2019 has arrived and I am most definitely glad to see the back of 2018! Don’t get me wrong, 2018 wasn’t all bad, but I’m eager to see what 2019 has to offer. For my first blog post of 2019 I thought I’d look back on the highs and lows of last year and discuss what I hope will be different/better or continue to be great this year.
Let’s start with the good stuff.
One of my first blog posts of 2018 was round-up of Christmas 2017. We had a lovely Christmas, the children were truly spoilt and enjoyed a trip to the pantomime and a local Christmas show before Christmas had even began! Shortly after that post went live I launched my six month declutter challenge. This post was well received by my readers. Many got in touch to tell me how helpful they found the post. One of the main reasons I started blogging was to help others so I loved receiving such lovely feedback.
February 2018 was a scary month.
I found five pea sized lumps between my breast and my armpit. Thankfully, a few weeks after discovering the lumps I was given the all clear. The experience had a huge impact on me and I am now hugely conscious of any changes in my breasts. February also saw the end of my volatile relationship with my father. As I head into 2019, I’m hoping that I can continue to move forward with my life, without any negative influences.
The Beast From The East hit in late February which caused an impromptu mid-week break from school. We made the best of a particularly snowy situation and had plenty of snowball fights (see picture above) and I pulled the children along on sledges which they thought was amazing! Once the snow had melted normality resumed… until the discovery of a cyber bully on an online game Mia enjoyed playing. This was our first experience of bullying. I felt like a failure despite Mia being very accepting of the situation.
I was immensely proud of how she handled the situation.
Mia turned 7 in April, even now, six months before her eighth birthday, I can’t quite get my head around the fact that she’s not a baby anymore. It only seems like yesterday she unexpectedly entered the world. In May, Theo turned 5. He’s now a whole half a decade old, it’s crazy!
Dedicated readers will know that I have worked hard to make our house a home over the past year. I started with the kitchen in June and did some work on the garden (see below) and the living room in July. July also saw the end of Theo’s first year at school and Mia’s last year at infant’s school before moving up to middle school.
We fully embraced the summer holidays and enjoyed plenty of days out and family fun. September arrived far too quickly and Mia started the next chapter of her education at her new school. Thankfully, she absolutely loves it and is thriving, as is Theo who is now in year 1. In October, we welcomed Millie into the family and I started work on transforming the bedroom that the children share. October was the month I decided to finally beat my energy drink addiction. The withdrawal was absolutely horrendous, but worth it. I feel so much healthier now, and my anxiety has reduced greatly.
Before we knew it, Christmas had arrived again.
Christmas is my favourite time of year, I absolutely love it. This Christmas was particularly poignant for me as this Christmas was the first Christmas I haven’t required financial help from family and friends in order to provide my children with gifts. Instead, I’ve had a successful year as a self-employed full-time blogger and my hard work has paid off. I had two very happy children on Christmas morning. It made all the stress and late nights worth it.
2019 has begun, in just a few weeks I will be 26. Soon the children will be 8 and 6 and we have a whole host of adventures and fun planned over the next 12 months. I’m determined to make memories with my children this year, before they stop wanting to spend quite so much time with me!
Thanks for sticking with us during 2018, let’s make 2019 awesome.