If I’m being honest, I struggled after Christmas for a little while – The Black Dog and anxiety reared their ugly heads without any warning and I spent a little bit of time consciously focusing on self-care and busying myself with little projects to keep my mind occupied. I’ve become a little obsessed with the Hygge movement, albeit a little later than everyone else it seems, and it really helps. Thankfully, it slowly dissipated and by the time New Year arrived I was feeling a little better.
My mood really picked up when everyone went back to work. I didn’t mention anything at the time so as not to appear insensitive, but on the morning when all my teacher friends returned to school for their training days, I woke up with an almost overwhelming sense of relief and happiness, based purely on the fact that I didn’t have to. As an extra reminder, my Facebook memories showed me a image that I had shared five years ago of a cat desperately clinging onto a doorway and screaming ‘But I don’t want to go back to school!’ and I remembered just how desperate I felt at the time when I posted it.
How things have changed.
Since then, life has returned to normal and I have a million things to be positive about.
The wedding planning continues – The Bloke and I booked our honeymoon. After much discussion, we decided to go to New York – he’s never been before and I’ve only been once when I was supervising on a school trip, so from a selfish perspective it will give me the opportunity to visit the things that I didn’t get the chance to see last time, or go to the museums without students complaining that they’re bored or asking me where the toilet is.
Rather than booking things ourselves online, we decided to go through an agent at a reputable company. It was a great decision – she was fantastic and able to find us flights that ensured maximum time in the city, complete with a central and reasonably priced hotel with breakfast included.
We also bought my wedding ring – I’ve gone for a plain and simple 2mm band that matches my engagement ring. Exactly how I wanted it – simple and elegant. It’s surreal to think that I’m getting married this year.
Baby Squidge is also doing well but hasn’t made an appearance yet – my youngest sister is pretty much full-term, uncomfortable and completely fed up with being heavily pregnant. Everything is in place, now we’re just playing the waiting game. I’m hoping for my sister’s sake that it is sooner than later…
In the blogging world, things have gone from strength to strength – my new Facebook group already has a hundred people within the first week and they’ve been really active with sharing their blog links and social media accounts, my #SundayBlogShare hashtag on Twitter was trending again at the weekend, all of my social media accounts have grown and Pinterest guru Elena Peters and I have teamed up to offer an amazing advertising package and Pinterest and Twitter course bundle, which has had a lovely response.
Long may it continue!
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What about you guys? How was your first week of 2017?
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