Family, Firsts, New Year

Adeus 2015 … Bom dia 2016

2015 ...2016
2015 …2016

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that 2015 was one f**king tough year! I found out plenty that I didn’t need, life dealt my family a bad set of cards, we had to give up some things to be in a place to survive the year… to mention a few.

All that said, 2015 wasn’t a year just filled with doom and gloom πŸ™‚

I’m grateful for all the other blessings God gave me and my family, that so often we tend to not acknowledge and take for granted. 2015, was the year my relationship with my husband became “real”. For the first time in the 14 odd years we’ve known each other the blinkers came off and we got to see our cores, perhaps that’s overstating it, I guess it would be more real to say that for the first time we accepted that we’re not perfect and have flaws. Flaws we may not appreciate … but we’re fine in working hard towards making us work….or are we?

Marriage - sourced online
Marriage – sourced online

Our health was dealt a blow in 2015, with all 3 of us in and out of our doctors rooms more often than we wanted to. We had a few scares along the way, some that turned out alright and others not so much. 2015 also dealt friends in my inner circle a bad set of cards. Thank God that we’ve all accepted what I believe God knows we can handle, with friends and family supporting, the journey will be that much easier I am sure.

Although 2015 felt like a bad storm, I’m grateful we still have our beds, I have my job, hubby has new business ventures in the horizon, we have a roof over our heads, wheels to take us around, good health, love in our lives, food and fresh water – when Rand Water doesn’t switch it off without warning – although we have to be water-wise, the tap still dispenses clean drinkable water, we’re able to support other families, I managed to take part and complete a number of sports events I had thought beyond my reach, and in so doing I know I inspired many … some of whom are yet to admit it πŸ™‚

Yes, 2015 was one hell of a year, but I have faith that 2016 will be so much better for us!

To end off I saw this in one of the blogs I read, and thought I’d give it a try too πŸ™‚ , so here is the year in summary:

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Hmm quite a few things actually. I ran my first half marathon, three to be exact. Considering that 8 months prior I was termed a couch potato. I finished the Dischem21 with hubby, my second and third I ran on my own these were the OM DIE DAM and Two Oceans. Thoroughly enjoyed them all! I also entered and completed a few open water swims, and finished my first Olympic Distance triathlon at a race I’d wanted to do for the longest time!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more next year?

Well if you regard staying focused and intent on completing the above races resolutions then yes, I did keep to my resolutions.

3. How will you be spending New Years Eve?

For now it’s going to be a quiet one, just hubby, our little boy and our pups! Just perfect!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?

This year was all around the region, Angola, Zambia, Swaziland. A nice change.

6. What would you like in 2016, that you lacked in 2015?

Hmmm … let’s start with financial stability, great health all round, lots more love, lots more laughter, more life balance.

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?

February 24, not for the best reasons!

8. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Visited my folks more.

9. What did you do on your birthday?

Enjoyed a tranquil lunch with hubby and son at a restaurant in a private estate. We all enjoyed the time out in the sun.

10. What was the most valuable life lesson you learnt in 2015?

Honest communication in a relationship is extremely important. Sometimes we speak but we’re cautious about what we say because we fear losing the relationship. It’s not an easy feat, communication, it takes continuous effort from all parties involved for it to be successful. Don’t fear sharing your honest thoughts, if you’re in it to win it .. even if it hurts .. it is important to hear it. Don’t be quick to judge or react .. breath .. process it .. not over process it .. and respond if it needs to be addressed. Remember that not all battles need to be fought… or fought with the same vigor!

January 2016 - sourced online
January 2016 – sourced online

HaPpY nEw YeAr!!! Wishing you only the best 2016 has to offer!

HKL

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