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2016

Merriam-Webster’s word of 2016 was “surreal” and that definitely sums up my year.

At the beginning of 2016, I was flying to New York with my boyfriend which had been his 30th birthday present from me. Fast forward 12 months and I’m currently in Leicester with my family, fiancé and our three-month old son.

I think on every level this year has been unbelievable, but for me personally, it has been an amazing year. At the end of 2015, I wrote out a list of things I wanted to achieve in 2016, so I thought I’d have a look back over my resolutions to see how I did…

Anxiety: The key thing I’m hoping to do this year is to overcome my anxiety. I know this isn’t an overnight thing, and I know at times it can be one step forward, two steps back, but I’m incredibly lucky that I have a supportive boyfriend and a group of friends who are very understanding. Since posting my initial post about anxiety, I’ve had so many messages of support and understanding and I’m incredibly grateful for that, as it really does help. This year already has a lot of things coming up which I’m feeling anxious about, and so I’m working on just taking things a step at a time and learning not to get frustrated with myself if I need to take a step back to breathe and get myself together.

I think on some level I’ve managed this. I’ve made some amazing new friends which has been a huge help with my anxiety, and I think having Dougie has also made a huge difference because I would never want him to miss out on anything because of my anxiety.

Fitness: I want to run the London Marathon. I got a place, I know I have the ability, but unfortunately I also have a torn Achilles. I’ve been going to physio, had acupuncture and I do all the exercises I’ve been given, so I’m really hoping I’ll still be able to take part. If I’m advised against it, then I won’t push it – I’d much rather defer my place to next year than completely mess up my foot, so I’ll do everything I can to complete this, but it may be out of my control…

Well. That didn’t really go to plan. I deferred my place to 2017 and I’m intending to run it this year. I’ve written about why I’m running it, and if you’re feeling generous, you can sponsor me HERE. The marathon is in April, so 8 months after having a baby, so I’m not planning to do it very fast, I’m just hoping to get round in one piece! I’m building up my fitness (slowly!) and we’ll see how it goes!

Creative: I want to blog more. I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately with a new job and a new addition to the family – Freddie the French bulldog. For anyone that appreciates adorable Frenchies, have a follow of his Instagram (yep, I’m that person, but in my defence, it was either make an account just for Freddie photos, or have him completely take over my own Instagram…) But yes, blogging. I want to get back into regular blogging as I love it so. I also want to do more colouring and try making some videos as I love editing.

I think I’ve been pretty good about blogging and being creative when I’ve had the time. I’ve made a blog Instagram which I love doing. I want to continue this resolution in 2017.

Home: We bought our lovely flat last April (how time flies!) and we’ve done quite a lot to it already. There is still a lot that we want to do though, for example we want to retile the bathroom, and we need a new shower. This year I’d like to do as much as we can afford to it. Some of the things just won’t be possible, but I think it’s reasonable to say that this year I’d like to have all the rooms painted and have our sofa paid off.

We redid our bathroom, got a new fridge and turned the spare room into a beautiful nursery – I think this was pretty successful!

Eating: No more chocolate and biscuits. It’s getting a bit ridiculous and I don’t feel good for it. I always give chocolate/crisps/sweets/biscuits up for Lent anyway, so I’m going to try and give up at least chocolate and biscuits for the year.

Hahahaha. This went out the window when I found out I was pregnant… Chocolate has calcium right?

Travel: I’m off to New York on Friday – yay! I can’t wait. But I want to do more. My boyfriend and I have travelled to different places in Asia for a couple of weeks every year for the last few years, I don’t think we’ll get a chance to do that this year, but I’d like to go to at least one place I’ve never visited this year.

A big trip was sadly not on the cards this year, but we went to New York at the beginning of the year, and Portugal for a babymoon which was absolutely lovely.

Clearly I didn’t manage to stick to aaaall my resolutions, but this year has been the most exciting, exhausting and overwhelming year of my life so far, so I think I’ve done pretty well! Super cheesy, but I’ve been incredibly lucky this year, and now I have our wedding to plan and the most beautiful baby to raise, and I can’t wait 🙂

 

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