2017 HAS BEEN ONE OF MY MOST CHALLENGING YEARS.
Well, what a year that was! To say it was one of my most challenging would be an understatement. As we are now firmly ensconced in the New Year, I wanted to take time to reflect on a few high and low points of 2017 – AKA ‘the year of many challenges’.
The UK Blog Awards 2017
Although I wasn’t lucky enough to get through to the 2017 awards last year, I have two very good friends who were not only shortlisted, Catherine (Not Dressed As Lamb) won and Nikki (Midlife Chic) earned a highly commended!
To say I screamed my head off when their names were called would be an understatement. They are both 40/50 plus bloggers which is a brilliant move forward for the mature bloggers out there. It gives me hope that the work we older bloggers put into our blogs is being recognised and diversity is now applauded.
When I asked for votes at the end of last year for the Uk Blog Awards 2018, I can’t say I was holding my breath. The awards are becoming more popular and I simply didn’t think I’d get enough votes. However, 2018 got off to a flying start as a coveted ‘You Have Been Shortlisted’ email dropped into my inbox. I still can’t quite believe it – I’ve been shortlisted for the lifestyle category. HUGE thanks if you voted for me!!
The cherry on the icing of the cake is that both Catherine and Nikki have been shortlisted too! I feel a party coming on.
The Best Blogger Event
Being a blogger, or digital influencer (which seems to now be the buzz phrase) has certainly enriched my life. I have met some wonderful people, been invited to some amazing places, challenged my creativity and learned so many new skills that my brain may very well leak out of my ears!
Yet I think the blogger event that really stands out for me in 2017 has to be attending the Chelsea Flower Show with the other ladies from The Over 40 Collective. Being wined, dined and generally spoiled rotten courtesy of MADELEINE made me feel like a princess for the day, and we had sooooo much fun!
I am desperately hoping to do more blogger/travel events in 2018. I’m off to a blogger convention at the end of January where my brain will be stuffed with even more information. I would like to take this little blog of mine to the next level and that means rolling up my sleeves and being more proactive when it comes to opportunities. Wish me luck!
Learning To Deal With Sh*t People
I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without having learned to deal with negative/annoying/offensive people. The old me used to hide, simply clam up or run away from any kind of confrontation; the new me knows how to handle them.
2017 was certainly the year that found me facing the most challenging, toxic and downright confrontational people ever to walk this mortal coil. Looking back there were certainly times when I could have walked away, but that would have meant not standing up for the people in my life that I really care about.
I must admit that I am still utterly perplexed and downright angry at the way certain people (who are no longer in my life) have behaved. I’m also incredibly sad that one of these people has now set out to deprive me of access to members of my own family. I’m still hoping that it will all blow over, but it’s with a heavy heart that I may have to accept the reality of the situation.
Yes, becoming involved has brought about its own nonsense but I believe in my heart that I have done the right thing.
Growing My YouTube Channel
There’s something decidedly satisfying about not only sharing the randomness that is my life with you in words and pictures but also via the medium of video.
I do find it difficult watching myself onscreen and I cannot get over how much a gurn, I had no idea my face could contort so much! Yet I’m enjoying it immensely and it’s definitely the channel I want to grow more in 2018.
The majority of 2017 found me videoing on an almost weekly basis. Life, as it sometimes does, got in the way and I had to throttle back towards the end of the year. With the completion of my new office/filming room, I’m hoping to publish more regularly. Finding enough time will mean a lot of juggling but I’m certainly up for the challenge.
Do subscribe to my channel if you want to catch my latest attempts at the old Youtubing. Which, as you can see from the below pics, I still haven’t got the hang of!
Biggest Life Change
The biggest change to my life arrived at the end of 2017. Andrew and I have been unhappy with our workload for some time now. As business consultants, we enjoy the challenge of turning businesses around, but running around the country, working long hours and being at a company’s beck and call was beginning to wear thin.
It’s unusual for a couple I know, but we work far better together than we do apart. With this in mind, we decided to take the leap and put all our energy into building something for ourselves with no venture capitalists or CEO’s breathing down our necks!
It took months to find the right opportunities and the right people to join us in our adventure but we are now the proud owners of three hotels. I have worked harder than I ever have in my life, I’ve learned tonnes of new skills (though I still suck at pulling a pint) and I’ve met some incredible people. I’m tired, I’m slightly scared (we could still end up living under a bridge like common trolls 😉) and I’m in desperate need of a manicure. But you know what? I couldn’t be happier.
Looking back at 2017, there’s been a lot of everyday turbulence, there has been laughter mixed with tears, joy mixed with sadness, pride in my achievements mixed with disappointment in my cockups. But that is life, that is living and that was one hell of a year!
That is how I will move forward. By looking back and reflecting on both my high and low points of 2017 I can assess where I am, decide what’s working and keep pushing to live a life that I love.
So, as we move into 2018, do reflect – but don’t dwell on any mistakes you have made. Learn from them and greet 2018 as a clean slate, a new beginning and a new adventure.
Do share in the comments what you got up to in 2017.