The Year That Was....

I am not one for dwelling on the past or looking back on what might have been....I am not even sure that my memory is that good. I have a brother who is just two years younger than me and we always laugh about the fact that he remembers huge chunks of our childhood so clearly whilst I apparently have no recollection of it whatsoever!!

This is therefore just a gentle wander through 2010, a look at and some musing on what was a pretty good year for me, a year of some changes, some travel, some new experiences - and another year of still thinking about moving house!

Without a doubt the biggest change for me this year was my son starting full-time school in September. He was absolutely ready for it and couldn't have settled in any better....and I miss him! Unlike with my daughter when I worked part-time, I have been home with him full-time and I got used to having him around. He's my talker, a curious, non-stop-question-asking boy who is funny, confident, interesting and who always knows just the right thing to say to me! He has my heart for sure.

It's not as though suddenly I have all this spare time on my hands because my days feel as full as ever, I think it's that empty nest feeling between 9am and 3.30pm, it's the quiet (altho sometimes I do love that I don't mind admitting!) and it's also the fact that so many people ask you - now that your days are "empty" - what you are planning to do next?

Of course, you think that actually you have a list as long as your arm of things you would like to do next but really you haven't time to sit down and work out what to do first. I used to think that when my children finally started school, I would spend the first term catching up on that sleep I had missed out on....but so far I haven't had I am thinking it will have to wait til they leave home ;)

And of course, the more people ask you, the more you tend to think and wonder and ponder what is next for you, what are your hopes/dreams/wishes/darkest desires....what is out there for you? What do you really really really want to do? What would you be disappointed if you missed out on or didn't take the chance to do/see/be?

I know that in between all the fashion and the glamour and the style, I have touched on these themes here this year...and the response every time was fabulous - and very encouraging.
I have already had some new experiences via my blog and know that many more lie ahead of me, some in the pipeline....some, who knows?

What I do know for sure is that I am ready for some new opportunities and experiences.
I also feel that this term I will enjoy and embrace my new daytime routine much more than I did last bring it on, as they say!

I have been lucky enough to have travelled to France three times this year - in April with my fabulous friend Kim , with my family in August and again to Paris in October. All wonderful times....I have lots of travel plans for next year....lots of ideas!

One of the constants in my life is my friends....I do believe that the older you get, the more you appreciate your friends, and I am blessed with a lot of fantastic girlfriends who mean a great deal to me. I have a lot of really good friends who are also mums at school and who I see most days....I have my Uni friends who are my oldest friends, all a phone call away but they are my sounding boards for sure.

My blog has grown in all sorts of ways this year, not just in terms of the number of followers but in its content. It is a wonderful outlet for me in so many ways....I am not only really proud of it but I just love it!! It gives me pleasure and joy, freedom and creativity.

I absolutely love blogging....I still follow many of the blogs that I read when I first started blogging about 18 months ago (and some of them happily follow me know who you are!)....and I am very fortunate to have wonderful comments from people who read me regularly, who support and encourage me and who share with me....I really appreciate it, it makes my blog what it is.
And to those who I have met through blogging and have become friends with - again, you know who you are - I thank you so much, your friendship and support has been one of the very best things about this blogging world!

So I finish 2010 feeling that I have one foot on the path that I want to be on and it's just a matter of deciding which path to put the other foot on....but I do know that I need a new path!

I have a feeling that I have some exciting new opportunities ahead of me....wish me luck, I'm ready for them! And maybe for a new house too.

And you know I'll still be blogging :) 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year's Eve, see you in 2011! xxxx


  1. Your blog works because your special personality and general joie de vivre shine through it in your style. You know you have our support, no matter what you do.

  2. Dear Simone, have a very happy 2011, you deserve it. Wishing you tons of luck whatever you decide to do.

    Thank you too for all your support and encouraging comments. Love Christina xx

  3. Dear Simone,
    What a wonderful summery of your 2010......I am sure that 2011 holds many exciting times ahead for you and you will know the right path to put that other foot firmly on, when it arrives.
    Thank YOU so much for the beautiful posts that you have given us. I wish you and your family the most wonderful 2011 filled with many, many happy and exciting times. With much love. XXXX

  4. Hi Simone,
    First off....what a great photo to end a New Year's post with...that Gisele pic is true PARTY. Secondly, the quote you included? I had it on my dresser mirror for yeeeeeaaars in between my first marriage and my second...a time I like to call my "transitional period." You have no idea. But anyways, yes...being willing to give up what you are to become more YOU...what a frightening idea, but what a rewarding journey. Love your walk down memory lane...and I'll still be here, reading and following in another 18 months! ;) Happy 2011!

