2016 year in review: a month-by-month look back

What a year of epic proportions. There were highs, there were lows, and there were moments of humility and humbleness. It’s time to look back at all of it.


  • I ran/walked 100km over the course of the month to raise money for the Wish foundation
  • As a result of my sudden jump back into running, I uncovered hip issues that would still be under treatment at the end of the year
  • Locked in the venue for our wedding, and realised that I would be married by the end of the year
  • Started watching all of the star wars movie and finally understood what was so great about them
  • Nearly died from some chilli mixture thing Mario made at home (we were struggling to breathe because the air was so thick with chilli from the carolina reapers)
  • Gave myself a second ear piercing….accidentally.
  • Celebrated my aunt’s and uncle’s 30th wedding anniversary
  • Enjoyed the hot 91 sky show with Bel, Kat, Adele and Bridge
  • Enjoyed Australia Day at Emily and Nathan’s place


  • Spent a weekend at Stanthorpe with Mario and friends to celebrate mine and Emily’s birthday
  • Turned 32
  • Confirmed I was marrying the right man when I gave him the Bohemian Rhapsody test. I put the song on, he stopped what he was doing and sang along (this song would later be one of the highlights on the dance floor of our wedding – all the girls standing around head banging together – classy)
  • Climbed Mount Coolum at sunrise with Vanessa
  • Celebrated my engagement to Mario with family and friends, and was humbled by the love
  • Had fish and chips on the beach at sunset with Emily and Nato
  • Was involved in my first 12 week challenge for the year; didn’t lose a thing (my fault)



  • Bought a swag after we lost our camping equipment in the crazy winds at Fraser the previous December
  • Spent time with my sister and Claire while they were up from Sydney
  • Made sugar-free hot cross buns that were a hit
  • Started the easter long weekend by cutting a gash in my foot by dropping my glass water bottle, resulting in several stitches in my foot
  • Had the rest of the long weekend to myself when the mister went away camping with his dad for Easter – spent it reading and trying out cooking some new recipes
  • Attempted a stress reduction course, failed
  • Ran in the “ROC Race” (Ridiculous Obstacle Course) with Mario, Eric, Ruth, Jesse and Heidi
  • Saw the today show at the beach
  • Climbed Mt Ngungun with the crew from AWA Nambour
  • Made my first hot air balloon diaper cake



  • Weighed in at the heaviest for the year (actually a long time – I was 81.9kg, and was devastated)
  • Saw a friend at work perform in Mary Poppins (he played Bert and was fantastic)
  • Discovered my 52 list existed in 2010, which means that 2017 makes it the 7th year running!
  • Went camping with Mario and my dog
  • Saw some gorgeous sunrises starting to get up and go for morning walks
  • High rates of stress brought on heart burn, and began to see a doctor
  • Started working on our hand-made wedding pieces together with Mario and his family
  • Celebrated Vasi’s hens night
  • Made tortellini by hand for the first time ever with Mario
  • Got the stitches in my foot out
  • Celebrated Tamara’s baby shower, and made my second nappy cake


  • Took the time to appreciate autumn sunrises
  • 5th blood donation for the year
  • Attempted to cook dinner for Mario for only the 4th or 5th time in our entire relationship (I’m still not convinced it was very good)
  • Enjoyed an afternoon wine tour with the crew from work
  • Sadly experienced the 5th anniversary of the passing of my friend, Sean
  • Woke up at stupid o’clock to watch Dami get robbed of the Eurovision title
  • Participated in an Agile training course
  • Celebrated the wedding of Vasi and Skip, and enjoyed a weekend at the Gold Coast at the same time
  • Had a massage
  • Introduced Mario to the Mr Hankey song
  • Watched Adelaide take the A-League GF



  • Babysat my friend’s newborn child for the night so that Mario could cook them up a degustation meal for their 10 year anniversary (first time I’ve ever looked after a newborn for longer than a 2 second hold really, this is huge, and it doesn’t matter that they were in the next room)
  • Got back into the jigsaw puzzle app on my iPad (brilliant for stress relief)
  • Made sausages at home with Mario
  • Personally designed and sent out our wedding invitations (we took a photo of the tree we were getting married under and modified it)
  • Went dress shopping with my amazing bridesmaids and figured out dress styles
  • Saw the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
  • Took Mario’s parents out camping and had a great time (his mother’s first time camping)
  • Rode my bike for the first time in a year and had a great time
  • Started a new heart rate running program (due to hip issues still being a problem this wasn’t consistent)


