Thursday, 5 January 2012

Welcome 2012

Happy New Year!

I trust everyone had a nice NYE, even if it was spent tucked up in bed sleeping through the chimes of midnight!

We had a nice evening together, we played lots of games - Guess Who, Disney Scene-It, Cars 2 Monopoly, Boggle Flash and Twilight Scene-It and watched television. Quiet and uneventful, but lovely all the same. Apart from when WWIII broke out because Joshua won Monopoly and Logan was rather displeased, but you take the rough with the smooth haha.

The little three went off to bed a bit later than usual and then we played Twilight Scene-It with the older two. At midnight the old man and I had a glass of pink bubbly to welcome the new year and watched the fireworks on BBC1. Spectacular display I thought, well done London!

I have spent the first few days of 2012 reflecting on 2011, and wondering what this year has in store for me and my family. Last year was good... Eventful, and unfortunately included some very sad times, but overall it wasn't terrible. But it's done and dusted now, time to look forward to the year ahead.

Next week is our first appointment with the Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon for Logan. I am rather anxious. I don't know what to expect and I have been driving myself crazy wondering. The best thing for me to do is relax and just wait and see what they have to say. I think he is starting to worry about it too, he has known about it since we received the letter (we got an appointment so fast, I can only assume there was a cancellation because they told me it was going to take months) but just this morning started asking me questions about his legs. I know he is nervous about it which is making me more nervous, I need to stop and hold it together, he doesn't need me getting uptight about it too. It's hard though, I just want him to be okay.

I hope that this year brings some better luck our way. Not just for me but for certain friends and family that have had a difficult time and truly deserve some good fortune. Besides that, I don't really know what I want from the new year. I don't want to make resolutions that I will never keep. But I do want to set some goals that, at some stage, I would like to achieve. No pressure on myself, just some things to work towards.

I would like to lose weight and tone up. I don't want to go mad, because I am tall and I don't want to be skinny, just slimmer and more toned. About two stone (28lbs) would be ideal.

I plan on doing some more charity fundraising this year. Last year I decided that I wanted to make a difference, even a small one, to somebody somewhere. I didn't raise a huge amount, and the Ben Nevis trek did not go entirely as planned but I reached my goal and it felt good to know that I had done something positive to benefit the lives of others. So, I would really like to do something else this year. I haven't decided what yet... But I will let you know as soon as I do. My husband is planning on getting involved this year and doing some fundraising of his own for The National Autistic Society which is great, I will keep you updated on our plans.

From now on, I also plan to follow some of the advice on 30 things to stop doing to yourself. I found myself nodding to several of the things listed which I think is rather unhealthy and so from now on I intend to make better choices concerning who I spend time with, who I spend my time on, and really putting more focus on what is really important. I am one person and can only do so much, I am not super woman and breaking my neck trying to do everything for everyone really isn't doing me any favours. More focus is needed on what is truly important, time to prioritise people and responsibilities. And if anyone doesn't like it...? Well I am afraid that's just tough. I am putting me and my family first, our needs and feelings, and while I will be mindful of others to a point, I will not tip-toe around people to the detriment of my family nor will I allow us to be surrounded by negativity. I don't have time for people who don't have time for me, and who suck the joy from life. If 2011 taught me anything, it is that life is short, and so I plan to enjoy it with people who make me happy.

"Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come".

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