Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 Achievements

  1. Completed my journal of at least one happy thing from everyday this year.
  2. Read 68 books.
  3. Crocheted a giant granny square blanket for a great friend.
  4. Met several online friends in real life, including some I have known for 8 years but had never met!
  5. Finally got a proper diagnosis after 10 years of illness and met an amazing doctor who listened and understood.
  6. Celebrated turning 21 with all my favourite people around me.
  7. Enjoyed a great summer of birthdays, relaxing and fun with the girls.
  8. Saw a litter of puppies be born and grow up before leaving for their new homes.
  9. Had a lovely friend stay for the summer.
  10. Learnt to use a sewing machine.
  11. Watched my amazing friends achieve great things, graduations, engagements, world travels and new jobs.
  12. Travelled to London for the first time in years and went on the London Eye, an achievement that a few years ago seemed impossible.
  13. Went out for cocktails with my sister for the first time.
  14. Enjoyed many lovely coffees and lunches out with friends and family.
  15. My best friend got engaged and asked me to be her bridesmaid!
It's been quite a year for me with big leaps forward in my health, helped hugely by finally understanding what is wrong with my body. I can't possibly list every little thing I have achieved but just writing the biggest is overwhelming. Overall it has been a wonderful year filled with happy memories. What have your biggest achievements been?

Wishing you all a happy new year. x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Baking - Gingerbread Men

I do love a bit of festive baking and this year I decided to give gingerbread a go. I hadn't made gingerbread since I was little so it was fun doing it again. I used Mary Berry's recipe from her Ultimate Cake Book but instead of 2 tsps of ginger I used 1 1/2 ginger and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out, they are delicious! A happy afternoon was then spent with a couple of lovely friends decorating them!