I don’t know about you but this year went by at lightening speed! Probably because I had a newborn. I thought it might be nice to look back on the positive things that happened this year, even though I haven’t been blogging here for the whole time.
In January I ticked off a goal I’ve had for a few years – to learn to use my dslr on manual. I signed up for a short online course called Your Kids Through A Lens Beginner Bootcamp with Claire from Your Life Through A Lens Photography. It was so exciting to learn to take more creative control of my photography, I even signed up for the follow up course, Perfecting Portraits. I highly recommend both courses, I’m so pleased I took the lpunge and did this for myself.
The first 3 months of the year saw me sporting a third trimester belly and lots of organising in preparation for the upcoming birth of Smith Baby Number 5.
When I read back through my goals journal for 2015, I really only had one major goal and that was to deliver a healthy baby and enjoy the newborn as much as possible. And that I did.
Our little boy was born in March on his due date at a healthy 8 pounds and 4 ounces and is just a joy. He is placid and laid back and the whole family just dotes on him. I had a much quicker and easier labor than I’ve ever experienced before, and for the first time I’ve breastfed past the 4 month mark (previously 4 months is the longest I’ve been able to breast feed for) and am still feeding him at 8 1/2 months. To me this has been a huge achievement! (I might even blog about my breastfeeding journey one day).
Since March life has been all about adjusting to life as a mother of 5 kids, and learning how to get everything done with an ever growing pile of laundry. I have managed to crochet, knit and sew some things here and there as well. Craft over washing dishes? Yes please!
By October I was needing some more mental stimulation and I started to think about starting a handmade business, and so Fred and Pepper was born. I also signed up for Pip Lincoln’s Blog With Pip course and started this here blog, yay! I probably took on too much for my brain to handle, and November and December have been a whirlwind of creativity, making and selling and taking orders for dreamcatchers and teething necklaces and I don’t even know what else!
So here I am on December 28, writing this post amongst children fighting, wiping bottoms and feeding babies, and reflecting on the year that’s been and I honestly feel truly blessed with my family. It’s crazy and busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Although I’ve had some family issues weighing on my heart these last few months, I realise there is much for me to be grateful for, and I’m ready for the New Year and some fresh perspectives.
I’ve also been thinking about setting intentions for the year ahead, and for the first time choosing one guiding word for 2016. I’ll be back to share the details in a couple of days.
How’s 2015 been for you? Are you looking forward to setting some goals for the new year? Let me know if you care to share 🙂
Bye for now!