2015 – It’s a wrap

Before the sun has a chance to properly welcome the new day, the thuds start.

Thud … thud … thud.

I turn around to the stairs behind me to see Miss Three’s pixie face peering through the railings her eyes heavy with sleep. She has one stuffed toy under each arm and the wildest bed hair you’ve ever seen. She is the epitome of cute.

We share a smile – any frustration I have from her interrupting my quiet writing time quickly melts away.

Thud … thud … thud.

Now that she’s been given the green light from my smile she continues to make her way downstairs one slow step at a time.

Thud, thud, thud.

Miss Five is awake now too and hot on her sister’s tail. The race is on to get to the advent calendar and have a hit of chocolate to start their day off on a high (in more ways than one).

As they count down the days on their calendars and the number of sleeps until Santa arrives, I can’t help but count down too – count down to time off work, a chance to spend some deliciously long sunshiny days with my cuties, and to a new year filled with promise.

There’s no doubt about it, I am pumped about the impending year. Just like the blank pages in a shiny new notebook excite me, a new year begging to be filled with life – good and bad – has the dreamer in me thinking overtime.

I can’t wait to grab 2016 by the horns and make it this little family’s best year yet. Something deep inside tells me 2016 is going to be a big year for us – a year of change, challenges and adventure.

Before I get too carried away planning the new year though, I’ve made a point of reflecting on the year that was.

I started off 2015 with an indescribable urge to listen to my heart. My heart told me I needed to nurture my creativity and see where it would take me.

In January, I threw myself into a children’s picture book writing course with the Australian Writers Centre. I quickly chased the picture book course with The Digital Picnic’s social media workshop and then took on the Brandlicious course to train me how to work smarter with brands. And finally, I rounded the year off with The Writers Cartel freelance kickstarter course to equip me with the skills I need to take the freelancing world by storm.

That’s a whole lot of learning there, my friends, and a whole lot of notebooks filled with information, advice and ideas begging to be put into action. In hindsight, I potentially went a little overboard with all of these courses as before I had a chance to implement my learnings from one, I threw myself into another. I keep telling myself that’s okay though – 2015 was the year of the course and 2016 will be my year to implement my learnings.

This year we celebrated a fifth birthday and a third birthday. I became godmother for the second time and Dave and I celebrated 15 happy years since our first date.

I battled with health issues for the most of the year with everything from a nasty parasite that knocked me for a six to premature menopause. How delightful.

Dave’s job became increasingly demanding, I took on extra work, and for a large part of the year we were ships in the night.

I had a mad love affair with Netflix knocking off six seasons of Pretty Little Liars in a couple of months and am just about to finish off the second season of Nashville. (If you haven’t watched Nashville yet – you must!)

In between all of that, I managed to keep this little old blog running. I must admit at times it was hard. Some days I just didn’t have anything left in the tank to be creative despite wanting to be. You stuck by me though and I thank you for that.

I want to extend to you my heartfelt thanks for your support and interaction with this blog. I love that my words strike a chord with so many of you and I am honoured that you take the time to comment and share with me your stories.

There were three clear stand out posts this year. I was thrilled to see which ones they were when I dipped into my stats.

Menopause at 38

It took every ounce of courage in my being to publish this post and I’m so grateful that I did because many women related to my journey. I’m looking forward to giving you an update in the new year of how I’m coping with my HRT medication.

Jamberry nail wraps review and giveaway

In the second half of this year, I was introduced to these new fandangled things from the US called Jamberry nail wraps. I fell in love with them and in October I became a Jamberry nail wraps consultant. I’m having an absolute ball as a consultant – my nails look Jam-hot all of the time and I’ve built some amazing friendships to boot.

The Do Stuff Club

This little post scored me a spot as one of 20 finalists in Kidspot’s Put yourself on the map writing competition. The kids and I had a blast researching the post and I was proud to get some ‘official’ recognition for my writing.

Anyway, my lovelies, this post is much longer than it should be and I really want to watch an episode of Nashville before I go to bed, so I’ll leave it there.

