As the sun rises over the last day of 2016 I was asked what my New Year resolution for 2017 will be. Each year I make the same one. Lose weight and exercise more. In 2016 I changed it slightly to improved work life balance. While the weight loss part of the goal will have to roll over again into the next year I feel like I have achieved a somewhat better balance this year.
I also decided to do some things that push me out of my comfort zone.
I joined a boxing gym. This was great fun and while I only made it half way through the year as a regular due to a string of injuries and illnesses maybe in 2017 I can extend that to the whole year.
Halsey was kind enough to allow me in the pit during her Sydney show in January.
Next on the photography journey was a food photography course that was a gift from my boys. February was also when Andy made it to his half century and we celebrated with a weekend at the beach with family.
Then a final girls weekend in Dee Why to farewell Denise, one of my oldest friends before she started a new life in Queensland. It had to include a walk to North Head which had been planned many times but never accomplished.
In April Trish and Steve Vail made the treck from Florida to Sydney. As well as a few laps around Sydney Harbour we headed into country NSW to show them around. A highlight of the trip was a night camping at Dubbo Zoo and lowlight a flight back tire on Steve’s motorbike in Dunedoo on a Sunday.
June was a big one with Andy and I heading off for our first proper overseas holiday together. We had never travelled from Australia together before. What a great trip. As well as plenty of 5sos shows we drove over 1000 miles from NYC to Canada and many places in between. Some highlights were a night Island cycle tour in Toronto, Niagara Falls and a ferry tour on New York Harbour. We also spent some time with Jack and Cels who were also doing a trip around the USA.
There was plenty of 5sos during the year but the big one was definitely seeing them play to a sold out audience at Maddison Square Garden. Not to mention it was the first time I had seen Luke play piano on stage since high school.
I then headed to the Gold Coast to see how Denise was going with her new life adventure. Of course it included plenty of laughs including a small bike incident where my handle bars broke and some dragon boat races.
After two nights in the Gold Coast we headed to Brisbane for another 5sos show. It was then back to Sydney for a few days. This included taking some photos of Jazz at his first big show and then finished off with the final two 5sos shows of 2016. Shows 100 and 101.
As well as the big ticket items there have been many smaller gems such as Saturday morning bike rides. As well as a few sneaky catch ups with friends and finishing the year off with a few days at the beach with two of my boys. Next year we will try and get all 3 together. We just have to convince Ben he’s had enough adventures. Last year was India and this year Nepal.
I’m not going to make a New Years resolution for 2017 I will just try and keep up with 2016’s aim for a better life/work balance which includes a focus on improving my health and well being. I strongly believe in a growth mindset both for my students and myself. Watch this space for my next adventure.