So 2016 is over and it was – as all years are- good and bad. Even for me. A lot of celebrities have died, some I admired greatly. Especially Victoria Wood. Beyond that I have lost two more friends this year, another to suicide and one just recently. Both have left a little ache in my heart. Another couple of micro fracture along the edges. I also managed to physically fracture my ankle this year, falling out of my house.
I would not change any of this – not the losses, not the accident, nothing. The bad makes us the people we are as much as the good. As much anything. There are entire years I could do without but to change them, to forgo that suffering would mean I am not here and now.
And I like here and now.
2016 has seen us making good friends with my neighbours, my fourth wedding anniversary, a new job and the birth of my son. He has become a joy in my life that I am struggling to deal with but I’m learning as I go along. Being a parent, being a mum, has been a hell of an experience and as with everything, I wouldn’t change it. Wouldn’t change him.
In terms of blogging – I started Wordless Wednesdays, got on track with weekly posting (then dropped off when Snappy was born, then found my groove again), started a new blog for my parenting journey and made some progress with Welsh Bloggers.
Here are my favourite posts from the last year, one from each month.
Seven Things I Learned When I Stopped Wearing Bras
Poem: Appropriate Jealousy
Poem: Spring Has Returned
I Am Genderfluid
Ten Awesome Things My Wife Didn’t Have Growing Up In America.
The Real Problem With Suicide
Five Similarities Between Cats and Babies
Six Things You Need To Know About Your Pharmacy
A Day In The Life Of A Cat
A lot of stuff is coming up in 2017. Work is going to get crazy again, Welsh Bloggers is set for the next five months at least. I want to keep up the posting schedule here and at Winging It. I started an Instagram account and am going to try to do the UK Bloggers challenge on there. There are some things I want to do – write more. Write more poetry and fiction and put together another collection of poems. Host more guest posts. Get back into writing for Geeks Out.
It’s all a work in progress. As my life always is.
Plus, Snappy will start…well everything, weaning, crawling, all sorts.
It’s going to be a hell of a year.
One way or another.