2017: The Year To Be Bold And Take Risks

2017 Be bold and take risks post image - Emily looking out to seaNothing is accidental. That promotion, new job, new house, new car, amazing holiday… These things don’t just happen. You have to be intentional about them. Behind every new job, promotion, house, holiday is a person that has worked their butt off to get there. To get to their goal, their ambition, their intention. This isnt luck, this is days, weeks, months, even years of hard working manifesting into that end result that once was nothing more than an idea, wish or dream.

I don’t believe in new years resolutions. I havent written one for years. But what I do believe in is goals, ambitions and aspirations which have got me to where I am today. Last year I read a post by Michelle Reeves from The Dream Catcher about choosing one or a few words to act as guiding principles for your year that really resonated with me and helped me set my intention for 2016. To find, create and seize opportunities and have a year filled with adventures. I whole heartedly believe that it is much more powerful and meaningful to set one or two big goals and aspirations of things you want to achieve and ways you want to live by to really see big changes and shifts in your life.

2016: A Year of Opportunities and Adventures

2016 was huge for us as a family. It was a whirlwind but we have done and achieved so much together. We had a baby, watched two of our sisters get married, travelled half way across the world to Mauritius on our biggest family adventure yet and snuck in a few mini adventures to Cornwall and Wales. Ella started nursery school and the Mr got an amazing promotion at work. I took on and succeeded in my most challenging role in my career to date, one which scared me and that I had no idea how to even begin. I’ve grown my blog, re-branded it and started earning from it which I am so proud of. I attended my first ever blogging conference, blogging event and finally found my tribe who are an amazing group of girls.

It has been another amazing year that I am proud to look back on because we made the most of every opportunity that came our way. Even when I was scared or unsure, I pursued opportunities and adventures with vigour because I promised myself that I would and I have learnt some valuable lessons from doing so.

I have learnt that often things are much scarier than they seem and that I am capable of so much more than I thought. Whilst I have been reassured that my instincts are often right and that everything always works out in the end. These are such powerful lessons to have learnt and my experience over the last year has given me the confidence to go forwards into the new year being even more bold and ambitious than ever.

I have always played it fairly safe, but I’ve come to realise over the last year that fortune favours the brave. I had no idea three years ago when I started my current job that I would end up where I am, and I had no idea three years ago when I started this blog that it would be where it is. All of those decisions to go, do or start those things were made on a guttural feeling. I trusted my instincts and luckily they have all worked in my favour and for that I am hugely grateful. But as we go into a new year, one where I find myself at a crossroad, I wonder what could be if I made decisions more intentionally. If I was bolder and took a few risks along the way?

2017: A Year To Be Bold And Take Risks

So in 2017 I am going to be bold and take risks. That will be my mantra and guiding principle for the year. In 2016 we started the year knowing that we were going to have a baby, that I’d be starting a new role, seeing our sisters get married and potentially travelling to Mauritius. 2017 already feels different. It feels like we are going into a new year with a completely clean slate, with no big events or decisions already made. Just a whole lot of possibilities and decisions to be made.

I have a feeling that this year is going to be a big year in so many ways that I just don’t understand yet. I can feel it in my bones. Again for the second time after having a baby I find myself at a crossroad with my career. The first time round I decided it was time for a new, but similar career and jumped ship to a new organisation where over the last three years I have done very well and been very proud of myself for juggling such a demanding career with a little one. Second time round I find myself facing a redundancy situation which has forced me to reassess and examine my career and whether it is still what I want. I still don’t know the answer but I have some time to figure it out.

But one thing I already know for certain is that I want to take forward a business idea that I have had pretty much since I started maternity leave. I just never allowed myself to dream it would be a real possibility until now. I always believe that everything happens for a reason and I feel like this is my now or never chance which I would be a fool to let slip by. So one of the things that will hopefully come to fruition in 2017 is an exciting new business. I am scared of course, I’m not really sure where to start and how I’ll even fit it all in, but I am going to be bold and take the risk because if it pays off it will be totally worth it.

I also want to continue to grow my blog, not so much by followers, although that would obviously be great too, but by diversifying it. I want to introduce new and different series, collaborate with new as well as existing brands and create some products that I think other bloggers might find helpful using my professional and blogging experience. I love blogging now more than ever and although I have at times questioned whether I am right to spend as much time on it as I do during my maternity leave, it has proven to me and others around me that it is a genuine passion.

I want this year to also be the year that I find my natural vlogging style. As much as I love the whole experience and process of filming and editing, I still feel like im not as natural as I could be on video. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of needing to find my style or whether its my style that doesn’t translate well on video. Either way, this year I want to do more with my You Tube channel. I want to film more regularly, upload more consistently and grow my channel, and the same goes Instagram.

Family wise, I want us to finally finish off decorating our house. When we moved in last year we were focused on getting it renovated and decorating the shell of it. This year I’d like for us to put our stamp on it and make it feel more like home. I’d also like us to continue to take and make as many big and small adventures as a family this year. I would love to take another big holiday somewhere with the little ones, especially whilst im on maternity leave and whilst the littlest is still under two. Most years I have specific places in mind that I’d like to visit, but I really feel like the world is our oyster at the moment and am considering everywhere and anywhere from Hong Kong to New York, to Spain to Greece. As long as its family friendly it’s on the list!

