Gaining Clarity {and saying goodbye to 2017} | Life

At the start of the year, I opened up IBOT by sharing my word for the year, clarity. I thought it would be quite fitting to close out IBOT for the year by having a look back at 2017 and how my word panned out.


It's been an interesting year. I've done a lot of soul-searching and learning and I think I'm finally starting to figure things out, both professionally and personally.

Punky started school at the beginning of the year, and to say it was a bit of a roller-coaster start would be an understatement. It was hard, for both of us. But last week she finished her first year of school and the difference & growth I see in her is nothing short of amazing. The shy, scared & anxious little girl that started school in January has blossomed into a much more confident kid.

Zee continues to make us laugh and laugh and laugh and is just generally a joy to be around. We were really lucky in the health stakes this year in that no-one really got super sick and we had no gastro bouts, WINNING!!!

We had a stroke of luck silver lining to that night I set the stove on fire, which ended up in a kitchen renovation that Dave and his Dad managed almost all by themselves (with a lot of help from my MIL & SIL, no real help from me!) and we took the girls on their first real holiday in September when we set sail on a 10-night cruise.

Professionally, I feel like I've come a long way and learnt a lot of things. I've improved my editing & video skills and come to the realisation just recently that wedding photography is something that really brings me a lot of happiness and I'd like to do a lot more of it.

So in 2018 I'll be focusing my efforts on getting more wedding & video work & honestly? Just generally trying to keep letting go of anxiety & comparison & trying to focus on shooting in a way that is true to me, rather than in a way that is going to bring me the likes on social media.

So really, when I look back at 2017 I do see a lot of clarity coming through. I've figured out a lot of things and I'm ending the year in a much better place than I started it.

2018 is Zee's last year before she starts big school and I'm really going to try and make the most of it and dedicate one day a week to not working and just spending time with her and doing fun things before she is off and running around the big school playground with her sister.

Dave and I will also celebrate our 10 years married in 2008 and it's our goal to try and get away together at least once without the girls throughout the year, even if it's just to go camping & fishing for a weekend!

I have no idea what my word for 2018 will be, I really need to sit down and have a think. I'm sure like previous years the word will present itself when the time is right and you'll hear all about it when IBOT resumes in January.


For now, it's goodbye from me. I've really loved having you all come visit on a Tuesday this year, and getting to read your lovely posts and follow your blogs throughout 2017. As mentioned earlier, this is the last IBOT post/linky for 2017. We'll have a 2 week break and meet back here for the first IBOT linky of 2018 on Tuesday 9th January.

I hope you all have an absolutely FABULOUS Christmas and New Year. I'll still be around on social media (Instagram in particular) so don't be a stranger and say hi when you see me around :)


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