Goodbye Hello

As the final hours of 2013 tick away, all across the world, bloggers are composing posts about the year gone by and about their hopes and dreams for the fresh new year to come.

It seems I am no different.

That's what I like the most about blogging. The way sitting down to write something about my life really forces me to look at it. It helps me recognise what's important. It also helps me recognise areas of my life that are not so happy-clappy. Even if I don't write about the not-so-pretty parts of my life too often, I see them more clearly because, as I write, they suddenly stand out in stark contrast to the things that do make me happy - the things I prefer to focus on in this space. When they stand out clearly like that, it makes it easier to tackle them. To make efforts to improve things.

I have made a few important changes in my life this year. Things I haven't even mentioned here yet. One huge change has been that I have recently stepped back from my greeting card business and let my sister take over. It had been coming for a while, I had been juggling too much for too long and something had to give. Unfortunately, after much deliberation and many efforts to re-arrange things, to simplify my life, Cártaí Rúbaí was the one thing I just couldn't give the time it deserved. It has been a part of me for so long that it is strange to let it go... but I know that it is in safe, like-minded hands and I fervently hope my sister has every success with it and takes it a lot further than I was able to.

As soon as I made the decision I felt like a huge weight had lifted from my shoulders and, ironically, after leaving a creative business, I suddenly felt more creative than I had in years and have been enjoying channeling some of that energy into the blog and into crafting fun with my girls.

I now have lists and lists of things I want to try and blog posts I want to write and I am looking forward to getting started. As usual, I am filling any spare time I have with yet more things to do... I don't know if I'll ever learn...

As for proper resolutions, I haven't really pinned them all down yet, but there are few things that are quietly nudging themselves forward from the back of my mind:

1. Get into nature more.
Since going back to work full-time and with the shorter winter days I have noticed that my weekends tend to get eaten up with household chores, grocery shopping and children's birthday parties. Any spare time I have has been spent lounging around 'relaxing' after a busy week. We have been heading out into nature a lot less and I am really feeling it. I wake up some mornings and I just know I NEED to get out into the woods or walk along the beach, or just go somewhere away from buildings, yet somehow there always seems to be more pressing things standing in the way. I aim to make a family nature walk a weekly habit this year, before I go out of my mind!

2. Start running again
I completed the C25K programme this Summer and could happily run 6k or more... again, until the winter closed in and I returned to full-time employment. I haven't run in a couple of months now and I miss it, and the way it made me feel healthy and strong. I want that feeling back. I haven't yet figured out how I'm going to fit it into my routine... but I'm working on it!

3. Create more
Again, with adjusting to working 5 days a week after 5 months off and working only 4 days a week previous to that I am finding the time I have to be creative somewhat curtailed.... but I have a few ideas that will let me create with my girls 'in absentia' (more soon!) and I have intentions to do more creative writing this year too... perhaps, by finally utilizing those 'black-hole' hours I spend commuting.

That's all I've got so far... nothing big or dramatic... just little things that will hopefully improve my life somewhat... maybe that's enough...

What about you? Any big plans for 2014?

P.S. We had a very lovely Christmas. Here's a tiny, silly snippet:


  1. Love your Christmas movie, looks like magic! Good luck with your new year resolutions, they are good ones and I am looking forward to hearing more about the crafting "in absentia" !

  2. Looking forward to reading more in 2014... And the crafting "in absentia" has me completely intrigued: I hope it will come with a how-to on this lovely blog :-)

    1. Aw, thanks Emily! Yep indeed! I just have a few tweaks to iron out and I will reveal all :)

  3. Aw that's a lovely post altogether. Happy New Year Sadhbh and family!x


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