Finding Happiness

My Top Seven Of 2018

A photograph of a woman, her son and her daughte flying a kite on Camber Sands - My Top Seven of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

I was tagged by the lovely Lauren at Scrapbook Blog to share My Top Seven of 2018. So as I sit and watch the last episode of You on Netflix (have you seen it? It is good, right!) I thought I would share with you some of my highlights of 2018. You can read Lauren’s post about her highlights here.

My 7 Favourite Posts From 2018

I struggle with the word favourite. When you write posts that are designed to be a form of therapy or that are aimed at moving people then it is hard to love them. But I’m proud of them. So here are 7 posts that either I loved writing or that I’m proud of:

1. 18 Goals for 2018

I started last year by writing about my goals and aims for the year ahead. It was a post that was inspired by one of Gretchen Rubin’s podcast.

2. The Declaration of Motherhood

I’m still really proud of this post declaring all mothers are created equal. We all go through the same anxieties and issues and we should be there to support one another.

3. 10 Reasons Why A Royal Caribbean Cruise Would Make The Perfect Family Holiday

This post reminds me of the fabulous day that we spent on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, The Independence of the Seas. It was an amazing day and I’m so grateful to this blog for making it happen.

A mother, her son and daughter having fun at Splash Landings on the Royal Caribbean ship Independence of the Seas - My Top Seven of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

4. Finding Happiness And Chasing Rainbows – September 2018

September 2018 was an amazing month. The month of our 10th wedding anniversary and my 40th birthday. There are many happy memories and this post reords them all.

5. The Medical Management Of A Missed Miscarriage

This is one of the most important posts I’ve ever written. There is so little information about what it is actually like to have a missed miscarriage medically managed. And I thought it was right that I share my story to help more women know what they could experience. You can read my experience of being diagnosed with a missed miscarriage here.

6. Life Lessons That I Thought I Would Have Learnt By Now

This is a companion piece to my post 39 Life Lessons For 39 Years. Including being kinder to myself and saying no, it is a list of lessons that I thought I would have learnt by 40.

7. Self-Loathing And The Art of Liking Myself

A post about the self-loathing that I’ve struggled with throughout my life. And how I’m learning to like myself as I get older.

7 Things I Loved Most About 2018

Although I suffered from a quite dramatic relapse in my depression and anxiety in 2018, it was a wonderful year. There is so many lovely memories and days to treasure.

1. Going to see Hamilton The Musical with my best friend at the beginning of January.

2. Being surrounded by my friends and family at my 40th birthday party. Mr H had organised everything and it was the most perfect party.

A photo of a 40th birthday cake covered in hearts - My Top Seven Of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

3. Spending a wonderful weekend in the New Forest with Mr H celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.

4. Going to my first ever festival. The fantastic Elderflower Fields Festival with Little Miss H and Auntie B (and Conker the class bear came too).

A photo of a mother and her daughter dressed up and at Elderflower Fields Festival - My Top Seven Of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

5. Flying a kite for the first time on Camber Sands beach on my 40th birthday.

6. Being a finalist in the Inspire category of the Brilliance in Blogging awards.

7. Having afternoon tea at the National Portrait Gallery restaurant with some of my blogging friends.

A photo of 7 blogging ladies standing outside the restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery - My Top Seven of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

7 Things You Are Looking Forward To In 2019

1. In a few weeks¬†time, I’m going to afternoon tea with my best friend at the Langham Hotel in London.

2. Seeing Take That for the first time since I was a teenager.

3. Going to the Elderflower Fields Festival again with Little Miss H and Auntie B.

4. All the days out that we have planned with the family.

A photograph of a little girl on a ride in Peppa Pig's World at Paulton's Park - My Top Seven Of 2018 - Mrs H's favourite things

5. Spending a day in London for Mr H’s 40th birthday.

6. Going away with Mr H for the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

7. In August, we are going on our first cruise. We’re going with my family to celebrate my parent’s Golden Wedding Anniversary. And we’re going to visit the stunning Norwegian Fjords. Little Miss H is very excited not only because she’ll be spending a whole week with her cousins but also because she’ll be visiting her first foreign country.

You can read more about my goals, aims and plans for 2019 in my post 19 Goals For 2019.

I now tag anyone else who wants to share their highlights from 2018.

What were your highlights from 2018?

Hugs

Lucy

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