The Life of Stuff – Saying Goodbye to 2018 and Hello to the New Year 2019

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

It’s time to say goodbye to 2018. What do you think of when you think back on the year? Was it a year filled with ups, excitement and happiness? Or a year filled with days of downs, boredom and sadness? There’s a good chance it was filled with neither. There’s a better chance that it was filled with both. The ups and downs, the excitement and boredom, the happiness and sadness.

And that’s normal. No one leads a perfect life. Because perfect lives don’t exist. They aren’t true. They aren’t real. But you know that already because you’re clever. That’s why you read this blog. And for that I thank you. Thank you lovely, clever reader. Thank you for reading my words throughout 2018, and for many of you the years before too. I appreciate you.

My Goodbye to 2018

2018 for me was filled with many ups, of course. From the top of my head: Cassidy turned one years old and celebrated many firsts. Smith turned three years old, celebrated many firsts including preschool. Patrick and I celebrated 15 years together on our fifth wedding anniversary. We started and finished our first major home renovation project.

From new jobs and a spotlight in a national paper, to this blog of mine coming out top in ‘best of’ lists. From travelling Ireland to countries further afield.

Yes, a good year filled with many ups. Of course. With a few minor downs in between. Because that’s normal. That’s life.

But then my Dad died, suddenly without any warning, of a massive heart attack in October. And so what was a good year filled with more ups than downs, reversed and will forever be marred by his death. And my heart which is still breaking and healing at the same time will forever remember 2018 as the year of the biggest down I have faced in my life to date. Death.

So goodbye 2018, and good riddance.

Hello 2019, and good healing.

My 2019 Best Nine on Instagram – A snapshot of my life.

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