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Goodbye 2015

Happy New Year, dear readers.

I hope you all celebrated New Year’s Eve in style. We had a very quiet night in.

Mr H and I celebrated by eating steak and chips and by playing lots of Wii and board games. It was very low key but it was lovely to spend the evening with my wonderful husband.

It is now 2nd January 2016 and it is about time that I did a little review of 2015.

2015 was an odd year. It wasn’t as tough as 2014 but it has definitely had its dark moments. But we’ve also had some wonderful times.

Last year I was tagged by the lovely Amy at Everything Mummy to answer the questions in her New Year Tag. I enjoyed writing this post and looking back in readiness to look forward. So I decided I would do it again.

This is my mini-review of 2015.

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What were my highlights of 2015?

My main highlight of this year was our move to Tunbridge Wells.

We had been living in our two bedroom flat in Rochester since 2008. And although I loved that flat and my friends from the area, it was the right time to move.

Originally, we weren’t looking in Tunbridge Wells. But then this house came onto the market and we decided to have a look.

We fell in love with the house the moment we walked in. And certainly when we saw the amazing view from the living room.

We are lucky enough to have a wood backing onto our garden. I can happily lose time whilst staring out of the window at this beautiful scene.

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Another highlight, was our fabulous holiday to the Isle of Wight. We went away only a week after moving and we all needed a relaxing and fun break where we could unwind and spend time together as a family.

And it was great. We visited wildlife parks, country parks, farms, beaches, arcades and piers. And we consumed lots of gorgeous food and drink (including ice cream and some very yummy fruit cider).

But it was the cottage that we stayed in that really made the holiday. It was quaint and homely. And perfect for a family of three on holiday. Plus, it had a wonderful garden where Little Miss H would merrily play after breakfast each morning.

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What am I looking forward to in 2016?

I am really excited about making changes to our house. We have some big plans and although it might be tiresome to have builders around the place, it will make such a difference to the space. And it will make the house our home.

I don’t want to say too much because we still have a lot to think about. But hopefully I will be documenting some of the changes on this little blog of mine.

I am also looking forward to seeing how Little Miss H develops this year. She astounds me at how quickly she changes. She is a girl who certainly knows her own mind. Which can be adorable but also trying at times.

In September, she will start nursery. And that will be a huge step. I am a stay-at-home mum, so most of her days have been spent in my company. I think a nursery environment will be brilliant for her. It will aid her development and I know she will have a wonderful time.

Any New Year’s resolutions?

I am not big on resolutions. I find that within a few weeks I have lapsed in to old habits and feel guilty.

But I do love the idea of a new year, new start. With that in mind, I like to choose a word which I try to live by during the year ahead.

In 2015, I had one word.

Kindness.

I plan to write another post about why I chose “kindness” and felt the need to be kinder to myself and others. I will also share with you, whether I managed to make kindness part of my life in 2015.

I have already chosen my word for 2016.

Shine.

Again, I will write more about this in another post but I really feel that 2016 needs to be my year to shine. To radiate happiness, contentment and confidence. And to get back to the Lucy I know that I can be!

My blogging highs

2015 was the year when I really fell in love with blogging. It gives me so much. And when I  have those moments when I fall out of love, I just take a break and remember why I want (and in some cases, need) to write.

There have been so many highlights:

  1. Becoming a Huffington Post blogger and being featured on the front page with my post about becoming a parent when you have long-term depression.
  2. The same post was also Mumsnet Blog of the Day.
  3. One of my posts about our recurrent miscarriage story was Netmums Blog of the Day.
  4. I have also appeared in the Tots100 Tots Good Read and on the front page of Mumsnet a few times.

These are all wonderful and make me so proud of my blog and my writing. But the main highlight has been the amazing response I have had to my more personal and hard-hitting posts. The posts where I open up about my depression, my history of self-harm and our story of recurrent miscarriage.

Each time I write one of these posts, I write from the heart and reveal my true nature. No hiding!

I make myself vulnerable and open myself up to condemnation.

But I am lucky because all I have ever received in reply is support and kind words.

