Sunday 30 December 2012

What were your highs and lows of 2012 ?

I hate being tagged, too much pressure, but it's rare that I resist @kateonthinice

1. What was your happiest event?
Seeing my children in the UK

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
My Dad having a heart attack in June and me being so far away (South Africa)

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
Having a child free holiday and spending two weeks driving the Garden Route to Cape Town.
Kids are currently in UK with their Dad.

4. Who let you down?
Really should stop going on about this, but seeing as I still haven't received an apology or had the problems rectified. I have to husbands employers

5. Who supported you?
Some good friends that I met through my volunteer work with Santa Shoebox and of course Hubby.

6. Tell us one thing you learned
How to ride an Ostrich

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
Riding the Ostrich

8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
Dad's heart attack, Aunties death, Nephews accident

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
Can I tell you 5 things? One for each child.
1. Visiting eldest child in her residential home on the UK and seeing how happy she is.
2. Eldest boy making the decision to leave the army after 5 years, despite not having employment to go to.
3. Youngest child in the UK securing his future and announcing his decision to move to Leeds in the New Year to train as a Sommelier.
4. Eldest son in South Africa getting his Learners Permit
5. Youngest son and child battling through with dyslexia and dysgraphia

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
My volunteer work with @kwo_org and learning a new skill of sewing and being able to use that skill to raise money for essentials such as toiletries.

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
Speaking out and asking for help with depression

12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
My fitness levels
My weight

I'm tackling the 3 above by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013

Anyone can join in this meme. I was tagged along with the following:

@DownSideUp, @GertieandGinger @PollyBurns2 @chickenruby @Older_Mum @NewMumOnline, @rachelradiostar @joannah123 @expatmammy @michelloui @aresidence @TheBeezleyBuzz @SonyaCisco @goriami @RP4ges @kykaree @LynseyMummaDuck @Angeline1611 @AutismMumma @jooleroo @spicers1976 @KatBroon @NikkiCrick @cherriemayhem @Glasgow_Mummy @mrsshortiesmind @capturebylucy @missielizzieb @eann_Tan @knackeredhw

I'm afraid I'm not tagging anyone as all the people I would normally tag are in the list above.

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  1. You know I sense you moving forwards and can see how far you have come. You have had a challenging year for sure. Loved reading about your children and when you son leaves the Army tell him he can tap into the Royal British Legion for support (including financial) should he need it for housing, training etc.
    Ostrich - not many people can claim that one in a lifetime!

    1. I think 2012 has been both a rewarding and difficult year for us both. It's always good to know that there is someone to share things with.

  2. Wow, your year has certainly been a roller coaster! I think I may pinch this and pretend you tagged me, although my year has been quiet and boring compared to yours.

    Hope you have a more settled and happy year in 2013. x

    1. Consider yourself tagged. and a Happy New Year

  3. Inspiring post - what a mixed year you have had! Never heard of riding and ostrich before, I imagine that was brilliant fun. Sounds like your children are all being positive in their own battles too. The volunteer work sounds like fun too, and well needed after finding it so difficult to get anyone to take you seriously. Sounds like its done you the world of good. Happy 2013. Px

    1. thanks for your comment, it's been a difficult two years, but we've muddled through. The volunteer work has been a welcomed breakthrough and as for the Ostrich, I've never laughed so much.

      Happy New Year to you also.