Miss Kimmy Cupcake’s Annual Review and New Year Message

Farewell 2016, Hello 2017

2016 is sailing out of our lives as 2017 is ready and waiting to make an appearance. Out with the old and in with the new. A brand spanking new entire year at our feet and ready to be shaped however we wish. A whole host of marvelous opportunities and adventures just waiting to be had. How exciting!

I thought 2015 was a roller coaster year- but that was nothing compared to 2016! 2015 was just the little sister, the precursor…. 2016 has been the year of trials and tribulations and proving my salt. Deary me! One word to describe this year… I would say ‘overwhelming’. That does not mean bad though! Yes, it’s been hard work, difficult, emotional, tiring- there have been times when I have truly felt on my knees… but it has also been joyous, incredible, rewarding and beautiful. I feel blessed.

I’ve had dramas and real life changing experiences- tough times, I’ve come across negative people, I’ve been burnt and upset many times as part of the course. I’ve had some magical, special moments with my husband and we’ve made some lovely memories with family and friends. I’ve invested time and energy into myself and set up my own little blog, something I never thought I would be capable of. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a couple of my articles printed in Vintage Life magazine- which I never would have even dreamed of at the start of the year. My family has again increased in number, bringing much joy and happiness to everyone.  As in previous years, looking back on the year as a whole, the good has yet again far, far outweighed the bad. I take that as a win and feel extremely lucky.

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I do recognise that I cannot continue on with the same pace and momentum with everything as I have been doing, going in to 2017. I’m spreading myself too thin and so, in turn, my quality of life has dipped in areas. Things need to change, and I have 2016 to be thankful to for bringing that to my attention. I deserve better. I have started implementing a few changes in my personal life already and I’ve had a good long, hard look at my life and how I’m spending my time. The New Year is a fabulous opportunity to take stock of where you are, reflect on the year past and think about where you want to be in a years time. What you want to achieve within the year to come, personal goals, life goals, tasks you want to complete and what new experiences you want to have and new skills you want to learn.

‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life.’  True. Everyday, every moment, is a chance to turn over a new leaf, to start again to make decisions and set wheels of change into motion. But sometimes life just gets in the way. We’re all that busy going to work, getting on with things, getting the job done- we don’t stand back and take a look and assess. The New Year is the perfect kick up the bum a lot of us need.

A lot of people shy away from New Year’s resolutions now as they deem it as setting yourself up for a fail. They’ve lost the will to try, which is so sad. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll only ever get what you’ve always had. Which is great if your life is peachy keen, but most of us have to work for what we receive. A resolution doesn’t have to be a restriction or stopping yourself from doing something- it can be a target, a goal, a wish or desire that you want to fulfill. A chance to work on you and make yourself the best version of you that you can be.

There’s no point in cherry picking your resolutions and limiting yourself to only those that you know you can achieve with very little effort. If you don’t set the bar a little higher, you’ll never know what you’re capable of reaching. If you don’t fulfill a target straight away, it isn’t a failure, it’s an attempt. We keep on having attempts until we do reach that target- it doesn’t matter how many gos we have at something, as long as we keep at it. Keep moving forward and keep trying. We don’t need to put any unnecessary pressure on ourselves, every step forward- no matter how small, is still a step in the right direction. Even if that means taking a step backwards- but acknowledging it, recognising where you went wrong, and taking it from there. That’s still a positive and still working towards that goal. It’s just like when companies put a business plan together- information is gathered and best guesses are made. Lots of different aspects are taken into account- trends, economic climate, previous year’s stats, etc.. But things change, new information is gathered, surprises happen and so the business plan is reworked to take all of that into consideration. Nothing is ever set in stone, it evolves and changes as life happens.

Some of my goals for 2017 are personal and are basically just tweaks as to how I’m living my life to ensure I’m making the most of it- having more quality time with people instead of just seeing them. Putting steps in to place to ensure those special occasions and days that make magical memories actually happen- booking tickets for events and planning holidays. My husband and I have started dance lessons together- learning how to jive. The lessons themselves are good fun, but it’s also skill we wanted to have under our belt. It’s something we can do together too. I’ve also decided that I want to learn how to sew- I’ve been saying this for years and always been overly daunted by it. This year I was generously gifted a sewing machine from my aunty. I was given a whistle stop lesson on how to set it up and get cracking, and now it’s down to me. I’m determined to get this and be at least able to follow a few simple patterns. I want to learn and I want to grow.

I love the feelings of hope, fresh starts, new beginnings and the unknown that the New Year brings. It often reminds me of the feeling I would get when I was a child and would stare up at the dark night sky. Looking at the sparkling, twinkling stars and out at the unlimitless, vast beyond. The continuousness of it, the scale, the possibilities of what was out there. The mind-blowing size of space and the great unknown. 2017 is out there for the taking.
 So thank you 2016 for all of the wonderfulness you have bestowed upon me- all of the things I have enjoyed and will treasure for the rest of my life to come, and thank you for all of the things I didn’t enjoy so much, but needed to get me to who and where I am today. It’s been a pleasure. 2017 I am ready for you, I’m filled with hope and anticipation and can’t wait for the adventure to start.
Dear friends, I hope 2017 proves to be your biggest and best year yet, filled with lots of love, laughter, happiness and success. May all of your dreams and wishes come true and may life be kind to you all. Dream as big as you dare and if I can help in any small way, please do just say the word.
Stay positive and bright.  Happy New Year! 

With much love,

Miss Kimmy Cupcake xx