Wrapping Up 2018 – The Highlights

It’s been a cracker of a year 2018.

So much has happened these past twelve months its no wonder I’m wrapping up the year exhausted, replaying the memories back as though I’m experiencing them for the first time.

As I do this, I realise it has been almost over a year since I have blogged, reminding me how much I miss putting words on paper. Is it too early for new years resolutions? Because I can feel one brewing – a new blog post at least once a month, if not twice. ME TIME. Time to create.

In a nutshell, here’s an outline of this year’s events:

1. Work

In February I returned back into the corporate world, only to find six month’s in that my side business was no longer something I could juggle part-time. I finally found a business that resonated on every level; one that was flexible, creative, connected, and authentic, so I decided to give it my all.

Has it been easy? No. Starting a business is HARD. But it’s incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned a tremendous amount in the past year, and part of those learnings have enabled me to take a dive and rebrand my business into what is now known as Polished and Raw.

2. Health

This year my immune system has taken a hammering and I’ve had a number of acute sinusitis infections, the flu, vomiting bugs… but I’m finally feeling like I’ve come out the other side. 2019 is the year I’m going to listen even more to my body. I’ve lost six kilograms this year from seeing a Kinesiologist and understanding what foods my body can’t handle at present. I’ve been amazed by the results!

Since my health scare last year, I am grateful to announce that my latest smear tests have both come back clear and there no signs of any abnormal cells. It’s still a tad unnerving each time I have a test done – I’ll never forget that day last year when I was told I had the early signs of cancer. Needless to say, I’m incredibly thankful my results were downgraded and the abnormal cells were caught early.

3. Friendships

The one thing I’ve found since having a child (coupled with owning your own business) is my lack of time.

My free time is either spent with my family or working. Gone are the days where I would spend my Saturday nights with friends, drinking vinos and laughing the night away – most nights now I’m curled up with a laptop either editing photographs, dealing with suppliers, or writing email campaigns.

I reunited with some old school friends (you beautiful babes know who you are), and honestly, I am so glad to have reconnected with these gorgeous girls. It never ceases to amaze me how years can go by and friendships can pick up right where they left off. These girls were a huge part of my teenage years and I feel incredibly lucky to have them back in my life. It’s as though they never left when in reality we just let time get between us.

And that’s often the way – when one friendship ends (or exits), another one enters – new or old. I find that as we get older we lose the facade or need to accumulate a large number of friends… it all comes down to the quality of the friendship and the connections we have.

To each and every one of my friends that have supported me this year, laughed or cried with me, spent time with my family and I, cuddled my daughter, sent words of encouragement regarding my crystal biz – THANK YOU. You mean so much to me and I am lucky to have each and every one of you.

4. Releasing the Guilt

One of my biggest lessons this year has been to release the cloud of guilt that often hangs over my head. The guilt that when I’m working I’m not being the best mother I can be. That when I’m being a mother I’m not working on my business. That when I’m declining spending time with my friends I’m not being the best friend I can be.

It’s all a bit of a catch twenty-two – I’m either doing something with good reason but neglecting another and I’m finally starting to realise that’s OKAY. I can’t do everything but what I am doing is GOOD.

I’m a good mum, a good businesswoman, a good friend, a good wife, a good daughter. And just like anyone else I have good days and bad days. Days where I’m exhausted or unmotivated. Days where I need to sleep because I’ve worked late too many nights in a row… and I shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

It may seem like a small step but for me personally, it’s huge. The goal for 2019 is to realise that perfection isn’t everything – progress is the best step I can make.

So, 2019 – I’m ready for you. I’m waiting with open arms, waiting to see what this next year will bring.

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Kylie is a survivor. She’s endured events that no-one should have to experience. That’s why she wants to share her story; to help other women live beyond their pain so that they too can take control of their life, and live the life they deserve.

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