January 3rd, 2016

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2015 in Snapshots aka counting my many blessings

Life is good, enjoy the little things. Someday you will look back and realize they were the big things.

I try very hard to be mindful, to appreciate my life and the blessings I have. This is not always easier in my self induced panic and rush and stress. But when I look back at my daily snapshots, I appreciate the little things :-) And I remember how much love, beauty and fun surrounds me each day!
Snapshots 2007 - 2015






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@40 Challenge - End of 2015

2015 I completed two more big challenges :-)
38. Find my next job

My challenges for 2016.......
4. 40 cups of tea with friends
11. Replace engagement ring
17. Learn 40 new recipes
18. Find and reach my ideal weight for health and fitness
22. Sail on Zurich Lake
26. Create album for me about being 40 (mini cards and photo frame)
32. Create photo album of professional shoots
36. Finish our wedding album !

My @40 challenge was originally intended to run from May 7th 2013 to May 6th 2014. Then of course I realized that I had taken on too many challenges for this to be feasible, many challenges were weekly or monthly, so a lot of work.

However, taking stock at the end of 2015, I have completed 22 of the 40, have 6 in progress and haven't started 11 of them - see below.

In Progress
4. 40 cups of tea with friends
11. Replace engagement ring
17. Learn 40 new recipes
18. Find and reach my ideal weight for health and fitness
22. Sail on Zurich Lake
26. Create album for me about being 40 (mini cards and photo frame)
32. Create photo album of professional shoots
36. Finish our wedding album !

Not started yet
3. Plan a family holiday in Canada in 2015 or 2016
9. Plant a Tree
10. Create a time capsule box for when I'm 80! (40 photos / cards / momentos)
20. Find spiritual director / church / nourish my spiritual self
29. Go to a radio or tv recording in London (have I got news for you, the news quiz, the now show etc)
30. Complete my patchwork quilt
33. Cake baking / decorating course / cooking course
35. Finish wedding sampler for M&M
37. Find a PhD supervisor (and therefore a topic)
24. Nanowrimo 2013

Done
1. Reflect on the 40 best things I have done in my life so far
2. Find a userpic for @40
8. Visit Cheryl
12. Weekend in Brussels
13. Weekend in Manchester
14. Visit Parents on barge
15. Swim across Zurich lake in summer (and/or limmat river swim in December)
21. Attend TED zuerich in Oct 2013
31. Relive my student days in Sheffield
27. Attend 4 cultural events
5. Family Palmer weekend in UK
7. Night away with Mr.Ncot (without boys!) at Montana Hotel, Lucerne
6. Monthly dates with Mr.Ncot
16. Half Marathon / Marathon
19. Walk on Uetliberg once a month
23. Blog weekly
28. Redesign www.helenpalmer.co.uk (using flavors me)
39. Become a mentor
40. Alan's Joker
25. Family Photo Shoot
34. Take a private skiing lesson (either downhill or cross country)
38. Find my next job
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2015 The Year in Pictures

It's been a busy year. Alan wrote his third book, about Agile Financial Management. Markus started losing his baby teeth (4 so far) and Patrick enjoyed watching the world "bumper ball" aka Rugby! I took over leadership of a group of eLearning Advisors and entered a steep learning curve about technology based learning.

We went for our very first family ski trip in March and Markus mastered the mountain! During the summer, Kate came to Zurich with her boys and we enjoyed week in the sun - at the lake, at the pool, travelling with steam train... They left and we then went to Minorca for a week at the pool and on the beach :-)

The year has ended with three of my favourite advent routines - an icy swim 111m across the Limmat river (Helen), steam train trip to the forest to meet Santa (all of us) and the Christmas run through the old town (Markus and Helen).
It was a very good year :-)

All my 2015 pictures