2019: On Reflection

New Year’s Eve, 2019.

The bells have been rung, the fireworks watched, the children (and husband) are tucked up in bed and I’m left alone downstairs with nothing but my thoughts and my best intentions to write more on the blog in 2020.

No time like the present to get started…

And so we reach the end of another year and find ourselves wondering how we got here. Is it a “getting-older” thing that each year seems to pass quicker than the last? I’m sure it was only 5 minutes ago that we were saying goodbye to 2018.

New Year’s Eve is traditionally a time to reflect on the year that has passed, something I’ve not done nearly enough of in the last 12 months. Mr M says that’s because I’ve been too busy living my life to spend a lot of time looking back. I think I’ve possibly been living a little bit too hard, and next year I’d definitely like to try and be a bit more balanced. It’s wonderful having a life that is full of wonderful experiences and opportunities, but sometimes I have to remember to take the time to sit back and appreciate it.

So, what were the “best bits” of 2019? In no particular order.

  • My younger sister got married in August, in a wedding so beautiful that it desperately made me wish I could convince Mr M to have another go. (I can’t, I’ve tried!) Everyone looked fabulous in their wedding finery and it was lovely to see the whole family come together to celebrate the happy occasion.
  • Treading the boards at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in my second performance with Carlton Operatic Society. Mack and Mabel is certainly not a show that I will forget any time soon, but it did end up being a wonderfully fulfilling experience and I hold some very fond memories of my time spent with this amazing cast of people.
  • We returned for our second family holiday to the Lake District and it was just as magical as the first. We managed to fit so much in to our week there including boat trips, train rides, a Peter Rabbit show, National Trust Properties, Madame Tussauds and afternoon tea at the Tower Ballroom! We really didn’t want to come home.
  • After watching Freya perform in the Nottingham Arts Theatre pantomime last year, I decided to bite the bullet and audition for their 2019 production of “Aladdin”. In case you hadn’t heard, I was lucky enough to be cast as Princess Jasmine’s friend “So-Shi”, and I had a tremendous 3 weeks performing with this wonderful cast in the run up to Christmas. I loved every minute of my time in panto and am really hoping I get the chance to be involved next year as well. Fingers crossed for auditions in July.
  • Finally, as always, possibly the favourite part of my year has been watching my little girls grow up. They never cease to amaze me with how much they can change in a year, and how much they grow from one year to the next. Between them, they’ve achieved so much in the past 12 months.

Poppy has graduated from nursery school, moved into full time school and is exceeding all expectations. She is now taking after her sister and is a brilliant little reader, She’s also really getting into her performing, has taken her first set of dance exams and has performed in three shows with her musical theatre group.

Freya continues to excel herself in school, although she’s found the transition from Year 4 to Year 5 tricky, getting used to new friendship groups and a new teacher. At the beginning of the year, we were thrilled to find out she had been successful in joining the Television Workshop, and has already taken part in a number of auditions for professional acting work. She also played The Baker in Joseph and, of course, performed alongside her mum in the pantomime “Aladdin.

It’s not all about achievements and accolades though. Part of the joy of watching the girls grow is seeing what kind of person they’re going to become when they’re older. They are both full of personality, humour and, of course, attitude. (well, with me as their mother what did you expect?) Generally speaking, they’re both polite, kind little girls and although we all have our moments, I wouldn’t change them for the world.

I did a full 2019 review on my Instagram stories, and when it was all laid out like that it was crazy to see how much I’d managed to fit into one year. I’m looking forward to seeing what we get up to in 2020, although I really need to make sure I schedule in a little bit of downtime.

It’s been lovely to dip my toe back into blogging and enjoy writing for the sake of it, but I think I’ll leave it there for now. I have a few ideas of posts to write in the next few days, and I’m really hoping I can settle back into a routine.

All that’s left for me to say is Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for a fantastic 2020!

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