A new year

Hi everyone *waves shyly*.

Sorry I’ve been MIA. When I finished work for the year a week or so ago, I was overwhelmed with a sudden urge to drop everything. Actually, that’s not right. It wasn’t an urge. I had no choice in the matter. I was physically and mentally exhausted. It was as if my body and mind wouldn’t let me do another single thing.

I needed to give myself some time to breathe. I wanted to spend time with Dave and my girls, do those things around the house that I’ve been putting off all year, read a book, immerse myself in Offspring and the Kardashians, spectacularly fall off the sugar wagon (I didn’t want to do this, obviously, it just kinda happened), and most of all, just be.

I have been relishing the time to slow down and throw routine (as much as a routine Nazi can) out the window. Dave has been building a back deck for us, so we haven’t been doing anything majorly exciting. It’s just nice to let the kids sleep in, have meals together, and not have to rush around.

As I potter around with the girls, taking them to the pool, the park, and the library, I’ve been letting my mind wander. I’ve been reminiscing about the year that was and have been putting a great deal of thought into what it is I want for me and my family in 2014.

There is something hopeful about a new year.

It is a chance to start afresh with renewed enthusiasm, energy and positivity. It is filled with promise and the exhilaration of the unknown.

As I prepare to launch into 2014, my stomach is filled with butterflies in anticipation of the year to come.

I feel a little more excited than usual about the year ahead. I can only put this down to feeling more content with myself these days. When I started this blog just under eight months ago, I was suffocating in a mummy fog and desperately feared that I had lost sight of me. In starting this blog I have realised my heart’s purpose and remembered what lights the fire in my belly.

I feel a little more grounded now and more at peace with the person I am becoming. My self-acceptance and confidence is returning and with this it seems I am rediscovering the insatiable need I had in my twenties to challenge myself, to learn, grow, and experience life.

Believe me I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m on the right path now. (Previously I’d just been wandering aimlessly in the bushes off the path).

As 2013 comes to a close, I will continue to cherish this time I have with my three loves and be a little quiet on the blog to prepare myself for a new year full of opportunity, possibility, milestones, love, happiness, and the inevitable challenges that life can sometimes bring.

Thank you to each and every single one of you who have supported my little blog this year. The connections I have made and encouragement I have received fuels me to continue writing. I can only hope that in the new year I can give back even just a little of what my readers have given me.

As Pip from Bub Sweat and Tears and my husband Dave say, see you on the flip side xx

Today I am linking up with the gorgeous Zanni from My little sunshine house for Sunshine Sunday.

28 comments on A new year

  1. Pip
    December 29, 2013 at 6:56 am (4 years ago)

    So wrapped to see you’ve managed to slow down and sink into weeks with no schedule. I know what it’s like to go from crazy to slow and it’s not easy. I bet your girls are adoring the change of pace. Look at how much you’ve fitted into 8 mths of writing! Quite staggering πŸ™‚ Here’s to a prospserous 2014 may it bring surprises you’ve not yet imagined xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 29, 2013 at 6:59 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Pip. I hope you and yours are enjoying taking some time out too. Here’s cheers to an amazing 2014 xx

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  2. Katie (@mumabytes)
    December 29, 2013 at 7:52 am (4 years ago)

    I’m sure you will have a fabulous 2014, Renee! It’s wonderful to hear that you’ve found a great direction and happiness in the past year. Hope you’re enjoying a well-earned rest! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Katie! I hope you’re enjoying your time with your family too xx

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  3. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    December 29, 2013 at 9:33 am (4 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you Renee, I’m sure it will be a wonderful year. Have loved finding your blog this year and look forward to ‘seeing’ more xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Jodi. That really means a lot πŸ™‚ I look forward to ‘seeing’ more of you too πŸ™‚ xx

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  4. Zanni Louise
    December 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post Renee…I am so glad to hear how you have moved through your fog, and the blog has helped you gain a new perspective. I love reading about your journey here, and I look forward to hearing what unfold for you in 2014. Happy New Year and thank you so much for linking in to Sunshine Sundays! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re so welcome, Zanni. I’m sure it’s going to be a great little community to be part of. Happy new year to you and your lovely family too xx

