2019 Review & 2020 Goals

2019, Review, Memories,
Valentine’s Day | Alfie starts nursery | Harry’s 1st birthday | Mother’s Day | Easter Party at Cha Char Chimps (Alfie won best bonnet) | Rebecca’s hen do | Rebecca & James’ wedding | Spice Girls @ The Etihad Stadium, Manchester | Scotland road trip | Got engaged at Cairngorms National Park | Cbeebies Summer Social | Family holiday to Funchal | Alfie’s 2nd Birthday | Alfie’s Cha Char Chimps party | Spa weekend with my childhood bestie | Merry Christmas from me and my munchkin

Happy New Year everyone! I always enjoy writing these posts and reflecting on the year that has passed, but always struggle to cram it into 16 pictures. If you read last year’s post, you’ll know how much of a struggle things were and how much I was hoping for a good year. Well, while it wasn’t the best, it was certainly better and full of things to be thankful for and appreciate, as I look back.

After an additional four months of maternity leave, I managed to find a full-time job, which I really enjoy. This meant putting Alfie into a nursery three days a week, which is the best thing we have done. He’s such a social butterfly and his development has come on incredibly – he’s definitely advanced for his age. If like me, you struggle with mum guilt – don’t. I love my working environment and know that Alfie is thriving, which is so fulfilling.

We had two lovely family holidays – a road trip around Scotland and a week in Madeira. The island was really beautiful, peaceful and relaxing; somewhere I’d highly recommend and we say we will return to. During our 10-day trip north of the border, Ash proposed with Alfie giving me the ring – a total surprise, but the best surprise! We’ve also had countless days out and done lots of things as a family, as I think it’s really important.

The house renovations have been coming along nicely, which has also made me feel more settled. I’ve got a good group of friends here now – and we try and do something together monthly, if possible. It was sociable around Christmas, as I hosted with drinks and nibbles and we had our mum’s Christmas dinner.

2020 is going to be a busy one. Ash and I are both 30 this month – me on January 16th, and him 15 days later! My mum has a big birthday in July (which she won’t thank me for reminding her) and of course, our little Alfiekins will be 3. No doubt the wedding planning will begin and the work on the house and garden will continue.

Last year, I decided not to make resolutions and my aim was to complete as much of my ’30 before I’m 30’ list as possible. I think I’m only on 11/30, which isn’t great, but a lot of the things on there were pretty unachievable. I’m planning on changing it in the coming weeks, to match my decade – and again, hope I tick more off.

Ash and I have also made a ’30 things because we’re 30’ list. It’s 30 things we’ve never done before: 10 for him, 10 for me and 10 that apply to both of us. I will of course turn it into a post, so we can track our progress, but it will be something to look forward to and broaden our horizons.

But I will vow to do one thing in 2020 and that is to take more time for myself. Whether it’s a 10 minute face mask or relaxing in the bath, going to bed early and reading a book, or shutting myself in the office to write a blog post. I don’t think I really have hobbies anymore and have come to understand how important self-care is.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read Love, Lucy xx – I can’t believe I started this over seven years ago now (throwback first post here). I honestly appreciate every like, comment and share.

Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest year ahead.

Love, Lucy xx

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