Kate has challenged us to kick off our Striking Mum's campaigns for 2015 with an introductory post. She has posed some questions for us to answer so here I go:
1. Look at an old photograph of yourself. How does it make you feel? What hopes and dreams did that person have? What things did they enjoy doing? What might this person say to you now?
I was looking at the photo album my mum and son made for me this Christmas with old photos showing my life so far. This set was me as a toddler:
I was so sweet and innocent, full of adventure and keen to learn about the world around me! My granny and I had such a fabulous relationship and I miss having her around. I would say to myself carry on wanting to know how things work and make the most of family whilst you have them. My younger self might ask where some of my adventurous spirit has gone as I am a lot more cautious now!
2. How will you carve out time for yourself and your interests in 2015?
I am squeezing in as much running as I can this year and booking myself into races to keep me on my toes. Reading is my other main form of relaxation so I am making sure that I read every night at bedtime and also listen to audiobooks whilst running (or doing the housework!).
3. What would you like to change about the way you look? What can you celebrate now about your own individual beauty?
This one is easy when I show a photograph of myself in my running kit:
There is just a little bit too much of me! I love the fact I have curves but the love handles and wobbly tummy need to go... Apart from that I am not too unhappy about the way I look. Maybe I just need to make more of what I have got - makeup tips welcome.
4. What are your personal goals for 2015? Who or what can help you achieve them?
First of all to complete my teacher training and get a job! Kind of important that one. Fitness wise I want to run 5km in under 30 minutes - would love to do 10km under 60 too but that may have to wait a while! Health wise to drop a dress size and get my weight to a better BMI..