Wow what a year 2016 was hey! Talk about a roller coaster ride. Before we even get to me we had Brexit, Donald Trump elected president and a shocking amount of celebrity deaths! Does anyone else feel like somehow we lost more celebs this year than ever before in a single year? Such a sad loss each and every one of them. For every loss not just the celebrities. But how was 2016 for you? Good not so good? I had a traumatic one personally. How about a little recap with 2016: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
2016: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Firstly I welcomed in 2016 in a new Job. Technically I started mid December 2015 but I had only worked a few days before 2016 arrived. I was more than happy to be back working part time, in a non managerial position, and not commuting to Liverpool everyday.
Blogging. February was my 2 year birthday for One Frazzled Mum and ever since then it’s gone from strength to strength. Seriously couldn’t be more happy with how this is going. It’s been a long hard slog but I feel now I have finally found my voice, my style and I am seeing the rewards. All thanks to being consistent and happy in what I am doing. January saw me with 1200 monthly unique users. December is ringing out with over 6,200 monthly unique users. Wow, just wow! Thank you all for continuing to come back and read my posts.
May saw yet another new job for me. Well a start back in an old job I was at for 2 and a half years. 16 hours. 2 days a week. No evenings, no Sundays and no bank holidays. For people in retail this is the dream. For a single mum it’s enough to make you ridiculously happy.
Friends. New friends, old friends all of them. I have made some really amazing new friends thanks to blogging and I can’t imagine them not being in my life now. But also knowing who your real friends are off line too. Friends who lie about being stuck in traffic to come and see you on the way home from work. To make sure you’re OK when you are having the worst time ever. Just to give you a hug and a bar of chocolate. They’re the kind of people you need in your life. I’ll trade you 100 ‘Facebook friends’ for one of those and I am blessed to have one.
Well, the question for this one is where to start and was was just bad and not plain ugly.
Bad times rung in with the new year and due to changing jobs I saw a massive decrease in my income. After earning enough money to pay all my bills myself and not rely on extra help from benefits, except tax credits, the dramatic change in finances was a shock to the system. This lasted until the beginning of April. I feel I literally wished away the first 3 months of the year. But it passed, we survived and we were no worse off in the end for it. Cue signing up to all kinds of money saving sites and surveys too.
Olivia had her first major illness. For a girl who rarely comes down with anything more than a cold and the obligatory once a year stomach bug starting July off ill didn’t bode well for us. After a week of desperately trying to persuade medical professionals I wasn’t a paranoid mum we got her admitted to our local hospital. Olivia was diagnosed with Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. Chances are very slim that she will ever have this again and I’m keeping my fingers crossed this is her only serious illness! I’m not sure I can take any more scares like this!
Thinking I was sailing through December unscathed and on a home run for a good month proved me wrong. So, so wrong.
Without going into too much detail. I took an unexpected break from blogging thanks to a difference of opinion with another blogger I think is the way I will phrase it. After explaining how things appeared to look to me. Emphasis on appeared. Trust was lost on my side and I politely explained that the friendship would be ending. Not due to what had been done but due to my loss of trust. Right or wrong, this is who I am and I’m not changing that for anyone.
This was taken badly to say the least. I found myself on the wrong end of a scathing blog post aimed at, from what I could tell, humiliating me. Definitely a case of sour grapes and will be making me think twice before I let people get close to me again. I threatened to close down this blog. Being as hot headed as I am I did need talking down, a lot. Sense prevailed and I have worked too hard to stop. Too hard to let the words of another person stop me from doing what I love. The blog remains and so do I.
This one is easy. Nothing was uglier than the Concentrix debacle lasting over 11 weeks. 11 weeks of having my income slashed in half. No help no assistance nothing. Luckily for me it came at a time when the whole sorry mess hit the headlines and the tax credit office stepped back in to put a stop to it all. Underhand tactics and false information seemed enough to Concentrix. They had, in my opinion, no proof. But still they stopped my money. All based on the fact they believed I was in a same sex relationship that I had failed to disclose.
Let me just say this. If there was an undisclosed partner she is down right lazy and completely work shy! She doesn’t provide any sort of financial help, nor does she cook clean, help to care for Olivia or in fact ever come to visit! What kind of relationship is that! Joking aside though, I was lucky it only lasted 11 weeks although they were 11 of the worst and most hardest weeks of my life. There were times the stress was too much. Many a night I cried myself to sleep wondering what I had done to deserve this.
So there we have it my recap of the year 2016: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Sure there were more things going on than that, like a wet and windy holiday in South Wales and a nightmare train journey to get there. And some great little wins cash and prizes too. Then there was the squeal of excitement at being asked to be part of the Hasbro Toy Tribe! (ps my Furby post was my surprise hit of the year!). These are just a few, it’s been an eventful year for me.
I can honestly say, hand on heart I will not be sad to see the back of 2016 and I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me, Olivia and this little old blog of mine. How was 2016 for you? Good times, bad times? I would love to hear about how you would categorise your 2016: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!