  5. You won't need luck, Simone! Whatever you choose to do, you'll be brilliant.
    Your blog is a true respite for me.

  6. Hello darling, what a very lovely post. I love your musings of the year past and the plans for the year to come.

    I've loved getting to know you better this year and look forward to many more sharings and comments and laughs in 2011.

    Wishing you much happiness for 2011...Happy New Year!
    love Deej

  7. See ya next year!!! I suspect it will be a good one. Love ya, Heidi

  8. What a wonderful post, Simone!! Wishing you a fabulous 2011 filled with alot of love, laughter, good health and dreams coming true! It's been wonderful getting to know you more this year and I definitely look forward to hearing all about your awesome adventures! Warm hugs & love sent to you! Have a happy and safe New Year, my friend! xxoo :)

  9. Now I am going to get sentimental if we are not careful. I loved this post; its true fairy blogmother. I think whatever 2011 holds for you it will be all good as you have that magic touch of optimism to carry you through. All the very best for you Simone, you deserve it all. Lou xx

  10. What a wonderful post - as always. You know I love your blog, and I can't wait to keep reading in the year to come. Have a wonderful new year, Simone.


  11. Beautifully said! I just love your optimism and positivity. It is literally contagious. This is the biggest reason why Bottom of the Ironing Basket is a daily stop for me (weekends and all). Your creativity is vast, and you always lift my spirits with your comments.

    Here is to an even better 2011!!

    xo Marcie

  12. This entire post made me smile! I love that you are pondering your next big step on this New years Eve, and not the typical "Lose 10 lbs. commitments". I walked into 2010 not knowing anything would happen, and I feel as if I am an entirely different person walking out of it. I hope the same for 2011, to learn to grow and to find out more about myself :) You are a gem Simone, and I truly adore you and your blog posts!

  13. Happy New Year to you too!!! I hope that we are going to meet in person in 2011. Your blog is one of my favourites and as we had an almost-encounter already, I am keeping my hopes up high :)

  14. Wishing you the happiest and most amazing 2011!!!!
    Thanks so much for your support and encouraging coments during the year!!!!
    Love love love your blog and look forward to visiting for more gorgeous posts this year!
    Big love
    Nikki X

  15. What a beautiful recap ♥

    Happy New Year to you and yours :)

  16. Dear Simone, wishing you a happy new year with lots of joy! May all your dreams for 2011 come true!

    Kristin xoxo

  17. Your blog is beautiful and always a feast for my eyes. You know how much you mean to me sweet girl and I love this post of yours. I cannot wait to see what adventures you find on your travels down your new path. xo

  18. I've much enjoyed reading your blog the last several months (and looking at all the pretty pictures) Here's to a fabulous 2011.

    Happy New Year!

  19. Wishing you a fabulous 2011. May all your dreams come true. miss you, Lara

  20. ★ Happy New Year Simone! ★

  21. Happy New Year Simone!!!

    Your blog is just so gorgeous and i love visiting it all the time :) you always have the most stylish pictures along with such lovely words. I wish i could write like you!

    2010 sounded like such a great year for you - i am so jealous you went to France 3 times (!!), george and I just booked a weekend in paris for end of excited. I will make a video for it too and might include some more of my awesome singing haha.

    I have to say such a massive thank you to you for being so supportive of my blog and always commenting and saying such nice words. You are such a lovely person and i can imagine, the best mum! your little boy sounds so gorgeous.

    I am sure your 2011 will be just as good, or even better, than your 2010. We will all still be here with you :)

    Love Soph xx

  22. Ditto, ditto, ditto !!!
    There is only ONE Simone!
    Our beautiful, creative, imaginative, giving, loving friend, a woman who touches everyone with her incredible generosity of spirit, no challenge too great if it means lending a hand.
    Happy New Year, Simone, my precious friend, to you and your family. There is SO much more to come.


  23. It was a fab 2010 reading your blog and I'm looking forward to sharing 2011 with you too. Hope its a great year for you.

  24. Bruce Mau, a designer once said or wrote (can't remember!)--"Not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis so begin anywhere." I love that. It applies to anything you want to attempt in life. Someone wrote on my 'leaving do card'--"The past is the past and the future is yours." I adore that too!

  25. Ooh. I love that quote. I need to let go of the fear of what I might become.


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