Week 14: An Overview of a Year in Review


Originally posted 2015-12-27 12:14:00.

I’ll admit, this year has seen almost every possible known (and some discovered mid-route) iteration of myself.Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 8.23.21 PM

I’ve decided for brevity’s sake, to just give you the point-form highlighted overview of the details, and only expound on the key points.

*pops in Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl” and queues it up*

January
Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 8.25.31 PMLocation: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
My divorce was finalised on the 25th, and I was finally free of the connection to a horrible family and all the negativity that surrounded that life in Manitoba.
Starting to knit the second project I ever knitted – a scarf for the boy.
Being silly, I start looking at petfinder.com and fall in love with a dozen cats, but there are two that keep showing up, and they are phenomenally beautiful and unique.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I needed to get active, as I was able to only take 40 steps at a time before getting so winded I needed to take a break for five minutes.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: non-existent, rotten, erratic, and extremely depressed.

February
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

their original ads from petfinder.com

their original ads from petfinder.com

Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
February 25, 2015 : protein shakes for the girl were ordered.
Nia and Kaylee are STILL on petfinder.com. I’m sad for them, but hopeful nonetheless.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I really need to get a bit more active. I think I have infections, and I can barely open my eyes they are so puffy and swollen. I’m always exhausted, and I’m wishing that there were a way to figure out what was wrong with me without going to a doctor. I’m scared I’ve done permanent physical damage to myself.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: activity means moving right? Yeah, I wasn’t doing much of that. Eating one meal a day, barely sleeping properly at all, and miserable that I couldn’t just be with the boy.

March
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
Screenshot 2015-12-29 15.06.01Cyan Pryde co-team leader (March and April) (Massive sense of pride in this, even though I wasn’t able to do much with everything going on with wedding prep and trying to get a bit healthier.)
26th was 2 years since I had quit smoking and that was only the tip of my awesome memories.
Several private memories, so I’m leaving them off. Suffice to say, this was a positive-ish month.
Seriously? 3 months have gone by and these two gorgeous furgirls haven’t been adopted? How is that even possible? I’m having dreams about giving them treats and singing to them and… yeah, I have to tell myself I don’t get them, but it would be so nice if I could just pet them one time even, and… try to make up for their sad (and in Kaylee’s case, horrific) bios.Screenshot 2015-12-23 17.13.26
Something I really needed to learn apparently: that my happiness shines through, even when I feel like I’m in a dark pit myself. I am strengthening friendships, and pushing away those who would do me harm. I have a lot to learn in the friendship area, but it’s a first for me.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: I’m trying to be a bit more active, and can now make it about 50 steps before I need to just pause standing up for a few minutes. I really need to get a bit more motivated though, because I’m worried I won’t be able to stand for the wedding next month…

April
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada until the 17th, then Staten Island, New York, USA
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
I got married. Yeah, to the cute boy. The sexy creature of happy dude. The hubs. The Doctor.
Finally leave Canada, now on the boy’s TN-1 Work Visa (it extends my stay for however long he is employed in the United States.)

April 28, 2015 - 2 days after we adopted her (Kaylee) and Nia

April 28, 2015 – 2 days after we adopted her (Kaylee) and Nia

April 18th, load up petfinder.com and BURST INTO TEARS. I haven’t looked in over 3 weeks for a reason. I couldn’t handle the idea that they might not be there. I even had the boy email about 4 other cats, because my heart couldn’t handle the idea of not having felines in my life any longer. One rescue place now has BOTH furgirls, and they are doing an adoption at PetSmart the following Sunday (April 26th – Shimmer’s birthday btw) – and YEAH… of course we got them, ‘cause you’ve been looking at their pics since June.
Something I really needed to learn apparently:Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 8.38.30 PM
Humans suck. Kaylee is healing, and has insane trust issues. Nia needs space, and time.
I have a LONG road ahead of me to get healthy. We left here roughly 1030am and only stopped for a 45 min break for lunch, and a 20 minute break at the comic shop. Other than that, we were walking less than a mile in total. Yup, nearly 3 hours to walk less than a mile. Sat in the bathroom and cried for half an hour while he was talking to his dad on Skype.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: The boy is worried about me, said he thought I had started smoking again because I looked so grey. I don’t have the heart to tell him I’ve been doing those shakes and I’ve lost a bunch of weight and I can at least stand now for over 5 minutes (extreme discomfort mind you).

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 1.48.35 PMMay
Location: Staten Island, New York, USA ((this is the same for the rest of the year, so I’m officially skipping it after this))
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
SAMI came to visit
I decided that enough was enough, and I was going to change my life for a better tomorrow for myself.
We got a new bed, so I wasn’t so uncomfortable, and I was finally starting to feel better.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: Not everything will be a fight, and to stop taking things so personally. My defensiveness has trust issues.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: Slowly starting to come to terms with the fact that I have to stop this inactivity and get motivated. Sami’s departure back to Manhattan with the boy on the 31st made me cry for hours, as I just didn’t have the energy to walk that far again in Port Authority. Hers and the boy’s disappointments were NOTHING in comparison to my own.

first 100 days picture I made

first 100 days picture I made

at Hypno-Tronic Comics - my second visit - but my first walking down there alone

at Hypno-Tronic Comics – my second visit – but my first walking down there alone

June
1st – Started my first day of my first #100days
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
I did it. I finally walked. I didn’t very much to start with, and the beginning of the month I was still making excuses as to why I didn’t go outside. Six whole days, I didn’t even bother turning on the pedometer, because I knew I wasn’t even going to go out or stand or walk around much.

first trip to the grocery store - this "mini museum" is across from the thrift store.

first trip to the grocery store – this “mini museum” is across from the thrift store.

