What an incredible year it’s been! I can’t believe it’s just about over already, and another year – all shiny, sparkly, new and full of possibility – is about to begin.
I always find this time of year a great time to reflect and looking back over my year, I have to say that there’s not much I would change. So many wonderful things happened, my daughter turned one and started walking and talking. Her favourite words are ‘Shoes’ ‘Hat’ ‘Bag’ and ‘No no no no no no’ which always makes us laugh. She’s such a happy, funny little girl who loves to sing and dance, do monkey impersonations and like most kids her age, absolutely loves ‘The Woggles’.
My hubby started work as part of the Channel 7 AFL commentary team on Saturday afternoons which meant he was away every weekend during the football season. As anyone who has a partner that works away knows, it’s not always easy but I kept busy with my little girl and we visited markets, parks, cafes and shops and made the most our weekends just the two of us.
Ava and I at the Subiaco Farmers Markets
2012 was also a massive year for weddings! We had a beautiful family wedding on the Greek islands, my brother had a Winter Wonderland wedding in Melbourne and my cousin had a gorgeous wedding in the Swan Valley. Ava was a flower girl at all three weddings!
Then there were some truly spectacular events with some truly amazing friends – including Perth Fashion Festival, the opening of Bistro Guillaume, The Terrace Hotel and lunch with the inspiring and refreshingly candid Mia Freedman.
Perth is renowned for it’s generosity when it comes to charities and this year we saw a record amount raised for Telethon. Many other people are raising funds for worthy causes, including Dine for Life and the Ronald McDonald Ball. I was also incredibly honoured to become an ambassador for the Telethon Adventurers who are raising funds in the fight against childhood cancer.
What am I going to do differently in 2013?
Be More Mindful
I’m going to try my best to be more mindful and present, enjoying the moment and focusing on what I’m doing, rather than trying to be clever and doing several things at once. This fantastic post ‘11 Ways to Live More Mindfully‘ will be a great place to start.
Make Time to Just Be
Often I find that play dates, housework and running errands fill up any free time I might have. Shortly before going on holidays I had two afternoons with Ava where I ignored everything and we just played, read books and had cuddles. It was so beautiful and we both loved it. I want more time like that with my little girl. I’ll be referring to Kelly Exeter’s Ten Tips for A Life Less Frantic.
Seize The Day
I just discovered the most beautiful blog called Grey Cavalier written by a 92 year old man called George White who recently lost his wife. His tales of new adventures and recollections of his beautiful wife Mima are a reminder that you’re never too old to try something new. If you have been wanting to change careers, travel, learn a language or do something exciting next year, carpe diem! Seize the day! Life is too short.
Listen to Words of Wisdom
I saw this fantastic letter called A Grandfather’s Last Letter to His Kids which is jam packed full of the best advice you’ve ever been given. I really love line two. Be not afraid. I think many of us are paralysed by fear of some kind. Fear of failing, of what others think, of taking risks, of the unknown. Other words of wisdom include being grateful, hugging the people you love, being kind. And my mother in laws wise words. ‘No one is better than you and you are no better than anyone else.’ Too true.
Here’s to 2013 everyone, may it be brighter and more beautiful than we can ever imagine!
What are you hoping for in 2013?
Do you have any resolutions or changes to make in your life?