It’s Boxing Day, pouring with rain this morning and rather cool in Melbourne as I write this. Summer seems to have taken its own holiday today and my plans to sit and relax on the back deck while the kids play with their new Christmas toys and splash around in the spa hasn’t quite panned out.
Instead, I’m sitting at the kitchen bench enjoying a coffee and a piece of gingerbread while the girls spread out their new Lego sets all over the family room floor and watch the Grinch one last time this Christmas.
This year has really put things into perspective for me. My family comes first. It doesn’t matter what other people think I should be doing with my life, my career or my time. It’s what I want and need to do that counts the most – so long as it feels right for me and my family then I know I’m doing the right thing.
For me, this meant resigning from my work six months ago to spend some much needed time with my family.
Year 2014 began with accepting a full time, high pressure communications role within local government. It was what I should have been doing after more than 10 years in the industry. And after all, I had already held the job for the past six months as a trial run and all seemed to go pretty smoothly – busy, but smoothly.
Then the new year came and everything started to crumble, and quickly! With the start of the school year came new routines, new teachers and new school activities, along with the permanency of my new full time role.
The mood of excitement quickly turned to one of dread every morning and after six months my family life was falling apart and I was feeling totally stressed, run down and emotionally drained. Something more needed to change, and drastically!
So I made what has become one of the best decisions of my life to leave my office-based job behind to focus on my family and build my freelance writing career. This blog was born in the process as a way to help me keep the creative juices flowing. You can read more about my decision here.
I am filled with enthusiasm as to what lies ahead for me and my family in 2015. It will certainly be a BIG year in our household as we expect to welcome a new addition to our family in late March (read more about his news here). And let me tell you, there is still plenty to organise for the little one’s arrival!
Little Miss Five is looking forward to starting school in January and Miss Nine heads into Grade 4, which just sounds so grown up!
The new addition will renew the importance for family time, while not forgetting the need for some one-on-one time with each child in the process.
Juggling one income has been tricky and we have blown our budget a few times already as we learn to leave our old spending habits behind, so that is something we need to keep working on this year as we find new ways to be frugal with our money.
Personally, I hope to make more time for yoga, exercise and eating well – generally looking after myself as I continue to learn to slow down my life.
I also look forward to learning more about blogging in the new year and continuing to grow my blog. But for the moment I just enjoy the freedom of being able to write about anything that I wish as I find my own ‘voice’ again, something I lost after so many years in the corporate world.
I am so thankful for the support I have received from my family, friends and followers of my new blog. It means so much to me to know that people are reading my posts, taking the time to comment and share and following my ramblings and photos on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Also, the encouragement I have received from other established bloggers has been tremendous and I am most grateful for the advice many of them have passed on to me as I navigate my way through this new online world. I feel so glad to be part of this blogging ‘community’.
I have learned a great deal from life this year. Here’s to a great 2015!
UPDATE: the weather cleared to a lovely afternoon, so my plans turned out after all. Winning!
What was the best thing about 2014 for you? What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?