2016: The Year Of Opportunity

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Over the last few days I’ve loved reading so many other bloggers reflective posts looking back on 2015 and what they have achieved, and have been inspired by those looking forward to 2016 and what they want to achieve. All week I have been wanting to put pen to paper, figuratively not literally of course, to write this post. But every time I have opened my laptop I have struggled to write a single word. It was so frustrating. I knew there was something I wanted to say, but after reflecting on it I realised I didn’t know what to write because I wasn’t clear on what I wanted 2016 to hold for us as a family or for me as an individual. Looking back on 2015 and everything that we have achieved as a family, I realised that 2016 for us isn’t about having big and bold ambitions and goals, but about building on all the amazing things we achieved in 2015. It’s about finding, creating and seizing opportunities. But most of all its about enjoying, and I mean truly enjoying, what we have accomplished together.

That’s not to say that we’ll sit back and rest on our laurels. I hate not having a plan, something to aspire to and work towards. I always have to have something that is motivating and driving me forwards. But 2015 was such a phenomenal year for us, it’s just that I didn’t realise it until I sat down and properly reflected on it.

It was a year that saw us finally get on the housing ladder and buy our first family home. The husband and I had spent years and years talking about, dreaming about and working towards buying our first home. For so long, that as we grew as people and as a family so did our idea of the perfect dream home. From a lovely little two bed starter home to a three bed semi-detached family home. We are so lucky and fortunate that we have been able to buy our dream home the first time round, it’s an absolute dream come true and I pinch myself almost every day in happiness.

Family HolidayIt was the year that we took our first family holiday abroad with the little lady. At the very last minute in August we decided to book a short family holiday to Cyprus. It wasnt something we expected to be able to do and it was so last minute and sporadic that it almost never happened, but I’m so glad it did. It was one of the best decisions we made spontaneously last year and we now have the most wonderful memories that will last us a lifetime. From the little lady’s first flight on a plane, to her first time in a swimming pool and first trip to the beach. It was the perfect five day mini adventure and such a lovely experience, I almost wish we ventured abroad with the little lady sooner!

LaptopIt was the year that I fell back in love with blogging and finally discovered my passion.Β 2015 was a tumultuous year of ups and downs at work. With so much going on in our personal and family life, it was hard to keep all the wheels turning and I found myself running back to my blog desperate for an outlet to talk about it all and express myself. It was the most challenging moment in my career and I wouldn’t have got through it without my blog. It was also the most difficult life experience I have ever been through, but it was a valuable one. Because from it I have learnt what is truly important to me and where my real passion lies.

GLTC Nativity SceneIt was also the year that we found out that we were expecting baby number two and expanding our family from three to a four. The husband and I had talked about expanding our family in the last year, and whilst this is a little earlier than we had would have planned for we are delighted. Delighted to be giving the little lady a sibling, delighted to become parents again and delighted to create another little person. We can’t wait to meet them.

Looking Forwards…

We have an exciting year ahead of us, jam packed with big life events for us and our families. My beautiful little sister will be getting married in the summer, just one month after baby arrives. I cant wait to see her walk down the aisle, and as the Maid of Honor I want to make sure I play my part to give her the perfect day. Being pregnant during the run up to the wedding and then juggling a three year old and a new born on the day might prove to be a little tricky, but we’re determined to make it all work!

My lovely Sister in law will be getting married in Mauritius the following month in August. This has been in our diary for the last year and we were all set to go, but now we need to figure out whether that is still feasible, and more importantly whether it is sensible. There’s a lot of things to consider like vaccinations and passports for the new baby, but then after leaving it so long to travel with the little lady a part of me thinks we should just go for it! We really don’t want to let our family down, but we do have to make sure we make the right decision for us too.

At the end of last year I was offered a fantastic new opportunity at work starting from this January, and whilst I’ll only have a six month run at it I love a challenge so am grabbing it with both hands. This is probably the biggest career opportunity I’ve had to date and has completely reenergised me. It’ll be a busy and challenging run up to maternity leave, but I’m really excited about getting stuck into it, pushing myself and seeing what I can do.

I also want to grow my blog. With maternity leave comes the opportunity to dedicate more time to My Petit Canard. I want to do so much more with it and I know I can. I want to refine my craft, look for more opportunities to work and collaborate with brands and bloggers that I love, build more fantastic relationships, attend events, meet ups and blogging conferences, build my brand and perhaps, just perhaps find my elusive tribe that I keep reading about! Of course I’ll have a new baby and toddler to juggle it with, but at least I’ll have a reason to look forward to night feeds again.

