Well, last year was an amazing year, jam-packed full with some exciting stuff. I honestly can’t believe it’s over and a new year has begun already. At the end of September it seems I blinked and here I am in January! Is this a sign of getting old, or just being really busy? I’m hoping it’s the latter.
Anyway, I began 2014 with anticipation of my first half marathon to run, and knowing I would apply for the London Marathon (spoiler alert, I didn’t get in!) but I had no idea I’d be ending it with one of my friends having had a baby and another getting engaged. Who knows how 2015 will end? It’s been a fab year, and here’s a run down of what I have been up to:
- I began the year with my new 5 year Q&A diary. I started with good intentions but as with all these kinds of things I didn’t have the follow through and ended up forgetting to fill it in by about month 3. Bad Erin.
- Training began for the MK Half Marathon.
- I started the 30 day plank challenge, and gave up at that about midway through after realising my core wasn’t strong enough to start with and I was causing more damage than good. Maybe I’ll give it another go in 2015 now my core is a bit stronger.
- I saw Taylor Swift in her Red tour with Gary and my Niece.
- We watched Dog Day Afternoon at the Southbank BFI as part of their Al Pacino Season.
- We saw Pixar in Concert with music played by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
- I was in full swing with healthy food and meal preparation to accompany our training.
- I was mostly listening to Afterglow by Wilkinson as my song of the moment.
- I was a featured photographer on Red Bubble’s Front Page.
- My friend Jen and I tried our hands at Yoga.
- I ran my first sub 30 minute 5k
- Gary and I completed the MK 10k on the hottest day of the year so far.
- I started the 100 Happy Days instagram project. (Look right for my instagram widget and to follow me there!)
- We cheered on the runners at the London Marathon.
- My music of choice this month was Mr Little Jeans – check her out!
- Easter was spent with friends with a Good Friday meal out and then a roast dinner with the Book Club girls. We found out one of the girls was pregnant and due in November – the first book club baby!
- Gary, Tash and I ran the fairly disappointing Electric Run but it was fun to dress up!
- This month saw Gary and I complete our first half marathon. It was a tough slog, but we did it!
- I spent a few weekends catching up with old friends and really enjoying the beautiful weather.
- Gary and I went to Brighton with his family and I got my wish to see the sea!
- I was mostly listening to Hozier this month.
- In early June Gary and I went back to the O2 and saw Katy Perry in her Prismatic tour.
- I was very proud of my girls when we completed the Race for Life together with great finishing times.
- I became a World Cup widow and as a result worked my way through the complete series of Veronica Mars. It was rather fun actually!
- And so began my busiest month of the year as Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug turned 5 years old!
- I spent time with friends at the local Waterside Festival and in the same weekend accidentally went to see Haim and Kings of Leon at the Mk Bowl.
- I went riding rollercoasters with my Sister-In-Law at Thorpe Park.
- Gary and I visited Southend on Sea and saw the sea again.
- We began regular cardio training after a break from the gym since the half marathon.
- My BFF Jen’s hard work paid off as she looked amazing on stage at her bikini competition.
- We played tourist in London and visited Westminster Abbey.
- Tash and I ran the Women’s Running 10k, this year in Milton Keynes, in the pouring rain.
- One of my top 3 events of the year happened this month: Hot Dub Time Machine on the Southbank. It really was the best party ever.
- I coined the term Flogging.
- Book Club Girl, Sarah announced her engagement!
- We celebrated Sarah’s 30th Birthday in style with a wonderful picnic and BBQ party.
- Gary and I went back in time with Secret Cinema
- We tried our hands at Body Attack.
- Robin Williams lost his battle with depression. Dialogue and discussion was opened up around the world and people were openly discussing mental disorders for the first time.
- Gary and I saw Brief Encounter at the Royal Festival Hall with musical score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
- V Festival rocked our socks
- The internet was overtaken by the Ice Bucket Challenge
- Two wonderful men were able to legally marry and I was able to share some of their day with them.
- This month I was mostly listening to Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran.
- Gary surprised me and to celebrate our wedding anniversary we went to Disneyland Paris, the happiest place on earth!
- I joined Rock Choir with my Mum.
- Taylor Swift released 1989 so I pretty much rocked out to that for the whole month.
- We threw a cute little baby shower for Book Clubber, Caz
- My first concert with Rock Choir was this month, supporting Kerry Ellis on her UK tour and singing on stage for the first time in 13 years. What a way to make my return!
- Jen and I went to the Royal Festival Hall to see Lena Dunham speak for her world book tour.
- Baby Leo was born and what a cutie he is!
- Rock Choir had a lot of events in store for us including Hatfield Frost Fair and finally recording at Abbey Road!
- Christmas came and went!
- The Book Club met together for a New Year’s Eve Eve meal and resolutions/predictions were set for the following year. We said goodbye to Sarah for three months and as I type she’s winging her way to Orlando. Not jealous at all…. 😀
So you can see it was a pretty full 2014. I already have two runs booked for 2015 (Bupa 10,000 and Women’s Running 10k), a gig at the end of January (Hozier) and plans for V Festival. Sarah’s Hen party to Ibiza at the start of September and a potential spa evening with the Book Club girls in March. Fitness intentions are to be bikini confident by September and health intentions are to get hold of and beat the anxiety that controls me daily. I intend on winning this battle most of all, and I’ll start with my fear of driving which I have almost beaten but not quite.
I really can’t wait to see what 2015 holds and take you along for the ride!
2015… what’ya got for me?