At the beginning of 2018, I chose a word to help me focus on the year ahead. With a long list of things I wanted to achieve and a constant struggle to organise everything, I chose the word ‘focus’.
Did I focus? I did!
I wanted to change a few things about my life and whilst I had intended to focus on my blog and writing, life had other ideas. A chance meeting with an old friend led to me taking on some tuition which I hadn’t done for a couple of years and I loved it. I had stopped a couple of years ago due to changing family commitments and I have to admit that it felt really good to be teaching again. I signed up with a few agencies and within a couple of months, I was really busy and I still am. The focus has been on getting more tuition in the end and as it works perfectly around the family, it really is the best job. I am also really lucky that all of my ‘tutees’ are really lovely and I have a wide range of ages and abilities and I have really fallen in love with teaching again. Who knows, I might even step back into the classroom in a couple of years time?
Blogging and writing have still been a big part of my year this year but I think I have had a healthier relationship with my blog this year. I still blog regularly and I have collaborated with some amazing brands this year but I say no to a lot of opportunities as I try not to take on as many projects as I used to. I also switch off a lot. Weekends can pass by without me picking up my phone or laptop and I enjoy taking a break from social media, it is quite refreshing to come back to it all on a Monday morning. Life with teenagers means that they don’t want to be a part of my blog or social media much anymore and I fully respect that. They still give me plenty of blogging inspiration but it is on a more general level than personal.
As a family, we have had an amazing year. With regular visits to South Wales, fossil hunting trips to Lyme Regis and a family holiday in Lanzarote. I have had to accept this year that now my two youngest boys are fully fledged teenagers, they don’t always want to do things as a family and even though I miss them, my daughter and I have fully embraced some girl time with a few mini-breaks away. The summer was all about sculpture trails with a local trail of the most incredible Giraffe sculptures in Worcester followed by the return of our old favourite the Gromits (and his friends) in Bristol. We made so many trips to Bristol and almost all of the sculptures and had great fun revisiting a city we love.
There were lots of achievements too. My eldest son graduated from university with a first class honours degree and I couldn’t have been prouder. He is now settled and working in Cornwall. My youngest son also moved to high school in September which in spite of our worries, he seemed to take in his stride. The teen has had a fantastic year in and out of school with a really positive start to Year 10 and some amazing achievements in his rugby. My little A turned 9 in December and she is growing up far too quickly. She is an amazing little person who loves school and works really hard at everything she does. She is also my little side-kick and we are always doing something together whether it is baking, making or going off on an adventure.
Similarly to last year, I am not making resolutions. I want to take each week as it comes, spend as much time with friends and family as possible and I want to laugh more. That’s it. No big goals, no big plans, I just want to enjoy life and make the most of my family and friends.
I am however choosing a word for the year again as I enjoyed having that to think about last year. So this year, my word of the year is creativity. I love being creative whether I am writing my blog, trying to write my novel, plodding on with my crochet project or trying a new craft out with my daughter. This year I want to be all about creativity, I want to make things and learn some new skills along the way.