Have you ever heard of the bathtub feedback method? It’s where you start off by saying something positive about someone, then you present the bad points and finish with another compliment so you don’t leave feeling like you’ve kicked a puppy. That’s what my 2016’s been like, one big bathtub.
It started well – I moved back up to Hampshire to be close to family, running was going great and I bought my first flat. I also went vegan which is still one of the highlights of my year. But as the months progressed, I realised I was really missing Devon. I had very close friends there and lots of social activities I’d been a part of. Then I got shin splints and ended up taking 4 months off running, including having to cancel 2 marathons and the cakeathon which I’d been so looking forward to!
Life was really hard when I couldn’t run. Running is my therapy: whilst I enjoy running races and getting PBs, my real love of running lies in that bit of headspace you get when it’s just you and the road. Couple the loss of that with the feeling that I was gaining weight through doing less exercise than normal and I got pretty sad!
Thankfully when I realised I really wasn’t happy in Hampshire, I was able to move back down to Devon with work again which was such a blessing! Now I am living back where I love, I’m back at ballet and I’m with my closest friends, so life is much better! I feel like I’ve matured as a person more and every day I’m learning more about myself as well as how to be happy and confident in my own skin.
I’ve also been getting back into running which is making me happier than ever, and on top of all this I’ve started CrossFit which you can read more about here. Things seem to be looking up again at the end of 2016, especially now I am enjoying a couple of fun filled weeks off! Ooh and my best friend asked me to be her bridesmaid which was absolutely the icing on the cake!
Whilst 2016 has been rather bumpy, I’m still grateful to have my health, a loving and supportive network of family and friends, and the good fortune to be in a job I enjoy. When you think of how many millions of people in a worse situation that yourself, it is utterly humbling.
In part two I’ll move on to a look at the year ahead and what I hope to achieve in 2017!
How was your 2016?
What was your best part of the year?