2021 Review & 2022 Goals

2021 year in review through pictures

Virtual cocktail making | Mother’s Day breakfast in bed | Easter at Ascott Gardens | Wedding dress shopping (I said YES to the dress) | Family break to Wales | Giraffe feeding at Colchester Zoo (life made) | Family break to Norfolk | Sunflower season at The Patch MK | Victoria and Callum’s wedding | Hen Do – part 1 | Alfie’s 4th Birthday | Hen Do – part 2 | Pumpkin picking at The Patch MK | We got married | Seasonal trip to Santa’s Grotto | Christmas at Page Palace

Never did I think I'd have a lockdown birthday. But that's exactly what happened. Let’s be honest, 2021 started off from where 2020 finished. In fact, we both had lockdown birthdays in January. It may have also been another year of no holidays – other than a couple of small breaks in the UK, of course. But it was a year of happy memories and milestones – and most of all, good health.

After so much disappointment, cancellations, and postponements the previous year, 2021 was definitely wedding season. Not only with our own on October 30th – which was honestly the best day ever – I also went to three weddings (on my own) and Ash went to one (in Ireland). It all kicked off in August with one of my good friends, Victoria, tying the knot. It’s true: all you need is love. It was just nice to be out celebrating with others – so many happy occasions, despite (in most cases!) the stress of rearranging dates and the anxiety of the rules possibly changing at any given moment. I was fortunate our special day was the date we had planned and thankfully, it was the day we dreamt it would be… even if it went too fast! Can you believe it’s two months today?

Alfie turned 4. To think we have put in his school application ahead of the cut-off date in January. It’s just mad – my little munchkin growing up fast. But he's so ready and continues to flourish at nursery. Everyone comments on how clever he is… and they’re not wrong! Despite all that has gone on, we've managed to carry with our days out (mainly to the farm), as well as baking, crafting, and playing at home. Alfie even started football back in August, and he loves it. As I say, it's not been all bad.

And to 2022. The year we should be going on our honeymoon and have a ‘winter sun’ holiday also booked. Let's see what else you have to offer!

My aims for 2021 were once again scuppered by the ongoing pandemic. This year, there are two (kinda, three) things I'd like to do.

  1. Start reading again. I haven’t picked up a book since June, despite aiming for twice a week. In 2022, I’d like to start again, but even aim to read more frequently. I have a huge pile of books on my bedside table – I think it currently stands at 11. Plenty of reading to be done.
  2. Keep up my blog. I’ll come onto this in a moment but posting twice a week is something I have struggled with. I want to get my mojo back! And try not to forget to post on socials too.
  3. Label everything that goes in the freezer. This might sound like a silly one, but I’ve played ‘Freezer Roulette’ all too often, especially recently. Although who knew that Thai red curry would go with Mexican spicy rice? Or you could eat a chilli con carne with penne pasta?

And of course, there's still that list that's had to be put on hold for the last two years. I'd like to put a dent in that, of course. But who knows what will happen?

I realise that I have neglected my blog this year. While motivation hasn't been great, it was wedding planning that had to take a front seat. To think I started this little space in 2012 is crazy – 2022 marks a decade of Love, Lucy (formerly Lucy—Loves). I'll be aiming to attack two mad milestones on here in the next year. My 1,000th post is not far off. And I'm knocking on the door to 500,000 views. Half a million – wow! I never thought I'd expect to see that many people reading this, but there we go.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support, the comments, the likes and the follows, the shares, and the love. I wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year. Continue to stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones.


Love, Lucy xx

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