I do hope all your dreams come true this year – the start of the new year is a time for reflection (after the party has finished and the hangover has dissipated).
For me reflecting on the good things helps me realise how very lucky I am – with 2 healthy gorgeous clever kids and a clever lovely husband. A newly renovated home and a job I don’t hate. But the really special things for me this year have evolved out of my craft blogging experience – books and people and amazing opportunities.
But I am going to take this opportunity to reflect on some particular things – and please feel free to take these prompts and reflect away yourself.
1. most difficult thing you have done this year – and come through on the other side a better person
The house renovation this year was really quite hellish – started last year and finished in the first half of this year – but living amongst the debris, dust, builders and rusty nails was exhausting and stressful. I am amazed it is finished and i didn’t divorce my husband or kill the builders in the process. I think that I have learned a lot from that experience – and I know that my family are stronger because the team work and patience and help we gave each other to get through.
2. most wonderful thing that has happened this year
This year we gave up our TV – we gave to a friend in need – an elderly man down on his luck – lives alone and his tv broke. Once we gave it up we really didn’t feel like replacing it – the opportunity to live without a tv was at once somehow radical but also seemed so right for us. Without a tv we were able to spend more time together as a family – playing board games and reading to each other in the evenings. In fact we started book 1 in the Harry Potter series at the beginning of the year and just finished book 7 a few weeks ago. This year without a tv has also turned out children onto books in a very big way – they each set themselves a challenge to read 20 chapter books each – and they have both exceeded that mark – this is the year they became book worms. Somehow by giving up our tv – we saved our family (slightly over dramatised maybe but true anyway) – that is the best thing that happened this year.
[image courtesy my new favourite blog vita ranunkler]