High Points, I’ve had a few….


Okay, start the violins playing.

Liz at Living With Kids has tagged me with a meme asking what are my five high points of 2009. And I really struggled. This annoys me because a) I’m rarely short of something to say and b) I’m pretty optimistic, as a rule.

Truth be told, though, 2009 has been the toughest year we've had for a while. Bloody freelancing. Flippin' recession. Tsk. But after a good think, I realised even difficult years have high points if you look for them. I just hope that the high points of 2010 will be a bit easier to spot a year down the line.

Starting Who’s the Mummy: I would never have started WTM unless I’d been thoroughly shafted by someone I thought was a friend but who turned out to be – well, completely bonkers, if truth be told. But the blog has been one of my best achievements this year – I’ve learned so much about blogging and social media; I’ve had some great new business opportunities through the blog and unexpectedly found myself on weekends away in posh hotels, attending launches and lunches, making new friends and testing new toys for the Great Toy Guide. All in all, thanks very much, strange psycho lady. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Flea starting school: I could say that Flea starting school was a high point because I loved seeing her thrive in her new environment, making new friends and learning new skills – she can read! she can draw monkeys! But that’s only half the story. Flea starting school also meant that for the first time in four years I could stop trying to fit a full-time freelance job into 20 hours a week, and actually return to something resembling full-time hours. It’s been a complete revelation, and I can’t tell you how much less stressful life is as a result.

Seeing Take That in concert: I’m including this because it was so unexpected. I’m generally more of a Green Day fan than Take That, but the lovely people at Ricoh offered me a ticket to see Take That this summer, in an executive box with a constant stream of champagne. I loved it, and I loved giving my sister-in-law the opportunity to share the experience, as she'd just had quite a bad accident. It turns out, I knew ALL the words to all the songs, I danced like a fool, sang my heart out and we both just had a great time.

Visiting Devon. You know sometimes you just have one of those perfect moments when you feel lucky to be in your own skin? I had one of those this September when Flea and I were invited to spend the weekend at the Elmfield Hotel in Devon reviewing the hotel's facilities. We swam, we paddled in the sea, we went fishing, we built sandcastles. It was a perfect weekend, and totally carefree. Just lovely, and it inspired me to book a trip down to Devon for next summer.

The return of the friend. I’m forbidden from talking about him on my blog, but this year one of my oldest and best friends returned from overseas, and is now back in the UK. I’m eternally grateful to him for restoring my faith in life, for making me laugh, and inspiring me to take a couple of big gambles that are going to turn my life upside down next year. Could possibly have done without the ‘seal’ joke, mind. 



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    31st December 2009 / 8:55 am

    Fantastic – you’ve really made me want to go to Devon, actually. It’s been a tough old year – here’s to a much better 2010. Cheers!

  2. 31st December 2009 / 8:56 am

    Happy New Year Sally – hope 2010 is full of fun and adventure for you and Flea xxx

  3. 31st December 2009 / 9:21 am

    Reading your high fives has made me quite emotional, because they aren’t just any highs they are real high points for you. I have no doubt that 2010 will be great for you!

  4. 31st December 2009 / 4:34 pm

    I got Take That The Circus DVD for Christmas and I’m still completed blown away by it. I’ve never seen anything quite so brilliant!
    I can imagine it has been a tough year freelancing. I used to do some work for a number of publishing companies, but then they laid off staff and those staff (with far more skills and contacts than me) had no choice but to go freelance, and of course the marketplace became extremely competitive. Then a university press I also edited documents for completely cut their freelance budget.
    Anyway, there is still work out there of course. Here’s to an even better 2010.
    Happy New Year!

  5. 31st December 2009 / 5:31 pm

    Fantatstic high points fo rthe old year have a wonderful New Year with all attendant adventure rolling thorugh it!

  6. 31st December 2009 / 8:45 pm

    Hope 2010 has just as many and more high points!

  7. 1st January 2010 / 2:53 pm

    I was sad to read that you struggled at first to find 5 highlights. As it turns out your highlights are pretty fabulous. Happy New Year to you and the adorable Flea x

  8. Sally
    1st January 2010 / 7:12 pm

    @Sandy – yes, my highlights are BLOODY fabulous once I put my mind to it, I just think it’s been such a hard year for so many people it’s easy to forget the good stuff. So this post was definitely a good exercise overall.
    @Elizabeth – thanks for reading and commenting on the blog this year and hope 2010 exceeds your expectations, too!
    @Tattie – Same to you, thanks!
    @Rosie – you’re quite right, the TT gig really was a bit special, it was an amazing thing to have seen live, really. And work’s tough but I’m a lot luckier than some, to be fair.
    @Pippa – thanks, and Happy New Year to you and the Enders x
    @Liz – Devon’s fab, especially Saunton. Loved it, loved it. You should go!
    @Josie – but as we know, 2010 is already looking up!!! Hope you had a good night and a great year ahead xx