Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Quick review of my year for 2013

As I say each year, I don't do New Year Resolutions, however, I did set some personal challenges last January. When I decided on them, I realised that they may be subject to change, which is just as well because the two things that ate into my time and mental energy were completely unforeseen. The first was my 92-year-old Dad finally admitting that living alone just wasn't working any more and the second was getting a part-time teaching job at the local college.

In 2012, the physical and intellectual challenges showed the best completion rate. In 2013, however, after a good start, the physical challenges went to pot, mostly due to losing 1-2 days per week to visiting my Dad and organising his shopping and meals and then, following his move into residential care in August, having to travel up to Prestatyn to clear and clean his bungalow so it could be sold. I did, however, maintain the dog walking, though it has now dropped to just once a week, due to the teaching job.

The intellectual challenges went well. I completed the final OU course and hence achieved yet another degree. I went to the graduation in November in Birmingham, which was a nice day out and great to see all the younger people celebrating their success. I also completed a couple of basic TEFL certificates, which were to help me get online work teaching English. This has been put on hold due to getting the face-to-face teaching job, but may come in useful at a later date.

As for the creative challenges, I completed both 52 week photography challenges and also did a photo-a-day during April, June and September (though not November due to pressure of the new job). I didn't knit the 2 sweaters I had set as my target, but instead I did lots of crochet namely: 5 blankets, 2 skull scarves, 1 tiny blanket for toy Yoda, 1 pair of fingerless mittens, and a hat and infinity scarf finished just in time for the trip to London at Christmas. I also have some other projects partially completed and lots of plans for 2014.

So... for 2014, this is what I hope to do.


General fitness is not too bad, but I don't want to let it slip any further. I therefore want to do 3 x 1 hour walk every week (weather and illness permitting).

Specific physical challenges

Climb Cadair Idris again.
Walk every named walk in the area (Panorama, Precipice, New Precipice, Torrent)

Take the bike into the bike shop and get it serviced and new tyres and inner tubes fitted.
Cycle to Coed y Brenin and have a snack in the cafe before cycling back.
Cycle to Barmouth and have ice cream on the beach before cycling back.

Using the giveit100.com site for motivation, hoop for at least 10 minutes every day.


Improving my Welsh
Read 4 novels
Record a daily audio diary using giveit100.com for motivation.


2 Photo-a-week challenges. One being a Flickr alphabet challenge group, the other will be me setting my own topic for the week.
I have also joined a photo-a-month Black and White challenge on Google+

Make at least 2 crocheted sweaters/cardigans for me.
Crochet 2 Happypotamuses and 1 Fatty Lumpkin.
Crochet some seasonal decorative wreaths.

See if I can start writing fiction again. Very gently. No pressure whatsoever.
Tags: end of year reflection, review of the year

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