2014 Rewind 2015 Hopes

I’m not one to make new year resolutions; I have a very poor record of adhering to them you see. I prefer to go with the flow, praying and hoping as I engage with life’s challenges and joys.

14 15However, this year has been like no other year in my life:

  • Our family got more involved in our church community.
  • I went through a real labour of love to have my lovely bundle of joy and started my motherhood journey.
  • We knew the support of our church and local communities in ways beyond our expectations (it truly takes a village to raise a child)!
  • I took a maternity leave break from full-time paid employment after working and studying non-stop all my life.
  • I learnt to nurture a newborn through a very difficult breastfeeding journey (which I can’t wait to write about soon), and I achieved my breastfeeding goals against all odds.
  • I got involved with the La Leche League and met a very kind NCT lactation consultant who helped me with my breastfeeding challenges.
  • I read and read and read about breastfeeding on the net to develop my knowledge and understanding of this natural act which doesn’t come naturally to everyone.
  • I watched videos about bathing newborns, dealing with baby sleep etc on YouTube, Tesco Loves Baby and the NHS; I never thought I’d learn such things from the net.
  • I felt the most vulnerable and responsible I’ve ever felt in my life.
  • I discovered mummy blogs and started engaging with them.
  • I discovered Mumsnet and participated in some of their insight program opportunities (so much fun!).
  • Competitions on mummy blogs opened the world of social media to me which I’d been indifferent to until now. 🙂
  • I entered many competitions especially on Facebook, and I won some really good ones. 🙂
  • I spent months thinking about blogging.
  • I went to the La Leche League National Conference with my Precious Sparkle; what an amazing group of breastfeeding advocates and so thankful I didn’t have to do any baby food planning.
  • I went to the Baby show with my little one, friends and family; what a lovely experience listening to experts talk, seeing new products, meeting familiar and new brands, and experiencing my baby sleep for 4 hours during the day!
  • I went to Mumsnet BlogFest with my Precious Sparkle, courtesy of Skimlinks; I’m so glad I went. I didn’t know I was going until I learnt that I’d won a ticket the day before!
  • I delayed my return to work; I’m so very thankful to have had more time with my family, growing as a wife, mum, and blogger.
  • I finally ‘womaned’ up, shifted my focus from Facebook competitions and actually started my blog at the end of November (so so exciting!!!).
  • I created a Facebook page, Google+ profile and Instagram (I still haven’t posted anything on it, wish it was fully available on desktops like my other social media links) for my blog.
  • I converted my Pinterest and Twitter accounts to support my blog and started learning about Twitter blog posts RT handles, Twitter chats, Twitter parties, hashtags, follows, unfollows, favouriting etc.
  • I wrote my first post to support Unilever’s #ClearAPlate campaign.
  • I started participating in blog linking partings and ‘met’ more bloggers; I discovered dads also blog!
  • I attended an NCT Q&A session with an MP about Shared Parental Leave (I’m keen to understand all its ins and outs for next time round :-))
  • I’ve read so many blog posts, discovered so many new blogs and I’m learning so much about blogging.
  • I’m coming to terms with returning to my paid job.
  • I’ve grown so much in so many areas of my life though I could do with some baby sleeping magic formula and house cleaning tricks.

My, what a year! So many blessings to count, so much to be grateful for; and not enough time to write about them all. I can’t wait to write about more of these key 2014 moments in the new year.

So, with a heart filled with gratitude, I gaze into next year. I’m tempted to make resolutions but I prefer to have hopes and set some goals.

I hope to:

  • continue to grow in my faith.
  • continue to grow as a mum, wife, sister, friend, blogger, and teacher.
  • continue to work on helping to make our home cosy.
  • continue to develop my blog.
  • write more regularly.
  • attend some blogging conferences; hopefully Mumsnet’s BlogFest, Britmums Live, and a Tots100 blog camp.
  • win a few more competitions (if I have time to enter them :-)).
  • have a better paid work / life balance (unlike before my maternity leave).
  • waste less and live a lighter and healthier lifestyle.

My main goals are to:

  • spend more time reading my Bible, praying and listening.
  • spend more time planning family meals that my Precious Sparkle can have.
  • make daily quality and meaningful moments with my family and friends.
  • write more and write better.
  • participate in more blogging social media groups, blogging networks, blog linking parties, guest posting etc.
  • develop my social media blog following (not exactly sure how I’ll do this yet).
  • spend all paid work time working, and avoid bringing work home in the evenings and on weekends.
  • sort through the rest of my paper piles and avoid creating more around our house.
  • stress less and enjoy life more.