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  5. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    December 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

    It is lovely to disconnect sometimes and just chill out. I have been chilling out the last couple of days watching the cricket πŸ™‚ See you on the flip side lovely lady. xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sam πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’re having an awesome time chillaxing. See you next year πŸ™‚ xx

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  6. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    December 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Hope you enjoyed you’re blogging holiday Renee I am certain there is wonderful blogging success coming you’re way as we all look forward to reading you’re words. I am returning to work next year also how do you juggle it all work blogging and family? Wishing you a prosperous new year.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 30, 2013 at 6:46 am (4 years ago)

      It really is a juggle, Sarah, and sometimes I feel like I’m still finding my way. It will be a big transition for you, but you’ll get there. Wishing you a wonderful new year too and I look forward to getting to know you more πŸ™‚

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  7. Lyd
    December 30, 2013 at 8:22 am (4 years ago)

    I’ll be on your case next year to chase that dream (which you didn’t state exactly what it was but I’ll still hound you). If you don’t step forward, you’ll never get anywhere πŸ˜‰ enjoy the break and happy new year to you. 2014 will be a year of great change for us, I just know it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

      I love your positive attitude, Lydia and love your support. Thank you! Bring on 2014!! πŸ™‚

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  8. Jana
    December 30, 2013 at 11:47 am (4 years ago)

    Sometimes it is necessary to take “me breaks” to recharge and just to keep our hold on sanity! Don’t ever feel like you have to apologize for it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Jana. You’re so sweet. I hope you’ve been able to have some time out too πŸ™‚

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  9. Lauren
    December 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so glad that you have been taking some time out for yourself, and I must say your choice of tv series to immerse yourself in are a couple of my favourites too! I have really enjoyed reading you blog this year, and I wish you a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing holiday break xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Lauren. I’ve loved reading yours too. ‘See’ you in the new year πŸ™‚ x

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  10. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    December 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    That bit where you just involuntarily stopped and did nothing, I know that thing and it is a good thing, for you and for me and for everyone around us. it is what recharges you and gets you ready to face the New Year with fresh eyes. I for one cant wait to see just what amazing things you do in 2014 hun xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sonia xxx Isn’t it crazy how sometimes your body just takes over and you have no choice in the matter?!

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  11. Bec | Mumma Tells
    January 2, 2014 at 11:56 am (4 years ago)

    What a perfect close to a busy, busy year, Renee. Loving and breathing in some solace while you look with anticipation to the year ahead. I am truly looking forward to following you and seeing how 2014 unfold for you. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Bec. Likewise! xo

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  12. Carla from myyellowheart
    January 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

    A lovely post Renee. And one that resonates with me. I started my blog 5 months ago, and it has also pulled me out of the day to day Motherhood doldrums that I was starting to find myself in. I feel more confident, and more ‘me’ again. I love having a space where I can write, completely uninterrupted by anybody!!! It’s been a great way for me to process my own thoughts and feelings.
    I found your blog after placing my link on my little sunshine house x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

      That is wonderful to hear, Carla. I am so pleased to hear you are getting so much out of your blog. I look forward to following your journey this year x

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  13. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey gorgeous, I’ve been off everything for awhile, but had to see how you’ve been, and it seems you are well and enjoying the break, as we all are! I can’t wait to meet you again, maybe at the beach, for a swim and some bubbles. I wish you and your family a healthy and happy 2014 and can’t wait to be alongside your life this year xxx Em x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh you’re the sweetest, Em. Thank you. A meet up at the beach for a swim and bubbles sounds awesome. Especially if it’s in weather like today. Wishing you and your loves all the best for 2014 too xx

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  14. Deb @ Home life simplified
    January 3, 2014 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    Glad that you took the time even if it was the result of exhaustion – I cannot believe you only started blogging 8 months ago – i thought i was just late to your party, not that you were new lol Here’s to a great year ahead xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thank you, Deb! The same goes to you. I’m looking forward to plenty of inspiration from you xx

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