Time is Precious

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

'Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters'. 
Take from that what you will. Whether you've had the 2016 of your dreams or if you wanted bigger things, just know that there is always more time, you can change things this time around. Time helps us learn. Time helps us grow. Time shows us what is important to us.

Even though this year has been a happy one for me, I've also found that I've learned lots of hard life lessons and I finally realise that I've been holding back from myself for some time. I now know that it's okay to do things for yourself, even if others don't approve. It's okay to prefer to spend some time alone rather than in some crowded bar every Saturday. Its okay to put you first. 
There are also a few things that I regret not doing in 2016 and I'm not about to sit around and let that happen again. There are lots of things I'd like to do this year but not everything has to be perfectly aligned in a journal, there will be time for everything, whenever it decides to happen.
Do things on the whim. Go on crazy adventures and lose yourself in your surroundings. Be spontaneous. Laugh lots and do what makes you happy.

In this frame of mind I've decided that, instead of resolutions, this year I will be writing a kind of 'bucket list'; things I'd like to do before the sun sets on 2017, some are wild, some are not -  but they are all things that would make me happy, and I will make time for all of them.

I really want to improve my photography skills and abandoned places seem to be calling me. There's something warmly eerie about places that were once bustling with activity and are now left for the earth to claim. I've got my eye on Denbigh Hospital in North Wales as a starting point, and me and my cousin are planning a trip there sometime this year.

There is a lot of stipulation and negativity surrounding this procedure but this is something I have wanted done for some time (particularly since having Elias). People have always put me off with negativity and horror stories but I've finally decided that its my body and my money which will be paying for the procedure so I'm going to damn well do it if I want to. I have my preliminary consultation booked for January 3rd in the Spire Southampton hospital and I'm planning on having the surgery in December 2017.

I'm not talking the usual 'I wanna drop 5 stone by February', I mean I really want to take care of my body. I want to give it more of what it needs; water, vitamins, good things. If I lose some weight then fantastic, but its not my main goal. Most days I'll go all day without having anything to drink and I know that's terrible, but its completely unintentional. I've bought myself a water infuser bottle in the hopes that it'll encourage me to drink more and start giving my body the hydration it needs.

I'll be the first to admit that my blog has been put on the backburner a bit this year, but I finally feel like I know what direction it is going in and I'm ready to network and work my butt of with it. I love blogging and I don't want to lose out on the wonderful friends and opportunities it brings so I'm going to take control and steer things where I want them to go.

Ever since I travelled to New York in 2009 I've been aching to go back and explore more of America. Like most people, I would love see the big sights; to visit New England in the Fall or stand in the crowd and smile as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade passes by, but the thing I want to do most is visit the country - Raleigh, Georgia, Texas. Expense is the main thing that stopped me so far but I would love to find a way to do it this year.

I absolutely love the theatre. Its so exciting to watch the curtain come up and the story unfold. The costumes and sets are spectacular and the singing is infectious and I would love to experience more of that in 2017. There are so many great theatres close by to us and I want to take advantage of that and see as many performances as I can.


I have been wanting to take up a fitness class for a while now, not just to keep fit but to help me clear my head and de-stress. After some research as to whats on offer in my area I came across Aerial Silk classes at TigerTone Studio. This always looks so graceful and beautiful and I think it would be such a thrill to (try to) learn. As with most things, practice makes perfect, so I am looking forward to dedicating some weekly time to this.

What is on your 2017 bucket list?

1 comment:

  1. This is so great Emma, and its by far one of my favourites posts. I love that you have made a bucket list instead of resolutions, I think you'll be so much happier with those. Its great that in 2017 you wont hold back anymore, I've been doing the same this past years and its not fun haha. For me, it's definitly in my bucket list start doing those things, like drama, learning to play the guitar, etc.
    Ps: congrats for not caring what people think and do what makes YOU happy! and very good luck on the surgery