5 things I've learnt in 2017

2017 has been weird and wonderful. It's not all been plain sailing but easily one of the best of my life and I'm eager to see where 2018 takes us. But for now, I thought I'd share a few things I've learnt this year...

There’s magic in the littlest moments
I love watching Arthur discover the world as a toddler. He makes the smallest, most insignificant things magical because to him, they’re brand new and full of wonder. Seeing the world through a toddler’s eyes is good for the soul.

Making friends as an adult is tough
When I moved across the country, the hardest thing was leaving behind friends - the best friends I’d had since school and mum friends I’d grown so close to since having Arthur. I guess I thought I’d find it easy making new friends in a new place but as an adult that doesn’t go out to work, it’s a little more difficult. I think I thought I’d find a group of mums that I fitted into but it just hasn’t happened yet. I’m lucky that I’m very close to my family, I’m in a relationship with a wonderful man who has become my best friend and I still speak to many of my friends via WhatsApp so it’s not that often I feel lonely. I’m hoping 2018 may bring new friendships though - it’d be nice to make a few local mum friends!

So much can change in a year

When I had Arthur, I kind of assumed it was just going to be us two forever. I couldn’t imagine ever being in a relationship again, especially as a single parent. It wasn’t something I particularly wanted or needed for the first year of Arthur’s life. And then something changed. I think I’d finally got to grips with everything. I’d re-discovered who I was and for the first time ever felt comfortable in my own skin. And then he came along and I just knew he was my person.

Sticking together as a family is so important
I’ve known this for a long time but this year has been another reminder of the importance of family. Stick together with your family (whether they’re family in the ‘traditional sense’ or family by choice) and you can get through anything. If you’re giving your family the best chance of happiness and putting them first, there should be no guilt and no regrets.

I need to believe in myself
I’ve always had confidence issues - even with the world’s most supportive parents who have cheered me on through every stage of my life. I’d say there are some parts of my life where I’m completely confident but when it comes to self-belief in my skills; I think it’s fair to say I’m somewhat lacking it. Work has taken a backseat since I became a parent. It’s had to. And to be honest, I’ve been completely fine with that. But now I’m constantly thinking about the future of my family and I want to be able to provide for us, whilst also being at home for Arthur. So it means putting my confidence issues aside and getting back into freelancing. I know I’m going to have to work hard but what I want IS possible. A little self-belief can go a long way, so let’s hope I find it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Megan xx
Thank you better half for letting me steal your photo!
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4 comments:

  1. Here's hoping 2018 is the great year that you and Arthur so richly deserve. Love you xx

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  2. they always say dont they that adults should try and see the world more through the eyes of a child. that's such a lovely and sweet lesson to have learnt through arthur - bless!

    yep, im a huge believer in putting family first. always and all ways!

    wishing you all the best for 2018, lovely!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. Thank you Katie! I hope you have a wonderful New Year too. xx

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