So the lovely Jayne from Sticky Mud & Belly Laughs has tagged me to share some Top Things from 2018. This is where we share 7 blog posts, 7 things that we have loved back in 2018 and 7 things we are looking forward to this year. So here are are mine, and at the end of this post I will tag some other bloggers to share theirs. It’s a fun way to look back, look forward and also find some new blogs to read.
2018 was an interesting year for us, lots of highs and lows.
My Top 7 Blog posts
We were treated to tickets to visit Paradise Wildlife Park, and I have to say, it was a brilliant day out and one of my favourite posts to write, with lots of cute animal photos.
This post with Tesalate was one of my most popular giveaway posts, and was fun to run.
My tongue in cheek rant about never being able to go to the toilet in peace resonated with a lot of people and apparently I am not the only one who finds it hard to go for a pee alone…
My post about Why I Drag My Family to War Memorials was noticed by the Common Wealth War Graves commission, and this year some time, because of that post and another post or two I have written about my family’s connections to the Great War, I have been asked to attend an event next year to look more into some of my family history (I can’t share any more than that, for now, you will have to wait and see!)
I wrote this post, called Find Your Tribe when I was struggling and a lot of people responded, I know how lonely motherhood can sometimes be, so I am glad it reached out to people.
I have been very vulnerable this year, sharing about having some mental health struggles, and a bit of a breakdown in terms of my anxiety. I started therapy in November again, and I have been sharing. This post was raw and honest, and I hope it helped and continues to help people see that it’s ok to not be ok and to want to get help.
And last but not least, because the cats are part of why this blog exists and the name of the blog, working with Arty Lobster who crafted me the most beautiful model of Layla was a highlight for me.
The blog really is part of our lives and has given us some fabulous opportunities and allowed me to meet and work with some amazing companies and people. I don’t take it for granted though and appreciate it all. The work is worth it.
7 things I loved last year
Being able to go away in the summer, and at Christmas, to France with my family. Those breaks are very needed, and we love where we go and stay.
Spending a whole week alone with the boy, whilst his dad and sister went camping. It was so nice to be able to just have him and I time together.
Being able to work with some amazing brands and companies.
The tween finishing primary school and starting secondary school and how well she has done, and how grown up and capable she is becoming.
Two good friends who have struggled with infertility and loss finally having the amazing joy of bringing their much wanted babies home and being able to meet those babies.
Realising that my mental health and well being is actually a big priority and taking steps to look after me, as well as everyone else around me.
The husband finally starting a new job that meant less stress, no weekend or on call work, that has made a huge difference to our marriage and family life.
7 things I am looking forward to in 2019
Working with some great brands and people, this year is already starting to look busy and fun
Getting pregnant. We are starting medication in the spring, let’s see if we can make this happen. I am thinking positive for now
Going away on some fabulous holidays, with the family. We have some plans for glamping at Easter, a summer holiday, and possibly even somewhere lovely for Christmas
Both sets of grandparents coming to visit the UK this summer.
Finally getting the children’s book I am writing finished and starting to look for an illustrator
Our 18th wedding anniversary – I have plans, can’t share them here in case the husband reads the blog 😉
Seeing the tween get an award later this spring, in recognition for her community service to guides
And I am sure there will be a lot more to look forward to. Now I am tagging…
Vicky from Miss Tilly and Me
Gemma from Yorkshire Mum of 4
and Kate from Life with The Buxtons to share their Top 7 too…