Reflections on 2017 and planning ahead

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Hello and a belated happy new year! I had been all set to start the new year with a bang. However, in my post Christmas haze I totally lost track of the days and really struggled to get back into a routine. My start to the year has definitely been more of a slow fizzle than an explosion of activity! Now that I’ve finally got a grip on what day it is I think it would be a good idea to share my reflections on 2017 and what we plan for 2018.

Reflections on 2017

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The children achieved so much this year but are growing up way too fast! Hormones abound. I need a self-filling fridge to keep up with their appetites and a larger dining table is now a priority to accommodate the random friends who appear at all hours.

My hip problems continue and I have been passed from pillar to post looking for answers. It has taken over 2 years to be referred to a specialist, who I saw this week. The proposed surgery I need is risky and could potentially make me worse so I have big decisions ahead. This year I was also hospitalised twice with post hysterectomy complications and underwent genetic testing for the BRCA1 gene. It has not been a great year health wise.

A large portion of the year was spent unexpectedly removing a dangerous chimney breast and renovating our bathroom. The end result is stunning but it really wasn’t the project we wanted to be doing; plans to convert the loft had to be delayed due to this work. We also finished a few smaller projects. Renovations seems never ending!

Despite everything we did get out and about a lot this year, making good use of out NT membership. It has been lovely to visit new places and explore different surroundings. The highlights for us were Apple Day and visiting Powis Castle

Plans for 2018

2018 written in firework sparklersPhoto by NordWood Themes

To a certain extent it will be more of the same. More days out, more home renovations, more time spent exploring our hobbies. If it isn’t broke why fix it?

Middle age spread had sadly become a concern for me. I am unable to do much exercise so I need to change my diet instead. It’s so unfair that you have to eat less to simply stay the same weight as you age. I am also still struggling to find a personal style, or even indeed any style. With that in mind I hope to make more of my own clothes this year, at least then I can guarantee a good fit!

I want to spend more time as a whole on my hobbies. My book case is brimming with novels waiting to be opened. My sewing to-do list is ever expanding and my vegetable patch is standing barren, waiting for me to get into gear. I think sharing a monthly update on my craft projects and my gardening endeavors will help to make me accountable for my time and give me something positive to focus on.

I am aware I need to spend time on my mental health this year. Last year I struggled so much with my lack of mobility and ever increasing pain levels. Whilst not depressed, I was very low for a good portion of the time. I felt flat and had very little to say. I feel that the fog is lifting now but it is something I have to work on rather than waiting for things to change on their own.

The big event for the year will be my Mom’s wedding in early March. She is still battling ovarian cancer so this is a much needed chink of sunshine for us to look forward to. Hopefully the great British weather will either give us a wonderful snow filled day or one brimming with sunshine. Nothing in between will be acceptable!

Bring it on 2018!

So there it is. A few reflections on 2017 and a snippet of what we plan for 2018. I am sure that with a little positive thought and a lot of hard work we can make 2018 a wonderful year!

What are your plans for 2018?

 

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38 Comments

  1. 26th January 2018 / 10:06 PM

    Wishing you a fab 2018 – and totally with you on the if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo X

    • Louisa
      3rd February 2018 / 12:55 PM

      You too Stephanie! x

  2. 19th January 2018 / 6:53 PM

    Hi Louisa, I’ve still to write a roundup of 2017… It is nice to stop and take note of what went on, to look back over in future years. You did have a bit of a crappy 2017, so it shouldn’t be too hard for 2018 to be an improvement. Health issues can be tiring so I hope you get to the bottom of yours and that your Mum wins her battle with ovarian cancer. You sound like you are feeling positive for the New Year, so I’m sure you make time for your projects… My philosophy is to start the year slow and work up. January is slow and ploddy, so we should be the same. February offers glimpses of spring, which stokes our energy levels and so on throughout the year. I like to think of it as natures way of pacing us!

    All the best for 2018!

    xx

    • Louisa
      21st January 2018 / 3:56 PM

      You are right to start the year slowly. This year has seemed to take forever to kick start. I can hardly believe it is almost February. Last year was hard on so many levels and I don’t feel like I accomplished much. I started off with so many plans and they mostly fell by the wayside so it’s nice to reflect that there were in fact some successes. It spurs us on to achieve bigger and better the next year! Thanks for your kind words x

  3. 18th January 2018 / 2:05 PM

    I hope you have a much better year health wise this year. Wishing you the very best of luck. x

    • Louisa
      21st January 2018 / 3:52 PM

      Thank you so much Emma x

  4. 16th January 2018 / 7:56 PM

    Ah life does have a habit of throwing up the unexpected. Hopefully this year you can do what you had originally planned last year and fulfill many more of your dreams. #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      17th January 2018 / 4:50 PM

      Thank you. We hope to get lots done this year!

