The Highs And Lows Of 2018 Tag

The Highs And Lows Of 2018 Tag

I love a good blogger tag and I think this one is a great way to start the year. It’s always good to look back over the last twelve months and reflect on the good and the bad and to have a think about what everything has taught us over the year. So here we go with the Highs and Lows of 2018 tag.



1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog and mine as the founder of the tag

2. Answer the questions

3. Tag to take part 5 or more bloggers asking them to take part and let them know on social media

4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag


Here we go!

A huge thank you goes to Kate from Kate On Thin Ice for tagging me in this. I really enjoyed your post and hope you enjoy this one too.


1. What was your happiest event?

September was an exciting time as we decided to adopt a beautiful 10-week old kitten from the Blue Cross. Miranda was the cat that I had always wanted. She loved me from the beginning and was my shadow. Always following me around the house and wanting cuddles morning, noon and night.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?

Unbelievably at five minutes to midnight on New Years Eve, my happiest moment turned into my saddest moment. Lovely Miranda passed away in my husband’s arms before the clocks chimed into the New Year. It was such a sad way to end the year and I’m still coming to terms with it.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

I said yes to far more opportunities than I would have done two or three years ago!

4. Who let you down?

I did feel let down on occasions, but this isn’t something I want to delve into here. I’m sure my readers will understand.

5. Who supported you?

My husband and my Sister have been my biggest supporters. My husband knows how time-consuming blogger life can be. At times I know it annoys him when I am sat tapping away but he supports me all the same. My Sister was a fabulous support when I had an event to attend but couldn’t drive, or walk. And she supports me all year around on social media too. I’m always grateful.

6. Tell us what you learned.

I have learned that you really need to look after yourself. It’s so important to rest when needed and listen to your body when it’s tired.

7. Tell us what made you laugh

Wonderful family and good friends made me laugh.

8. Tell us the things that made you cry

I have cried many tears over the loss of Miranda and continue to do so. It has affected me in a huge way. A lot of people don’t understand how grieving for a pet can be the same as a person but it really can. I will be writing a blog post about this very soon.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent.

Little Man’s transition into Year 1 is something that I am immensely proud of. Going from Reception to Year 1 is a big step because there is a lot of learning in place of the play that they are used to. He has done so well and I am excited to see what this year holds for him

Last year, Little Man had to start wearing glasses and a lot of children would have struggled with it, but he took to them like a duck to water. This was great and I am very proud of him for this.

The way Little Man has handled Miranda’s death has been admirable. Children generally do handle them better than adults, but you never really know how they are taking it. He’s made me very proud.

10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself

I am proud of how I have continued to grow this blog. It has been through sheer hard work and commitment that I have managed this. Anyone who works for themselves will know that at times, you really have to be organised and motivated. It can be so easy to say ‘oh I’ll do it tomorrow’ when you’re not in the mood. I’ve been guilty of this, but if you want to get great results, you have to give it your all. I was determined last year and thankfully I was rewarded by working with some great brands and clients.

11. Tell us the challenges you overcame

Trying new things is always a challenge for me. I am a typical introvert and anything that takes me out of my comfort zone is a challenge for me, but there were a few events I went to last year that took their toll on my nerves, but I persevered and got through it and I am so pleased with myself for doing so.

12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2019

I would love to be in a position to take my blog full time and do more freelance work. It’s every bloggers dream and it is something that I would love to do, certainly within the next two years.

I would also like to think about myself more. I spend a lot of my time trying to please others and in doing so neglect my own wants and needs. Instead of saying yes more, I probably need to say no more.


Over to you!

So the bloggers that I am nominating to do this tag are as follows:


Lianne at mrsmummyharris.co.uk

Vicki at mummaandhermonsters.com

Jo at arosetintedworld.co.uk

Helen at allthebeautifulthings.co.uk

Rebecca at thecoastalmummy.com

Erica at theincidentalparent.com

Amy at allaboutamummy.co.uk


Here at the questions for you to copy and paste.


