Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcome, 2016

This is going to be somewhat of a catch up post.  Sorry if it's a bit disjointed.

October-December Reading
 I intended to blog monthly about the books I read that month as a measure of accountability for one of my resolutions for the year.  Then I got super busy.  To close out 2015, I read the following books:
So I fell short of my two books per month goal by 1/4 of a book.  So freaking close!  
 2015 Year In Review

The good:
  • I survived the birth of two nieces, the pregnancies that led to them, and the pregnancy of my third sister.   
  • Hubs started a new job/career.  Yeah, I know this one isn't about me, but I can't help but think that this wouldn't have been possible if we had kids or were still in the midst of infertility.
  • Hubs and I are growing closer together.  Infertility really did a number on our relationship, but we survived, and now we're making up for lost time.  We're working on communicating better and I'm working on doing a better job of sharing my feelings with him.  My default strategy has always been to retreat within myself to deal with hard stuff, but I'm working really hard to move away from that.
  • Amazing friends.  Both friends I know in the flesh and those who I know online and haven't met (yet).
  • Hubs and I prioritized ourselves and our needs in relation to family expectations and obligations, particularly during the holiday season.
The bad: 
  •  So many pregnant sisters.
  • My dad had a heart attack and it hit me pretty hard that my parents aren't going to live forever.  I mean, I understand that we are born, live, and die, but this was the closest I've come to losing either parent.  (He's doing great now!)
How I fared on my goals for 2015:
  • Survive the birth of both of my nieces without going off of the deep end-YES! With a "bonus" pregnancy to boot.
  • Continue to feel what I'm feeling.-I think I did a pretty good job of this.  It wasn't easy, but I did it.
  • Continue to hit the gym. For the first six months of the year I did great, then it became sporadic.  Run a 5k or 10K.  Nope. Because the truth is that I hate running.
  • Read two books per month-See above.

2015 ended pretty uneventfully, but for the first time in a really, really long time I didn't enter the new year by giving the middle finger to the previous year.  I was stretched and challenged so much in 2015, but I also grew so much.  I'm starting 2016 with a feeling of lightness and hope.  So on that note, my goals for this year are:

2016 Goals:
  •  Renew my commitment to exercise.
  • Take better care of myself, health wise.
  • Continue reading for pleasure.  I think I'll set my goal for one book per year for 2016, because I'm already feeling like the year is going to be busy.
  • Be more present in my daily life/try to filter out some of the distractions.


  1. Wish you a happy new year! May this year brings each and everything in your life.

  2. I think that's a pretty good round-up. And you should pat yourself on the back for achieving your reading goal. Because 1/4 of a book would easily equate to any books started and not finished, or all the blog reading you do as well! Don't be so hard on yourself!
    I hate running too. I read something this morning - find exercise that you love to do. Easier said than done, of course! (My favourite exercise is exploring foreign countries. Can't do that easily - sigh.)

    1. Nice to know that I'm not the only one who hates running! I still want to run a 5k at some point, just to say I did it, but I can't see myself ever running a marathon or anything crazy like that. I love weight lifting, but that's hard to do when you don't have a partner.

      I think that exploring foreign countries sounds like an excellent form of exercise! :)

    2. I HATE RUNNING. Walking, fine. But running, nope. :p I also like yoga. Which reminds me, I must sign up for some classes! I promised myself I would after spending way too much time on the couch last winter. ;) I also think you did great on your book resolution -- you came very close, and that's admirable!

    3. Yes, definitely sign up for classes! It's so hard to motivate yourself when it gets really cold, but maybe if you sign up for a class and pay for it, you'll be more motivated. :)