Musings #1 Goodbye 2017, You Were Busy!

Hello, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the beginning of a fresh new year.

For me 2017 was very much a personal one, with just the bare minimum of work being done when it was called for. I sort of feel like I should apologise for that but truth be told, I enjoyed being present in the all the crazy moments and don’t regret letting work slide – I don’t think anyone can ever feel guilty for enjoying their life, kids and family moments, can they?

This year that has passed (SO quickly, honestly it never slows down, does it?) brought lots of changes and new experiences within our family. For the first half of the year I was pregnant for the fourth time, then in August Arden arrived and made me realise that ‘just surviving’ was good enough for the time being. I learnt quite a lot about myself last year. I’ve realised that to the outside world, my friends and family, I appear to be very laid-back and in control but I can tell you that a lot of the time I feel like the most anxious and messed up person inside my head, but really my can do attitude is what has got me by and is what thankfully kicks in when I am really feeling the struggle.

When September arrived we didn’t have the usual calm back to school vibe, instead this year we were thrown head first into the transfer test process which can only be described as utterly crap! The workload really peeked from September to November for our eldest Safran. And whilst we’ve decided we would of course love to her go to and thrive at our local grammar school, that girl will move mountains with her dedication and determination no matter where the result sends her. We’ll find out at the end of January, but everyday I thank my lucky stars that I was sent this little power house to bring up.

The kids all took up swimming lessons this year, something I’ve been meaning to start them on for years but only just got around to. Safran is quite the fish, Keenan is loving it and really wants to be amazing at it and Ruby is being her usual self and giving it a good bash. It takes up every Saturday morning but I’ve really come to love our time sweating in the gallery watching them and beaming with pride!

Arden has been a wee dream of a baby, he’s just slipped in to the fold and other than a few restless nights of not wanting to sleep anywhere other than on me has been perfect – maybe I am laid-back?!

At almost five months now he is rolling around the living room floor, shouting Da-da at the top of his voice and most recently sticking his tongue out for laughs from us.

On the blog side of things I really did struggle. Weddings are my bread and butter, they’re the only area I’ve ever written about and where my passion lies, but 2017 hit me with a big dose of uncertainty. To be completely honest I fell in and out of love with The Promise. At one point I considered packing the whole thing in as I’m an old married fart now! I thought I was past the whole wedding stage. Thankfully though when it came to the crunch I just couldn’t let it go, so here I am, I’ve showed up and I’m ready to throw myself back into it. So I owe you all a huge thank you for sticking by me and to those people who helped me catch a grip and realise where my passions lay, I owe you a drink.

For 2018 I plan to add new inspiring content three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – with two wedding related pieces and one lifestyle post. The lifestyle section will cover a broad spectrum of topics with everything from my latest shoe crush (I have one at least fortnightly!), to surviving motherhood and my musings. I’ve dithered with adding a lifestyle section for a while now, stopping sometimes because I’ve been worried about what my readers will think, but I’ve decided to go for it. If you’re just here for weddings that’s fine, you don’t have to read the rest!

That’s the basic plan anyway, as there is only one of me and I’m also a full time mum of four and a freelance writer with clients to please sometimes I might change it up to suit around other priorities, but for the most part I will try my damnedest to keep the show on the road!

2018 for our family will no doubt be another very busy one. We’ve the transfer test stuff to deal with at the end of January, numerous birthdays including Arden’s first, a fab holiday in the South of France to look forward to, my youngest brothers wedding and lots of home improvements to make – 2018 WILL be the year I buy a new sofa, which makes me so excited (#sadsack).

So here we are, the fifth year into The Promise, thank you for getting this far with me, now lets make 2018 a great one, I hope you will stick around to make it so!

Happy New Year!

Much love, Em xx