This is a bit of an unusual post for me to write, I thought long and hard about whether it was right for me to do so. Last week the Cardiff Blogger community were upset by the loss of 21-year-old Bethan James. This is not only my way of paying my respects to her and her family but a way of showing you that all of your interactions make an impact on those you meet.
You’ve probably seen quite a few older Millennial’s writing “If you were born in the 80’s, raised in the 90’s and have made it to 2020, you have lived in 4 decades, 2 different Centuries, 2 different millennia, and are not even 40 yet!” Scary stuff! As 40 gets ever closer, and 21 further away, I do feel the need to reflect on the good times.
Here are some of the fantastic things that have happened to me this year…
For the second year running, I signed up for Bloggers Secret Santa organised by Casey, from casestreetx. Bloggers from all parts of the UK enrolled using Elfster, which shuffled all the names and spat out a person for you to buy for. It can be challenging to buy the perfect gift for someone you know in person, but for people you’ve never met, it’s a daunting task! Even though we were all given a chance to add to a wish list, you do have to become a detective to see what they would like by their blog and social media.
It is the most wonderful time of year… or, at least, it is supposed to be. Yet, for many, Christmas can equal excess expectations and extreme expense or indulgence. Has it all become a bit too ‘extra’ for most of us?
Fortunately, 2019 looks set to be the year that ‘excessmas’ takes a back seat. Research reveals a backlash against the Insta-perfect of prepping, cooking, gorging and one-upmanship shopping.