For SO many reasons 2016 was a pretty shocking year on a global level, but personally, 2016 was one of my best years. I am finally doing something that I love passionately and it was the first year since having children that I picked them up from school almost every day. That may not sound like much, but my eldest is 11, and I know how much it means to her to finally see my face at the school gates every day. Those journeys home with them moaning about the ‘ below par’ after school snacks or me moaning about how ‘lucky they were that they got driven home in a comfy car and even had a snack to eat’, weren’t always jolly of course, but it was time spent together. The time when they reveal snippets of their day and get things off their chest and the times that I had missed up until the beginning of the year.
Resigning from my job and heading into the unknown and the world of unemployment was scary, but I knew that the time had come and I needed to stop plodding and do something that would make me feel alive again. I am hugely grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has provided, and without you, reading it, none of that would have happened. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, for enabling me to make something of it. It really has been one of the most fulfilling and exciting years for me and I am so excited about 2017.
Another thing that made it such a special year for me, was that my husband resigned from his job too, and was on gardening leave for 6 months. It meant that we spent so much time together, as a family and as a couple when the children were at school. Precious time together that reaffirmed what a great friend he is, as well as an amazing father and husband.
So heading into a new year year, I had a think about the things that I feel I need to work on in 2017. Not resolutions as such, but little things that I need to be more mindful of. So I thought I would share them with you.