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Well, That’s It For Another Year

by Lisa Jones
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Well, That's It For Another Year

There is always such a big build-up to Christmas, isn’t there? Then before we know it, that’s it – it’s all over and done with for another year and we can’t wait to get back to normal.

Did you all have a good Christmas? Ours was hectic but absolutely lovely. Me, Daz and Little J saw Darren’s family on Christmas day and my side of the family came to our house on Boxing day. Both days were brilliant, each in their own way.

We had a fairly relaxed day at Darren’s mum’s house. Well, as relaxed as a Christmas day can be! Boxing day was mad, crazy and hectic! We have a 2-bed house and we managed to squeeze in 11 people (3 of those under the age of 10!) and approximately 65,300 Christmas presents. Every year, my mum and dad say that they’re not going to go mad on presents. I’m yet to witness that.

The family on Christmas Day
Just missing Little J and my Brother-in-Law who was working when the photo was taken

Presents!

People moan about getting socks for Christmas, but do you know what? I love getting socks. I got everything I love; socks, pyjamas, cardigans, toiletries, Perfume (Vera Wang Princess and Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh in case you were curious), Harry Potter everything, shimmery pink Gin….I could go on. The fun part is finding somewhere to put it all now.

I think my dad wins Christmas this year. Little J loves anything that spins around, like fans and windmills etc. So, he made Little J this….

Massive homemade windmill - Present of the year
He hasn’t left it alone since he got it!

Christmas TV

Oh my goodness, did you watch the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special?! I won’t give away any spoilers, just in case you haven’t seen it yet. But my WORD! What a cliffhanger! They can’t leave us like that. Surely there’s going to be another series? PLEASE?!? I actually think that I was more excited about the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special than I was Christmas! I’m joking obvs (but not really 😉).

We’ve still got to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special yet. Honestly, when did I get this old??

Review of 2019

Obviously, as this year is drawing to a close its got me thinking about everything I’ve done in 2019. It’s so easy to say, ‘oh, I haven’t done anything this year’, but actually, thinking about, I have done things;

I handed my notice in at my work

This was super scary. Since I got my first job at 17 (working in Superdrug. I just LOVE toiletries!) I’ve never been unemployed. So the idea of leaving a job and not having another lined up was terrifying. But, it’s all for a good cause. I realise that I am really lucky to be able to stay at home and raise my son.

Started this blog

I know I’ve talked about this before so I won’t to into too much detail. I am quite a private person so sharing so much was scary. I’ve loved having something to work on though and I really do hope that this has been helping people as much as it’s been helping me.

Healthier mindset

I started this year in quite a different mindset to how it’s ending. I wasn’t in a good place at the start of the year. My anxiety was causing me issues and I was lacking ‘direction’. I’m feeling much happier and optimistic now. And – touch wood – my anxiety hasn’t taken over as it did at the end of last year.

New Year Resolutions

And we come to the part that every single other blogger and person on the internet is writing about at this time – our New Year Resolutions! So, here we go:

Be healthier

I’m deliberately keeping this one quite open. I don’t want to put a number or figure on it – I just want to be healthier, by getting more fresh air, eating better and keeping on top of my mental health.

Quality family time

I find it very easy to just get caught up at home doing nothing in particular; washing, cleaning, washing up, checking Instagram. I want to spend more time making memories with Daz and Little J, having days out, picnics, trips to the park…..and, well, you get the picture.

Work on my blog

I’m just going to say it – I’m bloody proud of myself and my blog. I know, I know, self-praise, no praise. But, I’ve loved writing and becoming The Procrastinating Mum. For 2020, I want to work harder on my blog and try and grow it just a little bit bigger.

That’s all of mine. Do you have any New Year resolutions? I think something to keep in mind when setting them would be; don’t try and change everything all at once. Make small, manageable changes. If you try and lose weight, give up smoking, cut out alcohol, start running and get that promotion (for example) you’re just going to burn yourself out by March. It’s just not maintainable! Pick a couple of things that you want to achieve in 2020 and go for it! It’s easier to put your all into a few things rather than lose motivation trying to change everything.

And that’s it

I’m all done for 2019. My last post of the year. I just want to say, thank you so so much to everyone that has supported me, followed me, liked, commented or shared any of my posts, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. Even just 1 share gets me out there a bit more so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

Also, if no one was reading my posts I would have no reason to write, so thank you for reading my crazy ramblings.

Now, go and have a lovely New Years Eve, whatever you are doing and I’ll see you in 2020!

Cover Photo by Trust “Tru” Katsande on Unsplash

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