  5. 15th January 2018 / 5:55 PM

    I love posts likes these – one of the best bits about writing a blog is that sometimes you can forget about all the amazing bits of the year, but then you can browse through your blog and remember even when there is tough times there are also some great times. Good luck with your goals for 2018 #mmbc

    • Louisa
      17th January 2018 / 4:56 PM

      You are so right, there is always a bright spot in every bleak moment. Blogging allows us to mark these events x

  6. 13th January 2018 / 5:44 PM

    I remember your Powys castle post and being so impressed with it. May have to stick that on my to see list this year!

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:10 PM

      I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you get the chance!

  7. 13th January 2018 / 11:30 AM

    oh yes the eating less and exercising more just to maintain the shape we’re in, let alone loosing any weight, that’s too much of a battle. Hope you manage to get your renovations complete soon and that you get some relief to your health issues #pocolo

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:15 PM

      Our metabolism certainly plays some cruel tricks on us as we age!

  8. 12th January 2018 / 9:18 PM

    It’s so hard when your health gets in the way, I truly hope that you manage to achieve all that you want in 2018! Your Mum’s wedding is something to really look forward to. #wotw

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:07 PM

      It’s good to have something positive to look forward to

  9. 12th January 2018 / 8:59 PM

    Lovely photos and sounds like you have been busy last year. I need a self-filling fridge as well as my son is just eating too much which I envy because like you my metabolism is not the same anymore.

    Happy new year! #wotw #pocolo

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:06 PM

      If I ate as much as my children could pack away I would need a crane to lift me off the chair! I swear they have hollow legs x

  10. 12th January 2018 / 8:41 PM

    I hope that 2018 is healthy and happy for you. Pain is never nice I hope it improves for you this year #WotW

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:03 PM

      Thank you Jane. Hopefully this year we can get the pain under control

  11. 12th January 2018 / 8:29 PM

    It certainly sounds like 2017 was busy! I hope your hip issues get sorted and I wish your mum all the best for her wedding. xxx
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:01 PM

      Thank you Morgan. I guess body parts failing us is another unwanted sign of aging!! x

  12. 12th January 2018 / 8:14 PM

    So important to have ‘me time’. All the best with your new goals for the year X #wotw

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 1:00 PM

      Absolutely, me time is essential x

  13. 12th January 2018 / 4:41 PM

    What a year 2017 was for you!

    Lovely to hear the fog you were experiencing is lifting some… Personally, I find making time for myself each & every day really helps with keeping my mental health issues at bay, so putting more time into your hobbies this year is a great idea.

    A wonderful 2018 to you & your family. #WotW

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:59 PM

      I think it is easy to underestimate how much of a benefit to mental health that hobbies bring

  14. 12th January 2018 / 2:43 PM

    Praying that 2018 will be a year of good health and happiness. Good luck with your goals too. #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:57 PM

      Thank you for your thoughts Carol, I appreciate it

  15. 12th January 2018 / 2:39 PM

    Wishing you all the best for this year….
    Good luck with taking care of yourself…It sounds like you have had a lot of health issues to deal with. I hope this year is better for you x

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:57 PM

      Thank you Kim, hopefully it’ll be easier to focus on the positives this year x

  16. 12th January 2018 / 10:44 AM

    It does make such a difference to take time out for yourself sometimes, I hope you manage to do more of that this year and that your health is better. Having a wedding on the horizon is definitely something to all look forward to. Hope you have a great 2018 x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:55 PM

      Yes, the wedding is a very exciting bonus! x

  17. 12th January 2018 / 10:12 AM

    Good luck with all your goals for the year and the continuing renovations. Hoping that you and your mom will have better health this year. Good luck with making a decision about the surgery too. I definitely agree with you about it seeming unfair to have to eat less to stay the same weight. I also like the idea of a self-filling fridge! Wouldn’t that make life easier? 🙂 #WotW

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:54 PM

      It never ceases to amaze me how much the kids can eat and how quickly they can empty the fridge!

  18. 12th January 2018 / 9:59 AM

    I hope this year will be much better for you and your Mum health wise. I find the more time I spend on the hobbies that I love the better I feel mentally. Have a lovely weekend x #WotW

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:53 PM

      I find it a catch 22. I feel low so don’t want to do my hobbies but doing them makes me feel better but I never regret it once I start x

  19. 12th January 2018 / 9:31 AM

    What a year! I hope you finally get some relief on the health front this year. Whether or not you decide to go ahead with the operation #pocolo

    • Louisa
      15th January 2018 / 12:52 PM

      Thank you. I think I would like the operation but the family are against it, it’s a lot to consider

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