Walked further in one day than I probably did in all of the last 4 months in Halifax.
start writing about my quest to healthier living.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: how to stop making excuses and get off the couch/bed/etc.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: drastically starting to change, with fantastic results.

Julyplaying with my tattoo
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
MY TATTOO!!!!
Over 100,00 steps in a month?! 😮
My brand new Skecher’s walking shoes.

Started at Crunch Fitness (gym)
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I am really glad {and kinda sad} that I didn’t know what my weight was in Halifax…
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: getting used to eating 3 meals a day finally, and starting to get into the routine of pretty consistent sleeping patterns. Energy and emotional status is definitely improving.

August
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:

morning glory on the way home from the gym

morning glory on the way home from the gym

Visits to the gym are really starting to show in my stats.
Forging deeper friendships, talking to others about doing another #100days after this one, and finding out that they want to do it with me.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I shouldn’t be so demanding of myself.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: shutting off the technology at least 1/2 hr in advance is really helping shut my brain down so I can sleep better. I am not snoring as much, and I’m feeling rested [and cheerful] at the start of each day.

September
Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 10.10.47 AMBig “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
First #100days DONE! WHOOHOO!
Second #100days started – now with a group of people focused on eating healthier, living truer to themselves, and being more active.
I start tracking my weight and other stats even better, and learn for the first time, about NaNoWriMo (aka NaNo – the National Novel Written in a Month website) – YUP, I’m scared, but I’m in.
I’m determined this time to walk 1,000,000 steps at least, and write a 50,000 page {novel} in a month {{November}}
Visit with Ema, meeting a lady who works for BuzzFeed UK (and seeing Rose Byrne that day too!), and enjoying different small things going on around Staten Island.
Visits with SP in Manhattan and SI as well.Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 7.51.22 AM
Flu Shot day – I go and buy clothes at a department store (TJ Maxx) right off the shelf – size XL (and a pair of pants I didn’t realise were size LARGE) and yeah… they ALL fit. 😮
Something I really needed to learn apparently: not everyone is as committed to change as I am, and excuses annoy me. I must learn patience.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: always improving, and the weather outside is exceptional, making it easy to enjoy.

October
Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 10.16.42 AMBig “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
My birthday. T W I G A! I did over 30,000 steps on my birthday alone.
D’s visit. ALL OF IT.
Doing over 4x as many steps in October as I did in June.
Spoiled with a GoPro Hero3 Silver & calligraphy books, along with fabulous other goodies!Screenshot 2015-12-30 14.26.33
Loving how the group interacts, and enjoying the friendships that are strengthening in there.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: still working on accepting people’s excuses for things, and starting to think I don’t really need to accept them.

Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: Consistently going to the gym 5 days a week, eating very well, sleeping in a fantastic routine, and I’m now shining like I always wanted to, though I do know I can shine brighter. Plutonians dial it down for everyone, so we don’t explode the Earth with too much awesome.

NovemberScreenshot 2015-12-30 14.56.24
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
My Friday Nov 13th hashmarks tattoo
Plans for DayLites to move into a whole new level of the future.

A lil thing I’dScreenshot 2015-11-22 11.36.24 like to call I FREAKIN’ WROTE A NOVEL IN A MONTH!!!!! 50,000+ words! 😀 (over 31,000 of which were done in a week!)Domus cover

Pretty sure that is enough ^^ for my “yay me!” moment.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I am a better motivator than I ever could have imagined. And I’m respected. And adored.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: all aces.

December
Location: *still in Staten Island, New York, USA*
Big “Yay me!” moment(s) of the month:
Some awesome stuff is on the way.
Screenshot 2015-12-30 14.55.51The coolest boy got me the pencil crayons he knew I wanted.

I FINISHED THAT SCARF for him.
Made seven others, and a towel (for my father in law)
Walked over 33,000 steps at the zoo again.
Finally broke the plateau’d weight I had been stuck at forever it seemed.
Something I really needed to learn apparently: I am no longer a doormat, and am quite capable of telling others that they need to take responsibility for their own actions.
Activity level, eating/sleeping habits, and emotional status: every day is a little bit better. Happier. Stronger. Kinder.

In true Pixie form, I wrote more in this than I was intending to, but that’s all good. 
Stats today: FANTASTICALLY delighted at these!!!Screenshot 2015-12-30 14.31.09

As next week is a shorter one, I’m going to do my wrap up on Wednesday for that, so you’re getting that final interview (from my sweet D girl again) then.

Have some awesome wonderful week!!

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Sera Hicks
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Geeky Hobbit-loving Whovian. Lover of chocolate, cats, and crafty things. Writer, Creative Journey Leader. It has to be better tomorrow.