Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it?!
2016 has been a bit of a strange year for me. I went in to 2016 with so many ideas, goals, so much I wanted to do and I’ve ended up doing hardly any of it but ended up stressing myself out along the way!
Shall we discuss what DID happen?
I got a new job! Some of you may know that back in March, I started a new job. And I love it, I really do. In my last job, I sat around doing nothing a lot and in some ways that was good because it meant I could focus on my blog and I achieved so much on this blog in January-March. But in this job, I am constantly rushed off my feet and I love it, I really feel like I’m accomplishing so much every day and my time there is worthwhile – something I really missed in my last job. But the downside? Well, this blog has suffered. A lot. By the time I get home from work I end up being too tired to do anything for my blog and I really, really miss this little space. But the good news is, I’m working on organising my time better so I will have more time to get back into blogging!
Dan and I set a date for our wedding! Yep, that’s right! I will become Mrs Dan in April 2018 and I am SO excited. We’ve booked the venue, the photographer, the DJ, the decorations are sorted, guest list is written (we’ve even drafted the table plan) and I have four spreadsheets, a folder on my computer, a real folder and a planner. This will be the most organised wedding, ever!
I lost 2 stone! I did okay with my fitness this year, it was up and down but my weight loss was steady and I feel very proud of myself. 2017 is going to be the year I really kick it up a gear though!
So it hasn’t been all bad, there’s been a lot of good stuff this year. But of course, it’s all not perfect!
I lost my baking mojo! The problem with trying to lose weight is, you end up avoiding cakes and cookies etc. And by avoiding them, that means you stop baking them. I really struggled to keep motivating myself to bake and then I just thought, why am I forcing myself to bake?! Now that I’ve stopped forcing myself, every now and then I get the urge to get in my kitchen and whip something up. It will come back I’m sure, but for now I’m letting myself take a break!
I didn’t see friends or family as much as I wanted – which is changing in 2017 for sure! I’ve already made sure I have dates in the diary with some of my friends I haven’t seen in a while and I’ve been making more of an effort to speak to and see family.
Yep, it definitely hasn’t been a perfect year! But what does 2017 have in store? I’m not entirely sure yet… I really hope that my blog will be a much busier place, I’ll keep up with my plans of seeing family and friends and that I’ll be back to my baking self. I also hope that work continues to go well… but it’s so easy to burn yourself out.
So I think, my main hope is that I maintain my lifestyle. Learn when to take a step back from work, when it’s okay to go out and enjoy myself, learn that blogging and baking are hobbies not a chore, and that I don’t need to put so much pressure on myself.
Here’s to 2017 – the year of no pressure, just enjoyment. And goodbye to 2016, the year I pressured myself too much on everything and gave myself a grey hair. Ugh.
How was your 2016 and what are you hoping 2017 will bring?