The Christmas tree is back in the loft, the mulled wine has been drunk and my size 8 jeans are feeling more than a little snug.
All signs that a year is about to end, and another is about to start.
We pin so much on the start of a fresh year don’t we? Hope and dreams and of course resolutions that just fill us with feelings of guilt when we break them a few weeks later.
In my twenties I always felt I needed to know exactly I would be doing for the year ahead. I had to have it all mapped out.
But now I’ve learnt that it’s OK to not know what’s in store. In fact it’s pretty bloody beautiful. Wouldn’t life be boring if we knew what was around every corner?
A lot of 2016 was planned out for me – my baby’s first birthday, our wonderful wedding day. But 2017? I haven’t a clue.
Perhaps next year will bring a new baby and finally our own home …
Maybe I’ll start a new job or we may go on a travelling adventure as a family …
2017 could be the year when I finally work hard enough to get abs and a bikini body … (unlikely as I’ve just eaten half a chocolate orange in 9 sentences.)
But maybe none of that will happen? Or perhaps just some of it will happen.
Rather than holding myself to ransom with unrealistic new year resolutions, I prefer to go into a new year hoping to get to know myself better and to have an even better relationship with myself and those around me. So heading into 2017;
I hope to grow as a mother and a woman.
I aim to cut out the white noise from negative people and continue to surround myself with like minded people.
I look forward to enjoying every day with my husband, even the days when we do nothing.
I will try to be kinder and more empathetic.
I want to let go of some of the daily guilt and realise my strengths as a parent.
I will try and eat a bit less chocolate?!
And I’m definitely going to hoard less and throw more crap away!
We all go into a new year with a different approach and that is wonderful. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself, or the calendar. Part of the wonder of life is the twists and turns and bumps in the road.
Take pleasure in the unknown – and have a wonderful New Year.