Rewind 2013 and Dreams for 2014

IMG_18832013 is drawing to an end and I’ve got to say I’m rather relieved. It’s been a big year and I need some quiet time to refresh, reset and restore. In my 2012 summary I wrote about a year that was characterised by love and loss; a celebration of new lives and lives that ended. It was a turbulent year, decorated with emotion and change.

2012 was all about survival. When I welcomed Miss H into the world and life with 3 under 3 began I just tried to stay afloat. There wasn’t time for optional extras. I focussed on clothing them, feeding them and the bare minimum style of parenting was enough to see us through. I was quite glad when the year ended.

And then in 2013 I decided I was strong enough to up the ante somewhat.

I felt slightly more in control and found I could manage more than the bare minimum. I achieved things like making the bed most mornings and running a brush through my hair. Feeling inspired by these remarkable triumphs I then turned my attention to exercise. You may remember my brush with Pilates that ended as soon as it began. I changed tactics. I began running a few times a week. I don’t go far, about 5km, but it’s far enough and I love it.

I also began blogging more frequently and doing more freelance work. I’ve gone from a SAHM to a WAHM and it hasn’t been easy, but it’s been fulfilling. Here are the links to two of my favourite posts for the year.

7 things I’ve gained since becoming a mum

A fruit tree for birth

I am not big on making new year’s resolutions but I’ve made a list of my hopes and dreams (yes some are definitely dreams) for the coming year.

Here’s my 2014 Wish List

1. Going to the toilet unaccompanied

2. Being free of nappy sacks! I want my old handbag back and I am so sick of those sticky sacks. One more child to toilet train and then I never want to see a nappy sack again!

3. Having at least one child able to open the car door, sit in the car seat and attach seatbelt without assistance. Just one. That will make all the difference.

4. Learning to cook with love again (and flavour)

5. Having an entire cup of coffee in the one sitting. I am aware this one is ambitious but hey, a girl’s gotta dream.

6. Stepping up my personal appearance…just a notch. I am not quite out of sticky finger phase yet!

7. Saying no more

8. Finding peace in chaos

9. Spending more time with myself, a person I am coming to know clearly and fully appreciate

10. Turning my phone off more

11. Making time for creative expression, knowing it makes me a better mother, partner and person.

12. To slow down and indulge in the simple joys many of us are too busy to notice we’re missing.

Merry Christmas everybody. Thank you for being part of the NASD community. I hope to have your company next year as we continue this parenting journey together. Wishing each and every reader a very special festive period. May it be filled with love, laughter and all good things.

See you in 2014.

Michaela x

P.S This is where i’ll be resting with my family….



  1. says

    Good luck with your wish list Michaela – it sounds very similar to mine actually :)
    Merriest of Christmases to you and your family. Your holiday spot looks gorgeous.

  2. says

    Thanks Saskia. I do think some of my dreams for 2014 are a little ambitious, but as the saying goes; “you don’t get what you don’t ask for”, so I am asking….pleading actually! :-) Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. I am sure you’ll be cooking up a storm. YUM!

  3. says

    Merry Christmas! I have to say it has only just occured to me after reading this that getting into the car with 3 kids must be super hectic! High fives to you for stauing sane with all that 😉 Merry Christmas!!

  4. says

    Love this Michaela. Number 8 – Finding peace in chaos. I need to do more of that too! As for going to the toilet unaccompanied, my youngest is 5 1/2 and she still manages to zone in on me when I’m in the loo without fail! All the best for a fantastic 2014 for you.

    • says

      Thanks Jodi. Finding peace in chaos is an aspirational one for me too! And I thought the going to the loo alone one was ambitious. A very Happy New Year to you too :-)

  5. says

    I am laughing so hard at your 2014 wish list because so many of those items are mine too. And it’s the little things isn’t it? Going to the toilet by yourself, drinking a cup of coffee without interruption …. And the sweet blessed leave pass of just one child being able to put themselves in their car seat. It’s not too much to ask is it?!

    • says

      LOL. I thought you might share of few of my aspirations. I tell you, I almost can’t imagine a life without car seats and restraints. To think that my parents brought me home from the hospital in a flimsy bassinet that they just placed on the back seat! Oh those were the days… :-)