Another year has passed in what seems like a blink of an eye and I find myself looking back and reflecting on the year I've had and typing up my annual reflection post. As cliche as these posts sometimes are, I feel that they are good for the soul and its great to take the time to look back and see what the year has been about. For me 2015 has honestly been what I would call a crazy year and there have been some massive changes in my life, which I never thought I would be preparing for. Overall I would say I've had a really good year, although it has been somewhat of a whirlwind.
I would say the beginning of last year was really all about me. That must sound incredibly selfish, but I feel that I really spent a lot of time investing in myself, doing things that made me happy and started making plans that would help me to progress throughout the year. I took a lot of time out to spend with loved ones and friends and I found myself attending a lot of blogger events which was amazing as I got to meet so many lovely people. My favourite had to be attending Cheltenham Races with etail PR, I had such a great time and it stands out to me as one of those highlights in the year.
April was also a really good month for me as I got promoted to an Assistant Manager at work, which again was something that I had not aimed for or predicted would happen at the beginning of the year, but stands out as a great personal achievement. For me, working in retail was never the 'dream job' that I had in mind. But when you work with such an amazing team and that team become a second family to you then it makes going to work worth while and enjoyable.
I also had a lot of fun training for my yearly cheerleading events that come up in the summer. I've been cheerleading now for four years, with the same group of girls; These girls who I would now class as some of my best friends. Cheerleading is one of those things that just really fulfils me and brings me so much happiness. This is probably due to the people more than the sport, but every year special memories are made with these people and this year was no exception. It was probably the best cheer year yet.
Right in the middle of the year James and I went on holiday to Turkey, which turned out to be one of the best holidays of my life and one that I will never forget. For those of you who have been reading my blog right from the beginning will know that James is the love of my life and we've been together since we were 16. In all our time together had never actually gone on holiday on our own just the two of us, it had always been with family. This year we took two weeks out of our everyday life and had the most amazing time. We had some really magical moments, making it a holiday I'll never forget.
The second half of my year was really where things went from being fairly normal, to a complete whirlwind and if I'm honest I feel like that I'm still living in this crazy dream. The most wonderful thing happened and I found out that I was pregnant. I've always wanted to have children and although James and I had not purposely been trying for a baby, we always said if it happened we were at the right stage in our lives. Finding out that I was pregnant was not only one of the most special experiences in my life, but its completely changed me and my life. As much as I love being pregnant, I have to say I've not taken to it as easily as I would have liked, its been a really difficult journey for me. As much as I love it, I don't think I was ever truly prepared as to how hard it would be; Its been very mentally and physically demanding and I now have a new found appreciation for every mother out there. I've experienced some very low points during my pregnancy, but the highs definitely outweigh any lows and now I just can't wait to meet my little man come March.
From July onwards, my year has just felt like everything has been focused and based on my pregnancy and I don't really remember anything else that has stood out between then and now. Although I did have a wonderful run up to Christmas and was lucky enough to travel to Germany for a long weekend to get into the festive spirt.
I think 2015 will be one of those years that I never forget and I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be one of the best years of my life. I have so much to look forward to. In terms of making new years resolutions and goals I have two.
1. To be the best mum that I can possibly can be will be my number one priority. I have an idea, but really no idea what being a mum is going to be like. All I know is that I love my little boy with all my heart and I will be the best mummy that I can be for him.
2. My second is just to enjoy and cherish every moment of my life. I have a lot of mini goals set out for myself in terms of my blog and other personal achievements, but mainly I just want to spend every moment of everyday enjoying myself, enjoying life and taking the best from every situation.
I am so excited for the year ahead, I can honestly say already that it's going to be amazing.
I really hope you have a wonderful year and that all your dreams and wishes come true - Just make them happen.
Lots of Love