So Christmas is over, and we’re into the second week of January. I decided unexpecedly to take three weeks off from blogging. Mainly, because I knew it would be a busy two weeks at work, and felt like I needed a break from doing anything extra. I have worked, long days through the Christmas and New Year period. But since my break from blogging, I’m feeling very energised and excited about the year ahead. There is some good news coming. Sorry, that’s just a teaser, but watch this space.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent much time, thinking about 2018 and what may be ahead in 2019. I feel that the year past, has been mainly a period of marking time for me, which I needed after a hectic few years. I had goals for 2018, many of which I reached, but there were others that I didn’t come anywhere near reaching. I’m not making myself wrong for that, as I can make amends by adding those goals to my list for the coming year.
Highlights of 2018 were our short breaks at Port Fairy and Sorrento in June. We did plan to do more of these extended trips away, during the year, but life seemed to get in the way, making it difficult to take a few days off. I had a fantastic girls weekend with 20 special friends at Coolangatta .
The only event I entered in 2018 was the The Bloody Long Walk in August. I had previously decided that I would no longer participate in events, but this walk is a very well organised and fun event, which I walk with my friend Tina, so I decided to make an exception.
As it turned out, The Bloody Long Walk was a bit of a disaster, as I had to retire at 20k due to injury. I knew at the starting line that the injury was going to make it difficult for me to finish, so wasn’t surprised when it became impossible to continue. In future, instead of participating in events, I’m going to rely on setting challenges for myself to reach.
I did manage to tick off a couple of big goals during the year. I started riding my road bike again, after a few years off it, due to injuries and fear. I had been very nervous about getting back on the road bike, so was ecstatic to get it done.
The other big goal was to get back in the pool, after an absence of 20 years, which I did later in the year. I found I still loved swimming and kept it up three times each week for the last two months of the year. I’m looking forward to getting back in the water next week, and building on the base I set down in 2018.
Looking forward to 2019
As I look forward to the coming year, I’ve given much thought to what may be ahead. The following are a few fitness goals that I intend to tick off by the end of the year
- Maxines Challenge – I will be kick starting the year with Maxine’s Challenge, which I’ve participated in and completed previously. The challenge is for 12 weeks. Previously, I’ve done a few challenges randomly when I felt like it. But in 2019, I intend to complete multiple challenges for the entire year. I would really like to tick off a few strength goals this year, and I see this challenge as I way to stay focused.
- Walking – Injury caused me to have an enforced break from walking long distances in the last few months of 2018. The injury seems to be ok now, so I intend to try to pick up where I left off and regularly walk long distances again. I will be reinstating the ‘night walk’ that I loved doing during the last year. That was a walk of about three hours around Bendigo, starting early evening. By the end of the year I will have completed a 35k walk, which will make up for having to pull out of the last 35k walk. .
- Cycling – I intend to continue riding my trail bike on the rail trail and continue with what I started on the road bike in 2018. My riding goal is 100k on the road bike by the end of 2019.
- Swimming – I will continue with swimming sessions, three times per week and continue following the Speedo training program. By the end of the year, I plan to be swimming 20 x 50m laps.
A blogging highlight of 2018 was becoming part of the Mid Life Share The Love Community, created by Sue from sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and Leanne from Cresting the hill. I very much look forward to continuing with this in 2019. I do intend to participate with this group more than I did in 2018. I found that some weeks I tended to become overwhelmed with my own blogging, which led to me networking less and occasionally reading less blogs than I would have liked. After giving it much thought, I realise that more organisation and less procrastination with my own blogging, will allow me to spend more time reading other blogs. I’ve been reading some amazing blogs this year. Many of them have been on topics that I hadn’t realised people were blogging about.
I really do enjoy my job, which I’ve been doing for about 18 months. This was a job that I began after I sold my business, so I consider it to be my retirement job, even though I didn’t really retire. This job is perfect for a person who is retired, or transitioning to retirement, as the hours are random. That randomness is part of what I love. Some weeks I may work just a few hours and other weeks could be almost full time hours. This gives me the opportunity to test out retirement from time to time. In the last few months of 2018, I was seriously thinking of retiring in 2019. I do think that I was probably a bit run down and tired after a long year. I’ve now decided that I have no intention of retiring, so will be continuing with this job and don’t intend to think about retiring for at least a couple more years.
My Theme for 2019
All of the above are possible to achieve but will take organisation, planning and commitment, with the most important being commitment. Without total commitment, the organisation, planning, and execution won’t get done. With that in mind, I’ve decided that my theme for 2019 will be Commitment. Commitment will show up in all areas of my life – family, friends, fitness, health, blogging, reading, and gardening. Every area of my life in 2019 is going to be operated with Commitment in mind. This is my promise to myself.
As I mentioned earlier, I have some exciting news coming in regard to blogging. This will be later in the month, so please watch this space. You may wish to follow and get email updates, to ensure that you don’t miss out on the news.