It turns out it was a year ago that I started my blog (thanks Facebook memories). And what a year it’s been, one of highs and lows, that’s for sure. One I don’t think we could have ever predicted.
First things first, to anyone that has read any of my posts over the past year – thank you. I have neglected the blog a bit lately as I just don’t always have the time, but hopefully I’ll be able to write some more regular posts over the next year 🙂
So, where do I begin? 2017, you have been the year that we welcomed our second beautiful daughter into the world, and watched our first darling daughter turn into an amazing grown-up little girl. Parenting presents a new challenge every day, I am by far the perfect mother but I give it everything I’ve got, and I am so so proud of my girls. I won’t pretend like I love every moment, it is bloody hard work and I lose my shit regularly! But the good times far far outweigh the bad, most days are a joy and I love being able to provide all the opportunities we do for our girls. Becoming a mum of two was a huge shock to the system, at times I would think “what the hell have I done?”, but it got easier day by day, and seeing the love between Lyla and Daisy is just incredible. That is all that matters, and I know I am very lucky.
Aside from my girls, 2017 threw a lot more at us. We said good-bye to far too many people, I turned the big 3-0 (and therefore spent a small fortune on skincare), and we have had some amazing holidays. But most of all, it has taught me a lot of lessons. It has taught me to continue doing whatever makes you happy, to not worry about what others think (easier said than done, I know), and to cherish the time spent with your family, to make memories at every opportunity.
But the main thing I have learnt? Nothing lasts forever. Things can change in the blink of an eye. Things that might not have anything to do with you, but can change yours or your loved ones lives.
Relationships and friendships change, develop, get put under strain, and unfortunately end in heartbreak. But through all of that, friendships can also get stronger, something I will take away from this year as a huge positive.
I don’t really know what to expect from the next year, what direction my career will take, whether we will stay living in this house or where in the world we might visit. Or perhaps a third child? JOKES!
Whatever happens, I will be going into the new year with new chances, the same dreams, but a fresh start. I will be welcoming 2018 with open arms, with excitement, with love, and with hope. I’ll leave you with what is perhaps my favourite quote, and definitely what I will continue living my life by, and maybe what others should too…
All the love,