There is so much to learn from looking back over a year that was. 2017 My Hits and Misses.
It’s always interesting & cathartic in a way to be reminded of the lessons learnt, the events that mattered, the laughs had & tears shed over the previous 12 months.
I thought it would be nice to look back over 2017 & share it all with you.
2017 My Hits & Misses…..
1. I curbed my spending habits! This was part of my plan to live more “sustain-ably”. Less fast fashion. Actually just less fashion. Cleared out my wardrobe & only bought pieces I really needed or would get maximum use from. My credit card, the environment & my mental state all applauded me!
2. I travelled with friends & family. An annual Girl’s trip with my special “WAGS” to Bali. (Read all about it here.) Friends came & stayed with us at our property in Nannup where we let our kids run wild with free range fun. I travelled back “home” to Adelaide for my cousin’s wedding & spent a week catching up with family & friends. This time last year I was on a Princess cruise with my family, eating, drinking, sightseeing & relaxing to my heart’s content! Would I cruise again? You bet! You can read all about it here.
3. I completed my second year on my kid’s school P&C. I have a love hate relationship with the whole deal but I love the friendships I’ve formed within it & I’m proud of myself for making the commitment.
4. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone & played model for Perth stylist Natalie at The Other F Word. Fake lashes, Spanks & high heels. It reminded me of how low maintenance I am these days & maybe I need to step it up a little, like regularly shaving my legs – ha ha! You can see all the happy snaps here.
5. Exercise finally became a priority. I joined a local women’s only gym near me run by one of the school Mums & I take a HITT class at least once a week. I couldn’t skip with a rope for 2 minutes when I started & now I can. I actually miss it when I don’t go! I plan to keep it up in 2018.
6. I made a commitment to my commitment & made more time for my relationship. Part of this commitment means spending healthy time apart as well as together without resentment. Remembering what makes us “us”. In our case, he’s the social butterfly & I’m the introvert. So far so good.
7. I’m getting closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. My kids are getting older & I’m getting a bit of my old freedom back with that. I can just taste a time in the not too distant future when Mr D & I can head out for dinner & leave the kids at home!
8. I celebrated women in sport – women’s AFL & Big Bash Cricket for starters. I’m super excited that my kids will grow up watching & supporting mainstream women’s sport. Oh & a little thing known as Marriage Equality. A lot to be proud of right there!
9. My daughter’s health took a battering. After many tests, opinions & tears we finally got a result. Realised how brave my little one is.
10. I made more time for me & started reading again. Some of my faves: I scared myself silly with The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Kelly, wove my way through time with Jeffrey Archer & his seven books of the Clifton Chronicles & took on some Young Adult fiction in prep for my daughter’s reading future with all three books in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Rigg.
11. Menopause. Really?! Wow, what a nightmare. Can I really be at that stage of my life already??!!!
12. I had the chance to work with & learn from some amazing people through Forty Up. A shout out to Styling Curvy & my two bloggy groups The Perth Posse & my Bloggy Babes. What amazing women I am lucky enough to know & call friends. Some inspiring business women too – Bohemian Traders, The Bowerbird Store & Birdsong Label, Lime & Soda Scarf Co, to name a few – so much fun & I’m so grateful for the opportunities they’ve offered!
13. I said goodbye to two wonderful men who’ve both had significant effects on my life & leave me with wonderful memories I will always cherish. My mortality took a beating. My heart broke. I had to be strong. I was reminded that life truly is short & we need to make the most of every day.
So, a big year for me to look back on. I actually had more I could add to the list, but it gets to the point where some things don’t need to be shared!
In saying that, thank you for reading. My Forty Up community rocks & I’m so glad you are here with me as I embark on this blogging adventure.
I hope your 2018 is lining up to be something special – whatever that may mean to you. Do you have any resolutions – I’d love you to share them with me!