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Rear-view Mirror. (a.k.a 2016 in review)


It is a new year again.

If you happened to see my post at the beginning of 2016 you will know that I am a huge fan of new starts and fresh beginnings. I find the whole notion of wiping the slate clean and starting anew invigorating and necessary. This is why I don’t mock the “New year, New me” crowd. Even if their efforts fail by February, the fact they made any effort at all is awesome. So, before I get started on 2017, I want to take stock of 2016. They say hindsight is 20/20 and it is nice to look back if it helps to steer you as you go forward. 

First of all…. The World in general.

If you ask anybody to describe 2016, I think it will be safe to assume they will use the terms “cluster-fuck”, “dumpster-fire” and “shit-storm”. The year 2016 was literally book-ended with death. With the loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman in January to the passing of Hollywood legends Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds in the final throes of December, many truly talented and inspiring people shuffled loose the mortal coil. I read a tweet that suggested David Bowie had created an Alternative Universe and was populating it with all with all the great artists we had lost during this year… a wonderful thought to have. Add to all this sadness (in no order other than as they come to mind), the US Election (campaigns AND result), the Bastille Day attack,  the Orlando nightclub shooting, the Charleston church shooting, the Berlin Christmas Market attack, Harambe, Zika, Brexit, Brazilian football team plane crash, numerous bombings and an attempted coup in Turkey, more climate shit, more civil unrest, more political and social divisions, more hate crimes, an unspeakable amount of shit in Syria and .. SO MANY DEATHS….. Seriously. 2016 sucked balls and I honestly believe every person that survived it should be awarded a medal and given an enthusiastic high-five as they enter 2017.

Now…. My little corner of the World.

Here is where it all gets a little more sparkly! I had set myself a goal at the beginning of the year and that was HAPPINESS. I had looked back on 2015 and decided that removing negative people and feelings from my life would be my 2016 goal. As you can see from everything I mentioned above, that could of been a very difficult task! Thankfully a lot of great things happened in 2016 and surrounding myself with people I love just made everything so much better.

Highlights of my year included a road trip to Brighton with one of my best friends to see our daughter (Yes, I claim her as my own as well. She is that awesome, that I, a committed non-breeder, would have her as a daughter). My husband changed job, which improved both of our lives. His happiness being directly tied to mine, I felt unspeakable relief when he found a way out of a job that made him depressed and into a new position that he enjoys.

I became an Auntie in August! My brother and his partner welcomed a gorgeous little boy into the family on August 1st (same birthday as my aforementioned “daughter”…. coincidence? I think not!) and while babies are definitely not my thing, the instant love I felt for the little squishy was amazing. I have cemented my role as the “cool, if slightly impractical” Aunt by celebrating his first Christmas with gifts of Batman and Darth Vader costumes. I think we can all see where this is going to go in the future. Should be fun! 

Hubs and I went on our very first, grown-up,  holiday this year! After 13 years together we finally did the “2 weeks in the sun” kind of holiday. We, along with 2 of our best friends (who are also married…. yeah, we have that “married couple friends” thing going on, no we are not swingers…. yet) spent the first 2 weeks of October in Turkey at a fabulous all-inclusive resort. We ate, drank, laughed and ate some more. It was long overdue, much needed and will not be a one-off occurrence. 

Health wise, 2016 has actually been a vast improvement on its predecessors even with a really bad bout of Flu in May (real Flu, none of that man-flu bullshit), a diagnosis of Gluten Sensitivity in the summer (more on that in the next post) and then 7 weeks of Bronchial and Sinus infections through November and December, I still managed to lose another stone in weight and I still FEEL much healthier on a day to day basis, so YAY! 

This brings me to Christmas, which as we all know, is my favourite time of the year. Again, I decided to make some of the gifts and again, I ended up stressing that they would all be late (only one was… not bad.). And while all recipients were grateful and loved my offerings, it was one persons comments in particular that made my heart happy, and that was that she could see how much I had improved and grown in my abilities since she had received the gift I had made her the year before. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but to me it was a much needed confidence boost and sometimes we all need to be told that we are good at something. It has given me the drive to expand and improve even more over the coming year and for that I am very thankful to her. 

2016 is now over. The chapter has ended, the door has closed, the middle finger has been given and the screen fades to black. 

Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode. 





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