A Review of the Year and Lessons Learned in 2023

Here we are again at the end of another year and once again I find myself wondering where the time has gone, but also what I’ve done with this year. Whether it’s getting older, because I’m tired, or because a lot of our excitement happened in the first half of the year, for some reason I’m finding it a lot harder to remember what we’ve done this year.

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Where has the summer gone?

The summer months usually pass by far too quickly, in a blink and you’ll miss it sort of way. I’m used to getting to September and wondering where the summer has gone, but I’m slowly getting better at accepting the change of season and the delights that Autumn can bring (roasted squash being one of the main things). But this year I feel a bit cheated. A lot of the things I’ve come to associate with the summer simply haven’t happened because the weather hasn’t been good enough.

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Celebrating Holi as a tourist in Jaipur

Holi is a Hindu festival of colours, love and spring which is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. As soon as we found out that Holi was just over a week after the wedding we were attending in India it made deciding our travel dates an awful lot easier. We’d both heard of Holi and had seen pictures of the colourful festival, so naturally we were keen to explore it ourselves. It didn’t disappoint, and will certainly be an experience to stay with me for a long time.

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Thoughts about going to India from the bus to the airport

I’m writing this post on the bus to the airport, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’m going on holiday. I’m not quite sure at what point it will – the whole lead up to this current trip hasn’t quite been the way it would usually be when planning a long haul trip. For the last week I’ve had people asking me if I’m excited, and the honest answer has been that I haven’t really been sure. I feel like I ought to be, and I have had moments of looking forward to it, but for someone who is usually a bit like Tigger before going away, I’ve not really been the same about heading to India.

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A few things I’d like to get out of 2023

In addition to my review of the year, it’s time for my short round-up of hopes and aims for the year ahead. 2023 feels like it’s going to be a year full of potential – possibly because it’s the first year in a few where we’ve got a feeling of certainty about the plans we’ve made, and as such actually have a few things lined up. But it’s also a year where we feel on the cusp of a few different life plans, and we might see ourselves move a step further forward with some of them.

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