There you have it, my longest post so far: 2014 Rewind 2015 Hopes! I hope I’ll come back to this post again and again to review my 2015 hopes and goals, and link in posts I plan to write to my 2014 highlights.

What blessings are you counting from 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015?

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24 thoughts on “2014 Rewind 2015 Hopes

    • Hello Donna, thanks for dropping by. Indeed, it’s been a very busy year. I’m looking forward to writing so much more this year, your ‘visits’ will always be appreciated. Congratulations on your new blog, I think i’ll be dropping by at different points this year. 🙂

  1. Wow! What a busy year you had and it sounds like 2015 is going to be just as hectic. Good for you that you’ll be working on you work/life balance. I remember being incredibly work focused before Tin Box Tot came along. That’s changed now. I do more things for me and my family, and life is richer for it! All the best for 2015! x
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    • Thanks so much Tin Box Traveller. A very busy year indeed! I’m definitely looking forward to the adventures ahead. Work / life balance so easily eludes a lot of us; I’m really hoping that I’ll do a better job this time when I return to work from mat leave.

  2. Wow you sound like you’ve had a full on year! I’m sorry you had a tough time with the breastfeeding, but it sounds like you found some great support which is wonderful. Great resolutions for 2015, especially the one about making time for meaningful moments, that’s something I must do too 🙂 x

  3. Awww what an amazing 2015! Just so you know I had a hard time starting with breastfeeding too. I breastfed my son for 2 years and was only using 1 breast as the other is not working (long story). But I made it! Congrats on your overcoming the difficulties. Nice to meet you & have a Happy New Year =)
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    • Hello Merlinda, thanks for your dropping by and commenting. Dear good o’l breastfeeding; giving so many mums a hard time and so many babies their best start 🙂 Thanks for sharing about your son, one of my breastfeeding goals is 2 yrs; so lovely to read that you did for 2 yrs and with only 1 boob too! Well done! Do you have a post about it, I would love to read it. You see, one of mine works much better than the other one; it’s taken me a while to just accept it and be grateful that I can still breastfeed. Happy New Year to you too and nice to have met you. Looking forward to reading more of my posts this year. 🙂

  4. Wow it sounds like you had a pretty full on year last year. Congratulations on the birth of your little one and starting a new blog. I wish you all the luck with achieving your goals this year.

    Thank you for linking up with me for Sunshine Sundays.
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    • Thanks so much for your prompt read and comment. Yeah, a very full on 2014 for me. I definitely look forward to working on my 2015 goals. Thanks for the linky, my first linky participation out the UK.

  5. You have achieved so much this (oops last) year, how wonderful. Well done on starting your blog, it takes guts to get going doesn’t it! I started mine in 2014 too and there is so much to learn. Great goals for 2015, like the stress less one! Thanks for linking up #sundaystars

    • Hello Julia, thanks for your lovely linky and kind comments. O yeah, it does; it took me months and months of thinking and reading. Blogging, like a lot of life, is such a steep learning curve. All the very best with your blog as you move towards your 2nd year.

  6. wow what a great year you’ve had and a fab list of goals for this year i also started my blog last year and hope to get more involved with the blogging world this year. Glad to hear you got past your difficulties with breast feeding ill look out for your up coming post on that! #sundaystars
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    • Thanks for dropping by everything mummy, and for your lovely comment. 2014 was very eventful and I walk / work with prayers and hopes in 2015. Well done on starting your blog too, it took me months and months of thinking before I could take the plunge. I like your blog banner and theme, really pretty. The blogosphere has so much to offer and it’s good that you can be as involved as you want. All the best as you participate more in it this year. I’m so thankful to have overcome my breastfeeding difficulties; so very thankful! I’ll try and remember to tweet you when I finally write the post. Thanks so much.

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    • My very first pingback to my blog; thanks for the back link. I enjoyed reading your post and commenting on it got me thinking about my issue with the word, ‘resolution’. I think i’ll be writing a post about it sometime.

  8. What a comprehensive list, you will never manage them all so don’t be hard on yourself and well done on all you have achieved in 2014. Try to keep that balance between blogging and social media and your day to day life. It’s a challenge I assure you.
    Coombe Mill – Fiona recently posted…Sharing Our Farm FunMy Profile

    • Thanks for dropping by Fiona; I’ll remember your comment for the blogging road. Goals are definitely easier set than met, aren’t they? 🙂 As for the blogging, social media, and daily life balance, I’m so thankful that I’ve got my mothering to help me negotiate this. 🙂

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