My 2017 Review
I like the chance that the New Year gives me to reflect on what I enjoyed during the year. I think we can all be guilty of taking time for granted sometimes, I know I am. Often a month of weeks, where my aim is to survive till the weekend, passes by in a heartbeat. I have moments like this throughout the year where I look through recent photos and just think about the last few weeks. Sit back and relax and read my 2017 review.
Here are the stand out moments from our year as a family as I look back for my 2017 review.
Ragamuffin turned 2 in the Spring and we celebrated with a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We’re now frequent visitors here after we bought annual passes for Ragamuffin’s birthday. We also photo shoot in the bluebells at a local park and we got some really natural, beautiful picture of us all as a family, pictures that we will cherish for years to come!
It was a summer of firsts for all of us. We took our first caravan holiday together on the Norfolk coast in August and Ragamuffin went to the beach for the very first time! She was so excited to go and she had the best time!
We took a detour to the Warner Bros. Studio tour and Whipsnade Zoo on our way and had a great time at both those places too! I’m a huge Potterhead and loved every minute of the tour especially the Butterbeer drinks and falvoured ice-cream!
Ragamuffin had her first frolic through the fountains in the Sheffield Peace Gardens, which is a rite of passage for children who live in the surrounding areas in the Summer months.
Autumn brought Halloween and lots of pumpkin-related activities. We like to have a day where we go to a local farm to pick pumpkins in the morning and then carve them in the afternoon. There was even a pumpkin left over for decorating with coloured paper, feathers and googly eyes. We also managed to fit in a weekend visiting Ragamuffin’s cousin in Gloucestershire. She really doesn’t get to see her cousin enough, something that we should look at in 2018.
Ragamuffin went to her first birthday party at a local soft play, after being invited by one of her friends from nursery. Up to this point she’s not shown much interest in soft play, but she had a great time playing with other kids, so we may have to give soft play another go in the New Year.
We had a magical evening at Enchanted Brodsworth where we followed a trail of lights around the gardens after it was dark. The placement of some lights was truly enchanting, some had been placed under a bridge to make them look like water and a lovely fairy village was also lit up adding to the magic. Ragamuffin was beaming throughout the evening, especially when she had a ride on a vintage-looking train ride at the end of the trail. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye open for this event again next year.
The latter part of 2017 was when I really began to focus my blog towards feminism and feminist parenting. Not only has my blog become more niche, but I have also started to spend a lot more time writing content and promoting my posts that that I can help mums empower their daughters to shatter the glass ceiling. At the end of 2017 I set myself some, admittedly, ambitious goals for 2018 including launching a YoutTube channel and writing a children’s book. This year has set me up perfectly to hit the ground running next year. I hope you’ll join me on this journey next year.
I often get very frustrated on my commute to my day job, as I spend a lot of time queueing. Towards the end of the year I decided to make use of that time and listen to some audiobooks. Into the New Year I’m definitely going to buy a subscription to Audible and try to keep up with Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club. I’ve listened to 3 books since October (below), the first two were recommendations from Our Shared Shelf and the other was one recommended by the fab Aby Moore.
Hunger by Roxane Gay – this is a heart-breaking but beautifully written book. One where you need your hankies at the ready.
The Power by Naomi Alderman – this had me gripped from start to finish. Towards the end I couldn’t wait to get up and go to work just so I could listen to it in the car!
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller – this is a book all about aiming high by breaking it down into smaller achieveable goals.
Beauty and the Beast – I love Emma Watson, and really enjoyed watching her in the remake of this classic. I like how she re-invented the character to be an inventor and the scene where she teaches a local girl to read.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – my 2017 review would not be complete without the latest sequel to the Star Wars saga. Honestly, I didn’t love it as much as The Force Awakens. I felt like there were a lot of cheap laughs in there – more than usually found in a Star Wars film. However, as a cis-gendered woman, I thought there was a significant number of female characters in key roles which is great. There could have been more diversity as far as actors from different ethnicities were concerned but the numbers do seem to be moving in the right direction.
Game of Thrones – I sometimes feel conflicted watching this because of the way that women are treated. However, in the latest series the women fight back. Queen Cersei sits on the Iron Throne, Daenaerys Targaryen comes to take it from her and the Stark sisters take on Lord Baelish. One of the overriding themes of this series was definitely girl power.
Criminal Minds – this has been my favourite TV show for years. It’s based around a team of FBI profilers who catch serial killers all over the US. In the latest season one of my favourite characters, Emily Prentiss returns and takes over the team.
Arrow – This is about the Green Arrow who is a Batman-type superhero. He’s skilled in combat and archery, having spent 5 years stranded on an island. He returns to his hometown to right the wrongs of his father and to save his city.
Billions – there are aspects of this show that I probably shouldn’t enjoy but I do. The whole show is based around a billionaire stock broker and the US attorney who wants to take him down. The big positive from this show is that it features a gender non-binary character. I think it’s huge for such a popular prime-time TV show.
As I’ve been writing my 2017 review it’s reminded me of the little things. Photos I’d forgotten about, phrases that Ragamuffin said and daddy ragamuffin getting some words mixed up. Little things that wouldn’t make a very good story to anyone else but us. Precious moments that will stay with us forever (I hope).
As you can see from my 2017 review that it’s been an enjoyable year for us all here at Raising a Ragamuffin towers. I look forward to an even better 2018.
What have been your stand out moments of this year? Leave me your 2017 review in the comments.
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