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Happy New Year… happy new me!

Happy New Year… happy new me!

If you’re a regular reader here you’ll know that I haven’t popped up a post since before Christmas, so first of all… Happy New Year! I hope that Santa brought you everything you wished for and that your New Years Day hangover is finally fading.

This Christmas, after falling down the stairs and breaking my hand, having a metal plate inserted to hold the bones together and then having laser eye surgery the following day, I decided a digital detox was in order to spend some quality time with my family and heal.

It gave me the space to rest, reflect on the year gone by, celebrate my fourth blogoversary (four years!) and allow my plans and goals for the New Year to fully reveal themselves to me. I’m glad to say that I’m well on the mend and stepping away for a while has given me a new lease of energy – I’m excited about what 2015 has to offer and there will be some amazing things going on here!

But before I look forward to the future, let’s take a step back and close off 2014 with a flourish shall we?

xmas at Bod Towers

Christmas at Bod Towers began with the family tradition of piling into our super king size bed (my absolutely favourite wedding present) and opening stockings and presents to each other in a frenzy of torn wrapping paper, chocolate coins and high-pitched squeals.

Santa's sacks

Then we hit the road for a traditional Christmas lunch at my Sister’s house – she has the most beautiful country cottage and despite a sore hand and obligatory dark glasses from my eye operation I immediately relaxed into the warmth of my wonderful family. How pretty are these decorations?



Star cake


And well, I don’t think I looked too bad for someone with a huge purple sling – try accessorizing that thing!

Christmas selfie

Back home we’ve had lots of lovely family time, snuggling on the sofa, playing games, decorating our gingerbread house and generally relaxing together.

Gingerbread house

I’ve had my huge, heavy cast removed and a new lighter splint gives me the room to move my hand. Regular on-the-hour physio exercises are sore to do but definitely help to ease the stiffness and will hopefully make my bionic hand as good as new eventually.


Despite having to have a different operation than we’d planned, my laser eye surgery went well and my surgeon says I’m healing as expected. It could be up to a month before I can see clearly (everything is still a bit blurry at the moment) but I can already tell the difference in my right eye. In the meantime dark glasses are de rigour for any time outside – coolness on prescription!

Post eye op check up

And so to 2015…

In my last post of 2014 I mentioned a mindset shift that has had a huge impact on me. In fact that shift marks the beginning of a journey for me. A journey that I finally feel able and ready to take. A journey I’ve found the tools for, the support for and the courage and determination for.

A journey that I’ve started and I’d love you to join me on.

A journey that will include sharing the tools I’ve discovered to help me, my preparations for my first half marathon and a brand new linky.

A journey for these two faces and my incredible husband.

The Littles

A journey away from daily, ingrained negativity.

A journey towards JOY.

Today I choose JOY



  1. It looks like you had a fab xmas :-) Glad to hear the eyes and hand are getting better too. I’m loving your new journey, and new you. Joy is what it’s all about, so enjoy! xx
    Franglaise Mummy recently posted…Making goals for 2015

  2. What a fabulous post Michelle, love the photos and hope your hand is healing nicely! Here is to all the joy in 2015 x
    Mirka Moore recently posted…No More Monthly Miseries!

    • Thank so much Mirka, that means a great deal to me x x

  3. JOY! What a lovely word. Puts a smile on my face! Hope you’re on the mend and you have a healthy 2015 :)
    76sunflowers recently posted…Fulfilment

    • Thanks lovely! I’m definitely on the mend – back to typing again with two hands now too – woop! :)

    • Happy New Year lovely lady! I’m healing well thank you – good appointment at the hospital today – and I agree with you laser eye surgery ROCKS x

  4. Happy New Year. Hand aside your Christmas sounded wonderful. I hope you’re on the mend now and full of beans for the New Year! X

    • And a very Happy New Year to you my sweet! Christmas WAS wonderful, in fact almost BETTER for having to stop which enabled me to truly experience the moments that mattered x

  5. I adore your decorations, looks like you had a great festive season.
    Glad you’re healing and good luck on the joy path, you’re doing great!
    Mrs TeePot recently posted…Silent Sunday

    • Thank you lovely, here’s to an amazing 2015 for us all! x

  6. Happy new year! I’m so glad you managed to have a great Christmas despite the hand and the eyes. May I say, I wouldn’t look half a cool and fab as you with a sling on! Looking forward to reading more of your new journey this year x
    Ting at My Travel Monkey recently posted…Travel Plans for 2015

    • Ha ha thank so much Ting! It’s all about the attitude :) And a very Happy New Year to you my dear – hope we get the chance to meet up again in the flesh! x

  7. Love this post darling and what a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Time away from work and the whirlwind is so important. I feel renewed and re-energised too. It’s all about structure here for me and streamlining. You look fabulous in your dark shades sweetie. Wishing you a speedy recovery x
    Honest Mum recently posted…Be Who You Want to Be

    • Thanks Vicki and the best of luck with your streamlining – I know you’ll use the extra time to be even more inspiring for the rest of us! x

  8. What a positive and happy post Michelle! I have no doubt you will be totally successful in your journey! JOY is the perfect word for you!
    Karin Joyce recently posted…Make It Happen in 2015

    • Thank you Karin – your #embracehappy work was part of the inspiration to take the next step and go from promising to doing! x

  9. You do look very cool in those glasses. Glad it all went well, sounds very exciting! And that purple sling looks huge :) at least it’s mostly off now. What a way to start 2015 ey? Happy new year!! May it be genuinely awesome x

    • Thanks so much lovely Tas! Wearing the glasses is fun I have to admit :) Wishing you the most amazing 2015 x


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