I don’t know about you but I tend to find that the bit after Christmas is fairly samey for me – but I have to say that I am happy with that as it has always had a sense of comfort about it.
As we left my Mum’s this morning with a car laden of opened presents – most of which will fair useful in the year ahead and the rest which will land up in our stomachs at some point over the next week or so – I realised that the rest of the country has done something pretty similar to me and there is a kind of resemblance to the land that time forgot. This was obvious by the amount of traffic jams we encountered on the journey home.
Over the last couple of days we have hidden away with my family, only venturing out for a walk if only to get away from the table laden with leftovers. No one driving anywhere or interacting with anyone else apart from the family. We have eaten together, played games, eaten together, unwrapped presents, eaten together, drunk and did I say eaten together? There has also been an amount of family frustrations as personalities and opinions differ. But there were no big fall outs and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now I am home.
And now begins the part where I can prepare for New Years Eve and Grace’s birthday and I can start to get my mind into gear for all the wonderful things to come in 2015. I find the bit between Christmas and New Year the part of the year that is full of hope for what is to come.
I find a New Year a bit like a new baby. The basics are there but nothing has happened to spoil it or change it’s opinions yet. Nothing has come along and tainted it or made it negative. And, just like a baby, if we handle it and treat it properly then it will grow into something well adjusted and positive – despite any encounters we might have along the way.
So, what am I looking forward to this year?
There are so many things that I am not really sure where to start! I have decided to list ten of my most wanted which are in no particular order.
- Getting fitter and healthier than ever before. At the end of 2014 I found juicing. It worked wonders for me. I have all but given up coffee, am far more careful about what I eat and am enjoying having my body feel far more comfortable. With a gym in our garage and a juicer in our kitchen, we have no excuse!
- Using my brand new camera – a Canon EOS 1200D – and learning more about photography. Something I have had a passion for since I attended Fashion College back in the late ’80s. I have already signed up for an online course which has a diploma at the end.
- Watching Grace grow and develop. Over Christmas she had a trial run being a big sister to two of her younger cousins. She was amazing and played with them beautifully. She is 8 this week and I couldn’t be prouder of the person she is turning into.
- Developing my travel blog even further. I have already got an exciting function to attend at the beginning of January for this and I would like to have more experiences to write about.
- Furthering my editing career.
- Making sure that I spend more time with Ross and Grace. We want to increase the size of our family and for this to happen we need to make sure that we are happy and strong together.
- Becoming a case study in homeopathy at Exeter University. This is something that my Sports Therapist put me forward for and I have always had an interest in.
- Making sure that my frozen shoulder is completely better.
- Watching ALL of the Gilmore Girls. Ross bought me the set for Christmas. As well as watching The Walking Dead, Greys Anatomy and Game of Thrones.
- Being a calmer, happier and more organised person.
There you have it. Just some of my aspirations for 2015.
How do you spend the bit between Christmas and New Year?