10 Year Challenge

As we bid goodbye to the end of 2019 and start a new decade, I thought I'd take a look back at the last ten years and some of what has taken place.

We started the decade with chickens and added geese and goats to the mix, followed by guinea fowl and sheep.   

It was the decade that I discovered a love of making.  Sewing and making and playing around with fabric.  Not long after, I discovered the world of Etsy and Folksy and decided to start up my own little shops and a blog alongside them, which I really enjoyed doing. 

At the start of the decade, I was working as a practice manager in the local branch of a national wealth management company.  I worked for three men and whilst I got on with them all, I got fed up with the lack of respect one of them showed to myself and the others.  In 2012, the chance came to work for the family business full time, running the social media accounts, and so I jumped at the opportunity.  Since then, the role has changed somewhat and I now run the accounts for three businesses.

The job opportunity could not have come along at a better time as shortly after, I discovered I was pregnant with E. I remember watching the opening ceremony of the London Olympics with a massive glass of ice, I was heavily pregnant and uncomfortable.  Luckily she arrived three weeks early!  Almost 10 days after she arrived, I was rushed into hospital again having a haemorrhage, something that still jumps out at me some days. 

The year after, D and I got married.   It was a simple event which was perfect for us.  

We welcomed T to our family

In 2015 we moved to our family home.  

I gained a diploma in social media. 

The girls started school! 

Halfway through the decade saw the start of my health issues, with this year/last being the time it was finally taken seriously. 

We got a dog!

I think I'm kinder than I was at the start of the decade. Whilst still dealing with anxiety and depression, I made some decisions to remove and/or reduce contact with certain people in my life, which has made me calmer, happier and less stressed too.  

The decade has seen me gain weight and lose it. And gain it again. I've struggled with my mental health and have had some dark days with it.  I'm older and greyer with the odd line starting to show here and there. 

But I'm also happier and more content than I've ever been.  I'm grateful for the life I have, that I have the privilege of growing old and sharing my life with those in it.  I'm looking forward to the next decade.  

Happy New Year!


  1. Sounds like you have come far, all the best for the new year X #twinklytuesday

  2. A decade up ups and downs but on balance so much going on and you have come out in a happier place. I hope you look back on this next decade the same way #Twinklytuesday

  3. I think it is good to reflect like this. I think many of us have really taken on board the whole idea of a new decade and what we can do with it. That and some idea of 20 20 vision perhaps. All these posts show us that we all have a mix of huge highs and deep lows in our lives. How strong we are to keep on keeping on. All the best for you in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. #TwinklyTuesday