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5 things I’m looking forward to in 2019

Things I'm looking forward to in 2019 - young smiling girl running through field with text "things to look forward to in 2019"

I don’t buy into the whole New Year thing. It’s just another day. A passing of time. Only the fact it comes with a new set of numbers really changes it from the year before.

That said, here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2019.

I’m going to be an Auntie!

By far the biggest thing to happen this year, my sister and her boyfriend are having a baby, due in July. I’ve already known for quite a while. I went to their private 10 week scan just before Christmas which was just beautiful.

Things I'm looking forward to in 2019 - baby scan

They’ve now had the 12 week scan and everything is as it should be. I was amazed, even at 10 weeks, to see the detail in the scan, the shape of the baby and it’s little stumpy arms and legs! As you’ll know if you’ve read this blog for a while I have no maternal feelings at all! That said, I cannot wait to be cool Auntie Kel, buying all the shoes and having fun days out with my niece or nephew.

My job

Sad but true! This sounds like bravado but it’s honestly not. Getting made redundant from my previous job last year was one of the best things that could have happened to me. It made me reassess what I want from a career, and what I want to put into it. I’ve only been in my new role since November, but already I feel more motivated than I have in a very long time. The company is very forward thinking, I’m already looking after a brand, and I know there are lots more good things ahead.

My garden

To say 2018 was the year of the garden is an understatement. Our garden makeover combined with one of the best summers I can remember in years meant I was outside as much as possible. From early barbecues in April through to planting bulbs as late as October, I took every opportunity to be in my happy place.

Things I'm looking forward to in 2019 - flowers and pots in my garden

The joy of seeing plants come to life and everything look so pretty will never fade for me. Really hoping for more of the same this year!

More holidays and seeing more new places

This will hopefully be on my list of things to look forward to until the day I die! Unusually we’ve started the new year with nothing booked or even planned. This is mainly due to the Brexit uncertainty and not knowing what effect it will have on the travel industry. That said, I am currently researching a trip to Bergen in Norway. It’s my Mother in Law’s 80th birthday in June and she’s always wanted to visit the fjords.

Things I'm looking forward to in 2019 - seeing more places (coloured houses in Bergen)

Basing ourselves in a city then doing trips out on the water seems to offer the best of both worlds, so I’m 90% sure that will happen.

As for the rest of the year…who knows? (the husband keeps telling me he doesn’t want to do long haul flights anymore. There’s some work for me to do there!)

Whatever other opportunities come my way

A bit of an ambiguous one this, and not just because I’d run out of things to look forward to! More so that we’re only 6 days into the new year, so who knows what lies ahead in the next 359 days? Things can change so quickly and dramatically that there could be events and plans out there way beyond my comprehension. Isn’t that part of the fun of this wild journey we call life?!

What are you looking forward to in 2019? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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I could have had a baby!

Today is my 9 month blogging anniversary.

Wow! In that time I could have made and given birth to a baby! <<shudder!>>

Baby on blog

(image from fullcirclewomenshealth.com)

Here are 5 things I’ve┬álearnt during this gestation period:

1 – I like blogging. I enjoy it. I like the writing process and committing my thoughts to paper a computer screen.

2 – I don’t have a niche. I’ve blogged about this before. As time passes and my post count increases, it becomes ever more apparent that I just couldn’t stick to one topic. I have too much to say about everything!

3 – I hoped it would be more successful. Ouch, that’s painful. Not successful as in I’d be snapped up for a full time writing career with a magazine! Just maybe…more followers? More interaction? It kind of feels like I only have a handful of “regulars” (to whom I’m very grateful and love exchanging comments, so please don’t think I don’t appreciate you). But I don’t have time to build a community and Twitter presence and promote it and myself while also engaging with other people. I’m not part of the blogging community because I haven’t made myself so.

On the flip side, it’s ok that it’s not as “successful” as I hoped. It proves that I’m in it for the right reasons. I remain dedicated to creating and posting content, and I’m proud of it as my corner of the internet. It’s very me.

4 – It potentially needs more time than I have to offer (or am willing to commit). Layouts and themes and coding all take time that I don’t really have. But it was never supposed to become a burden. And maybe that’s part of the success bit as well?

5 – My husband is never going to get over his embarrassment at me taking photos of food when we go out to eat!

So happy “birth” day in the truest sense, to my little rambling blog of stuff!

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