Hellooo!!!! Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost one month since I’ve written in this space.
Boy, I’ve missed this ‘ol blog and all of you, but you know what? When I sat down to write my first post for 2017 I couldn’t think of what to write. I find when I stop blogging for a while, I lose my rhythm and have trouble channeling my thoughts into one blog post. The stories and words are still there swirling around in my mind and whispering in my ear in the wee hours of the morning. The beginnings of many tales are there, I just need to get out of holiday mode and back into the swing of things.
Not that there’s been much of a holiday, mind you.
I returned to work, to my new-ish job, on 3 January giving me just 10 days holiday. I’m not going to snort at that. It was great and sooooo what we needed.
We didn’t go away, instead we opted for a stay-cay at home (stay-cay is a fancy way of saying we went bloody nowhere) with the plan we’ll have a family getaway later this year to celebrate Dave’s and my fortieth birthdays. Eeek! We’ll just see if we can tighten the belt buckle and get into saving mode.
We had a lovely Christmas with the family. Our house is now bursting at the seams with Lego and craft supplies, and I was majorly spoilt with a vintage-style bike. Oh my God, she is beautiful – I’ll tell you all about her in another post though.
We’ve been getting out and about with the kids. There have been plenty of trips to the local pool to cool down. We’ve been frequenting our favourite haunt, South Bank, and we’ve helped the Gallery of Modern Art celebrate its 10th birthday. We’ve been to the movies, had plenty of play dates, played board games, read books, had water fights and generally enjoyed each other’s company.
I’ve had a couple of lie-ins, which is extremely rare for me. I usually can’t bear to be in bed past 6am. I’ve been devouring books since Christmas though and have thoroughly enjoyed curling up in bed or on the couch with a good book.
Dave and I have been getting our money’s worth out of Netflix. We were obsessed with The Crown – oh my God, how good was it?! I found it absolutely fascinating and can’t wait for the next season, but until then we need a new series to get hooked on. Any recommendations?
Dave is in the process of building a climbing wall on the side of our two-storey house. It was such a mammoth effort to get it constructed, but the kids will absolutely love it.
Basically, January has been a chance for us to wind down and prepare for 2017. At the end of a year and beginning of a new one, I usually like to plan for the year ahead. I’m a huuuuge planner. I plan what my goals are across all facets of my life, I think about my intentions and nut out the year ahead.
This year, I don’t have a plan. I haven’t set any goals, intentions or resolutions. I still feel weary from the big change of last year – job-wise – for me. Basically, I want to sit with the new life I carved for myself last year and see how it works for me. Have I made the right decision changing jobs? Have I made the right decision trying to grow a freelance business? Who knows? Only time will tell.
This year, I’m going Dave-style and flying by the seat of my pants. I want to spend time with my family and friends and love more, live more and experience the world around us.
I’m thinking at this point in time, to hell with the rules. Let’s see what life will bring in 2017.
We’ll see what happens . . . will you come along for the ride?
How has your new year kicked off? How have you been? Do you have any resolutions/intentions/goals for 2017?
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.