Goodbye 2016

I spent New Year’s Eve 2015 at the top of Primrose Hill with my cousin J and her husband H – that does not feel like almost an entire year ago! 2016 – What a year it’s been! I’m running out of adjectives but what I’m left with year-end is “extraordinary”, in every way!
It hasn’t always been an easy year – I’ve personally dealt with sudden demise and ill health within my family – and as a nation, we’ve seen our break up with the European Union, the election of Donald Trump and far too many deaths of people who made a difference. On many occasions this year I questioned how we got to where we are. Watching the horror that unfolds in Syria, seeing children separated from their parents in the Calais Jungle, the exposing of the Panama Papers, lorries driving into Christmas markets….you get my drift!
But life is all about perspective and I strive to see the positive in things, specifically in my life. The media have a way of only portraying the worst in the world and not the best. That is not to say that what is happening isn’t happening and isn’t heart breaking in many cases. We must do all we can to help those in need, to make a difference to the lives of our fellow beings. But one of the biggest differences we can make is to our own life. It’s only when our cups are full, when we love ourselves, when we are happy, that we can help those around us.
With that, I look back at my year with a sense of contentment. I’ve made new friends, I got myself a pretty good job, I visited several new cities, I went on a date, I’ve watched S grow into a smart and cheeky little boy with a great sense of humour. I’ve spent lots of time with family, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in years and blogging has given me (and S) some fab opportunities this year.
So while I’ll say a little prayer for all who need it and hope for a better 2017, I will say thank you to 2016! You weren’t too bad, you could have been a lot worse!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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