• Jade Rideout

Hello shiny new year!

Hello hello, I've finally gotten around to writing my first blog of the year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are ready to smash 2019!

This post is a mishmash of emotions, feelings and thoughts about a new year starting. I must admit, I got the typical 'new year jitters' during the week where I got overwhelmed with everything that's going on and all the things I want to achieve this year. Then there are the inevitable 'January Blues'. And then I thought, hang on a minute Jade, it's only the 10th of the month, you got dis! So instead of freaking out, I took a deep breath and adopted a new mindset - "It'll get done, when it gets done" - a mantra I intend to carry with me throughout the year. I am constantly rushing around, trying to cram as much as humanly possible into my days/weekends, often finding that by the time I go back to work on Monday morning, I haven't given myself time to chill and feel more tired than when I started the weekend. Anyone else feel like this? And when I do have a lazy day, wait for it... I feel guilty! Guilty that I've sat on my bottom long enough to watch a film in the middle of the day, thinking of all the things I 'could have done'. So this year I intend to allow myself the luxury to RELAX, we're only human, there are only 24 hours in the day. Chill out dude.

Moving on. 2018 was an odd year. With a bit of a rocky start I was unsure where the year would take me, but I have come to realise that sometimes the best things come out of the worse times. I looked in the mirror on New Year's Eve and smiled the biggest smile. I may have looked to anybody else like the same girl, but I ended the year a totally different lady. Physically, mentally, emotionally and dare I say it, spiritually.

So far 2019 is shaping up to be quite a year, although I had a good feeling about it anyway so knew it was going to be special one. To name a few, I celebrate what has been the most amazing year with my boyfriend - at this point I'd like to mention that as my Christmas present he's taking me to Rome in May to celebrate our 1 year, amazing! He has played an enormous part in the transformation I have undergone in the last 365 days (although we didn't meet until 24th February!). I've also got many weekends planned with family, friends and godparents to look forward to, growing The Little Blog of Life, of course and really getting into Yoga and fitness, more for my mental health than anything else.

Happy New Year, one and all. Let's make this year AMAZING!

Big love,

Jade Xx

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