Highs & Lows of 2017

I'm joining in with Kate at Kate on Thin Ice's New Year reflections linky, looking back at the highs and lows of 2017. Make sure you head over and read her post and if you have your own reflections on the past year or would like to answer the questions for yourself you can link up there!

1. What was your happiest event?

Without a doubt, it has to be the birth of this beautiful little thing. What more can I say?

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?

There's been some shit news from my family in Yorkshire, which involves a situation I have little control over, and even less of an idea of how best to handle.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

To be blunt: my pregnancy. I did not imagine I would be having another child at all, nevermind in 2017, but here we are, with no looking back.

4. Who let you down?

I don't think that I have been majorly let down this year. This in part comes from being more self-sufficient; taking more control over my life and facing things head on. If anything, I may have let a few people down, but maybe in a way that was for the best in the long run.

5. Who supported you?

I have been utterly overwhelmed by the support I have received this year. It has been a rollercoaster of a year, but my friends, colleagues, bosses and even acquaintances have been completely amazing. I have made new friends, seen levels to people I didn't see before and feel so privileged to have all of these people in my life. On top of this, my other half has been wonderful throughout my pregnancy and my beautiful daughter, Rose, has made me so proud by being a considerate, sweet and loving young lady.

6. Tell us what you learned

I learned that I am actually more capable of doing a lot of things than I thought I was. I've taken more control over my life, and while there's still a way to go, I'm actually far more confident in general than I used to be.

7. Tell us what made you laugh

This year has been both laughter and tears, but probably more of the latter. I hope that next year will be more of the former.

8. Tell us the things that made you cry

Pregnancy hormones. I cried all year.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud

My eldest daughter, Rose, has really come into her own this year. She has learned serious empathy recently, which I know from working in customer service is not something a lot of people develop – ever. She has also excelled at school and this week took part in the First Lego League with some other children from her class.

My (now) middle daughter, Violet, has grown into herself so well this year. She's been doing marvellously at school, as well as working hard on her football. That always makes me swell with pride, as I'm certain she'll be playing for England in no time.

Any my youngest daughter, well she made her way into this world without a problem. Super.

10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself

I have made more of an effort to be a little less socially awkward. I'm getting there with putting myself out there and meeting new people as well as nurturing friendships. I have also faced some things which I have found difficult in the past, taking control of bills and financial stuff that I used to find impossible. I managed too to give birth to a beautiful daughter without any pain relief except gas and air. Power to me.

11. Tell us the challenges you overcame

Pregnancy was definitely a challenge. Though there's nothing to do but make it through, I am still counting it as a challenge that I overcame.

12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2018

In 2018 I would like to well and truly get my finances in order.

I have always found personal finances so overwhelming and anxiety-inducing that I simply couldn't face dealing with them, but this year I have started to realise I can actually do it, and so next year is the time to really get things in order and start saving some money.

Learn a new skill.

It seems simple but I haven't learned something new in a very long time. Having a skill, even if it's something simple would be good in many aspects, but not least because I need to keep my brain active.

Keep up the blogging.

I've been really glad that maternity leave has afforded me the time to get back into blogging. I want to continue into the New Year, and with some extremely exciting prospects on the horizon I feel so invigourated about it.

In fact, I'm excited to announce officially that Kate at Kate on Thin Ice and I will be launching the Best Boot Forward campaign in 2018. We are both committed to positively improving our lives next year and encouraging other women to do the same. We are launching the initiative to help you take baby steps towards what you want out of a brand New Year. Watch this space for the big launch in the New Year!


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