The 2017 wrap up… and what’s to come for 2018!

As years draw to a close and we focus on the new its important to take note of everything accomplished over the past 365 days.  For us 2017 was a huge one full of milestones and celebrations.  I brought in the New Year with a 36 week baby bump followed by the arrival of our sweet baby girl Chloe.  I learnt how to be a Mother of two and survived ‘2 under 2.’  We enjoyed vacations to Melbourne, Cairns, Stradbroke Island and internationally to Singapore and Vietnam (all with the babies in tows.)  We celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary and Ari’s 2nd birthday, then followed my 30th and we had a huge Gatsby style party.  We completed and sold our beautiful three storey house and moved to a rental by the beach.  There seemed to be party after party with three weddings and many MANY birthdays (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 30th.. you name it!)  Our construction company saw huge growth thanks to the ever overachieving Mr Sullivan and behind the scenes there has been what seems like countless building projects going on.  During all this madness I feel like I am really starting to find myself in many ways and am looking forward to more personal growth to come.  If I could sum up 2017 in three words the first that come to mind are joyful, chaotic and full!

For 2018 it is time to slow it down a little and enjoy more time living in the moment with our family.  To grab the simple smiles in everyday and soak them all up.  First up we will celebrate Chloe’s first birthday, then there are trips to Japan, UAE, Italy and Greece.  Houses to complete and more to start no doubt.  I have made the decision to postpone Ari starting day care until 2019 which means that I will have two babies home with me fulltime for a second year… but this also means that it will be his last year with me fulltime so I intend to enjoy every second of it.

I have also disliked the word resolution so instead of New Years Resolutions I have been thinking about my 2018 Goals will be.  My biggest hope is that I can do more to enjoy the JOY in everyday, so far this is what I can come up with:

  • Do more for other people.
  • Squeezing in time to enjoy the things that make me happy which include writing this blog and developing my work outside of my Mother/Wife/Life duties.
  • Take better care of myself.
  • Prioritise child free time with moments alone with my husband.
  • And to slowwwww down a little but say yes more.  Enjoy simpler less structured activities with the children and not necessarily always stick tot he same structure of weekly life.

To a lot of people these are not huge goals, and no I am not looking to achieve anything amazingly astonishing.  These are personal promises to myself that will help me to become an even better mother, wife and person.  I think we can all agree that it isn’t always the huge decisions and shifts that bring about the biggest changes to our lives, but the little things the we implement into our daily existence that slowly make us happier and happier… So with that said… Wish me luck!!