I am always excited to be nominated for a blogging tag, particularly on dreary, rainy, Monday mornings, when I am lacking the creativity and inspiration to write anything else. I was really pleased to be tagged in this particular one, by the lovely Ayse at www.arepops.com, as, although I didn’t make new years resolutions as such, I am a firm believer in making wishes.
5 Personal Wishes…..
- To finally receive a diagnosis after two years of health issues, tests and endless worry, and find a way to feel better. That would be my biggest wish.
- To continue to work on my anxiety, finding positives where possible, to worry less, laugh more and make the most of every moment.
- To make time for me. Juggling four children, a home, a blog and the many, many other commitments we have each week, can be hard, and I tend to prioritise everything else above myself. Even if it’s just half an hour in the bath, or an hour curled up with a book, I hope to find time for myself this year, it’s so important that us Mummies look after ourselves too.
- To get fit. The last two years I haven’t felt capable of exercising, I’ve been in so much pain or felt too poorly, but I notice how out of breath I am from running up the stairs, or how hard it is just to lift the children, and I know that I need to build myself up, work on my stamina and stop using my health as an excuse for lying on the couch eating Toblerone.
- To spend less time nosying on Facebook, googling random information, being sucked in to addictive games on my phone, and start being more productive!
- To never succumb to the pressure of having to post merely for the sake of it. I hate the idea of churning out blog posts simply to meet my quota, or to write something that my heart isn’t fully in. I want to hold on to my love of writing, be that posting once a week, or ten times a week, and make sure that my passion for blogging isn’t lost amongst a feeling of duty.
- To continue to raise awareness of Baby Loss through my blog. This is something that is so close to my heart, and a huge part of what my blog is about, and I am humbled by the love and support that I have received over the last eighteen months from readers of my blog who have taken Joseph into their hearts.
- To make a success of the linky I am planning with a group of other bloggers. There are so many fabulous linkies out there which I try to support each week, I am hoping that there is a place for ours amongst them.
- To never under estimate my worth. Over the last year I have sold myself short when it comes to the fees I charge for sponsored posts and collaborations. This year I plan on going in high and standing firm, this time next year I want to be earning a steady income from my blog.
- To continue working on my photography, something which I have spent a lot of time on over the last few months. I think good photography helps bloggers to stand out from the crowd, and although I am have definitely upped my game, I think there is always room for improvement.
5 Family wishes……
- That Eva will finally settle in at school and we will reach a point where there are no tears each morning. We have had four long, emotionally draining months and it has broken my heart each morning to leave my baby in tears.
- To take the children abroad for the first time, all six of us together. Our last holiday abroad was with just Lewis and Eva, but after Megan and Harry we decided that it simply wasn’t worth the stress. After the most disastrous UK holidays over the last two years we have decided that this year we will take the plunge and venture further afield. How hard can it be??
- That my lovely (ex) father in law receives good news as he finishes his chemotherapy later this month. This last couple of months have been such a worry, especially for Lewis who thinks the world of his Grandad, and I have everything crossed that he beats this. If anyone can do it, he can!
- That Megan will prove to have full immunity from her MMR. Some of you may remember me writing about the reaction she had to her MMR, and faced with the prospect of her booster we have been seeing a paediatrician to try to determine whether she is fully protected without the risk of a further immunisation. We receive the results next week and it would be a huge relief to know that there is no need for the booster.
- That Lewis stays as lovely as he is right now. With him turning thirteen this year, I live in fear of him morphing into “Kevin”, spending all of his time hiding in his room and having emotional outbursts when I tell him to shower. I’m hopeful we will survive the teenage years – wish me luck!
5 Hopes and wishes….
- For peace. Cliché I know, but it’s what we are all hoping for isn’t it? It breaks my heart, and equally terrifies me, to see what is happening in the world, I wish for my children to grow up in a world that is a little kinder, and a lot less scary.
- To make memories, have fun, go on adventures and enjoy every minute of our time together while the children are young. The four of them are growing so fast, Lewis and Eva already in school and Megan starting in September, and we will never have this time again. I want 2017 to be filled with love and laughter, and for us to be able to look back this time next year and say what a year that was!
- To have a proper Summer, I would love that! If I knew that we would be getting some sunshine it would make it a lot easier to get through these cold Winter days.
- To win the lottery. I know, its never going to happen, but it would be amazing wouldn’t it? I live in hope….
- For health and happiness for all of my family, my friends and for you lovely lot who read my blog. May 2017 be kind to us all.