2012 was rubbish and I had hoped that 2013 would at least be slightly better.
How wrong I was!
I can’t wait to see the back end of this year.
So much so that today was spent taking all the Xmas decorations down.
The house is now bare and tidy and all ready for a fresh start to 2014
Financially things have been stretched to the absolute limit after having to move at the start of the year.
To be honest, the move has been the only things that’s gone well for us this year.
It may be costing us more but the effect it has had on us as a family has been brilliant.
We all have our own space and I got my dining room back.
However, I’m absolutely sick to death of hospital appointments for me, Ian and all 3 of the kids.
I made it through not 1 but 2 cancer scares with my Dad.
My surgery early in the year went well but my foot has now deteriorated back to just about as bad as it was prior to the surgery and it’s now impacting my knees and right hip!
The last two and a half months have been a complete nightmare with poor little Dharma’s tummy troubles and this was the last straw for me personally as I had a little melt down at the beginning of December.
Anyway, I said I wasn’t going to dwell on the downside of life earlier in the month so here comes the positive……
We had a wonderful Xmas.
I was able to host for my parents for the first time in about ten years because of getting my dining room back.
Dharma is doing really well and we’ve had no problems with her tummy over Xmas.
Now it’s just a case of getting her confidence levels back up and get her out of the house a bit more.
Going back to school on the 7th Jan is going to be her first challenge but we are being positive!
I’ve had time to think about things and de-stress.
I’ve taken on board lots of advice and I intend to take things a little easier in the coming year.
I am going to take time out for myself which I haven’t done in a long time.
That is going to start with me and Ian getting unlimited cinema cards so that we can spend more time together doing what we used to enjoy.
We’ve also agreed to going to Frankie and Benny’s one morning a month for breakfast and also going out at least once a month for a lunch somewhere.
Time without the kids, just for us!
I’m going to concentrate on losing a bit of weight and getting more exercise.
I think this will do my foot the world of good. It may be agony for a while but hopefully it will be worth it.
I am going to throw myself into my college course.
I’m feeling all fired up about getting that qualification now.
I need to prove to myself that I can do it.
I aim to have a whole year without taking any sick days!!
Last year was abysmal for one reason or another and I owe it to myself and my colleagues not to let them down in 2014.
Hospital appointments are going to be taken as they come.
In the grand scheme of things, no-one is terminally ill.
They have problems that can be kept in check or dealt with.
There are people a lot worse off than we are and we should be thankful for that.
We have a family wedding to look forward to in February.
The rest of the year is going to be extremely tight financially (nothing new) but we intend to make the most of it.
So, apart from a little bit of ironing tomorrow (yes, me ironing, don’t say a thing!!) I plan to see the new year in curled up on the sofa and polishing off a bottle of Baileys and nibbles out of the cupboard.
Then it’s time to forget 2013 and this time next year I will hopefully be blogging about how much better the year has been.
So, I hope everyone has a fabulous New Years Eve, whatever you’re doing and I wish you all a very
Happy New Year!!