Happy New Year!
Another year come and gone, can you believe it? Every time that I say something like that, I feel like a grandmother…but it’s true. I just don’t know how it’s possible that it has been a full year since I wrote this post listing out all of the things that I wanted to accomplish in 2014!
I’m a bit disappointed in myself for falling off the blogging wagon for the last half of 2014, because there were so many amazing, memorable moments that I wish I had taken the time to preserve and share with all of you. Not long after I wrote my “to do” list for 2014, I wrote this post on my birthday (coming up in 18 short days if you’d like to buy me something fancy…hehe ;)) and called it “The Best Year of My Life”. I’m not trying to sound cheesy or cliché, but I really do mean from the bottom of my heart that the year 2014 was beyond a shadow of a doubt the best year that I’ve ever had.
This blogging site doesn’t allow enough characters for me to describe all of the things that made this year the best of my life. There’s no way that I could get across the emotion and euphoria of some of the moments, but I’ll give you the Coles notes version:
This year I:
- Traveled to my dad’s home country of Lebanon (facing total fears of traveling to that part of the world right now) and stayed up until 4am with my dad’s family at a traditional Lebanese night club
- Traveled to Boston (again, facing some fears of returning to the marathon course after what happened last year) to watch my Matthew race
- Took on the challenge of fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and training for my first full marathon
- Organized my first ever fundraiser event and was completely knocked off my feet by the outpouring of love and support from my friends and family, and even from complete strangers!
- Completed Advanced Instructor Module Training 2 for Les Mills. So much more than a physical experience, this was a real honest look into why we teach, and who we are. Simply incredible.
- Traveled to San Diego with my entire family and Matt, rubbed shoulders all weekend with the elite runners and learned that I was the Top Fundraiser for the LLS in Canada!
- Ran a full marathon
- Traveled to New Orleans for one of the most incredible two days of my entire life at the Les Mills International Trainer Summit. I didn’t know that it was possible for a person to feel euphoria like I did that weekend. Maybe the happiest I’ve ever felt in my life.
- Went camping and training in Muskoka (and finally got that cheeseburger from Webers!)
- Completed the Muskoka IronMan 70.3 for the second time with my parents there and Matt’s family also competing!
- Changed jobs to a role that I really enjoy
- Got engaged to the love of my life and my best friend Joe. Just kidding, I of course mean Matt!!! WE’RE ENGAGED!!!!
- Learned that my brother’s stem cell transplant was a complete success, and down to the genetic level of testing there is no sign of Leukemia in his body. We have been granted a miracle.
Reading the list makes me emotional. I am so sad to say goodbye to this year, it has been like a dream. That being said, I choose to start 2015 exactly the same way that I started 2014, as it seemed to work exceptionally well for me this year!!! I plan to spend the next 365 days trying my darndest to make this year even BETTER than last year. It’s a massive order, but I have to try. Now that I’ve experienced how truly amazing a year can be, I think I’ll be chasing the feeling for the rest of my life!
Without further ado, here is my list of things to do for 2015; it is going to be an incredible incredible year!!!
- Plan the wedding of our dreams and enjoy every minute of the process
- Show our home a little bit of TLC! Inside and out, our house needs a little bit of work!
- Finish a 10K race in under 60 minutes
- Start and finish writing a novel
- Lose 20 pounds of body fat (I’m already down 3.5!!!)
- Spend more time with my friends
- Learn, learn, learn! Make a concentrated effort to learn everything I can about the fitness industry, different types of fitness and nutrition
- Become 100% bilingual (I once was close, and now I’ve lost almost all of my French!)
- Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver
- Do yoga on Kitsilano beach
- Refresh and revive my blog!
I’m sure there are more things to add to the list, but I think this is a good place to start for now! If you’re still out there, before you leave, won’t you share with me a couple of things on your to do list for 2015???
Cheers to a great year, remember that anything is possible, so dream big!!