Yet again we’re sitting at the end of Christmas Day, a day in my opinion that always goes by far too quick, quicker than days at the office, quicker than the run up to the big day.
I’ve spent the day exactly how I always like to. Surrounded by family, eating delicious food that always seems to taste better on this day. My brother and I started drinking at noon, and I’ve watched all of the Harry Potter movies in two days – thank you NowTV.
I’m forever grateful to my family for the day and everything we do for each other, the smiles and pile of wrapping paper in the living room that is a tradition that hasn’t changed even now when I’m closer to 30 than 20.
One final thought before I close this short but sweet post. I just want to take some moments to remember the members of my family who aren’t with us today, the members who, when we lost them our traditions changed. Those who we will never forget as long as their memories live on in our minds and in our stories. You are missed, you are loved and you are remembered.
To all of you, Merry Christmas to you and your families, wherever you are in the world, however you celebrate.
All the best.
We’re fast approaching the end of another year, another one that’s gone by faster than time should, another one that’s escaped through the fingertips of the universe. This time, it’s not just the year that’s over, it’s the decade.
I always try to be an optimist, I try to believe that everything happens for a reason and that every decision I make is the right one, and whether it’s now or further down the line the result of those decisions will be made clear to me.
At the start of every year, I try to give myself a list of things I want to do or accomplish and this year was no different. While I completed a few, the big ones aren’t quite there yet and I’m not about to lie and say that I’ve achieved everything I set out to do. Year after year I tell myself that by this time the year after I’ll be in a better place mentally and physically… don’t get me wrong my year was far from tragic and I’ve had a load of new experiences and I have accomplished some personal victories. But there is still a list as long as my arm of things I haven’t checked off my list, things that I mark down as personal failures.
I always find time around this time of year to reflect, and this time it’s more of a public reflection.
So my question for anyone reading this, is have you accomplished everything you set out to do?
Take a moment and reflect.
“This year will be ‘our’ year.”
There’s always a lot of things up in the air around this time of year, whether you have a quiet gathering, go out and party all night… and even if you don’t celebrate at all. The lingering thought of New Year is always on peoples minds, it’s the time that we want to commit to change, the time that we convince ourselves that we will change and this year will be ‘our’ year.
It’s always the same ones for me usually: get fit and slim down – but year after year, I cave. I don’t know what it is, there’s just very limited willpower inside of me and for some reason it seems to run out at the start of January. BUT, I’ve started out good so far – I had a salad for lunch and I’ve invested in a slow cooker.
If you’ve had a look around my website you may have noticed the Instagram feed, that’s my photography account, I started it in 2017 and have just been steadily uploading photos. I also started a Facebook page to go with it and this year I want to start selling prints on my Etsy store.
This year I also want to get started on one thing I’ve always wanted to do, write a book. I dabbled with it in 2010/2011, I even entered a writing competition for amateur novelists but it never went further than that. I did continue writing and I ended up with a solid half a book written and edited, but the idea quickly became too unrealistic and bordered on being just a representation of one of my school girl crushes. But now, stemming off from that very idea (with a darker, more thought out twist), I’ve layered out the majority of a novel, with the main plot points outlined. All I can give you at the moment is the title: Obsessed.
So to summarise, I’ve given myself a few goals for this year:
- Finish my driving lessons (I know I can do this one, I’m almost finished now).
- Continue building my photography portfolio.
- Set up my Etsy shop with more items.
- Get on with writing my novel
- Be comfortable with myself.