2018 is there! I can’t believe another year has passed. It seems as if I only blinked once and there 2017 has come and gone!
If I look back a bit, I can say that even though the year had its challenges, overall it was really a positive year for hubby and myself. On the career front I accepted a new position which really took me out of my comfort zone. The learning curve has been steep (and will continue to be so in 2018) and while I often feel overwhelmed, it is satisfying knowing that I am building new skills.
Personally I managed to (for the most part part!) keep up a healthier eating regime (hubby never has problems with this!) but I didn’t quite meet my own fitness goals. This is always something that I will have to work on, so my attitude to healthy eating and exercise is to just never stop trying!
Hubby and I could also help my parents move much closer to us in 2017. They used to live in a small town and it is wonderful having them nearby. Now there are much less worries about their wellbeing and it provides hubby and me the opportunity to test out our recipes on more people!
The highlight of any year would of course be the prospect of travelling and we are very blessed that we could visit France and Italy last year. (What?! And not a single picture or story on the blog?! I hear you…) We had such a wonderful time and arrived back a few kg’s heavier, but tanned from the sunshine and toned from lugging our suitcases around!
The hardest part of 2017 was saying goodbye to our dachshund boy at the age of 15 years and two months. We got Toby a few weeks after we got married and he has been such an amazing part of our lives for a long time. We are still very heart sore. He was such a loving little boy and had the most special personality. There are so many things we miss about him (kisses for mommy, playing sock games with dad, the way he pulled his cheeks when he was naughty…) but we take comfort knowing that he lived a very happy and loved life with us.
Other challenges came and went, always handled with the support of hubby and friends. There were moments of anger, frustration and even a few tears now and then. Ultimately nothing that a glass of wine could not make better! (And for those challenges that are still around – I’m coming for you in 2018.)
For quite a few years now hubby and I don’t make any new year’s resolutions as such. While we have goals that we would like to achieve (Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?” Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!) I find it more constructive to focus on the outcomes than trying to compartmentalise things into yearly buckets. The bottom line is that 2018 will be another year in which we will focus on our dreams. We will put in the effort required to reach them, while never forgetting to be thankful for all we have and enjoying every moment of our journey through life.
So while on the topic of enjoying life; I really enjoy blogging so much and I’m frustrated that it is often the first thing that I deprioritise when pressures of life gets to me. In 2017 I have not nearly spent enough time on WorkFoodHome and being more active on the blog is something that I’ve put forward for myself as a goal. By doing that I hope WorkFoodHome becomes a regular stop for you to get some foodie inspiration, where you can get a travel fix, all dished up for you by hubby and me and served with a splash of humour!
I want to wish you and your loved ones a very special 2018. May your dreams turn into reality and your efforts into great achievements.