You took so many incredible, inspirational and creative people away from us. You made me sob uncontrollable tears at Brexit, you made me fear for my childrens futures and even seriously question why I am raising them in this country. You made me angry with Trump. So fucking angry. You shot a gorilla. The Syrian crisis reached an all time low.
You did give Leonardo DiCaprio an oscar. And that is just bloody wonderful.
And you moulded me.
You made me grow and learn and love.
You made me alive when all I felt around me was tangled mess.
I woke up. Finally, after 9 and a half years I woke up. I didn’t realise how low I had been for so long, and you made that change. And although 2016 was one of the hardest years of my life, it will go down as the most life changing too. I am so incredibly grateful for all that you have done for me this year, be it a weird twist of fate or purely coincidence. Or maybe this is just what was supposed to happen. My wild card drawn in the chapter of 2016.
For whatever reason, thank you 2016.
goals // resolutions // plans //
I say this every year, but 2017 and me have a deal. We’re doing it. Throw the tent in the boot and head along the coast for the weekend is my idea of a few days perfectly spent. 2017 will see a lot more of this. I also want to do a few weekends away without the children, I want to enjoy them whilst I have them but I also need to enjoy some time apart too. The odd couple of nights away will do us all the world of goodness.
Just say “Yes!”. I need to say yes to more opportunities, I need to jump in with both feet and stop thinking of reasons why I shouldn’t do it and just do it. I need to challenge myself creatively, and this really excites me.
Focus on work, focus on this blog, focus on parenting. Just focus. If there was an award for the person who gets bored easily and becomes distracted by something new I would hands down win it. I need to stop flitting between ideas and just focus on the things that matter most and knuckle down.
Read a book before bed, read more blogs, read more poetry, read more of the news, read more photography tutorials and articles. Read.
With all of that in mind, I am SO ready for 2017. I am excited to meet new people, share more laughs and love with the people that are already in my life and get to know the ones who have entered my life in 2016 a whole load better. 2017, it’s on. Give me your best.
Wishing you all so much happiness for 2017, may it be filled with laughter and incredible memories. May it be fuelled on gin and wine. May it be healthy, happy and heartfelt.
2016 round up of my favourite pictures, grab a cuppa there are quite a few.