2018 has been a big year, on so many fronts. It was the year I learnt how to deal with and manage my diagnosis of endometriosis. It was the year David and I bought a house and it’s been the year of non-stop adventure with four holidays with David (Mexico, Flanders, The Black Forest and Prague), one work trip to Saint Lucia and a 4-night stay in New York with my mama.
On paper, it’s been a fantastic year. By and large, it has been incredible. But I wouldn’t be honest if I said there haven’t been some dreadful lows too and being chronically ill means those lows can be really crap. My mental health and physical health has been pushed, tested and broken. I’ve hosted many a pity-parade for one, then felt guilty for being so self-absorbed before heading down a full shame-spiral. It’s a tricky one to balance, but this year there have been far more happy memories to outweigh the bad ones.
Heres a list, in part, to remind me of those little happy moments when a pity-parade strikes and in part to remember the importance of the little things – for those are the things that keep you going when you’re in need of a nudge.
My 2018 happy list…
Keeping all my plants alive during the RIDICULOUS heatwave (with a couple of exceptions, sorry succulents!).
The excitement of buying a house and the grand social plans that we had that were not at all realistic (BBQ’s every Sunday evening, frequent dinner parties, cocktails at the weekend…those things are not at all spontaneous and require so much notice).
Having, for the first time in my life, actual disposable income. Hell-o!
Coffee and brunch dates.
Having actual seasons this year.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay.
Cinema trips. Nearly every other week. Favourite though? Bohemian Rhapsody.
Cooking dinners in our own kitchen.
2018. The year of the Lllama.
Discovering undiscovered places.
Fresh doughnuts from the funfair.
Speaking of food, 2018 has been the year of some bloody good food. Most importantly sourdough pizza, bao buns, everything from Dishoom and desserts from France.
Evenings at home, pottering about.
Holiday planning. All the holidays.
Some bloody good telly; The BodyGuard, Killing Eve, Suits and Dynasties.
Connecting with like-minded people.
Cancelled weekend plans (twice this year) that turned out to be incredible for the soul.
I’m sure there are hundreds more, but that wraps up my 2018 happy list. Whats on your list?