This year has been a roller coaster for me. *Bursts into Ronan Keating, Life Is A Roller Coaster*
I've loved, lost, grieved and made memories that have marked this year as an all rounder - a year that's given me experiences of all sorts. I can't hate on 2015 too much though, because for all the negatives, there have been some positives too!
So 2015, here's your look back - and it's not in chronological order... Just because I'm feeling rebellious!
My Big Boy
The moment I had been dreading rolled around this year and my little man started big school. For all my worries, he's totally excelled and I couldn't be more proud as a Mummy. I had worried that with his special needs he would face difficulties and yet, he's shown me that children are truly the most wonderful and understanding of peers. He's made amazing friends, he loves school and he's just turning into this amazing big boy now. My heart bursts.
I hadn't had a proper holiday for nearly four years and this year I was determined to change that because quite frankly, I needed a break! I went to Malta for a week and it was beautiful and a really lovely holiday. Malta is now one of the few places I would gladly revisit. I needed to go away and do absolutely nothing for a week - and that's exactly what I did. I drank cocktails by the pool, read books I'd wanted to read for ages and spent the days blissfully escaped from the normal 9-5. I haven't felt like I needed a break as much as I needed that one, so it ticked every box - it was relaxing, fun and a great place. Although I'm increasingly disappointed that you can't get Nutella ice-cream over here.
My Man - Bradley Cooper
So. This year was the year that I saw Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man. It was an amazing show. The best bit was that before-hand he walked past me...he was within licking distance. LICKING DISTANCE *swoon*
This year I moved away from Communications and Digital Marketing as a combination role and into a dedicated Social Media and Digital Marketing role as a manager. Having worked in social media for five years, I'd been desperate to keep some semblance of Communications in my role but when my current job came up, I knew right away it was the job for me. I love it - I love where I work and I feel so fortunate about that. I don't dread 9am like some of my friends do, and I feel so blessed to have a job that I truly enjoy.
Having been a parenting blogger several years ago, this year I decided to get back into blogging - but in the lifestyle genre instead. I dabbled with blogging through the first half of the year but it wasn't until August when I really dedicated the effort and launched Lady Writes properly. The response has been amazing and overwhelming, and I am so appreciative of every single person who's taken the time to read my ramblings! The last few months have seen me launch a Bloggers Weekly Newspaper, run a bloggers Secret Santa #ladywritessecretsanta and feature some amazing brands along the way. To me, blogging is more than just 'blogging'. As a single Mummy, I sometimes struggle with childcare and so blogging has allowed me to fill my time with something I love. And through it I've made some amazing friends, who I know I can just chat away to whenever I want. This year has been made by blogging.
Bet you're thinking 'who the flip is bobby?!'. Well Bobby is my cat! Didn't know I had a cat?! Well technically I didn't! Bobby disappeared for four months and I thought he'd gone to kitty heaven...until he turned up on my doorstep again a month ago as if nothing had happened. Luckily for him we had missed him, but I wouldn't accept this behaviour from any other male.
Hello And Goodbye
This year I said goodbye to a lovely friend who at the age of 31 lost her life to cancer. It was just so truly tragic and has been something that's really made me think about how fragile life is - you never know what's around the corner. Saying goodbye to anyone is poignant and leaves a mark on you, but when it seems so unfair, when they're so young - it's all the more difficult to accept. I've tried to take something positive from this because it really altered my perception of happiness. I try to live a full life and do the things that make me happy, regardless of what anyone else thinks because, well, you don't get second chances. Life is too short to spend it being anything other than happy - the cars, houses, money etc means nothing in the grand scheme of things. It's all about people.
I did say some amazing new Hello's this year too! Through blogging I've made some awesome new friends who feel like people I've known for ages. I feel like I've got this awesome gang of awesomeness around me just because of these wonderful ladies. There's too many to list, but you all know who you are - whether we chat on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else - you're my crew and I love you!
Affairs Of The Heart
This year has been one that's taught me a lot about relationships and putting myself first, knowing my worth and understanding the value of emotions and feelings. I've learnt about loyalty and honesty in painful ways and yet I feel like everything has taught me constructively more about affairs of the heart. So despite the off bit of heartbreak, I feel like I've learnt a lot through it. I've learnt that expectations don't always match reality, and yet sometimes, just once in a while, there's something rare and special out there to be found. Regardless of everything I'm looking forward to spending New Years Eve with someone who's history with me surpasses everyone else.
This year my love for Instagram has grown and I've loved that recently #2015bestnine has been doing the rounds. It's the opportunity to find out the best nine Instagram post you had during the year, and here were mine..
Oh dear me. Being a blogger is not good for my bank account! Through blogging I've read some amazing posts raving about fantastic products and I've become a little bit more addicted to stationery. I've been so fortunate to work with some amazing stationery brands this year - and long may it continue...no seriously, please. I'll get withdrawal symptoms if not... Plus my candle and home scent addiction has reached new levels too. I just have to be careful not to set fire to anything with my constant use of candles, burners, reed diffusers etc!
So that's just an insight into my 2015 - Here's looking forward to 2016 and all it holds!