I normally start the new year with my travel wish list however I’m going to do something a tad different this year; these are my Hopes, Dreams & Wishes for 2017!
Kindness Never Goes Out of Fashion
2016 scared me, it feels like we’ve headed closer to a World War more than ever…I felt like this in 2015 however right from the start of 2016, it started to feel even more real. I avoided London for this reason alone, I no longer felt safe in the city…a sign in Hitchin yesterday said “Kindness Never Goes Out of Fashion” and that really struck home and it’s a mantra that I will be repeating to myself in 2017 and I hope others do as well. I love catching someones smile and passing it along…let’s make this happen for kindness as well…and it’s okay to tell others of a good deed that you’ve done; it’s not bragging, it’s letting the world know there are nice people out there which there are!
Be Yourself As Everyone Else Is Taken
I have this quote framed, I don’t try to be anyone else…I like that I’m unique, slightly crazy and I embrace it…maybe a little too much at times and I wish in 2017 that more people would embrace their own unique qualities and share them with the world. The world is full of copycats and women that are starting to resemble barbie dolls; be yourself and love yourself!
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Accountants are awful at doing their own finances and it’s my dream this year that I actually take the time to sit down and reconcile my own bank account on a regular basis and to budget…hopefully it won’t turn into a nightmare. I’ve already started to work through my 2016 finances, putting my spending into pots…holy bloody moly…it’s weird looking back at what I’ve bought in 2016!
In Sickness and In Health
G and I already have a crazy January planned with medical appointments; I’ve got a few appointments and a procedure to be performed and G is having an operation. It’s my hope that getting this all out of the way first thing in 2017 will make the rest of the year less exhausting for both of us so we can focus on one another and our loved ones.
So far in 2017, G has managed to pour boiling water on his foot and I’ve given myself a huge paper cut via a cardboard box…I should point out I’m rather clumsy and at times have frightened myself by seeing my own shadow…we are taking everything in our stride in 2017!
Tidy House, Tidy Mind
Our house is finally coming together and after months and months of living with clutter, rooms getting smaller and then bigger and then smaller and then bigger again…we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the DIY tunnel…we just need to wait a year for the house to settle to re-paint the inside. G’s dad was a fantastic builder and spent almost two years building us a home which we will forever be grateful about…his own upbringing meant that he always wanted to make sure there was a roof over his family’s head.
G is messy, I am messy however less so than G…it’s my dream to have a tidy house this year so I can have a tidy mind…apparently dull women have immaculate houses…we will never have that perfect house found in those fancy pants interior magazines however we will have a home…hopefully with a lot less clutter than we currently have now which will declutter my mind in the process. It’s amazing what you don’t need to survive in this world!
Taking the Time to Understand
There was a great quote in the latest Good Housekeeping Magazine (yes I’m that old, I prefer to read a magazine full of inspiring women and household tips instead of reading about how to have sex in 30 different positions while applying the latest glitter eyeshadow, curling my eyelashes and peeling a cucumber with my fanny!)…“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” – I love this quote from Mark Twain.
While everyone spouts the positives of social media, by the end of 2016 I actually hated social media…I just find 140 characters very limiting and things can easily get misunderstood with a single tweet, while the headlines got more outrageous along with the news stories (most of the time made up!), these were picked up on social media where folks didn’t take the time to read up and investigate the story, they just hit retweet (I’m sure I’m guilty as hell as well!)…G calls twitter the twatterverse and I think he’s right!
It’s my wish to head into 2017 with less reliance on social media; I have deleted the twitter app from my phone…I will use instagram to showcase my photos only and I’m only going to follow people that are sincere in the way they use instagram…I plan to use the extra time to read more. It saddens me that we are only getting fed certain news stories, that we don’t know half of what is going on in this world…so I’m going to take the time to understand. I wish to be informed so I can make the right decisions going forward and I hope others do the same as well.
Getting Back to Basics
My dad has told me a few times that it is my generation that is going to wreck the world, as we all want things that we can’t afford and aren’t willing to save for…we just go into debt so we can outdo each other with the biggest and most expensive wedding, to the fanciest house and then posh holidays…we just seem to compete with each other…my dad is right..the younger generations are living in a huge debt bubble which will one day burst!
I felt like I had fallen down the blogging rabbit hole in 2015 and I managed to pull myself out of it in 2016 and just focussed on my own little space showcasing things that I enjoyed doing and hoped that my lovely readers would stay with me…thank you to the ones that did and hello to all my lovely new readers. I wish to get back to basics with every aspect of my life…why must everything be new and fancy…why must we follow the latest trend…why must we go to a fancy pants restaurant to meet up with friends when I have a perfectly good oven and table at home to entertain on! I wish people didn’t judge others on appearances and took a moment to get to know the person under the frock.
Let’s hope, wish and dream that the world can be a better place in 2017…that we can all learn to live together and accept all our differences, understand what is happening to each other and just be kind.
Smile and the World Smiles with You! Happy New Year!