Just what I needed as we raced through the year.
The middle of the year - & things started to get busy!! This was our one year anniversary. Paper. A whole year we survived being married. I got Mr Brown a lovely gift (if I do say so myself) from Tree of Life For You - this talented lady asks you what you want to be included in the design then sets about doing a gorgeous picture entwined with all your memories. You should definitely take a look at her stuff! Go now! Our picture is even on the front page!!
I went back to work in June. In deciding to go back to work, we agreed that part time would be a good idea. So I now work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & enjoy a long weekend - every weekend!! See my post Monday for Part Timers. It has definitely made a difference in being able to switch off & I feel that my life no long revolves around work & work alone. Which is a good thing! All work & no play made Mrs Brown a sad girl.
I was obviously feeling good at this time as I started lots of new ventures too. I started the blog for one! Check out my scary first post.
With the help & encouragement of lovely friends I set out starting the Change Challenge. A weight loss group with a difference. It was all about healthy eating, but all in an encouraging environment with no selling involved. The girls did really well & I am extremely proud of setting up such a group & using my skills to help others. Unfortunately I found the commitment just too much with work & my ever busy head so I had to wind down the group after two sessions, but it doesn't take away from what we achieved during 2012. So a big thanks to all of the ladies involved.
Only half way through the year & what a year! Soo much to look back on with proud fond memories.
What are you most proud from 2012?
Love Mrs Brown xx