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Farewell to 2015….

As each year comes to a close, it’s always fun to look back on the last 12 months and all that happened. While 2014 was definitely the year of running for me, complete with a full marathon, this year has been much different. 



goodbye 2015 hello 2016


I started the year with knee pain, likely from all the running I did in 2014. I have struggled all year to get back in a real groove with running and in all honesty, it’s been hard. The first half of the year I ran three half marathons, celebrating getting up to number 15 which I am quite certain is a good number to stop at. For now. It was my goal to focus on the 5K distance and finally get that sub-30 time I’ve gotten close to only a couple of times. But, running seemed to take a backseat the second half of the year and I’ve hardly been running at all. I really want to get back to it, but it’s been hard to do.

2014 has also been the year of weight gain and I know that part of this is because of my lack of structured activity and running. It also has to do with poor food choices. My head has not been in the right place for the focus of taking really good care of myself and that is something I hope to change in the new year. 

I set a goal of 30 books to read in 2015. When I hit that in the summer, I upped that goal to 52 books for the year. I just this morning finished my 54th book of the year. I enjoy reading so much and I plan to set another goal for 2016.

Hubby and I purchased Universal Orlando annual passes in the spring and we’ve gone just about every month since, sometimes more than once. It’s been a goal of ours to take one hooky day a year for just us. We also had a fabulous 4-day getaway for our anniversary, staying at our favorite Cabana Bay Resort at Universal Orlando. It was a much-needed trip for us and we enjoyed our 14th anniversary being big kids and enjoying Halloween Horror Nights, a flashback to our first official date in 1999.

I gave up soda on August 1st and I am happy to day that I am just one month away from being 6 months soda-free. The first few weeks were the hardest. Very rarely do I even think about it now and I am pretty proud of myself for giving it up.

This year also brought with it my brother’s injury at work. After a long hospital and rehab stay, I am so happy to report that he has been back to work for a couple weeks now and is doing great! I am so thankful for the support that we had from so many, near and far, through everything my family went through during that time. I was reminded once again how very important my family is to me and I am thankful every single day. 

I got a new tattoo the day before Thanksgiving, one that I had wanted for awhile. It’s a reminder to me every day of all that I have and all that is important to me. 

We donated bikes for the 4th year in a row, for our beloved Jingle Bikes For Kids in memory of my dad. It’s always a heartwarming to drop off so many bikes and helmets for kids. We are really hoping to grow this in the coming year. That is something hubby and I will focus on together. 

And the holidays, my favorite time of year, have been full of family fun. Time spent together always make me happy and this holiday season has been no different. Thankful has been the word of the season. 


Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year! Thank you for continuing to follow along this crazy life of mine….

Till next time…

1 Comment

  1. Everyone has ups and downs in life, I try to live a good life, I try to treat people how I would like to be treated not always easy but I do try and that has to count for something right, well I hope it counts for something. Life is too short to be miserable, just saying
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