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…..And Just Like That, It’s 2018!

2nd January 2018

Hello! Welcome back to my blog and Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have all had a great Christmas and New Year, spending it with your families and are raring to go for 2018. It has been refreshing having some time away from the blog and to relax with my beautiful family. Children grow so quickly and so taking a step back from work commitments is important. But all too soon it is over, we’ve had Christmas, waved goodbye to 2017 and bang! It’s 2018!

2017, whilst it now feels like it has flown by at times it felt long, drawn out. The constant sickness in the house. Everyone warned me. Two children mean more sickness but seriously, ever since I went back to work in May it feels like someone has ALWAYS been sick. It has been relentless. The times when we were clear of illness, we had teething. Never one tooth, always two or three. The one consistency has been a definite lack of sleep. There is a saying I heard that I keep telling myself.

“The nights are long but the years are short”

But it hasn’t all been long sleepless nights. There have been two children growing rapidly before my eyes. Here are some of my favourite memories of 2017.

Personal Goals Past & Present

Last year I set some goals, I actually popped them into a post with the idea that this would make me more accountable and actually achieve them. I wish it was that easy! I look on the list today and well, whilst I have definitely tried to achieve them I have not been all that successful. When I look at the list it is the goals I set for me that I didn’t achieve, such as more exercise, read a book a month, finish my cross stitch. Something always came up. Well, if I’m honest, I always put something in the way. I always made an excuse. Well not this year.

2018 I am not setting goals as such. I do not want to look back and feel disappointed that I haven’t achieved something. This year is going to be about looking after me. Eating healthier, planning more exercise, looking after myself more. Even if it is just 10 minutes here and there it is better than nothing. I need to be the healthiest I can be to be the best I can be for my kids. I can’t keep being a tired Mum.

Blogging Goals Past & Present

Last year I didn’t make any blogging goals as I wasn’t really sure where my blog would go. I wasn’t really sure of the opportunities available. When I started on my blogging journey it was a place for me to be able to write about our lives. Share experiences and just keep sane whilst on maternity leave.

In the last year I have learned so much but still know so little, but I enjoy learning it all. I realise now how naive I was to think it was write a post and leave it. There is a lot more to blogging.

I never would have thought that I would have been able to work with so many wonderful brands, let alone earn some money from my blog. But I have.
I have read blogs on Mumsnet for years, I never thought that I would have one of my posts as Blog Of The Day, but I did.
To think that when I started out I thought people would laugh at me for wanting to try it and no-one would want to read what I wrote. No-one laughed, they supported and they read. YOU guys read, and you came back.

Where do I see the blog going this year, well once again I’m just not sure. I will be setting some goals to work towards, I just need to sit down and have a think about what my plan is. All I know is that I am looking forward to the next 12 months of blogging.

So for now I want to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2018.

Thank you all for returning to see what adventures we have been up to. To share the fun, laughter, tears and tantrums. I hope you keep coming back this year, we have so much to look forward to. Lanzarote, another trip to Butlins and Reuben starts school. And those are just the plans that are definite there are so many maybe’s in the pipeline. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be an exciting one, so please join me!!

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  • The_tale_of_mummyhood

    What lovely year you’ve had! Here’s to 2018 and all it has to offer! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • maggie torsney-weir

    You have a beautiful family! Wishing you the best of luck in 2018! #blogstravaganza

  • Jo – Cup of Toast

    What a lovely reflective post. I’m doing the same this year and not setting resolutions. Here’s to a positive and relaxed 2018! Thanks for sharing your post with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • I think you achieve more by not setting resolutions. Without that pressure, who needs that?! x

  • It’s amazing where blogging can take you isn’t it? It’s a lovely record to look back on and stops your brain from going soft! Here’s hoping 2018 will be the best yet xx

    #pbe

    • I had no idea when I started where it could go. Fingers crossed x

  • Rhiannan Morgan

    Congratulations on the MumsNet post! Happy New Year ans good luck with blogging in 2018