I'm quite a neat and tidy person. And if I start something, I like to finish it. And then tie it up in a bow. A pink one, preferably. At the beginning of 2015, I set myself some goals for the year, and then back in July, I wrote an update. So in the midst of all things festive and fun, I hope you'll forgive me for a little bit of looking back and loop-closing. I have some new things planned for The Ordinary Lovely in 2016 which I'm excited to tell you about in another post, but until then, here's how my resolutions and intentions for 2015 panned out ... the final verdict.
In January, one of my goals was not to ignore the dreamer in me. With my boys being so young and my husband working incredibly long hours, day to day tasks can often take all day, every day. There's not always time for much else (particularly during the weeks that Game of Thrones is back on our screens).
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'd love to do more and better with The Ordinary Lovely, and that it's my 70 percent project. I have to turn down 70 percent of the amazing opportunities and experiences that I'm offered through it because I don't have any more time to give to it or don't like to spend too much time away from the boys. And then, something else that I also battle with is publishing posts and photographs that I'm only 70 percent happy with. It's that ol' devil called time, again. I'd love to give you posts that are my 100 percent but this year just hasn't been the year to be able to do that, I'm sorry.
But my head continues to be full of plans and dreams and ventures even though they are ending the year as scribbled notes on pages of a very worn notepad rather than actually realised.
I've not done very well at all with this. But, I'm beginning to wonder whether my version of relaxing is not the popular spa day/lying on a beach options. Give me a hot cup of tea and a view of the garden for ten minutes and I'm happy ... batteries relatively recharged. Maybe I just don't have the personality to do nothing for long periods of time? I'm tired because I don't get a lot of sleep but not tired because I need to escape and unwind. Does that make sense?
We went on two amazing holidays with Mark Warner, this year. A ski holiday and a summer holiday. How spoilt?! And we had some really special weekends away and days out in the UK, too; something that I'm keen to do more of in 2016. I really, really, really want to head up to the Scottish Highlands at some point. Have you ever been to Glencoe? I think it might be one of the most incredibly beautiful places on earth. It's out of this world stunning.
Creativity and crafts have been a new thing for me in 2015. I spent most of my career working in finance and communications on quite strategic projects. That, combined with me being quite black and white and liking things to add up means that I can struggle with things that don't have a single correct answer or a process to reach a definite conclusion.
It's been twelve months of rediscovering potato printing, getting to grips with glitter, making rather than buying toys for the boys, and then finishing the year with my pastel-painted clipboards and geometric-inspired 2016 ring calendar featuring in the latest issue of DoCrafts Creativity magazine.
It's incredible, really. And testament to the fact that there's really no need to pigeon-hole yourself and if you want to make a change or a change in direction, you absolutely can. Baby steps, test the water, and the go for it!
And after all the positivity, I'm ending the post on my biggest fail. Oh my goodness, I think I've slipped on my running shoes a mere two or three times in the past couple of months. Terrible, right? I'm not going to lie, exercise is the first thing that I stop doing when I'm short on time. I keep reading that you only need a few minutes spare each day to make a difference but when those few minutes are at 5am or 11pm and your preference is for running outdoors, well ... it's not going to happen, is it?
You know, it's been such a busy year. It's been fun, tiring, incredibly special, and unbelievably sleep-deprived. At times, it's felt like I've accomplished zero on a personal level. And that's the joy of writing posts like this. Posts like this which encourage me to think and think back. It's a wonderful record of moments, days, projects and achievements. Some days, I question why I tap, tap, tap at the computer when I could be making headway in to the nine books that I have piled up on my bedside table but it's the most amazing record ... and reminder ... and a nudge when I think that I'm not doing enough.
And now to turn my attentions to 2016. Stay tuned!