It’s me. It’s me in 2020 and I am ever so pleased to be here. A very very happy new year to you all.
Towards the end of 2019 I got walloped with some kind of horrible fluey bug that saw me out of action for weeks. Everything stopped. I didn’t check my emails, I couldn’t do my work, I let people down, balls were dropped and I just couldn’t shake it. It meant that both Christmas day and Boxing day were spent in bed (SO BORING) and I was entirely at its mercy.
In the end, I put my out of office on, explaining that I was ill, apologising to the various brands and companies who were trying to reach me and letting everyone know that I’d be back in the saddle just as soon as I could.
Being a freelancer has its benefits (I can work in bed if I want to. I mean, I don’t want to, but I could if I did. And I could wear a fairy outfit and eat nothing but KitKats. But I don’t. Usually)… but it also has its pitfalls. One major pitfall being that when you are ill, it’s game over. There is no one there to pick up the slack. To answer the phone, to apologise on your behalf. You just vanish off the earth and people you are working with have to hope that you’ll reappear.
It’s been a lesson well learnt, but there’s little I can do about it. Aside from STAY WELL!
So this is a little message from me to you to say hi! I am back! I am still not 100% recovered – I know this as at about 2pm most days I can barely keep my eyes open – but I am most definitely on my way and am so looking forward to what this year is going to bring.
This week, Isabelle began three days a week at nursery, and I can hardly believe that I am able to sit in front of my laptop now and babble away to you lovely lot without a toddler trying to disconnect my arm from my body. It’s a new freedom that I am unfamiliar with but am embracing with everything I’ve got.
Although, I do miss her. She is now a walking, talking, counting, singing, twirling, dancing, colour-loving little squidge with enormous cheeks. My grandma always used to say “I could eat you!”. Which I never understood. But now I relate wholeheartedly.
This is the year of more blogging and chatting to you. I’ve really missed it these past 20 months and I can’t wait to get tummy deep in these waters again.
This is the year where I can leap back into my book club and stride forward with it – Kate Mosse is joining us this month – you should too!
This is the year when music is coming back into my life and I’m thrilled. There’s been a long break, but after singing you all some songs on instagram, it seems that it’s time to open that door again. Can’t wait.
This is the year of more home cooking, more veggie bunching, more reading, more tea drinking, more outside strolling with the best people and more podcasting… listening and maybe even making…
And finally, this is the year of early nights. Of hearty soups, good food and taking my health seriously. Having a baby is no picnic on the bod, and after 20 months of eating biscuits when I’m peckish and going to bed at midnight because all I’ve been doing all day is hanging out with Izzy and I need some down time, I am in need of a reboot. I’ve teamed up with my local yoga and pilates centre – East of Eden – and have committed to being kinder to my body and mind over this next year. I’ll be keep you up to date with my progress and can’t wait to get started. (THREE DAYS IN NURSERY!)
Lots of love to you all, wherever you are in the world… I can’t wait to open this next chapter with you.