I also really want us to do more together as a family this year. To explore more, be more adventurous and go on more mini adventures together. I have a real urge to see and explore more of the british countryside and our national heritage. I really love the idea of lots of long weekends away by the coast and in the countryside, in beautiful cottages, holiday homes and maybe even caravans. Some of my best childhood memories are of family holidays just like these, simple but lovely.

But most importantly this year we’ll be celebrating the arrival of a new family member in June. I want to enjoy my maternity leave with my two little ones and make the most of every day in our little bubble. I loved it the first time round and intend to enjoy and make the most of it just as much, if not more this time round.

So here’s to 2016, a year filled with opportunity and possbility. But most of all, a year filled with happiness, joy and love.

What are you looking forward to about 2016, and what did you love about 2015?

 

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46 Comments

  1. January 11, 2016 / 6:42 am

    it sounds as though you had an amazing year in 2015, and 2016 looks all set to be just as, if not even more spectacular.

    Here’s to a magical year for you lovely x

    thanks for hosting.
    #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      We really did, thank you. Really hoping its as good a year as it feels it could be πŸ™‚

  2. January 11, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Wow so much happened in 2015 – hope 2016 proves to be as good! #Marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you! I didnt realise it until I wrote this post, so glad that I did. So much more appreciative of it πŸ™‚

  3. Lindi Mogale
    January 11, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Congratulations on all you have accomplished in the past year. I was in exactly the same boat as you, not knowing what i can put down for this year so when it finally happened i think it was a more authentic reflection of what i wanted to say. Sometimes there is so much to be grateful for in life that you feel inadequate to put into words a request and a prayer for more. I hope this year is full of happiness and connection for you, Thanks for a great linky
    #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      I am definitely much more grateful of our year last year having properly reflected on it. Its such a powerful exercise and realisation when you get there. I hope you have a wonderful 2016 too πŸ™‚

  4. January 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    This year sounds like it’s going to be huge! The leap from one child to two, travel, celebration, work! Wow. I hope it all goes as well as you hope and better #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I know, thank you! Its definitely a year filled with amazing opportunities and hopefully, adventures too πŸ™‚

  5. January 11, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Such an exciting lifestage you are at and it looks like 2016 is going to be every bit as exciting as the year just passed.

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      I am definitely feeling very optimistic and excited about the year ahead, I can’t wait to watch it unfold! πŸ™‚

  6. Sara at Handy Herbs
    January 11, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post, Emily! You have had a great year and I love your ambitions for 2016. Nothing can really top the arrival of a new family member though, so I am sure this will be a fantastic year for you! How exciting! Good luck with your new position at work too. Happiness and love along with health are probably key to everything. I wish you and your family the very best for the new year:) #MarvellousMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks Sara. We had such a great year and it feels like this year could be even better. I totally agree, happiness, love and health are definitely the key to it all πŸ™‚

  7. January 11, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    aLL THE BEST FOR 2016 – i HOPE YOU ACHIEVE ALL THE THINGS YOU WANT TO πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you, and the same to you too! Congrats on being one of our featured posts of this week πŸ™‚

  8. Lucy at occupation: (m)other
    January 11, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I love the opportunity New Year (or anything big annual marker) brings to take time to reflect on the past year and think about the year ahead. Sounds like you’ve had a ball and what an exciting 2016 to come. #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks, me too! Here’s to a fantastic year ahead πŸ™‚

  9. January 11, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Aww 2016 sounds like it is going to be brilliant for you lovely! A new little one, mat leave plus the chance to thrive in both your job and blog. These kind of posts make me also realise how lucky I am and appreciate everything. Good luck and have a blast xx Thanks for hosting x
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thank you. It is definitely a great start to the year! Im so appreciative of the opportunities that I have to have a great year in 2016. It’s definitely a blessing when you have lots to appreciate πŸ™‚

  10. January 11, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    2016 sounds like it will be an amazing year for you, I wish you all the happiness and luck for your new adventures! Thanks for hosting. #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks lovely. I cant wait to watch it all unfold, hopefully its a great one πŸ™‚

  11. Naomi
    January 11, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    It sounds like 2016 will be a fantastic year for you – an brand new baby and lots of opportunities! Happy new year to you. #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks, its definitely an exciting one! Thanks for joining us on #MarvMondays this week πŸ™‚

