It’s that time of year when everyone starts reflecting on the year just ending – like the nine best of 2015 which has been doing the rounds on Instagram. I was amused to see that my best of Instagram is basically pregnancy, baby and a tiny bit of craft and house stuff – which does just about sum up the last year for me! At the end of last year I wrote a post about my hopes for 2015 (resolutely not resolutions!). I have really enjoyed looking back at these and thinkng about the high and low points of the past year, so here are my reflections at the end of 2015.
Focus on what I enjoy – this was all about spending more time on what genuinely gives me joy rather than on time frittering activities. I think that within the circumstances – a bit of a tough early pregnancy, at the same time as moving house and keeping up to date with the day job – I managed this quite well. The house is really feeling like a home (I will share more about this at some point), I carried and gave birth to our beautiful daughter and even had time to make a few things! We had a lovely last holiday just the two of us in Cornwall, and I had some serious time to focus on the things I enjoy with a month of maternity leave before the birth. Saying that though, I do feel that this blog has been very neglected, which I am sad about as it is definitely something I enjoy doing. Something to work on in 2016 I think?
Being more thankful – I have really taken this to heart this last year. Partly because I think feeling quite poorly for a while makes everything brighter and lovelier and the little things more satisfactory when you feel better.
The wider world has seemed like an incredibly dark place recently. Especially whilst pregnant and after having Felicity I identify* when hearing about pregnant women or those with tiny babies getting into unsafe boats, walking across Europe or living in the appalling conditions at Calais. Since birth Felicity hasn’t slept for much more than a couple of hours on her own without being held by someone; and she’s now almost two and a half months. This is – I’m not going to sugar coat it – tough. When she’s sleeping peacefully on my chest at 3am and I’m too scared about her rolling off and getting suffocated to sleep myself although I am exhausted, I have still thought how incredibly lucky I am that she is happily sleeping in a warm house, with a ridiculous amount of clothes, toys and ‘stuff’ and is, above all, safe. It isn’t fair of course that by luck of country of birth my baby is safe when so many others aren’t, but I can be thankful and count our many many blessings.
Live more lightly – this was all about living more ethically, and I have mixed feelings about whether it’s happened. I’m now happier with our food choices – we’ve cut down on the amount of meat we eat and when we do it has been ethically raised. The rest of my purchasing has been more mixed – it was all going so well until I was more at home with Felicity and then I succumbed to the ease of Amazon for Christmas shopping. On the other hand almost all our baby stuff is secondhand and I’m still more of an eBay fiend than an Amazon fan. Something to keep working on I think.
I really valued having these hopes to focus on this year, so I’m already thinking about what I’m about 2016. There will be a post on this soon.
*Though saying I identify is not to make out that motherhood somehow makes me more able to empathise. This annoyed me before I had a baby so don’t want to repeat the mistake!