Ahh... the last day of 2016. As I sit here on my couch drinking tea, having had an awesome last week and a half of Christmas break I take time to reflect on 2016 and what it has brought into my life. Mostly 2016 has brought challenges into my life. It's interesting as I read through a lot of social media and articles people overall were not happy to 2016. It was a tough year for the world.
But what a lot of these challenges this year have also taught me about it growth and the importance of focussing on what you have. I think this year I focused too much on the negative things in my life. What I was missing or was wrong with something, instead of focussing on what is right.
So lets focus on what was right! Here are the highlights of 2016:
Hazel and Harvey
This summer we adopted two super cute and fun kittens. Harvey has personality coming out of everywhere and Hazel is calm and cuddly (especially with Lucas) Of course this helped us to heal and be happy again after loosing Emma. But those two are certainly my favourite part of 2016.
Anyone who has talked to me in the last 6 months has heard about the struggles I've had transitioning to my new job. But you know what: I got the job! That is something to celebrate. I remember when they called to ask to call my references I was with Lucas at Chinook and we had just bought Orange Julius. I say the number on my phone and took a deep breath, knowing that the phone call would change things for me. And it did. I remember I couldn't pick up my drink after because my hand was shaking so much. Lucas thought my physical reaction to something mental was pretty funny. Really the job has been a hard transition, but I'm getting there and I'm learning. I'm trying to look at it as an opportunity to learn and to improve the environment.
Hawaii: Beautiful and lots of fun learning to boogie board. I know Hawaii is one of most people's favourite places, but I learned it's not mine.
Halifax: Tammy and I went and presented at a conference and had oodles of fun. Driving to Peggy's Cove, eating seafood, being awesome, hiking up and down the hill, meeting East Coasters on airplanes, taking one of my favourite pictures of the year, reconnecting with colleagues from around the country.
Kelowna with Tammy and the Kids: Learned what a funny accent Shaun can have, glad a kangaroo didn't squeeze Nathan to death, kids can fish in the rain, Matthew had an awesome swan song, Nathan laying on Matt's boat and it blew up.
Kelowna with Darryl: The kids having a great time on the boat, mountain biking through the train tracks, mountain biking in Panorama, eating great food in Panorama.
Winnipeg: Seeing John K Samson and most of the Weakerthans, feeling a work sense of belonging again, meeting new colleagues and them becoming friends, eating delicious food, lots of laughs and smiles, working really hard.
Continues to be a wonderful constant in my life. Helps me to stay calm and level headed. 192 classes this year, which is good considering my balance has been off since working full time. Continued to grow friendships and have many new great teachers there as well.
As usually here is the video highlights of a lot of those fun highlights.
Till Tomorrow and the resolutions for 2017!