Wow! Well I knew 2017 would have some interesting adventures but it has been an incredible year. I had high hopes for 2017 and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I’ve had new adventures, discovered lots of new places, made some new friends and discovered not only am I capable but I’m stronger and more determined than I thought. Oh, and stubborn, but I already knew that! 😊
A charity Great Wall of China trek was my biggest challenge of the year, one that was mentally, physically and emotionally challenging. It was also one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, I still pinch myself that I did it, but my first tattoo is a new reminder!
As a family, we’ve discovered lots of new places to go walking, sometimes going back to some old favourites. The kids have got outside more and it’s become a given with them that on a weekend there will be a walk. Don’t get me wrong there’s sometimes some grumbling but that doesn’t last long once we’re out there. I was supposed to be keeping a record of how many miles we had walked this year, and this is my only regret that I didn’t keep a better tally. This next year I will keep track.
Personal achievements (apart from China) have been completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. Ok, so it wasn’t in the traditional time limit but you know what? I did it and I’m proud of myself. I also got a NNAS Silver navigation award! I wouldn’t have thought at the beginning of the year that I would have been brave enough to go on the course by myself, never mind be able to navigate and do some map reading.
My dream job remains elusive, but I’ve become a volunteer health walk leader in my local area. Hopefully in the New Year more local people will join the weekly walk. I‘ve also started volunteering at a local cat rescue centre, hubby is happy as I can cuddle as many cats as I like and not bring anymore home!
There’s been some scary moments too this year, the worry gene is still there but overall 2017 has been awesome. That fresh air has certainly done me a world of good.
I can’t wait to see what 2018 has for me. Thanks for reading, your messages of support for my charity trek and the little words of encouragement. Also, your stories of how I’ve inspired your family to get outside have been humbling, thank you for sharing them.
Maybe I’ll see you on a hill or footpath somewhere!
Best wishes, Hip2trek x