Today, is January 1st, 2022 and I’m late in reviewing my year of 2021 – or does that really matter? I think not. Anyway, I was having my morning coffee reading my friend Deb from Deb’s World post wrapping up her 2021 – Her year of living BOLD (I loved her WOTY) and it started me thinking.
Most of our personal 2021 was taken up with what I’ve referred to as ‘the cloud’ that hung over us up until the week before Christmas when it was resolved. It made our year extremely stressful and although we are not 100% with the outcome, it is settled and Mr M and I can now accept the outcome and move on with our lives.
So I’m starting 2022 with a much more positive mindset and reflecting on my 2021 and also whether I lived up to my Word of the Year 2021 which was SELF.
For many, 2021 has been difficult, I know I’m not alone in coping with what life has thrown at us during another turbulent year.
I’ve taken a review of the highlights of my 2021 and surprisingly I did focus on ‘Self’ more than I realised. I have a theme of family, friends, staying healthy and remaining positive, despite the stressful situation we found ourselves in. It was such a lovely surprise as I had forgotten many of the good things that did happen for me.
Sometimes, we get caught up with the negative things that are happening and forget about all the positives that we do experience. It is also important to try to overcome the stress and remember what is important in your life and that is what I tried to do during 2021.
My 2021 a Year in Review
I’m sharing my highlights from each month. So here goes…..
A new year with new possibilities. As mentioned my WOTY for 2021 was ‘SELF’. I wanted to focus on how what I did, decisions I made were based around what brought me Joy and filled me with energy and letting go of what drained my energey reserves and sometimes that included people.
Blogging, the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Community, my weekly Women’s Circle as well as my Online Bookclub and running with my Saturday Sisters and being a trainer in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio, ensured I maintained my creativity and strengthened friendships. I met and interviewed some wonderful and inspiring women who shared their stories with me. If you missed episodes you can listen to the Podcast HERE.
My Online Bookclub focused on The Bronte Sisters books and we also introduced a fun element of baking together via Zoom at the conclusion of each book.
After losing Mr M’s Mum back in October we were started the year with a focus on ‘us’ and taking time to enjoy where we live by the ocean. There was also a 3 day lockdown so I had fun Facetime with my gorgeous grandsons and also spent some holiday time before Ethan started Grade 2.
My son was married in a quiet ceremony which was the highlight of our February. So much happiness and joy1
I ran in the International Women’s Day Run with my daughter and Saturday Sisters.
This month we celebrated two birthdays. My daughter, Rachel’s 40th and her son (my grandson), Ethan’s 7th birthday. I made birthday cakes for both of them. Rachel requested and ice cream cake and Ethan wanted a Minecraft cake. Note: don’t agree to make a Minecraft cake because you will be cutting little squares of icing for days!!! I love making my loved ones birthday cakes so it was a labour of love.
My darling, Mr M celebrated his birthday, Elliot turned 3 and it was also Mother’s Day. My Mother’s Day tradition with my daughter is to run in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of my Mum (Rachel’s Nan). The event raises much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research. My Mum died in 1986 after a 10 year battle with breast cancer so this event is very special to us.
We ran the Brisbane Half Marathon again this year. I love running with my Saturday Sisters for the friendship, motivation and to stay active and healthy.
School holiday time and I had fun exploring, baking and being with my two grandsons, Ethan and Elliot who are a constant source of joy.
Plus another Fun Run – Running up and down 5,000 steps in the Gabba Stomp which is an annual tradition that I run with my Saturday Sister.
Another year around the Sun brought me to celebrate my 64th birthday. Which prompted me to say;
64 seemed ancient when I was younger but now I know it isn’t
The highlight for September was running and completing my 4th full marathon with my Saturday Sister, Caz. I started running at 50, ran my first marathon at 55, and the other three at 61, 63 and 64. I was pumped that I had achieved this goal which we had trained all year for and wrote about it in my post Age shouldn’t be a barrier to your dreams – I’ve proven that!
My biggest achievement was attaining my Certificate IV in Fitness which enabled me to become a Personal Trainer to add to my Group Fitness Instructor certification. When I originally applied at 58, I was told I was too old! Can you believe that? It took me until I was 63 to re-apply and I certainly showed ‘you are never too old’ to achieve your dream. I work for Strong Healthy Women, taking classes for Women 50+ in the Virtual Studio and I just love it.
‘The Cloud’ was darker so I decided to take up a challenge for myself to Bring More Colour Into My Life. Colour has such a positive and uplifting effect so I took up the challenge to post 100 days of colour. It is surprising how much colour there is in life, if we just look for it. Here are some examples and the colour really does lift my spirits.
It was Grandparents’ Day at Kindy, I caught up with a dear friend who was visiting from Tasmania and we celebrated my son’s birthday.
‘The Cloud’ lifted and was resolved just in time to host Mr M’s children and grandchildren for Christmas and then spend Christmas Day with my family. I also had some fun times with my grandsons leading up to Christmas and certainly felt their excitement and joy.
I also had a catch up with my Saturday Sisters and visited the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition with a friend. Such an amazing exhibition and sensory experience.
The Van Gogh Alive Exhibition
New Year’s Eve 2021
Mr M and I celebrated in our usual manner – on our own with a seafood feast which he prepared.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for 2021 and to thank you for your support and friendship. Let’s do it all again in 2022!
I’m sharing this for #SundayStills hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure