Tag Archives: 2013

End of Year Update (2013 Review)

Note: Bare with me, I need to cover a few things in this post.
I’ve been dragging my feet a lot with blogging lately, there’s just been a lot of (stressful) things going on in life that I just don’t have the energy to blog or to do anything interesting to blog about. My reading has been really slow – apart from one book, the reviews here are actually up to date.
I’ve also been steering this blog into a more “bookish” direction, but I must admit, I’m missing blogging about other things (or I would do if I was doing anything interesting). So I think I’m going to go back to mostly books but also more “me” in here.

2013 has been a rather rollercoaster year for me. I’ve had some great times but it’s been stressful and challenging.
I don’t talk about this a whole lot here but 2013 has been the year I’ve had to take a step back and look at what I need. This has meant I’ve had to give up work/looking for work after realising that it’s too much for me to handle, I’ve spent years trying to hold down a job and feel okay/comfortable in a work environment and it’s just not happening. So I have to step back and take time to deal with my Depression, Anxiety and PTSD (and whatever else I discover along the way!) and start seeing a psychologist which is mega exhausting.
I’ve also spent a huge amount of time stressing over many communications with the government to secure some benefits whilst I get on my feet – they’re not very understanding about mental illnesses. This is still going on and won’t be resolved until mid-January (please pray and hope that things go in my favour, I don’t know what I’ll do if they don’t, I’ll be stuck!).

Anyway, onto better things. I was a failure at most of my goals for 2013 but I did do two of the things I planned. I visited Maaike in Holland and whilst there visited an old Library. Visiting Holland was most definitely the biggest highlight of my year and a huge achievement – my anxiety didn’t get the better of me (although it tried on the plane over there as I was flying alone). Thinking back to it still makes me smile now.

Right now, I’m holding off making plans for 2014 until this whole situation with benefits is sorted out – so there won’t be a post with goals and plans, etc until after then as things are just too uncertain. I do have a few posts ready in my head to write though so as long as I’m not super stressed out like I have been lately, I’ll still get a few up in the early half of January.

Hope 2013 was good to you!

Race for Life 2013

Race for Life

I’ve been wanting to do something to raise money for charity for a few years now, my original plan just hasn’t been all that realistic – but after having a friend diagnosed with cancer, gone through treatment with her and to actually (thankfully) come out the other side with the two words every cancer sufferer and their family wants to hear “all clear” – we decided that this year we would do the Race for Life together.

I didn’t only want to do this race for my friend and her victory over cancer though.
There are a whole bunch of people who I know that have been affected by cancer.
Both my grandparents on my mum’s side died of cancer before I was born – my grandad only a month before I was born. I never got to know either of them.
My friend lost her mum to cancer, which I can’t even begin to tell you how missed she is by pretty much everyone that knew her.
My neighbour has just fought off breast cancer, she’s in her 80’s and definitely wasn’t expecting that.
I also know that my friend, who I’ve been friends with in high school isn’t the only one to have had cancer from the number of people I still know via facebook from my high school years and it definitely wasn’t in our minds back then that one day we’d have to deal with cancer.

Race for Life is a woman only event – it’s a sponsored 5km (3.1 mile) race to raise money for Cancer Research UK. You don’t have to run it, you can walk, jog, run, dance, crawl, as long as you complete it – that’s the only goal.

In my infinite wisdom (which may bite me in the ass on race day), I’ve decided I’m not taking this race lying down… I’m at least going to jog most of it, maybe even run it… but lets not get ahead of ourselves because I soon realised that although I dance my ass off often; I haven’t actually done any running of this kind since I was in high school. Thus, training has begun.

So far I have discovered:

  • I hate the gym. It’s boring as hell and… well perverts.
  • Home and outdoors is much better.
  • I had to invest in a sports bra.
  • My motivation isn’t as crap as I thought.
  • Telling myself I’ll train/exercise 3-4 times a week doesn’t work.
  • Telling myself to train every other day works much better.
  • Injuries happen, it’s really frustrating!

However I have plenty of time to get that 3.1 miles down. My race is in June and I know I can at least jog/walk 2 miles comfortably.

So if you want to sponsor me – for however little – please do, I’d really appreciate it! To sponsor me – just go here: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/AWildDog

More importantly, MUCH more importantly – check yourself, know the symptoms of cancer (but don’t scare yourself silly!). You can check symptoms here – http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/spotcancerearly You can scroll down for an easy diagram. Early diagnosis is currently our best chance against cancer – so check yourself, and go to the doctor. It can save your life.

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

2013 Wishlist, Resolutions and Plans

Because I’m going to make it my year.

This post may seen a little late but I wanted to make sure of what I really wanted out of this year. I don’t really make resolutions as such, I much rather give my self and challenge or a goal, rather like the 50 Book Challenge I did last year.
I do this because resolutions are made in seconds and just as quickly discarded, but I find if I have a goal in mind it’s much easier to keep to it.

Let’s start off with some more general plans, which have no specific date or time span on them (other than do it this year).

  • Visit an old library. This is one I failed to do last year but I plan on doing it this year, at some point on my travels.
  • Lose Weight/Eat Better/Exercise More. I managed this last year but it was so incredibly hindered by me catching every bug going around. This is my main goal to work on throughout the year this year. I’m still tired from the Virus I’ve just got rid of but I’m getting back into my exercise slowly.
  • VIP a Backstreet Boys show. No tour dates announced yet, but I have decided I’m damn well going VIP to one show this tour. I’m rather hoping they tour the end of this year or beginning of next year, because I have big plans for this year already as you’ll see below.

However my biggest plan for this year…

  • Visiting Friends in Holland. I’ve already started planning, but boy is it going to take a lot – I need to get my passport and I’ve not flown anywhere for 10 years. Huge Thank You to Maaike for having me stay with her, I’m rather looking forward to her home cooking I must say! Summer is the plan, I’m just waiting to book tickets to firm up exact dates. Super excited!

Also on the cards…

  • Trip to Scotland to visit another friend. On this trip Blade gets to come with me! Not made any firm plans yet as I need to sort passport and tickets for the Holland trip but really looking forward to this too – lots of dog friendly places, walks and photography. Can’t wait.

3 of those are going to cost me some serious money (well serious money for me anyway), so lots of saving money this year for me.
What are you most excited about in 2013?

Make it your year too!

Pssst! Want to win TWO books? Click here and find out how, it’s easy, free and open worldwide!