  • Celebrated my aunt & uncle’s 45th wedding anniversary
  • Climbed Mount Coolum
  • Organised a surprise dinner out for Mario’s birthday with Sammy, Kate, Jarrett, Nick, Jess and myself (he’ll never trust me again)
  • Booked flights to Japan for our honeymoon and scored free business class lounge passes from Qantas
  • Weekend away in Stanthorpe for just Mario and I (sheer bliss, it was so cold so we had a raging fireplace, and so lovely to de-stress)
  • Started doing body pump classes again at the gym
  • Cheered Max on in The Great Australian Spelling Bee
  • Stress levels reach a new high, heart burn completely sets in and I begin medication
  • Go to Gold Class to see a movie with friends, drive to the wrong Gold Class and end up seeing Independence Day by myself


  • Signed up to do Steptember, 10,000 steps a day in September
  • Participated in Bridge to Brisbane with Mario, completed it in 76mins. Realised my hip issues were a lot worse than I realised and by the end of the day I wasn’t able to walk properly
  • Painted more signs and more preparation for our wedding
  • Used a driving range for the first time in my life, followed by dinner with the Brissie crew at Victoria Park Golf Course
  • Resolve a 6 month issue that had plagued me at work (this was massive)
  • Start to get back into good habits diet and exercise wise
  • Climbed Mt Ninderry with the AWA crew
  • Climbed Mt Coolum with Mario
  • Celebrated Sammy’s baby shower



  • Completed the Steptember challenge, walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for charity
  • Made a lot of ground on my diet, and lose weight, hitting my goal to be at 23% body fat only halfway through the next round of the AWA 12 week challenge
  • Got a new balcony built at home to replace the dry rot in the old one
  • Finish writing my wedding vows
  • Had a weekend to myself while the boy is away on his buck’s weekend, and end up going for a 12km walk
  • Enjoyed a weekend camping with the Garland and Bunter families
  • Cheered Zoe on in the Mooloolaba ironman
  • Stepped down from Management at work to try and get some work/life balance back
  • Finally allowed to donate blood again after getting the heart burn issues under control
  • Had a proud fiancee moment watching Mario donate blood for the first time



  • Buy myself an apple watch, and get an apple iPhone 7 (tech month)
  • Humbled by the crew at work by their generous gifts for my (now) husband and I to wish us well for the wedding
  • Pizza night with Trent and Mari
  • Saw The Magnificent 7 at the movies with Mario
  • Celebrated the wedding of Sammy and Jarrett
  • Hit my 8th blood donation for the year
  • Git back into swimming laps after seeing the physio and being told I’m not allowed to run (continuation of the hip issues)
  • Did a 30 day plank challenge and quit at about day 20, but still hit a PB by holding a 2min plank
  • Bought Mario a flour mill for a surprise, to find out he’s surprised me with an electric coffee grinder)
  • Celebrated my 3 year anniversary with Mario
  • Had an EPIC weekend away for my hen’s weekend, with amazing friends and family
  • Handed over my engagement ring so that the wedding part of the band could be put onto it (*sniff*)



  • Married the most amazing man in the world, my Mario (and got my ring back hehe)
  • Had an amazing honeymoon over in Japan
  • Enjoyed a relaxing weekend on the Gold Coast with Mario (since Japan was non-stop)
  • Started doing yoga to help with my hip issues
  • Pumped out 2 x nappy cakes for girls in the office close to giving birth
  • Hit a total of 10kg lost for the year



  • Attend my first ever Big Bash League game (cricket)
  • Donated blood for the 10th time for the year
  • Enjoyed an amazing Christmas with family, and Boxing Day with friends
  • Didn’t win Christmas trivia (again)
  • Got my annual boob check done – all clear
  • Christmas parties for work
  • Skype Christmas dinner with Tina, Lea, Bel and Kat
  • Went back to work after 3 weeks off to the most stressful fortnight I think I’ve ever experienced there
  • After some huge efforts at work got everything back under control and things are now looking much, much more rosy
  • Got to catch up with my beautiful friend, Rou
  • Had a fun Christmas barbecue with Scott and Meaghs
  • Celebrated the 8th anniversary of my knee reconstruction
  • Attended my first WordPress meetup in what felt like months, and had a fantastic time
  • Molescan check – all clear


I really love doing recaps like this, because at the end of the year I can look back on everything that happened and be overwhelmed with appreciation. I know there have been some stressful times this year, and the first time my health has been truly affected from it. Yet when I compare that to all the good things in my life? The good wins, hands down. I have such amazing friends and family, an amazing husband, and a job that pays enough that we can splash out time-to-time on travelling and weekend trips away. We have the equipment to go camping. I live near the beach. The Sunshine Coast is beautiful.

2016…..you weren’t so bad after all. Thanks for letting me continue my life story.

8 Replies to “2016 year in review: a month-by-month look back”

  1. Wow, in retrospect you have achieved a lot. It helps to put perspective on the importance attached to the times you felt down and stressed. Congratulations on all of your achievements.

  2. Love this and the fact that you saw what I did. So many good things during the year, despite the few downs. You have a great support base around you. Hope 2017 goes as well( but with less stress- especially work! Not worth the health results’ trust me on that one. I know from experience).

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