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Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Year That Was... 2015

2015, Looking backAs 2015 draws to a close, it's time to look back over the previous twelve months and reflect on everything that's happened. I have no idea how an entire year has disappeared quite so fast. I'm guessing that's what happens as you get older. I remember a time not so very long ago when a year seemed to last forever.

With the number of blog-related collaborations increasing, I've enjoyed lots of new experiences and been lucky enough to work with some great companies during 2015. Apart from blogging, I also worked on the General Election, secured a job as an exam invigilator and continued to mentor at two schools. December saw the offer of not one, but two new and exciting roles. Unfortunately, I had to turn one down and have given up one of my mentoring roles, but I start my new job next week and look forward to lots of fresh challenges for 2016.

Special Birthdays
Mr A turned fifty and we went to Mexico for two glorious weeks of sun, sea and relaxation. My daughters also celebrated their 21st birthdays. As Sophia had recently arrived home from the US and was about to go back to uni, the partying was more low-key than anticipated. We held a party at home and took our daughters to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London.  

In June we spent a chaotic week in a gorgeous apartment overlooking the sea while moving daughter no 1 and a friend into new uni accommodation. We hogged the lift and got locked out of the apartment... I could only apologise to fellow residents for the disruption. At the end of September we booked a last-minute holiday to Mexico for Mr A's 50th and wondered why life isn't like this more often?

Both daughters are now in their final year at university. How did that happen already? Sophia travelled to the US to work for Camp America for the entire summer and Olivia started writing for the local newspaper and university magazine. Naturally, I am one very proud mum.

My grandmother died in August, just as week off celebrating her 96th birthday. She'd had a rough year, but I was amazed by the kindness from everyone who took care of her during her final months. Gran was an  amazing lady and I can't tell you how much she is missed.

And for 2016...
If all goes to plan... both daughters will graduate and there will be two graduation ceremonies in 2016.  Dissertations are underway and final degree modules are being completed. Sophia's been hired by Camp America for a second year and plans on leaving to teach abroad when she comes back from the US in September. Olivia's applying for internships at magazines and thinking about visiting her sister in the US next summer.

And for me... well, I'll continue to go wherever life takes me, which was a promise I made to myself after working in the NHS for 26 years. Hopefully there will be lots of new and exciting challenges. I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions, but my first blogging collaboration for the New Year provides a great opportunity to change something that's been troubling me for a very long time. I've decided that this is the best New Year's resolution I could possibly make. Watch this space. 

With love and best wishes for a magical New Year. See you in 2016.

Celebrations, New Year

Copyright ©2015 Izzie Anderton


  1. What a year! You must be so proud of your girls...So sorry about your gran!
    Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2016! x

  2. That sounds very intriguing...
    What a year! It doesn't feel like five minutes since your daughters started university and they will be all finished in just a few months!
    Happy new year to you all and good luck for whatever 2016 brings you. x

  3. What an exciting year! And it sounds like next year is full of new things too. Can't wait to see what your New Year's resolution is! :)

  4. This is all sounds very exciting Izzie - can't want to find out more! So sorry to hear about your Gran, I can relate with having very old grandparents who I'm very close to. Can't believe your daughters are graduating already! Seems like yesterday that they left for Uni. Best of luck to you all for 2016! x x


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