Thursday, 1 January 2015

Today is a new start.

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Happy New Year!!
Wow, its been a while eh? Is anyone still out there? I really didn't mean to leave it so long between posts, but I have to admit 2014 kicked my backside. It wasn't a bad year, in fact it actually was a successful year for our family. But in order for it to be so successful, my time here was just not possible. I returned to work last July, only part time but for the first time in 12 years.
Rejoining the workplace after 12 years as a SAHM has definitely been a struggle. Trying to balance childcare between two working parents is a nightmare I wouldn't wish upon someone. Hats off to those parents doing it on their own, you are Superstars!!Don't get me wrong, its been nice to return to work, to have a reason to put makeup on etc everyday, & have conversations with other adults. But at the same time, trying to do this plus continue to have all the responsibilities as before has ground me down. All the things that I do for me, crafting, baking, blogging, has been pushed aside while I have tried my best to keep my head above the water. This has made me pretty unhappy, as these things are my stress relievers. If it wasn't for Instagram, I may have gone insane. Therefore this blog, with its list of things I wanted to achieve in 2014, has been pretty much ignored. Plus my laptop was so slow that blogging took too long & I tried to blog from the ipad but it just wasn't the same. (Now I have a new shiny purple laptop that Im very happily using now, thanks Santa aka my lovely hubby!!)
Ive been thinking a great deal lately about how to change these feelings & so Im going to do my best to carve out time for me. At this time I'm loving the saying "Happy Wife, Happy Life" (or Mum) & its true. If I rush around trying to do everything without making time for me, then Im miserable, & if Im miserable, then everyone else is miserable.
The photo above is then a very apt photo. I'm going to start this year as I mean to go on. And to be honest, the year has started amazingly. We had a lovely relaxed New Years Eve at home, with all of us curled up on the sofa watching tv. Only one of the kids stayed awake to watch the fireworks at midnight lol. Then everyone slept in till 10 am today, which was heavenly. After a relaxed morning, we went to see a vintage car show, followed by lunch at GBK which was so yummy! We came home where some of us napped, some of us chilled on various devices & some of us blogged. Next on the list is a game of Cluedo, which my eldest received for Xmas. I just need to remember how to play!
Over the next few days, Im going to take a look at my list of goals for 2014, which is posted at the top of this page, to see how many I actually achieved. Then Im going to make another list for this year, it wont be as long, but Im going to try harder this year to achieve them.
Phew, thanks for reading (if anyone is still out there!!)
So, how was your Christmas & New Year? What do you have planned for 2015? Im looking forward to properly catching up with everyones blogs soon, I just couldn't comment when using the ipad, so I fell out of touch with everyone.
Take care of yourselves.


  1. Just popped over from IG. Lovely to see your back to blogging. Your new years sounded lovely. I much prefer staying in and keeping cosy with the family. Sleeping in late had been amazing. Need to get back into a routine before work on Monday!

    Gemma x

  2. IG is brilliant for convenience but it's not the same as blogging. I think we have all fallen off the blogging band wagon at some point or another, so I wouldn't beat yourself up about it.
    I'm feeling very positive about 2015. I don't remember ever feeling like this at the start of a new year before so I'm hoping that is a good thing and that it lasts.
    Happy New Year to you my lovely. Looking forward to catching up with you again here soon x x x

  3. I'm not surprised you've found yourself a bit too 'thinly spread'. Going back to work after time at home is a massive change, not to mention achievement - well done you - and it's bound to take some time to adjust. You sound really positive and I'm sure now you've found your feet, you'll be able to work on that all important balance. 'Me time' should be a guilt-free priority. Now, if I can just practise what I preach!!! ;-) xx

  4. Happy 2015 my lovely! I hope you have a super one this year, and it certainly started well with a lovely New Year's Eve and day! I found I couldn't do both instagram and blogging. Blogging has certainly changed over the past couple of years, mainly everyone who used to blog, has simply stopped in favour of instagram(!) but I love to carve out time to sit and write a post. Micro blogging from anywhere lost its appeal for me. I thought that I still loved to read others blogs so I really ought to carry on with mine. I Also think it's a great way of just logging your life. I can see myself in years looking back over my posts and remembering my life. I couldn't see myself doing that with instagram!

    I also went back to work part time last year and it was such a change. Mainly just having to be organised. I'm rubbish at it. It coincided with me suddenly being needed heavily by outer family and suddenly I went from having a bit of time to having absolutely nothing. It's been hard work to be everything to everybody, and you are right, if you don't allow time to take care of yourself, then you are no use to anyone else. So don't feel guilty! Do what you need to do and your family will reap the benefits of a happy you! Carve out a few mins to write a post and relax a deserve it! Take care my lovely xxxxx

  5. Gosh I wrote an essay! Hope no major typos, I'm typing on my phone.....and I have clown finger!


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