I have also received wonderful text messages and emails from women who have been touched by my words. For a moment, they stopped feeling alone. They didn’t feel so isolated and they felt encouraged. Knowing that my words, my story, has helped others is the biggest blog highlight there could ever be.

My favourite picture of 2015

I recently, shared my five favourite photographs of 2015. But then on New Year’s Eve, Mr H and I were looking back through all the photographs that we had taken in 2015. And we came across this one. I realised that it should have been included in my five favourite photographs. But instead I am sharing it here.

It was taken a few weeks before we moved from Rochester. Little Miss H and I were going on a fairy door hunt around the town and we decided to stop for some refreshments.

Little Miss H looks so ethereal in this picture. Her curls, her blue eyes, her pale skin and rosy lips ( the odd cookie crumb on her chin). It is just perfect. But I may be biased.

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Oops. This post may have turned out longer than anticipated. Sorry about that! But it has been great to look back at the year that was.

What were your highlights of 2015? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

Hugs

Lucy

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41 Comments

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    Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    January 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Been meaning to comment on this post for a couple of weeks lovely Lucy, but been behind on everything. 2015 was quite a year wasn’t it…so much to be proud of.

    ‘Shine’ is a beautiful word, and I have no doubt you will continue to shine – because you always have – and your star will shine ever brighter.

    Your daughter is beautiful, and a real mini-you!

    Lots of love xxx

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    Sarah christie
    January 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Gorgeous photo of little Miss H, she is so pretty, Its been a funny old year for you but the positive and achievements and all things to really be proud of, and that view is just stunning. I hope this year is wonderful for you my lovely xx

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      Mrs H
      January 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Such a lovely comment Sarah, thank you. 2015 was a funny old year. A lot of ups and downs. But we got through it and we are now looking to 2016 with a new and positive attitude. And thank you for your kind words about Little Miss H. She is a cutie. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Tim
    January 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Quite a year on so many fronts! I do particularly love the photo of Little Miss H. Easy to forget sometimes that it’s the kids that make it all worthwhile.

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      You’re right, Tim. 2015 was quite a year. Good and bad. But Little Miss H is always a ray of sunshine in our lives. I have a great feeling that 2016 is going to be s good year. Happy New Year Tim. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Everything Mummy
    January 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Lovely post Lucy, I know some of the struggles you have faced in 2015 and how hard it has been on you, you are such an amazingly resilient lady and I find you so inspiring! Wishing you so much luck and happiness for 2016 xxx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you gorgeous, Amy. You are right. 2015 was a tough year. But I feel so much stronger as a result. And I am looking forward to a bright future. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Alex Lamb & Bear
    January 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    My highlight of 2015 was definitely finding out I’m pregnant with baby number 2, although I struggled with anxiety for the first trimester. I had a tough 2015 and I’m certainly looking forward to a better 2016. I also don’t set resolutions, this year I’m telling myself to work hard and stay positive. Happy New Year xx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      I am sorry that you had such a tough 2015. It wasn’t the best year for us either. But it is good to try and see the happy times. And finding out you were pregnant again must have been wonderful. I am glad that your anxiety is over and that you are looking forward to a happy and positve 2016. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Emma T
    January 5, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    It is a gorgeous photo of her.

    2015 was a bit of a blur for us, and a lot of it was spent sorting out my nan’s affairs and legal stuff up til and after she died. We’re hoping 2016 will have nothing to deal with legally and sad stuff with family.

    Happy 2016

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Oh Emma, that sounds really tough. I hope that 2016 is a much better year for you. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Kara
    January 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Good luck with the house renovations, we bought a doer upper and are still doing it up 10 years later lol

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      10 years later! Gosh, I hope that our renovations don’t take that long. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Zoe L
    January 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Looks like a lovely 2015. Hope you have an equally exciting 2016 🙂

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you for your comment Zoe. I am looking forward to a very positive 2016. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Stephanie
    January 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    How lovely to have a wood at the end of your garden! I love the Isle of Wight, we only live accross the water from it but as soon as you get on the Island you are on holiday and feel so far away from everything!