  12. January 11, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    What a lovely post Emily!! I really enjoyed reading it! Sometimes when a post take too long to write it turns out one of the best! You really had a great 2015!! So many amazing things happened to you especially your second pregnancy!! You also have lots of exciting things coming up for 2016!! I wish you all the best for this New Year lovely!! πŸ™‚ xx
    #Marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you, I think this has been one of the longest posts – I wrote, I stopped. I came back to it. I wrote, I stopped, I came back to it.. But im glad I persevered because its lovely to have something like this captured and to have properly reflected too. I didnt realise how amazing a year it was until I wrote this post. Here’s to an even better 2016 hopefully! πŸ™‚

  13. January 11, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Sounds like it’s going to be a busy year – but fun too! Wishing you all the best for a totally fab 2016! πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Definitely. I try not to think about it too much as it could become overwhelming if we over think it. Best to go with the flow I think and hope for the best πŸ˜‰

  14. January 11, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Congratulations on baby number 2! You have accomplished so much and it’s lovely to be able to read your reflections on the past year. Wishing you a super 2016! #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you! It was a busier year than I realised. At least this year im partly ready for it ;-). Here’s to a lovely 2016 for us both!

  15. January 12, 2016 / 6:15 am

    Wow, such a busy year last year and with a baby on the way this coming year will no doubt be as busy! I hope you have a lovely 2016.

    #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you lovely! It will definitely be a busy one, but hopefully a fun one too πŸ™‚

  16. January 12, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    may 2016 bring peace, happiness and joy to your little family. Sounds like you are going to be a seriously busy lady in work up until the new little one arrives – hope the new challenge goes well. #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks lovely. Its looking like this new role will keep me fairly busy right up to the end of my pregnancy at the moment! Hopefully its worth it and I can finish at work on a high! πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks, really appreciate you reading it πŸ™‚

  17. January 12, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Sounds like another big year for you! But in a very good way. Good luck with it all! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you, busy but potentially amazing if we make the most of it πŸ™‚

  18. January 12, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    2015 sounds like it was an amazing year for you and your family! I’m so pleased you managed to get your dream home, and I think a spontaneous holiday was the perfect idea. Seize the day etc ! 2016 looks to be so promising for you all as well, I really hope that you have another brilliant year. And congratulations on baby number 2, plus your photography is beautiful. Ray xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thanks Ray! I dont think I’ve ever had anyone comment on my photography before *blush*. Here’s to hoping 2016 turns out to be the fantastic year it looks like it could be :-). Emily

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Merci Louisette! The same to you, and thanks for reading all the way from Belgium πŸ™‚

  19. January 14, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Wow, you’ve got so much to look forward to. ThE EXCITEMENT REALLY COMES OUT IN reading your post. I’m excited for you! #Twinklytuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Im so glad it does. I feel so excited, positive and optimistic about what this year can bring. So many opportunities, I want to make the most of them all! πŸ™‚

  20. January 14, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    What a beautiful and uplifting read Emily. I’m so thrilled about your good news, strange as I don’t even know you ha ha – maybe I can be one of your tribe πŸ˜‰
    I think you have exactly the right attitude to make this a brilliant year…it’ll be hard work blogging with two, be under no illusions, but if anyone can do it – you can.
    Over here? I’m looking ahead at a blank page…an opportunity to spend quality time with my family, return to work if i choose, or maybe explore new career opportunities. Its so exciting πŸ™‚
    Happy new year and thanks for coming back to #coolmumclub
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Awww thank you, thats so sweet of you! Im so glad you enjoyed reading it, you just never know if these things are going to be of any interest to other people but I really wanted to put it out there so I can reflect and look back on it later in the year. It sounds like you have a pretty exciting year ahead of you too, so many options and opportunities. I cant wait to see what you decide! I love that you have officially started our tribe of two πŸ˜‰ x

  21. Mum in Brum
    January 16, 2016 / 10:58 am

    A beautiful post – you really have achieved so much and Reading this has made me realise also how much I have to be thankful for. Congratulations on expecting your second little one and good luck with your goals for growing your blog more in 2016 and with your work opportunity – I’m sure you’ll achieve all that you set out to. #coolmumclub x
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  22. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    January 17, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Oh Emily how I love this post for all its uplifting energy! You had an amazing 2015 but sounds like 2016 is set to be another humdinger of a year for you. Good luck with all your plans and as someone who went to Disney land with a 10 week old and his toddling sister I’d say go for it on the travelling front! Babies are the easiest time πŸ™‚ thaNks so much for linking up at #sharethejoy x

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