1. What was your happiest event?
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?.
4. Who let you down?
5. Who supported you?
6. Tell us what you learned.
7. Tell us what made you laugh
8. Tell us the things that made you cry
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent.
10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.
11. Tell us the challenges you overcame
12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2019



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  1. 8th January 2019 / 8:02 am

    Aw so sorry to hear about your little cat, how sad! I hope you start to feel better soon.
    I do love this tag though – really great read! #TriumphantTales

  2. 8th January 2019 / 8:28 am

    What a fab tag to remember the good times of 2018

  3. 8th January 2019 / 10:00 am

    Sorry to hear about your loss, it is awful when a fmaily pet dies X #triumphanttales

  4. 8th January 2019 / 10:09 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss – and you are so right – losing a pet can be devastating. I had hyperthyroidism after losing my beloved Cocker Spaniel. She was my constant companion for 8 years and died in my daughters arms on the way to the emergency vets. She had epilepsy, but had one after the other that night. It took me months before I felt myself again and I miss her to this day. I tell you this so you don’t feel ‘silly’ mourning an animal – they are as part of our families as many relatives are xx Maria

  5. 8th January 2019 / 1:49 pm

    Jaki, I am so sorry about your cat. We are cat lovers and understand completely. I look forward to reading your blog post about it. Thank you for hosting #triumphanttales.

  6. 8th January 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Sad to hear about your cat. Wishing you all the best for 2019 #triumphanttales

  7. 8th January 2019 / 6:30 pm

    So sorry to hear about Miranda and can totally understand your sense of loss. I was loving her name and your news when the sad bit came you poor thing. Hate it when bad stuff happens to good people like you. Blogging wise – yes I think it can be hard on husbands but they get the benefits too along the way. As for me I am pleased to have got to know you and your blog a little better in 2018 and sense a very good soul and share some of your challenges so feel a bond there too. Your love for your child shines out of this post which shows you are an amazing mum too. On the self-care and putting yourself first front, please do this. Learn from a mad 50 year old who did not do so to her detriment on so many fronts and who is luckily and latterly learning to put this right. Lovely post and touched you took the tag on

    • 9th January 2019 / 11:02 am

      Thank you, Kate, for such a lovely comment. It means a lot.

  8. 8th January 2019 / 8:19 pm

    This is very nice. It’s lovely to read everyone’s highs and lows. I’ve written a highlights post that should be up later this week. It’s nice to reflect on the year gone by x #TriumphantTales

  9. 8th January 2019 / 8:59 pm

    So sorry to hear about Miranda. Thank you for tagging me in this, and here’s to a brilliant 2019 #TriumphantTales

  10. 8th January 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Gutted to hear about your little kitten. It’s a horrible experience to go through. Best of luck with everything in 2019! #TriumphantTales

  11. 9th January 2019 / 11:50 am

    So sorry to hear about Miranda, it’s something I dread with my cat and dog and the thought of it often upsets me #triumphanttales

  12. 10th January 2019 / 1:29 pm

    I love these types of posts as it is a great way to get to know other bloggers. So sorry to hear about the kitten, that is so sad, We lost one of our guinea pigs just over a year ago and it hit us all a lot harder than I thought it would.

  13. 12th January 2019 / 10:09 am

    This is such a great idea for a blog post because it forces you to sit down and reflect a bit, which is something we all could do with doing. Just taking the time out to sit back and consider things like what we have done and what we would like to achieve. I totally get what you are talking about with regards to saying “no” a bit more. I really need to learn to do this more often myself. Also very sorry to hear about your poor little kitten #triumphanttales

  14. 14th January 2019 / 6:31 pm

    I’m so enjoying reading these types of posts. So sorry to hear of the loss of your cat after the delight of getting her .
    Making time to do things for yourself is so important but I think us mums can be terrible at it sometimes #triumphanttales

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