Well here we are – 3 days until Christmas and only just over a week away from the end of 2016.
This year has certainly been full of its ups and downs. On the personal level, I am thankful for a year of ups – making Perth our home, going on adventures, developing my skills and feeling more confident as a Health Coach and Writer. Oh and starting a podcast – a big leap that we are glad we took. On the wider level, the world has proved it is one crazy, fast developing and changing place, whether we like it or not.
I am always excited for a New Year and what it brings. Not because of any set goals or resolutions, more that it is simply a chance for us to grow. If we start to focus too much on what might happen in the future, it can bring a sense of fear and a hesitance to try new things. Instead if we look at 2017 as an opportunity and just the next chapter of our lives, that makes me feel excited and driven.
But Jen, don’t look to 2017 just yet, we still have Christmas! Hooray! (Hooray? Could I get more British?!)
So for today, I am bringing back the classic ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – a random selection of bits and bobs as a light read before the big day. After all we all want things to make us smile at this time of year!
Speaking of things that make you smile…
This weeks episode of the podcast (episode nine) has been released and ready to download on iTunes, Stitcher or you can listen via the website on the podcast tab. It is a cracker of episode and it made us both laugh so much – a good old Christmas Q&A, with stories and other bits of advice thrown in for good measure. Got a road trip coming up or fancy chilling out for a little while with a hot (or cold) drink, listening to some friendly folks chatting away? This would be perfect!
So what does Christmas hold in store for the Fotheringham’s in Perth?
Christmas Eve we will be going to our 7am CrossFit WOD where we will be doing our box’s variation of ’12 days of Christmas’ WOD. Anyone who has done this will know the suck… but it’s the suck with good friends the day before Christmas so what could be better?
Then we are heading out to Fremantle for the day – a walk around the wee boutique shops and market. My first poke bowl for lunch (hopefully) and just a general chill out. Then off for a nice meal out for dinner to Long Chim – where we went for our anniversary and the best Asian food I have ever had!
Christmas Day will consist of opening stockings first thing on our bed. Then a delicious breakfast followed by a long beach walk. Home for some Christmas cooking where we will make a small feast that would probably feed 6 or 8… for the two of us. #Leftovers. And of course bubbly!
Then pressies, Christmas Pud and an evening of Skype calls to home… just as they wake to start their day. I am smiling so much as I type this.
You may recall at the beginning of the month I mentioned that David and I were partaking in our yearly tradition of seeing how many Christmas movies we could watch between December 1st and December 25th. Our count so far? 18! That means we have beaten our previous PB of 17. What an achievement. I expect more to come… One more for certain as we are 30 mins away from finishing Bad Santa.
(Btw, for those who read my post on Monday, still no luck with Scrooged…)
Baking up a storm!
On Tuesday I was baking up a storm in the kitchen! I made mince pies (it’s a British dish – individual pastry cups with spiced, boozy mixed dried fruit in the middle), a mocha cake and Meg’s candied roasted almonds! These almonds, combined with my crafting skills, made the cutest individual gifts for David’s co-workers. He handed them out today and said they went down a treat! Oh and sadly no pic of the mocha cake but it was delicious, GF and the middle of the loaf rose to a peak! It was a sight to be seen!
The Blog and Podcast – Now and in 2017
So this will be my last post of 2016. I am taking some time off to enjoy the holidays with David and to rest and restore. I will be back early January with a quick update with how the holidays went before resuming usual schedule. The same goes with the podcast – back early January.
With both the blog and the podcast I am excited for the year ahead. Most of all I want the content to be shaped by you so if you have any questions, topics or issues that you would like me to discuss please either comment below or send me a question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to end, I want to thank all my readers and listeners for allowing me to be a part of your life this year. I hope you have the most amazing festive season and take the time out to relax, eat, drink and be merry with those you love.
Bye for now folks!
How are you spending Christmas this year?
How would you review your 2016?
What is the best Christmas Movie you have watched so far this year?