Happy New Year – 2 weeks late!

Given that this is my 10th year of blogging, I am ashamed to say that it’s the 17th of January and this is my first blog of the year!  So for my first blog, here’s a bit of a catch up on what we’ve been up to so far and some thoughts on the year to come…

We saw 2016 in much the same way as we did last year – with some gammon, some games and a bit of Jools Holland.  We are still eating the gammon now!

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After the gammon and before we went back to work, as is our tradition, we hosted a little Christmas afternoon tea with Harriet, Helen and their families.  I always look forward to that.  We also had a good catch up with John, Rachel and Beth over a takeaway which we all really enjoyed and there I think it should become a new tradition…

 

I’ve had reason to take a few pictures in 2016 already – I’ve been to a MeetUp group to learn about using one light in a studio setting.  I also volunteered my photography services to the re-opened yoga studio where I go to help with their promotion and I was pleased with some of the pictures I took there.  And of course, we have also been out walking with Stella – although the weather really isn’t helping there.  How wet can it get…?  Our walk with Jayne, Paul, the kids and puppies definitely took the award for the muddiest walk!

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We are looking forward to another busy and exciting year in 2016.

On the home front, a certain husband of mine is having a significant birthday so we will definitely be spending some time celebrating that. 🙂 Other things in the calendar are a trip to Canada in May and Mum and Dad are coming to visit in October.  We have a couple of weeks booked off in April and June to go away somewhere together as well.  There are also a few weekends away planned namely one in Ambleside to celebrate the above mentioned birthday as well as one to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary in Betws-y-Coed.

At work, there will be busy-ness as well.  For example this week I’m heading to Cheltenham tomorrow and it’s North Wales next week. Although most of my core training is finished, there is still lots to learn but I’m still really enjoying it.

I have given some thought to setting some new year’s resolutions or goals for the year but I haven’t so far…  The goals I thought about setting were things that I knew I would do whether I blogged them into a list of resolutions or not.  This kind of made it feel like it was a box ticking exercise… We have lots planned for the year that will push me out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to move forward.  And I’m looking forward to it.

Happy 2016!