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I spent a bit of time with my old wise parents over the New Year period. My Dad opened my eyes to something really important.

Change is not a bad thing. In fact, accepting that life is full of change – much that you can’t control – will make you an ultimately happy and contented person. Or, a person who can’t accept that life is full of change will never be happy. It’s like standing in front of the rising tide on a beach and trying to push it back. You’ll never win.

This is a good concept to keep in my mind this year.

Over the festive holidays I spent quite a few moments watching my daughter and trying to put her on pause. I wanted to freeze frame every funny moment and keep it still in my mind forever. I felt sad that she was literally changing in front of my eyes. Every day brought new words, new phrases, funny facial expressions and imaginative games. She is changing so fast.

But it’s not a bad thing. Change is the nature of life and I’m going to embrace it. Things in our life will inevitably change this year. Rather than be scared of our big plans and jumping into the unknown, we’re going to take a leap with a smile on our faces and the knowledge that it’s going to happen sooner or later anyway.

Life can never be the same always. It doesn’t work like that.

Thanks Dad.

Nearly 4 months pregnant. Not yet moved, not yet freelance, not yet a mum.

Nearly 4 months pregnant. Not yet moved, not yet freelance, not yet a mum.

A year later. A mum. Still not freelance.

A year later. A mum. Still not freelance.

And another year on again. Same baby. Same house. Same area. New freelance job.

And another year on again. Same baby. Same house. Same area. New freelance job.

And another year again. Same house. Same area. Same freelance role. Different hair (very important). About to change all over again.

And another year. Same daughter. Same house. Same area. Same freelance role. Different hair (very important). About to change all over again.