It’s bright, fun and full of sweet moments.
As another year is ends I take some time out to look back analyse the year that was 2015. Firstly, I should acknolwedge that there was simply not enough blogging! Next year I plan to post more travel blogs, recipes and also some creative tutorials for you to try at home.
On a more personal note, my year included an array of adventures, a few challenges and many mixed emotions. From wonderful holidays and special family celebrations, to thousands of cookies and many hours work… But main thing that occurred for me in 2015 was closure. One chapter of my life officially ended and although it didn’t seem to make a dramatic difference to my current lifestyle, the anxiety I had been carrying around disappeared – which was such a relief. I was left feeling free, with the ability to look back at it all and be thankful for the good, happy, funny experiences and also for the tougher times as they have made me grow. It’s all been emotionally processed, boxed up and labeled as one of the many chapters my life will hold.
My travel adventures included a trip to beautiful Canada with my favourite Frenchies. Although we have been fortunate to see many stunning places, my favourite thing about travelling with them is just the opportunity to spend time with them and create lifelong memories together. I also enjoyed a few weekends away with my family. My Mum turned 60 this year so this was a great family celebration. I’m incredibly blessed to be her daughter and be a part of such a close, wonderful family.
This year I was honoured to watch my beautiful niece, Ila enter the world. Although to be honest, I’m not sure how much help I actually was in the delivery room – my sister is a beautiful baby making, pain conquering machine! I’m in no way one of those newborn loving, clucky women, but watching a baby being born is pretty phenomenal. Childbirth is an incredible miracle and the strength, determination and love of a mother is unlike any other. It’s also been wonderful to watch Raj and Emilia grow. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity to be such a involved Aunty; to be able to babysit them; take them on dates; be there to celebrate each birthday; help with homework; teach them to fly a kite; bake with them; jump on the trampoline with them; spoil them at Christmas; play hairdressers, dolls and cars with them; enjoy sleepovers; kiss, cuddle and tickle them; create personal jokes with them. These are the things that make my heart the happiest and fill my life with an immesurable amount of joy.
My Sari girl is as beautiful as ever. She’s the best company and I love that my little best friend is always right beside me.
And then there is Love Bites. I have made thousands and thousands of cookies this year (along with many others sweet treats) which is great for my little business. I’ve tried to focus on specific celebrations – Valentines Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Christmas and then of course there are many custom orders in between. I’ve had to take a step back from making ceramics as I just haven’t had the time, but I hope to get back into it in 2016. Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the year.
I know this year has been a tough one for some people and if that’s you, I hope you are filled with hope and excitement as you start to dream about the possibilities a new year brings. It’s a fresh start so set new goals (or be like me and set some of the same ones that still haven’t been crossed off yet… Oops), start a hobby, treat yourself more, make more plans, learn something new, visit somewhere different, sprinkle kindness around like confetti – we all know the world can use more of it (kindness not confetti – although both are fun) and celebrate life and all the craziness that comes along with it.
I thank God that my loved ones are all happy and healthy and pray that the year ahead brings us all joy, peace, health, contentment, lots of cake and hearts that overflow with love.
Happy New Year x