S’long 2017

2017: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times (apologies Charlie, apparently I have no qualms about bastardizing the greats for my own narcissistic look back at the year).

I absolutely refuse to spend too long ruminating over a year best described as ‘relentless’ but in the interests of posterity and catharsis, my 2017 was sort of a little bit the living embodiment of that Britney circa 2007 meme. NB no heads were shaved. The opposite if anything, this mane is getting more Cousin It by the minute. I digress.

Don’t get me wrong, the peaks have been mountainous – huge professional leaps, the most job satisfaction I have ever enjoyed, reaching a decade of marital whatsit and finding all the zen. The troughs have been chasmic. Those chasmic lows have taught me a whole lot this year – about the kind of woman I am, the strength I can pull from my darkest recesses when needed, the kind of life I want to live, the art of resilience and the unbelievably restorative power of skidding around the kitchen in my socks. I already knew the last one.

In the interests of thriving in 2018 rather than just surviving (it rhymes, you’re welcome) I’m engineering a year in which:

  • There are no sub-par cups of tea drunk. That kind of self loathing is no longer welcome here.
  • My body continues to be something of a temple. I mean, I won’t be giving up Curly Wurlies or a decent Cotes Du Rhone (hashtag wine wanker) but I have signed up to run my first half marathon in over a decade – gulp – and I’ll make a conscious effort to remove the post yoga lycra before popping the cork on a bottle of red. Balance people, it’s all about balance.
  • The soul feeders take priority – the people who challenge me, make me laugh, are fun to be around. Because why would any sane person choose to give their energy to anyone else?!
  • I am rarely without a book in hand.
  • ‘No’ is not a dirty word.
  • I write.
  • All of the shoes are fabulous.
  • The sea* features heavily. I’d like to never be without sand in all kinds of unsightly places.
  • I explore the world a little more (Vienna, Amsterdam and Norway for starters).
  • The kitchen dance party is a daily ritual rather than a weekly treat.
  • I continue to push my professional limits.
  • I choose happiness. It sounds all kinds of glib and twee but it took a good thirty years for me to figure out what happiness looks like for me, I won’t be letting go of that any time soon.

Whatever your plans for 2018, I hope you find a way to choose happiness in the big stuff and in the tiny little moments in between. Happy New Year. Almost.

*interchangeable with husband/spaniels/step daughters/shed/ sand as appropriate

Wonderful Wednesday 2018
Wonderful Wednesday Sixty Six
  • Hope your 2018 is going to be a good – it sounds fabulous based on that list! xxxx

  • I just love this list. Definitely the kind of thing I can get on board with, especially the tea!
    Happy new year, sounds like you’re in for a fabulous one!


  • 2018 plans sound absolutely fabulous. Things I can very much get on board with!



  • Cat

    I always feel happy to see a new post from you pop up, Michelle! šŸ™‚ Excellent list of must-dos for 2018 – yes to the positive soul affirming people, the yoga and the red wine, and all of the yesses to the cups of tea. Happy New Year, sweets x

  • I love your entire ethos. In fact, I feel I am following in your steps this year … escaping the daily rate race of commuter life to London and moving down to Devon. I really hope I find the same “zen” you have!

    C x

  • What a great plan for life in 2018, although I am that person in my workplace who makes the sub-par tea, I know I do it, I am always apologetic for it, but I did wonder if you would be so committed to your cause to reject sub-par tea from a well-meaning source? It is a constant source of social embarrassment that I cannot make good tea, can you tell?! xx

  • Emma

    Wonderful plans for 2018! I feel much the same about 2017 as you, while there were many successes, it was certainly relentless and took a lot of growth and strength! Personally Iā€™m fully flying the flag for daily kitchen dance parties.. life is too short not too! Happy New year! Xxx

  • I love this Michelle! I’m going to incorporate the daily kitchen dance party into my routine too – although today I did the washing up to some show tunes, that counts right?
    Hope 2018 is everything you want x

  • Hello STRANGER. Its so wonderful to have you back, you have been sorely missed. No matter how few and far between your posts may be, I will always be hearing reading!

    I’m sorry to hear about the lows of 2017, I hope 2018 brings you all the joy and wonderful. That list you have is quite something, and has inspired me to carve out a year where I see more of the world, see my body as a temple and surround myself with people who enrich my life. Isn’t that what its all about anyway? xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice