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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- The same post was also Mumsnet Blog of the Day.
- One of my posts about our recurrent miscarriage story was Netmums Blog of the Day.
- 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.
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.