2016 review (no, it’s not depressing)

You have probably read the title to this post and thought ‘oh here we go again, another blog post about how horrendous 2016 was’. Well you’re wrong! ha! Yes, some pretty horrendous s**t happened last year but I’m not dwelling on it. If I had been writing this post back in May or June of last year, (which wouldn’t make sense because this is a review of the year) my view would have been so pessimistic and depressing, but not now! In July of last year I came across a group on Facebook called ‘The Ambitious Mum’s Club’, in all seriousness I had only joined because of a separate blog post I was working on but this group has given me so much to think about and shown me how to refocus my mind. It’s taken a few months to reset my brain Β but I’m certainly working things out easier and keeping focused. This is all down to the incredible Holly Matthews, who you need to go and google right now! She is a beautiful person and has helped me, probably more than she’ll ever know. I’m working my way through her online mindset coaching courses, some of which are free, and they are incredible. I don’t want to sound cheesy but it’s as though after each email, video or audio she’s unlocked something else in my brain and a light goes on and I just feel ready to go that step further towards my goals. The goals which Holly has helped me set.

Anyway, she amazing, go check her out πŸ™‚ As this is supposed to be my 2016 review, I shall review. These review prompts are part of Holly’s ‘Goal Getter’ mini course.

Some things I am proud of from 2016 are:

  • Making the decision to become self-employed (eventually).
  • Managing to get my ‘organised’ head back on.
  • I stopped trying to please everyone.
  • I started my YouTube channel properly.
  • I started putting myself forward for acting and singing auditions.


Things that didn’t make me happy:

  • My beautiful Nana Lil passed away.
  • I had some pretty severe anxiety attacks.
  • Donald Trump
  • Losing so many wonderful people.

My 2016 in 3 words:

Unexpected, sad, cathartic.

I’ve learnt some pretty important lessons throughout 2016, I realised, with help, that I am good enough and I do deserve this life that I am working toward. I learnt that it’s perfectly okay to admit when I need help and to not be afraid of asking for it. This last year was a pretty big slap in the face for me, one which I probably needed. It’s given me an astronomical kick up the backside, one which has catapulted me in to 2017 with so much fire in my belly!


I made the mistake last year of not spending enough time outdoors, I adore being as far away from people as possible, I mean people in a ‘hustle, bustle’ city-sense. Being out in the Yorkshire Dales is the best therapy and I plan on making lots of trips out that way this year, in fact I’m out there tomorrow to have a wander up Whernside peak.


As much as I could review last year as being awful, without it I wouldn’t have become part of this great community in The Ambitious Mum’s Club and I wouldn’t have the guidance from Holly. I also started some therapy with a wonderful lady called Cath, who has helped me work through some really tough times from way back in my past, which have been holding me back. I’ve had tremendous support from my Mum and Dad and Chris is somehow still here even though I’ve turned his life in to a soap opera!

We’re always going to have the good, the bad and the ugly, things will never always run smoothly but it’s okay because, as my Nana used to say, “It’ll all come out in the wash”.∞β™₯


Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.Β 

Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,Β 

next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing πŸ™‚

‘Blind faith is no way to run a world’ – Victor Stenger



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