Happy New Year!
Exercise wise, I’m really thankful to report that I have done loads of swimming this year – between 3-6 times per week I’ve headed down for an early morning swim with my swim buddy Jill, and I had my first taste of wild swimming, which I hope to return to if we actaully get a summer next year in Scotland! I’ve been suffering with back problems for a lot of the year but swimming really does help the pain – doing back stroke really helps but I do have to concentrate on swimming in a straight line! During the Christmas holidays the pain wasn’t as bad, but I’m still keeping my physio appointment in the diary for next week so if the sciataca does return, I will hopefully know exercises to deal with it. Due to an office move early in the new year, I think it will take me a few weeks to get back into the routine – with our new office being across town, swimming before work really isn’t workable except on a Tuesday when the pool opens early enough for me to get a pre-work swim in! So I’m hoping that I will swim on Tuesdays, and then 2-3 times between Thursdays and Sundays on my non-work days. That said, I am planning on walking to work one-way (it will take just over an hour) each day – weather permitting of course – to make sure I get some exercise in as part of my working day.
Work-wise, of course we have our office move next week which I spent a lot of the latter half of the year preparing for, so adjusting to a new workspace will take a little time. I’m looking forward to being on the new Inverness Campus and interacting more with students and staff – previously we were on a seperate site. The campus is similar to an urban park so I’m sure I’ll be instagramming pretty scenes from there soon enough!
For my extra-curricular activities (namely baking and blogging), we’re still continuing on with Let’s Bake Inverness meets – we had great fun in 2015, our first full year! I’m hoping to do a bit of blog organisation early in the new year. I’ve racked up quite a few posts now on the Highlands, so I want to make sure that they are well organised and easily visible to any visitors, plus have some kind of recipe index. You may have noticed over the course of the year that the blog has undergone some stylistic changes – these were put in place and designed by the fab Kirsty (my Let’s Bake Inverness co-host!) so my blog looks so much better than it did a year ago (hope you agree with me)! My Cooking the Books Series died a bit of a death in the latter part of the year, but I’m still glad that I got into the habit of referring more to my books than going straight to websites when I needed some recipe inspiration (and who am I kidding – I did buy a fair few recipe books anyway)! I’m still thinking about a new blog series for 2016 – any ideas?
In the home, I’m hoping to make time to continue on with my photography course, and complete some craft projects to make our home a bit brighter and more ‘us’. We’ll have been in Inverness for three years in March, the longest Mr B and I have lived anywhere as a couple!
I also was really glad last year to attend some fab foodie and blogging events, not only tasting and learning lots, but meeting with old and new blogging friends. I hope that this year, this will continue!
What do you hope for in 2016? Do you set goals? I’d love to know!
‘Goals’ Image obtained from Unsplash.com (free images under Creative Commons licence)