Ha! I can’t believe it’s been an ENTIRE year since I posted on this blog. I’ve written a few times, but never sent those posts live because I was WAY TOO SCARED for what I wrote to be put out in the open.
Before I write my 2017 resolutions/goals/dreams, let’s take a sec to recap how 2016’s stuff went…if you know me personally and read this blog, I ask you to respectfully keep my secrets secret.
1. Find a career/job that lets me directly help people/work with animals/protect the environment while not always sitting at a desk
YEP!!!!!!!!! I spent the summer studying animal-assisted therapy, and now I’m back in college studying to become a Child and Youth Care Practitioner. During my first semester, I did an amazing placement at the Elementary school in the town that I moved to (we moved in the summer). Also, just to brag a bit, my average was 97… This semester, I’m doing a placement at another school, this time it’s a few towns over. I start on January 9th, and I’m pretty excited, and also a bit nervous!
2. Have a baby
BIG FAT NOPE. I almost did, but we lost it 😦 (this is the secret that I hope you won’t share). That would be what I wrote about but didn’t want to send live. My sister had a baby, and we got 2 dogs, though.
3. Ring in 2017 without a hangover
YEP!!!!!!!!!!!! Because we’re TTC, I’m not drinking nearly as much as I used to, and when I do, it basically sucks. This New Year’s my husband and I “celebrated” New Years’ Eve at home, by ourselves, and I fell asleep on the couch at 9:30 pm.
4. Run a 5k, 10k, and half marathon
KINDA! I ran a personal worst at the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon this year. I’m impressed that I was actually able to race, even if my time was the slowest it’s ever been. I signed up for this race after our loss – I desperately needed something to focus on that wasn’t getting pregnant again and that was within my control. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to race because I thought I’d be pregnant, but that never happened and I trained (when I could will myself to do so) all summer. It was bittersweet crossing that finishing line because I was happy to be racing again (really missed running during our year of travel), was happy that I was doing this with my mom, and was so, so sad that we lost our baby and that there was no sign of a new one on the way. I had to choke back the tears as I neared the 19km mark.
5. Make a bucket list that doesn’t involve travel
NOPE. 2016 was ruled by TTC and it’s been pretty difficult to think outside of that.
6. Write one (min) blog post per week for Charlie Travels
BIG FAT NOPE. I haven’t looked at the blog nevermind written a post since we got back from travelling. My phone (and thus EVERY SINGLE PICTURE we took during our year in Central and South America) got stolen, get this, the DAY BEFORE WE FLEW HOME!!!!!!! So…I felt a bit defeated. I had dreams of going through the pictures, and writing posts as the memories came rushing back. But that’s not possible as we lost all of our pictures.
So, I managed to achieve some but not all of 2016’s resolutions, resolutions that I don’t even remember making, might I add – so that’s pretty good 🙂 I’m happy with what I accomplished, especially the first one because that’s given meaning back to my life.
For 2017, I have a few things that I’d like to accomplish:
- Have a baby or run a full marathon.
This is an either or because if last year taught me anything, it’s that the whole having a baby thing is WAY fucking harder that I imagined it would be. I’ve decided to set my sights on a full marathon because I’ve never done one before! I want to experience the feeling of bliss (and agony) after accomplishing something that I didn’t think was possible. I know I can run a half marathon, and I can do with without training too much, so I need something that will absolutely push me to the limits. I have no idea if I can run an entire marathon, especially with my bad hips, but dammit, I’m going to train! I ordered a treadmill that was supposed to arrive yesterday but got lost (thanks, Amazon!) so they’re sending a new one which should be here in 2 weeks’ time.
2. List our spare rooms on Air BnB by May 2017
3. Cook one vegan dinner per week.