Say hello and wave goodbye 

I think it’s fair to say that 2016 has been a bit shit. There’s no point in listing all the terrible incidents that have happened or all the celebrity deaths that have occurred, as we have been bombarded with bad news pretty much every day for 12 months. This year has been a lesson in resilience, and with the onslaught of social, political and humanitarian catastrophes, there have also been personal ones. I lost my dear Nanna very suddenly in October, so for my family and I 2016 will forever be our annus horribilis.

As tempting as it is to dwell on the awfulness of this year’s events, it is neither helpful nor productive to do so. For my own mental health, and for the sake of my partner and daughter, I have to pick myself up and move forward. As cruel as it sounds, especially after losing a loved one, life goes on. My 2 year old has no concept of death and disaster, and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible. She has saved me on more than one occasion this year, after all you can’t hide in bed and cry when you’ve got a little one to look after…there’s games to play, places to explore and stories to read – all with a jolly smile plastered on your face.

There’s nothing like the start of a brand new year to kick start your motivation. I love mornings, so fresh and full of promise, so a new year is even better. Who knows what the next one will bring? The anxious part of my brain is worrying over what tragic occurrence will happen next, but the rational side is optimistic. After all, the law of the universe dictates that after a storm comes sunshine, so things can only get better right?

When so many bad things happen it can cloud your judgement and it is easy to forget the good times. But some really amazing things have happened this year, like starting my own business and starting this blog. I will carry these through to 2017 and build on them. There are a few other good things happening in the coming year too:

  • We will (hopefully) be able to buy our own house, which could mean a possible move back home to Wales
  • Molly will be starting nursery in April as she qualifies for her free 15 hours when she turns 3. This means I will actually have some free time and can look for a part time job
  • I will be continuing my health & fitness regime which means I will hopefully reach my goal weight in a few months 
  • I will continue to work on my anxiety and treat it through exercise, meditation, healthy eating and writing 
  • I will be expanding my business 
  • I will be continuing to blog, learning new things, and honing my writing skills (it’s even more enjoyable on my new IPad)!
  • We have got a lovely family holiday booked to Ibiza in September, can’t wait!

I don’t really make resolutions, I just strive to be the best person I can be, and hopefully a good mother and partner all year round. The one thing I do want to do more though is call my mum more…if there’s anything that 2016 has taught me it’s that life is bloody short and can end in a second. Family comes first.

I have loved blogging so far, it has been immensely therapeutic and has opened up a whole new world for me. I have met (albeit virtually) some lovely people, and have been inspired by some amazing blogs. So thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into their tribes, linkies and communities, and for taking the time out to follow my blog and comment on my posts. And to everyone on Twitter, thanks for interacting with me and for making me laugh…you guys are amazing! 

I’ll be staying in tonight with John & Molly, ordering a take away and might have a glass or two of vino…absolute bliss! However you’re celebrating I wish you all a Happy New Year, and here’s to a bigger, better blogging year ahead! 

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