I sat on the sofa the other night in my new Christmas socks, listening to my family talking, sipping red wine from a tea glass, mindlessly eating Carluccio's dark chocolate grissinis (truly addictive) and pondering on 2012 and what it has brought me.
This year has been a really good one. From a selfish point of view, I feel infinitely better in myself than I did this time last December. Having a baby, whilst the best, most fun and most intense thing I've ever done in my life did wreck my self confidence for a while but these days I actually feel more positive about myself than I did pre baby, mentally, physically and spiritually. Interestingly I no longer believe what I had been previously told: that having children means you 'really' grow up, or completes you, or shows you what love 'really' is. It's simply an experience I am lucky to be having. A fantastic, tiring, life changing, soul sucking yet hilarious experience.
|Be in the world but not of the world|
This year I have:
> Lost three stone without trying,
> Successfully looked after and weaned a baby without having a clue what I was doing, until the baby became a toddler. Obviously my best achivement!
> Played Irish music with new people. Played a few gigs but also had to skip a few due to infuriating car troubles and illness,
> Overhauled my appearance with hair dye and big glasses half way through the year,
> Become a working mother when I went back to work after maternity leave,
> Expanded my freelance work a little, with more plans in the works for next year,
> Bought a house,
> Taken my son on his first holiday to North Wales where we had a magnificent time,
> Blogged for the entire year! I've been blogging since 2002 but not publicly. This is my 100th post! If you read without commenting please de-lurk yourself, I love knowing who is reading.
I'm also very keen to follow more blogs but don't always have the time to search for them so if you're reading and have a blog I don't know about please tell me and I'll follow you!
In 2013 I will:
> Make exercise a routine in my life.
> Get through the increasingly large pile of books on my To Read list
Some pictures from this year:
|On the beach on our holiday in August|
|Lunch in Cowbridge in the summer|
|First birthday in September!|
|Autumn visits to my dad|
|This is the living room of the house we've bought! (Not our stuff) we're moving in February!|
|Last Christmas, nearly 4 months old|
|12 months later awaiting his first Christmas dinner!|
|Went to the museum a ridiculous amount of times|
|Portmerion in the summer|
|At my mums|
|May 2013 be as fun and beautiful as 2012 was|
Happy new year!