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The Year That Was 2017

The Year That Was 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great evening, whether you decided to celebrate or not. If you’ve been on social media over the last few days, you will have seen an abundance of 2017 round-ups, highlights and #2017bestnine. We all love bit of self-reflection don’t we? Some of us will gush about buying a house, having babies or getting married. Others will reflect on their own personal journey, the people they’ve met and the things they’re grateful for. Either way, it’s a great thing to do, to keep yourself in check (and of course set some new goals for the coming year, if that’s your bag!)

It’s easy to forget that we all portray our best moments on social media, rather than the good, the bad and the ugly (even if we don’t mean to.) We shouldn’t compare our own reality to the highlight reel of our peers.  There will be some years that are naturally quieter and that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad time, or we haven’t achieved anything; we can’t always have huge, exciting milestones every year, after all.

Here are my top moments from the year that was 2017!

Skógafoss, Iceland
Skógafoss, Iceland

2017 Highlights

Travelling to Iceland.  Both myself and Ashley turned 30 this year and we celebrated by doing something we’ve wanted to do for some time, but as parents of a young child, never thought we would, with a long weekend in Iceland. It was truly out of this world (seriously, it felt like another planet at times), dreamy and lovely to spend some time just the two of us (and then bring B to bed with us as soon as we got home, four nights later!)

Christmas. I realise Christmas happens every year, but this year just felt truly magical. B is nearly six now and totally gets it. It was so beautiful to see him completely immerse himself in the festivities and count down the days until Santa arrived. We had a perfect few lazy days at home before the big day to get him excited too!

Career changes. At the start of 2017, I was three months into a new job role and now as we start 2018, I’m three months away from a completely different career path and starting my own business. I thought I’d be in that job for a while, however sometimes things change unexpectedly; but I believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m excited for the journey ahead!

Friendships. I feel like my circle of friends has got stronger and smaller with my closest pals and expanded in others; I have a whole new set of people in my life with the school mums, reconnected with old friends and made other friends along the way too.

Brighton

Days Trips. We’ve had some great days out as a family and I’ve had lovely Mummy Dates with my boy, including an unexpectedly warm trip to Brighton in February, visiting the farm with friends, a day out at Legoland, ice skating, queuing up at the Lego Store & indulging at M&M World and seeing the animals at Port Lympne Safari Park. I’m very much a homebody, but days out near or far from home make a welcome change!

Lego Store, Leicester Square

Bruno Mars. I was extremely lucky when Ashley surprised me with VIP tickets to see Bruno Mars at The O2 in April. It was hands down the best show I’ve ever been to. If you ever get the chance to see Bruno Mars live, you must go!

B completed his first year of school. He’s come on leaps and bounds in just a year and the fact he can just read now still blows my bloody mind. (And it also makes it really difficult to communicate by spelling words out to your husband that you don’t want your child to hear!)

So, here we are. 2018; I can still remember celebrating the turn of the millennium and it doesn’t feel that long ago, if I’m honest! Is this what my dad means when he says he still feels 21?!

Bring on the next 12 months!

2017: A New Beginning

2017: A New Beginning

I’m that person who loves a fresh start, so I’m all over new beginnings like a rash. I’m a walking cliche; whether it’s a new page in a notebook, a new diary or even a new week there’s something so refreshing about it. Ordinarily, I’m a creature of habit and don’t always love change, but that feeling of wiping the metaphorical plate clean, is one I find quite therapeutic. So, there’s very little I like more than the beginning of a brand new year to inspire and motivate me for the days and projects ahead! Hello 2017.

I’m a bit skeptical about New Years Resolutions, despite being a fan of the whole ‘new year, new leaf’ vibe; I absolutely love the idea of them, but they don’t always work and I think we can set ourselves up to fail and ultimately, feel worse than we did at the beginning of the year. I usually set myself too many goals, or something that’s just not within my reach. In previous years, they have always been measured in some way; do this for X amount of time, lose X amount of pounds, do this or that every day— but I’m a perfectionist, so if I miss a day or don’t reach a certain goal in time, then it’s game over for me and I wait until the next month or even year, rather than dusting myself off and trying again straight away.

That said, the start of a brand new year wouldn’t be right without some kind of resolution or goal for the next 365 days; but my approach this year is a little broader. They’re more ‘points to keep in mind’:

Be nicer to myself. As I approach thirty, I think it’s probably about time I start thinking a bit more about what I put into my body. I’m not saying I’m going to be clean-eating, or never eating carbs again, but I just need to make better decisions about the food I eat and my lifestyle. There are little daily beauty-related tasks that I’m pretty lazy with too, like painting my nails or getting my eyebrows threaded, or even, shock horror, not removing my make-up before I go to bed. Guilty. They’re all little things, but things that make me feel better nonetheless.

Be wiser with my time. I’ve always been a homebody and I always will be; I love spending time at home pottering about, or curling up on the sofa with B watching a Disney movie. But this year I want to make more of an effort to get out and about with him. I started working full-time in September at the same time as B starting school, so it’s made me realise how precious our spare time together is. I don’t want to burn myself out, but I know when we do go on little mini-adventures he really loves and appreciates it, and there’s nothing better than seeing him happy.

Be creative. I vow to pick my camera up more this year. For the first few years of B’s life I have probably thousands of photos, but it’s just not something I do so much anymore and I’ve really missed photography and photo-editing. I want to take more pictures of anything and everything, not just documenting our family life. I still have that dream of giving up the day job and going self-employed with it one day.

I’ve really missed blogging too. I stopped for a long time, because my MacBook broke and then it just kind of fell off of my radar. I, like most people, check social media daily, but you’d never know because when you look back, my own posts are so sporadic and few and far between. When I was blogging I fell into a trap of shoddy sponsored posts and creating content I didn’t love. In my bid to start a fresh, I’ve deleted all my previous posts from the last 5 years or so. Out with the old and in with the new!

Let go. Over the last year or two, I’ve realised that it’s so true about your friendship circle getting smaller as you get older. Sometimes I dwell on those friendships that used to mean so much, or those people that were around for the big milestones of my life but are no longer a part of it, but I’ve come to realise that sometimes these things just fizzle out and that’s okay. We all grow older and grow apart, and become part of something new. There are no bad feelings, it’s just part and parcel of life!

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I hope you all had a lovely new year however you decided to celebrate— or not celebrate, if you’re anything like us and went to bed at 10:30pm with a belly full of Sushi!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017.