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The Highs and Lows of 2018

By 10th January 2019 January 16th, 2019 6 Comments

Greetings and salutations! 

I am kicking off the new year with something a little different I have been tagged by the lovely Kate from   to take part by sharing my highs and lows of 2018 and inviting you to take part in sharing your highs and lows should you wish to do so. 

Let’s do this, here are my highs and lows of last year, I hope you enjoy!

What was your happiest event?

Back in September, we headed across to the Isle Of Arran to attend a family wedding; the ceremony was beautiful with lots of happy tears. My 15-year-old daughter played her ukulele and sang  Hallelujah as the bride walked down to the altar, this only made her aunt’s day even more special.

The wedding took place on Sannox bay, it is stunning, with golden sands and crystal clear sea, surrounded by beautiful mountains. What makes this beach even more unique is that it is accessible by stepping stones over the Sannox Burn. 

Proud Daughter moment! On Christmas eve my Dad retired from the Fire Service hanging up his boots after serving 25 years! 

What was the saddest thing to happen?

Receiving a call from one my sisters to let me know mums kidney functions had dropped and had completely failed.  And they needed to take action – for me is the hardest part of living away from my family!

What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

I work Full time as a Business Centre Manager; I started working for a company in December 2016 everything was great, I had finally found a job that I  enjoyed, somewhere I felt I fitted in! Working alongside some fantastic business and the people within them, I honestly thought this was a job I would have for a long time! This wasn’t the case in March 2018 planning permission signs appeared outside the building,  along with for sale signs.

My employer didn’t tell me or the tenants of the building this was going to happen, this came as a shock, to say the least! Eventually, they told me that once the sale was complete, I would no longer have a job.

The building sold in July, but I was lucky enough to find a job doing the same role, with a little help from one of the business owners in the business centre! 

When one door closes another opens. 

Who let you down?

Following on from the last question, I would say my previous employer! They didn’t come to the centre to explain what was in the pipeline. 

Who supported you?

Without a doubt my partner Dan he is my rock, he is fantastic with everything I/we had to face in 2018. 

Tell us what you learned?

Life is to short to be tied up in family feuds, there is nothing more precious than family –  Make memories because one day those memories will be all you have.

Tell us what made you laugh?

My children have their own little ways to make me laugh, a memorable and fresh on the mind moment: 

The lead up to Christmas I had seen a video on  Lads Bible on Facebook, Santa getting loaded into a police van.

I played the video for Kayleigh, our youngest daughter – Oh no! Santa has been sent to jail, so Christmas is on hold! Her response was comical,  “F**K THIS” The older girls were howling with laughter, myself and Dan didn’t quite know where to look! She asked us both if it was a naughty word lol! It turns out that Daddy says it in the car all the time #ROADRAGE!

Tell us the things that made you cry?

I have cried A LOT!

From sneaking off for a long shower for a good cry,  to let it all out! It really does help. 

I saw my baby sister for the first time in 8 years! From the moment she saw me as she walked through the door, she broke down in tears! She threw her arms around my neck and sat on my knee for a cuddle. This was the first time since we were all little girls that my parents had all their daughters in the same room in the house where we all grew up! 

My mums health took a turn for the worse last year, she has kidney disease and last year was tough on her! Her kidney functions just kept falling causing here to be in and out of the hospital. She is getting there slowly but surely now that she is now receiving dialysis treatment.

We had some fantastic news a few months ago, one of my younger sisters is a match, and she will be kindly donating one of her kidneys to our mum!

I am so proud of her she is incredible, just seeing the bond they both share, I hope that one day I will share a relationship as strong with my girls!

I am guilty of letting my emotions get the better of me, and bottling everything up and then the smallest thing will go wrong, and it sets me off .. I have a complete and utter mum meltdown, uncontrollable crying, a snivelling mess!

Three things your child or children did to make you feel proud?

I will always be proud of my girls they’re polite and kind to others and are doing exceptionally well at school.

I am proud how well they have coped seeing and hearing about their Nanny being poorly.

My 15 year old daughter Lyndsay auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent on the 9th December in Manchester! She didn’t get through this time, but she received fantastic feedback and was told to try again next year. It was a huge confidence boost for her.

It is an achievement just going along in the first place, she does not get her confidence from me! 

Who knows maybe Xfactor or The Voice will be next! She is my little shining star #Dreambiglittleone

Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself?

The latter part of the year I started to be less hard and kinder to myself! I should be proud of myself for what I have achieved throughout my life, not just in 2018.

The challenges you overcome?

The challenges I have overcome this year are nothing in comparison what I have had to face in previous years.  I am still learning to love and to be kinder to myself, for me this a big challenge in itself and one that will continue to challenge me as we go through 2019.    

Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2019?

  1. Be less of a shouty mum (mornings, urgh)
  2. Read more
  3. Blog more
  4. Learn social media
  5. Spend more time with Dan
  6. Get out more
  7. Treat myself / Take time out for self care 
  8. Be Awesome, with fewer mini meltdowns 

I tag the following to share your highs and lows of 2018!

Charlotte –


1 Thank the person who nominated you  and a link back to their blog and  the founder of the tag

2 Answer the questions

3 Tag to take part 5 or more bloggers asking them to take part and let them know on social media

4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

  1. What was your happiest event?
  2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
  3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?.
  4. Who let you down?
  5. Who supported you?
  6. Tell us what you learned.
  7. Tell us what made you laugh
  8. Tell us the things that made you cry
  9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent
  10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself
  11. Tell us the challenges you overcame
  12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2019