New Year, New Start and Time for Reflection

Update: This post was originally posted on 6th January 2020 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.

With the festive season behind us it's time to look forward to the year ahead.

I personally don't make new year resolutions as I've never managed to keep them. Why this is I'm not sure, maybe I was setting myself resolutions that were too ambitious. But whatever the reason for my failure to keep resolutions I've decided to stop making them.

But with the start of not only a new year but also a new decade I've been looking back over how life has changed for me over the past 10 years.

This is me back 2010

In the past decade I've beat depression, got married, lost three grandparents and my dad, become a mum to my beautiful daughter, learnt how to raise a child with delayed development and dyspraxia, left my marriage, almost ended up homeless with my daughter, seen my elderly gran diagnosed with dementia, been diagnosed with anxiety, had my divorce granted and started a new relationship.

When I write it down like that I realise I have been through a lot in the last 10 years especially as that's not everything I've been through.

But by looking back it's made me feel proud that I've been through some incredibly challenging circumstances and survived. It has also made me realise that what my loved ones have been telling me is true, I'm an incredibly strong person.

This is me 2019

We live in a society where shouting about our achievements is seen as something we shouldn't do. Especially women, as a woman we should be modest and quiet. Well I'm not going to keep quiet, I've been through a lot and I'm proud of myself for making it through to the other side. Now I'm fully aware there are those out there who have faced even bigger challenges in the last 10 years, but for me these were my challenges and I'm proud to have made it through them.

And now that I've realized how much I've survived in the past decade I find myself looking forward not just to the coming year but the coming decade with a positive mindset. I've set up this blog and a business selling my prints, as mentioned earlier I'm in a new relationship and I'm thriving as a single mum.

I hope this new year and new decade are good to all my readers.

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