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I’m glad the bells have rung to welcome in the new year, for the last few months I’ve wanted to shake off 2015 and welcome 2016 with open arms. Having finally left the haze of depression and starting to think more positively.

As previously mentioned, the first six months of 2015 were a blur, but looking back on what I did do and achieve shows a huge amount of growth at work, personally and in terms of fitness. If you told me a year ago that I would enjoy running, have run a half marathon and that I loved lifting weights on a Friday night, I would have laughed.

It’s okay not to be okay

The “It’s okay not to be okay” quote was written on my hand before my half and it’s really stuck. Opening up to people about depression was scary, but the more I talked the more I realised how well I had hidden it. Yet admitting to it, took the stigma away and also highlighted to many, that so often the bubbly persona on the outside is not replicated on the inside. On nights now where I find myself upset/crying or lonely I lace up my trainers, run a couple of miles and tend to feel a lot better.

Anything is possible with a bit of sparkle

My Mum and I love glitter/sparkle/confetti, hence the blog name. Opening cards in my family is done with care due to the expected confetti placed with loving care inside the card. Shopping in Next Home, we found this sparkly mirror that says “Anything is possible with a bit of Sparkle”, my phrase for 2016.

Here’s to a new year, with new phrases and outlooks.

My goals:

  • Run 1000 miles in the year.
  • Complete a half marathon in under 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Attempt to complete at least 30 more of my 101 in 1001. Admittedly all 101 things won’t be completed by October, but I’ll be content with being over half way.