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      The Isle of Wight is the perfect holiday location. There is so much to do there. We definitely need to go back again at some point. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Colette B
    January 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Steak seems to have been a theme for many a New Year night in! : )
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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Steak is the perfect accompaniment to any New Year’s Eve. I think it will become part of a new New Year ritual for us. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Emma | The Mini Mes and Me
    January 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Happy new year lovely!
    Eeee exciting times with her starting nursery. Good luck with the renovations 🙂 x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you lovely Emma. 2016 is going to be very exciting. Lots of change. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Natalie Ray
    January 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    What a lovely roundup post. The view from your back garden is beautiful! We also had a holiday to the isle of wight this year, it’s such a lovely place to take young children – and dogs for that matter, our two had a whale of a time! I like that kindness is one of your resolutions and I look forward to reading more about it.xx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Natalie. Isle of Wight is a perfect holiday destination. We had a fabulous time. There was so much to do. We’ll definitely consider going there again. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Claire
    January 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I love your word for 2016! Shine on, lovely.

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Claire. It is an inspiring word and one I feel very drawn to. I need to write a post about it. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Rebecca u
    January 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Tunbridge Wells is so lovely – I’d love to move there (my husband grew up in Kent and his family are still there). All the best for 2016 x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Tunbridge Wells is gorgeous. You should move here. There is a lovely community of bloggers here. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Jenna
    January 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I’m so envious of your woodland view – it must feel like living at a center parcs village! 🙂 Do you get much wildlife around? 🙂

    I can see why you love that photo of Little Miss H so much – she’s beautiful. Oh and I adore her cardi. 🙂

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and happy new year. xxxx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I love our view. And we get lots of wildlife. There is a very tame neighbourhood fox who wanders around. Lots of birds and some very cheeky squirrels who eat all the bird feed we put out. And thanks for your lovely comment about Little Miss H. That cardi is a Nanna design. She makes Little Miss so many fantastic cardigans and they are all so cute. But I think that this is my favourite. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    My Life As A Mummy
    January 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Happy New Year Lovely!!!

    I have family in Tunbridge, it’s such a lovey place!

    Congrats on becoming a Huff Post Blogger.

    I hope you have a really fantastic 2016

    Laura x x x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Happy New Year too, lovely Laura. And thanks for your congratulations about being a Huff Post Blogger. 2015 has been a bit of a whirlwind. I am glad it is over and I can move forward with positivity. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    mellissa williams
    January 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Your house has a great view – Tunbridge Wells sounds lovely. Well done on being a Huff Post blogger too! My highlights of the year include going on a fantastic road trip to California and Vegas and my son starting university.
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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      That road trip sounds amazing. I am so envious. And I hope that your son enjoyed his first term at university and you didn’t miss him too much. It is such a huge milestone. I am sure that you are hugely proud of him. Happy New Year. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    The Speed Bump
    January 4, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I love your word for 2016, I hope you get plenty of opportunities to shine and I’m sure you will! Happy new year xx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much lovely. I feel very inspired by my word for 2016. I really need to get round to writing a post about it. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Donna
    January 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful year. Here’s to a lovely 2016 too! Happy New Year! x

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      Mrs H
      January 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Donna. 2015 had its bad and good times. I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. Happy New Year to you too. Here’s to a fab 2016. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    January 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    What a year 2015 turned out to be for you! That view just blows me away – I’d get nothing done! Love your word for 2016 honey and look forward to reading about your plans for a shining new year xx

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      Mrs H
      January 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      It is hard to concentrate with such a beautiful view. And we see so much wonderful wildlife out of the window too. Thanks for your lovely comment. You are always so kind, Michelle. I am really looking forward to a healthier and happier 2016. Happy New year to you lovely. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures
    January 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Such a stunning photo Lucy. I can see why you love it. You have some fab things to look forward to in 2016 and I know you will be stronger than ever.

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      Mrs H
      January 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Oh Karen, you are so kind. I already feel so much stronger than I did this time last year. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be a great year. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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