As 2018 draws to a close I can’t help but reminisce on what a crazy year it’s been. Among the fun family days out, date nights, theatre trips and festivals, there have been plenty of challenging personal moments too!
I really hoped that this would be the year I finally conquered the whole work life balance thing, but despite going part-time in my day job back in February, I have been busier than ever. I’m certainly not complaining, it’s been exciting and rewarding to explore more freelance opportunities. The biggest of which was probably when I was asked to be a blogger for The Great Exhibition of the North.
Summer 2018 was certainly one to remember and I loved exploring all the unique events and exhibitions across Newcastle and Gateshead that celebrated northern art, design and innovation – then writing articles about them for the Get North website. Did you experience Great Exhibition of the North? I’d love to hear your highlights.
I didn’t attend as many blogging events and parties this year compared to previous years. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate being on a guest list as much as the next girl but I’ve tried to focus on bringing you more useful content that represents my passion for the North East… such as my guide to local theatres, how to spend 24 hours in Newcastle, where to eat in North Tyneside and ideas for romantic nights out. I hope you’ve enjoyed them because I’ve got LOTS more up more like that up sleeve for 2019.
If you follow me on Instagram you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d gone in to hibernation this winter. There’s been several reasons why I’ve been a little bit quieter than usual… I spent a few weeks in November on holiday…
Our trip to Australia was one I’d been planning for many years and when I finally landed down under it felt like a dream come true! I visited Melbourne and Sydney, both of which had aspects that reminded me of Geordieland – and not just the Harbour Bridge. The people were super friendly, just like here, and the combination of city, coast and country that we experienced reminded me just how lucky we are to have easy access to all three in the North East.
I’m very much looking forward to Christmas and have enjoyed getting in to the festive spirit thanks to the Newcastle Christmas markets (which were better than ever this year) and a visit to Tyne Theatre and Opera House to see their brilliant panto (highly recommended).
However, we’ll have one empty seat round the table this year due to a sudden bereavement in our family. I won’t go in to the details but needless to say it’s another reason I haven’t been blogging as much as usual.
The loss of my dear sister-in-law has been a powerful reminder of how important it is to live the life you love and to start everyday with a grateful heart. I have definitely been guilty in the past of giving myself too much of a hard time over unfinished to-do lists and letting best laid plans go astray but I’m learning to be kinder to myself and not sweat the small stuff.
2019 is going to be an interesting year, something tells me it could be even more unpredictable than this one but that won’t stop me making plans.
I can’t wait get out and about across the region in my new car (she’s called Lizzie and I might even create an Insta account for her, what do you reckon?) and I’ll be embracing some HUGE changes in my life (I’ll reveal more when I can). And of course, I’ll continue to share the highlights of my life in Geordieland right here on this little ol’ blog so if there’s anything in particular you want me to write about, just let me know!
Right… well, that turned in to a bit of a ramble didn’t it? (I blame the Baileys!) Thanks for reading, I genuinely appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to check out my blog and follow me online, you’re all stars! So, merry Christmas and happy new year, I hope it’s everything you hope for and more!