2019 Gratitude List

Thursday, 26 December 2019

As of the end of January, I'm going to start writing monthly gratitude lists. I used to see a councillor earlier on in the year, and every time I went to go see her, I had to take in a list with me of everything good that had happened since the last time I saw her, and it really, really helped me be in a better headspace, and it was one of my favourite parts of the sessions, so I figured I would carry that on and write down everything I am grateful for, but in blog form!

To kick off these gratitude lists, I figured what better way than to write a yearly one. It's absolutely fair to say that the past few years have been tough, but rather than focus on that, I'm going to focus on everything that went well!

I got signed off from counselling. Back in July, I was officially signed signed off from seeing my councillor, who I'd been seeing since February 2018 for postnatal depression. It was a long, hard journey and one that I will never forget because it taught me so much about myself that I didn't know, and I feel like I'm a stronger person because of it. The counselling sessions were hard at first and there was a time when I wanted so badly to quit them, but I powered through, and they DID get easier and I'm so, so happy that I kept going with them because they genuinely helped me through what was undoubtedly the toughest time of my life.

We got married! If you read my Why We Had A Secret Wedding post, then you'll know that myself and my HUSBAND (still feels surreal to say) got married last month, and it really was a special day celebrating our little family with all our closest friends and relatives. I won't waffle on too much because there's a whole post up about it, but this was by far one of the highlights of 2019 and I wish I could relive the day all over again!

My dog got some of his eyesight back. If you read my Living With A Blind Dog - One Year On post, or if you follow me on Instagram, then you'll know what a tough journey it's been with my youngest pug, Rhody. He lost his eyesight in his right eye when he was 6 months old and had corrective surgery which didn't work. Then his left eye started to deteriorate quite rapidly and he needed further surgery. At one point, he was completely blind. but the second surgery WAS a success and he has regained some vision in his left eye now. His confidence since regaining the vision has come on leaps and bounds and he is honestly the sweetest little dog and his vet is extremely pleased with his progress so far!

My daughter turned 2. I know I could technically put this on a gratitude list every single year (and I probably will), but I think she is at my favourite age so far, and I kind of wish that I could just pause time and keep her this way forever! She's independent enough to play on her own and occupy herself, but still young enough to want her nighttime cuddles. Watching her grow and learn everyday is truely a blessing, and she makes me smile and laugh every single day.

I've been on more trips out with friends than I ever had before. I've always had a small social circle, and some of my closest friends are people who I work with on a daily basis. This year, we've had two trips out to Alton Towers and a trip out to Blackpool Pleasure Beach (we love theme parks, as you can tell!) I've been to BPB before, but never to Alton Towers, and I'm so glad I've friends who suggest these ideas and actually follow through with them! They are some of my most memorable days out this year, and were full of laughs and memories made, and we're already planning where we can go next year!

I started blogging again. I've blogged on and off for the last 6 years, but always found that I'd outgrown the content or was generally just blogging about anything I thought other people would be interested in, and honestly, my heart wasn't in it. I stopped blogging for a good year or so, but started this blog up again back in April, and I'm so glad that I did. I've always seen blogging as a bit of a hobby that I should hide - why, I don't know - but this year when I started my blog back up, I made it public and started tweeting about it, which was a huge step for lil' old me. I grew up with people who judged you on everything you did, so I always kept blogging on the down low because it WaSn'T cOoL eNoUgH, but I'm glad I haven't this time - although, I'm still yet to post it on Instagram - maybe that's one for 2020!

All the weird and wonderful people in my life. So this one is going to be soppy as shit and honestly, I think it's perfectly okay to reflect on all the amazing people in your life and have a little bit of a cheeseball moment. This year has been a series of ups and downs, but the one thing that I have come to learn, is to appreciate the people who stick by you and are always there. I am massively thankful to everyone who has been there for me this year, from my parents, my nanna, my husband, my friends, my work colleagues... everyone has been beyond amazing, and I really am truely lucky to have such people in my life.

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