So my lovely friend Alex over at Better Together Home, tagged me in her quiz over at her blog (go see her answers here!)
I do love a quiz, as most of my friends and family will know, so one about my blog and personal life, is right up my street.
As mentioned in 365 Days of Mayflower Blogs, 2016 for me (and a lot of others), was up and down to say the least!
Blog wise, it was really successful. I met a lot of lovely people, and have had (and am still having) a lot of amazing opportunities come my way!
Personally, it was a mixed bag. Money issues, a family death, and attempts to manage my mental health issues, often made the year feel pretty rubbish. But the things I managed to achieve professionally, therefore affecting me personally, made the year actually pretty good!
So, here goes with this “Not big, not fat-quiz of the year 2016/2017”, complete with highlights from last year, and goals for this year!
What was your highlight of 2016?
Professionally-it has to be the nomination from Tommy’s for their Mums Voice Award. It just brought together, everything I’ve ever done, for the reason I do it. I blog to make a difference, and to help people feel less alone in what they’re going through, that I’ve already been through-so to be recognised in even just a nomination for those reasons was (and still is) amazing.
Personally-my husband’s 30th celebrations, and my 30th celebrations. I put so much effort into making his so special, and thankfully he did the same for mine. Alongside friends and family, we had such a special time (6 months apart), and I’ll never forget that.
Name one thing you are likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time?
London. Not just in general, but accomplishing what I thought was the impossible. Battling through an anxiety attack on the train to the city. Trying to curb the rising panic building in me when I arrived at my first London press event, into a room with tons of people I didn’t know, attempting to ignore the social anxiety issues, that usually plague me on a regular basis.
2016 was the year, my mental illnesses didn’t beat me on one of the most important days of my life.
Sum up 2016 in one word
Name one pearl of wisdom from 2016 that you will carry through 2017
We all have to start from somewhere! Granted, this was a pearl of wisdom I realised myself at the latter part of 2016. After a couple of meetings and events, I realised all of the people I was meeting, all started from the same place-the start.
When I’m asking those who have more years than me of writing, advice on how to do something for my beginners blog, I would hope they would remember, they were a beginner once, and they didn’t learn it all themselves!
Do you have any new year resolutions?
Nope! I don’t do resolutions anymore. I don’t diet on the 1st of January, I don’t stop doing things on the 1st of January, because, I feel, if you’re willing to quit doing something on that day, you should’ve quit it a week before, or half way through the year.
Goals are a different thing, as are dreams. I aim for those rather than keeping resolutions.
How did you see in the new year?
How I always do, how I probably will for a while yet! Indoors, in my pyjamas, eating cheese and chocolate, watching random tv, then asleep by midnight! My children aren’t the sort that go to bed late so wake up late-they wake at the same time no mater what time they go to sleep! So there’s no way I risk being a Mombie on New Years Day, because I wanted to watch fireworks over Big Ben live on the TV (we tape it and watch it with the kids the next day-we do the countdown ‘n’ everything!)
What are your main goals for 2017?
Personally-continue to manage my anxiety and other mental health issues. Try and save some pennies, and treat the kids (and us) more.
Professionally-really get myself out there and noticed. Work hard to help others, and try and make a difference, in any way I can.
Aaaaaaand, thats a wrap folks! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!