As with all years (all things), there have been downs as well as ups, but I wouldn't change a thing.
|2014 in pictures - 365 of them|
As with previous years, I set some goals for 2014. I like looking back at this time of year and considering how my intentions panned out. The eight I had for 2014 were...
1. Do pilates at least monthly.
This has gone better than in previous years, mostly, I think, because I set such a modest goal! Having abandoned my focus on doing a full session (an hour) a week, I found I could do 20-30 minutes of pilates weekly without difficulty. I'm quite sure my back and hips have benefited.
2. Play the piano / keyboard at least monthly.
In the first few months of the year, Mr Bite's keyboard was easily accessible and so this went rather well. Then we packed it up, and then we moved, and now it is in storage. So, a mixed outcome.
3. Practice photography at least monthly.
My photo-a-day challenge means I nailed this one. My December photos are below, and I've included a collage with all 365 above. You can't see the images in detail, but there really are 365 of them.
4. Try a new dinner recipe at least fortnightly.
On average, this has happened. However, there are still extended periods when I forget about my cookbooks and online bookmarks and just rotate through familiar meals.
5. Run a half marathon in England.
6. Exceed 5 vegetable serves per day.
Out of curiousity, I tallied my vegetable serves for a while in late 2013. Not counting legumes, I averaged around 4 or 4.5 serves per day. Simply focusing on my intake resulted in an increase, and most of the time, 5+ serves is standard now. Having dinner leftovers for lunch makes a huge difference; if I don't get 1-2 serves of vegetables in at lunch time, it's really quite hard to hit 5 in total.
7. (Try to) embrace change.
If moving countries and loving it counts, then I can tick this one off with aplomb.
8. De-clutter and reduce material possessions.
We did quite well with de-cluttering pre-move, and then lived with very little for our first 3 months in London. In some ways it was a shame when our shipment arrived and we went back to having 'stuff'. We are still operating with fewer possessions than a year ago though, and I'm focused on keeping it that way.
I have fewer goals for 2015, and I shall share them in another post. For now, I'll finish off the year with my final month of photos - December scenes.
1st: Frost / 2nd: Light / 3rd: Don't cross / 4th: Distant St Paul's / 5th: Sparkle
6th: Christmas tree / 7th: Dangling / 8th: Colourful Paddington / 9th: Wintry Westminster / 10th: Oxford Street at Christmas
11th: Lost leaves / 12th: Heavy frost / 13th: Winter woodlands / 14th: Green view / 15th: Horse hello
16th: Morning sunlight / 17th: Christmas preparation / 18th: Kendal town / 19th: Peaking through / 20th: 4.30pm sunset
21st: Ruins / 22nd: Lost / 23rd: Decisions / 24th: Highland walking / 25th: Christmas peace
26th: Windermere / 27th: Snow capped views / 28th: Widescreen / 29th: All out lighting / 30th: Still
Happy New Year dear readers - and very best wishes for 2015.