Thank you once again for your support this year. I’m taking a few weeks off from the blog, so have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll ‘see’ you some time in the new year.

xx

28 comments on 2015 – It’s a wrap

  1. Bec
    December 22, 2015 at 6:01 am (1 year ago)

    Wow, what a huge year! And what a beautiful post:) Merry Christmas and I look forward to reading along in 2016. I really hope your health is better next year too 🙁

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 6:03 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Bec. I really appreciate your support and I look forward to more of your words next year xx

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  2. JF Gibson
    December 22, 2015 at 7:04 am (1 year ago)

    What a great year for you Renee, and I can see 2016 is going to be full of even more excitement and adventures for you. I can’t wait to tag along for the ride. Merry Christmas. x
    PS And yes, love Nashville!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s the best isn’t it!!!!! I can’t wait to follow your journey next year also. Thank you for your support as always and have a wonderful xmas xx

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  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    December 22, 2015 at 7:28 am (1 year ago)

    What a year it’s been for you all Renee, next year is going to be YOUR year and I can wait to see it unfold xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Straight back at ya, darling. Thanks for your support as always xx

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  4. Andrea Phillips
    December 22, 2015 at 7:42 am (1 year ago)

    2015 was all about the research! Can’t just jump in without researching my dearest! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings you – all good my friend, ALL GOOD! XXXX

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Ha! It sure was about the research. You know me, I love a bit of research 🙂 Meanwhile – the best thing about next year will be YOU moving back home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait xx

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  5. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 22, 2015 at 8:00 am (1 year ago)

    I was only saying to my Dave the other day how glad I was that I tune in to your blog every week (or almost) because not only is it always a great read, but otherwise I wouldn’t have found Jamberry and we all know that “Jamberry changed my life!” (I said that in my best American accent.) I totally owe you a vino or four and a big thank you for that! I hope your Christmas is full of merry and that 2016 is jam packed with good health, good vibes and good times! Bring it!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hee hee! I couldn’t do it without you. We make a great team 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in the new year xx

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  6. Zanni Hacska
    December 22, 2015 at 9:28 am (1 year ago)

    Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday lovely. You sure deserve it! What a year! I can wait to see how 2016 unravels for you… there is so much bubbling under the surface. How exciting! xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks darling. Meanwhile I can’t wait to follow your journey next year. What adventures you have in store xx

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  7. Emily
    December 22, 2015 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

    What a year! I didn’t know you did the AWC course – how did you find it? I’ve been wondering if it covered pitching. I’m struggling with that.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Will be back to read in 2016, for sure! xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Em. Yes, I kept it quiet. Fear of failure and all that. It covers the publishing process and submissions to a certain degree. Merry Christmas to you too xx

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  8. Kathy
    December 22, 2015 at 11:20 am (1 year ago)

    Merry Christmas lovely Renee. Looking forward to what you implement from your courses in 2016.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Kathy 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks for all of your support this year and every year 🙂 x

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  9. Bec Senyard
    December 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm (1 year ago)

    You had a freaking huge year. But so many wins, despite some of the setbacks with your health and taking on more work. You know I’m one of your biggest fans and I totally believe 2016 is going to be one of your best years yet. I hope you have an amazing Christmas and New Years. xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks sweetheart! Right back at ya! I can’t wait to see what amazing stuff 2016 has in store for you. Thanks for your friendship and support this year x

      Reply
  10. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    December 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Merry Christmas, Renee! 2015 has certainly been a full-on year for you, I hope 2016 is a little calmer and you get the time to put all of your learnings to good use! Looking forward to reading more in the New Year! I hope you and you family have a lovely Christmas!

    P.S. Thank you for the card and wraps that arrived in the post today, I had no idea that I won them, so thank you, they will be put to good use!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Kylie. I hope you have an awesome Christmas too. I’m so glad the wraps arrived. I hope you love them 🙂

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  11. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    December 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm (1 year ago)

    A big year – and an even better one to come I am sure. Have a blissful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Robyna. The same to you. We’ll have to make time to meet this year especially considering we’re virtually neighbours 🙂

      Reply
  12. Charlene @ Teacher by trade Mother by nature
    December 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s been awesome getting to know you this year, and what a year you have had! I look forward to seeing what you share in 2016 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family, from mine in lil ol’ New Zealand

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Charlene. I hope you have a wonderful Chrissy in beautiful NZ 🙂

      Reply
  13. Josefa @always Josefa
    December 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm (1 year ago)

    So many courses Renee – all in one year! That is awesome! Wishing you and your family all the blessings and love of the festive season and may next year be everything you dream it to be and more. Cannot wait to read more of your beautiful words as the new year unfolds xx

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  14. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    December 31, 2015 at 7:26 am (1 year ago)

    A huge year, with another one on the way. Congratulations on your successes, thank you for your support and encouragement. Happy 2016 xxx

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  15. Lisa
    December 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm (1 year ago)

    A huge year for you Renee. Wishing you a fantastic 2016!

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  16. Heart
    January 3, 2016 at 12:10 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! You had a fruitful year. Great job! I wish you good health always, Renee. Just stay positive. God bless you!

    Reply

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