On the whole 2014 you rocked but I had higher hopes for 2014. I honestly thought it would be the year that everything slotted into place, we could feel slightly more comfortable and settled, I wasn’t expecting to go from month to month not knowing what money we would have coming in to the extent that we now have no choice but to move out of our home immediately. I am actively looking for a job but with two sickly children I have no idea how it will be possible.
I feel totally disappointed that I have had to defer one of my university modules because of all the stress, my little brain can only deal with so much, and whilst I was doing the degree so that I have greater job opportunities it looks as though it will take me at least an extra two years to finish it now.
And when I ‘lost’ a friend and ally overnight my faith is humanity was sorely tested once again. …their choice but it has made me sad, and just exacerbates the loneliness I’ve felt since my mum died. Hey ho.
I obviously set myself up for disappointment, the children and I are dealing with some major issues at the moment and the start of 2015 isn’t looking too great but we will get through it, we always do.
But, I do like to focus on the positives, there are people going through a lot lot worse than us and I am totally aware of that, even feeling guilty for getting down about what is happening here.
2014 You Rocked!
So, let’s get to the good bits. I never imagined at the beginning of the year I would be travelling to Walt Disney World Florida, I still pinch myself. It was the trip of a lifetime and I am so so grateful to have been asked to go.
The trip was amazing, I experienced so many new things that I never expected on a holiday to Disney, ate the best beef I have ever had (still thinking about it!), made new friends who have become great Instagram buddies and met in the flesh some old buddies, Laura and Becky.
I also went for a bit of R&R to Ibiza thanks to a very good friend, it involved a bit of juggling with the children but it was just what the doctor ordered. Sun, sea and sangria were much the order of every day…and there is something so decadent about drinking wine at lunchtime without having to think about watching children, it was bliss!
And then I was lucky to end the year with a quick trip to Dublin to try out all of it’s lovely food on offer.
Loved the grey stone buildings in Dublin.
I get many offers to review items and I couldn’t possibly do them all but I have been sent some amazing things this year, my favourite appliance was the Tefal Cook4Me .
I also was the very lucky recipient of not one but two Pamper Parcels from my friend Rosie’s amazing new venture. They make beautiful gifts, I highly recommend them.
I couldn’t have got through the year without some special people though, Susan has been so supportive even whilst going through a pretty tough time herself. She is so lovely, kind and thoughtful.
The children have also enjoyed some lovely times including a London break and meeting the great Pikachu!
Oh and I mustn’t forget that I actually cooked for Michael Caines which was a terrifying thought but a fantastic experience. How many people can say that they’ve cooked for a Michélin starred chef? And I have also cooked with Lisa Faulkner a couple of times this year too!
These wonderful products and amazing experiences will get me through the next few months whatever life throws up at us, thank you for being a part of it.
Happy New Year 2015 X