2017 Mountains- a Year in Review.

I started this series primarily to have accountability in completing various tasks that I’m forever procrastinating. While I haven’t written a blog post in the last few months, I have nonetheless continued to work towards the mountains.

Well- I think I have…

Mountain 1: Physical Mountain

There hasn’t been much hiking this year. Disappointing, but I am chuffed that I have managed some. I managed a mountain in January, February and March, a hike in August in the UK, and hikes in September, October and November. The hikes in September and November were through Scouts- the precheck and actual hike. Admittedly we did climb a mount, but I couldn’t truly call it a mountain as it was only 800m above sea level!

October saw us in Okinawa, enjoying two hikes, one a 3km walk up a stream (actually in the stream in places!) and another up the highest mountain (500m) on Okinawa Island- which was a very muddy walk as it was the day after a typhoon had hit the island.

I have enjoyed the challenge of the hikes, and would like to continue, but after our last hike we have a very jaded view about getting out of Tokyo:
It was a beautiful Saturday in early November and we headed out to Okutama, for a day in the outdoors with 10 Cubs and Beavers and their families. There was some traffic and it took us about 100 minutes to travel the 85km. Japan had seen two typhoons (the same ones that we had in Okinawa!) come through the previous two weekends, resulting in the river being significantly fuller- but lots of fun was had by all as they walked up the “mountain” to the pagoda, and then built mini rafts and tested them.

But the trip home was something to remember. Or forget. 3 and a half hours to travel 85km. Bumper to bumper the whole way.

So now we think twice about whether we head out for the day:
Traffic jam vs train (with standing room only) vs staying local and walking round the neighbourhood.

Mountain 2: Mountain of Weight

This mountain is like Mt Everest- slowly growing each year. I plan to change that next year!

Mountain 3: Mountain of Paperwork

This has been significantly reduced this last year. From achieving my Wood Badge, and clearing through my admin pile, I have made wonderful in roads to this mountain and am rather proud of the achievements in this regard.

Mountain 4: Mountains of Photographs

I keep adding to this mountain as I love taking photographs! But they are becoming more consolidated with dud photos removed and batches renamed. So I’ll just keep plodding onwards and upwards!

Mountain 6: Mountains of Creative Projects
As my paperwork mountain has decreased, so my enthusiasm for being creative has increased! This has resulted in me doing a variety of creative projects.

:Scrap 1 double page.
I haven’t managed many more of these pages, but I have been very creative in the memory department. This year has seen me make three photo books, 9 calendars and an assortment of photo mugs.

: Knit 10cm of the second side of my jumper.
No- but I plan to have it finished in time for our sailing holiday at Easter.

: Sew all badges onto the camp blankets.
I changed it to a picnic blanket and it looks stunning. However- I have given myself repetitive strain injury in my elbow (tennis elbow) after sitting for 90 minutes and hand sewing the badges onto the blanket.


I have also merged two Ikea bedding sets into one for my daughter’s room. Personally I think they look much better and she does too!

Mountain 1: Mountains of Books
This is a mountain that I feel is improving as the years have gone on. If I look back at my posts about reading, I can see that I am achieving more reading albeit that most of them I have been listening too!

Books I have read this year:

Never Say Goodbye by Susan Lewis
She’s still there by Chrystal Evans Hurst (I used the study guide too which I would highly recommend)
Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Sunday Basket by Lisa Woodruff

Books I’ve listened to this year: (using my Audible credits)

If I Run and
If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock.
The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes.
Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense NovelsBook 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4 by Alana Terry
No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse

IMG_0813.JPGLast year I hit the big 4-0 and in the 21 months since that day, I feel like I’ve grown in many ways, older yes, wider (I mean wiser) yes (to both!) and generally a greater empathy and understanding. The conquering or near conquering of this year’s mountains is reflected the growth that I have done.

Here’s to 2018.

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Previous posts in the series:

Mountains of Goals…

January’s Mountains

February’s Mountain

March’s Mountains

May’s Mountains

June’s Mountains

Resources that have helped me:

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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6 Responses to 2017 Mountains- a Year in Review.

  1. Emily Pool says:

    Looks to me like you have had a very successful year! Getting your wood badge and paperwork in order are brilliant achievements!!! Reading and listening to that many books is ace! Have realised that you didn’t enjoy Dessert God because you have missed River God! Go 2018!!!

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you- accomplishing the reading and the dreaded admin has truly empowered me for this year! Regarding Desert God, I found the main character too cocky and perfect. He just irritated me!
      Planning on reading more this year (do you think 50 is way too high!?!), and a couple of new projects!
      I’ll post next years goals soon.
      Do you have a big challenge for 2018?

      • Emily says:

        Our extension plus furnishing it!!! 50 books in a year is way too high!!

        Love Mx

      • Cheryl says:

        That’s a big goal! I’m on track for 50 Books (ie I’ve finished one already!, and have started my second!), but yes it could be a miracle if I finish it.
        Looking forward to seeing the finished extension. When does it start?

      • Emily says:

        2 weeks… I have now started to keep a record of books read and I averaged 1 a month last year!! Will see if this year is better. I like the monthly mood tree idea! Mx

  2. Pingback: Goals? Perhaps…perhaps not… | Somedays by C

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