So long 2016, thanks for all the memories

Well this is it. We have come to our last few hours of 2016 and as the dawn of a new year slowly creeps in I’ve reflected on the treasures that 2016 have blessed me with. There have been highs and lows but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We have enjoyed several camping trips, some with our closest friends and others with our dogs (for the first time), week away in north Norfolk, days out, fun filled family time, my 40th birthday party and the arrival of a puppy in our house.

There have been moments of frustration both at work and home but I don’t see these as negative I see them as character building, testing your resilience. We lost my uncle this year, the only uncle out of many who always remembered me at xmas, birthdays and our wedding anniversary. I always looked forward to his niece cards and always wrote a letter in his birthday and Christmas cards updating him on our lives. This chirstmas and anniversary I missed that but he lived a great life.

My dad was diagnosed with suspected dementia so this year has been a learning curve and next year will bring further challenges for which I feel ready to face alongside my mother and sister on this.

I have watched my eldest enter the ‘tween’ phase and the attitude that seems to have developed alongside this. Testing is the word that comes to mind. I suspect next year will see my gin intake up again … good job I discovered Copper House gin in October!

But I will finish with some words from me to you. Look back and reflect and look at how you have grown over the year. Look to the next one not with a list of resolutions but with a goal of doing more to make yourself happy, promise yourself 5 minutes of time each day to do something just for you. mine will possibly be stalking the Emma Bridgewater website or going for my pre school swim or even having a quiet coffee on my own in the fresh air, I wonder what yours will be?

I wish you all love, peace and happiness for the forthcoming 365.25 days, happy new year xx