Well, I know I'm a bit behind the ball on this one, since we’re almost in 2019. But 2017 was a big year. Full of ups and downs, steps forward and emotional upheavals. This one was a hard to get down on paper, if I'm honest.
Let’s start with the easy stuff.
I played a season of Touch Football with a team of cops, that was interesting. I hadn’t played Touch since grade 10. And even then I wasn’t in a top team or anything. I’m not a good, fast runner you guys, and I have limited agility. It’s not something I’m motivated to work on either.
I completed three 12-week programs – Lean Body, Transformed and Rewired.
I also had a Thyroid problem for half the year. That was quite stressful, understanding that there’s a lot of side affects and long term care. You can read about it here. I learnt that finding time for self care was important and how to not push myself to the limit. Learning that I deserved a rest.
I don't want to focus too much on weight however, it's worth noting. I started out 2017 at 78.85kgs, got down to 73.65kgs at the beginning of October. After going away for two weeks for a sudden death, I had gone up to 79.8kgs and finished the year at 77.6kgs. It was a tumultuous 12 months, what can I say. #stillworthy
My Business was a HUGE part of my year. I started Strive Wellness. Got logos done up, bought and developed a website, with the help of my sister. Launched the Facebook page, IG page, Twitter and rejigged my LinkedIn profile. I coached 3 clients. This was scary; I was afraid of putting myself out there and making mistakes.... still am.
Outside of that, I was let go from a job. The contract ended, and I wasn’t successful in permanent position. Turned out that there was some unethical HR BS going on there. It made absolutely no sense to me at the time and it felt personal. Let's just say I had a lot of anger.So I went job searching in this small town with limited Admin opportunities. Starting a new job in an unfamiliar field, with sweet but introverted co-workers, it was a whole new world for me. Upside is that there’s absolutely no drama, which is a welcome change from the health service.
Personal and Professional Development
Finishing up Level 2 of Wellness Coaching with Wellness Coaching Australia. I then undertook Level 3 of Wellness Coaching. I also did a 6 month course called Passion to Profit, which was all about business set up and marketing.
My husband was let go from his job, without cause. He immediately got another job but it meant he was working away 5 days a week. He went home to Canada for 2 weeks in August to do some work for his family.
In October, my 63 year old mother-in-law in Canada passed away of a heart attack very suddenly and we raced over there to deal with that for 2 weeks. It was hard, the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I still don’t know how to put it into words. We were both very lucky that our employers were able to let us go like that and happily took us back when we arrived back home. I did write something that might help in this situation though, read it here.
All in all, there was an astounding amount of emotionally-forced growth, and a lot of learning how to be on my own. A lot of putting myself out there. And it was so, so uncomfortable in many ways.
But here I am, all the better for it. Grow through what you Go through.