Finally I want to make some more time for me this year. Having a six month old and a three year old is no easy feat. Its demanding, time consuming and constant, but I think we’ve finally reached the point where I can start to carve out and take a little bit of time back for me again. I’d quite like to build some time for exercise into my routine. I’d like to try to starting meeting friends without the little ones once in a while. I’d also like to start reading books again like I have over the festive period, and I’d really like to learn how to use my camera properly, perhaps with some photography lessons.

I believe 2017 has the potential to be a great year. Like any year though, it’s totally what you make it, so lets make it a good one. So here’s to being bold and taking risks. Happy new year!

This Girl is My Heart - Emily & Ella Snapshot

A new arrival - newborn picture

Siblings meet - baby and toddler picture

Wedding Picture - sisters

Family wedding picture

Ella sitting on a trunki

Mauritius Pool Picture - Ella in the pool

Ellas first day at school picture

Emily & Ella building sandcastles on the beach

Ella & Louis Christmas Photo

Family Christmas Photo 2016

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  1. January 1, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Awww, Emily. You have such a gorgeous and thoroughly lovely family. I don’t doubt for a single minute that 2017 will be amazing for you. I can’t wait to read more about your adventures x

    • January 2, 2017 / 1:53 am

      Oh thank you Rachel, that is so lovely of you to say. I really am hoping that 2017 is good to us, the new year always feels like it has so much promise to it! Thanks for all your lovely comments on the blog and my instagram channel over the last year, its always nice to read them πŸ™‚ x

  2. January 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    It sounds like you have an exciting 2017 ahead of you. I have to admit I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring. Good Luck lovely xxx
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  3. January 3, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Super excited to hear all about your plans for 2017! I’m sure that you will succeed in all of them and I’m looking forward to hearing about your business. Good luck hun! Claire x
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  4. January 3, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    This is such an exciting post Emily and so inspiring! Love your goals and dreams and can’t wait to hear more about your business idea – you should come and join our Blog to Business group on Facebook πŸ™‚ (Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll invite you!) Thank you too for mentioning my post last year – I had so many lovely comments on it that this year I’m running a live workshop. Really hope you can make it! Here’s to 2017 being an amazing year for you lovely lady x

  5. January 5, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Do you write with such beautiful positive honesty I find it hard to believe that you won’t achieve everything that you hope. Last year sounds like amazing if you and I hope the same for the coming months. I am also facing funding running out at my current job and I think I need to start making plans in the motivated way you do instead of feeling like I’m floundering. Thank you for your gentle confidence xx

  6. January 7, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    You have such a lovely family and I’m wishing you a wonderful 2017! #KCACOLS

  7. January 7, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Oh Emily, this post is so happy and positive. Last year was definitely a great one for you, and I really hope this year is too. I can’t wait to find out more about your business idea, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do as well. So my theme this year is much like years, just do it. Take those risks, otherwise you will never know what will happen. x
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  8. January 8, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Firstly, I seriously do not know how you do it and secondly, your family s totally and utterly gorgeous! How exciting that you have an opportunity to maybe take your business idea further – you’re a successful woman already and I’m sure that you’ll be able to make this idea a success too. 2016 was a huge year for you as a family and I hope 2017 is everything you want it to be too x #KCACOLS
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  9. January 8, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    This is such a fabulous post as it’s so full of positivity! I love your focus on BOLD and it sounds like you have plenty of bold plans. I also believe nothing happens just by accident and it takes a lot of hard work and planning. I’m also feeling at a crossroads in my career. I’m due to return to the same company after my second mat leave ends in April and I don’t feel as passionate about it as I may have done once. Maybe it’s the 3 hours round trip commute!! So while I will go back initially, as we also want to move house, I’ve got a few ideas I’d also like to work on. The trouble is finding enough hours in the day! Good luck with everything my lovely. Passion and hard work will get you there! #KCACOLS
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  10. January 9, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Very inspiring! I definitely believe that determination is so important! #MarvMondays

  11. January 9, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Such beautiful photos! You definitely had a hectic and amazing 2016. It sounds like there is so much for you to go after this year. I wish you all the best with everything you set out to do! I can’t wait to hear your updates about how you are getting on xx #MarvMondays
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  12. January 9, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I can’t wait to watch and see how all your plans unfold Emily! You deserve every success with your beautiful blog, and I’m intrigued about your business plans! Redundancy throws a huge spanner in the works, but you are so right to see it as an opportunity. Use it wisely lovely.
    Thanks as always for hosting #Marvmondays
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  13. January 9, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    This post is fantastic. So positive and inspiring. Your photos are beautiful too. All the best for 2017 x

  14. January 12, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Your 2016 was jam-packed wasn’t it! 2017 sounds very exciting for you, lots of positive change by the sounds of things. You’re doing so well to plan all this with a baby and a 3yo – I’m nowhere near that, Lily is the most demanding baby ever! But you’ve totally inspired me, hopefully I can get a bit of myself back in 2017! xx
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  15. January 13, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Wow, so much to look forward to in 2017, I’m looking forward to reading all about it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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