Little Victories | December 2016

3rd January 2017

Little Victories | December 2016

Welcome to my first post of 2017! If you are reading this then congratulations are in order; you survived 2016!

I’m excited to be carrying on my Little Victories series that I started at the end of last year. December was a very busy month for me, so my mind was occupied and all in all my spirits were high. Let’s hope that I can continue this positive feeling from the end of 2016 into the new year.

Here are my little victories from December…

  • I drove on the motorway on my own for the first time. And it was dark, raining and the wind was so strong it was moving my car at one point.  But I did it!
  • I went back to my old hospital to see my surgeon. To be honest, I didn’t get the news I was hoping for, but he did say he’d support my application for a Blue Badge (so I can park in disabled car parking spaces) so that was something positive to come out of the appointment.
  • In October I bought a duvet cover from Ikea that ended up being too big for our bed. I could have returned it to Ikea (like a normal person) but as they only do it in one size and I liked the pattern so much, I decided that I would attempt to alter it on my sewing machine. It ended up being a great success!
  • I finished all my Christmas shopping with plenty of time to spare before the big day, and I’m pretty proud of myself for the gifts I bought.
  • I made sure I spent time with my friends this month, especially my ones back home in Shropshire.
  • I had an initial telephone appointment with a therapist about my mental health and we’ve decided that I’m going to try CBT. I’m on a 6 month waiting list but I’m excited to get started.
  • My mum and I took ourselves off for a spa day just after Christmas. Just what the doctor ordered!
  • During the Christmas break my skin dried up and I saw a massive improvement in my acne.
  • We found an easier way to drive from Shropshire to Liverpool avoiding a roundabout that usually stresses me out.
  • We celebrated New Year for the first time in our little house on the Wirral. We stayed in, drank beer and ate cheese. Now that’s a victory!

How was December for you? Did you have any victories, big or small?

Little Victories is a monthly series, celebrating the things that make life great, no matter how small.

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  1. OMG was the cheese Cathedral City?! Hahaha 😎

    I hope your application for the Blue Badge goes through. I’m also slightly concerned that you might cop some shit because someone might think, “she’s not disabled” but I hope it’ll be OK. It will definitely make life easier for you. ❤️

    I get scared every time I drive on the motorway, and I have been driving for a couple of years! I think it’s because twice during my seven on-off years of learning how to drive, I made a couple of mistakes and didn’t slow down soon enough and almost got myself into an accident. 😦 But you learn, so I have gotten used to it. Now I just try not to rush because it would just stress me out and make me anxious and more likely to drive carelessly and make a mistake.

    Well done on altering the duvet! I need to learn some basic sewing skills to alter some of my clothes. I can mend holes and small rips, but altering is certainly a challenge haha. Sewing is definitely a good skill to have. 🙃 Even if you are using a machine.

    Spa days are the best!

    Happy new year ❤️❤️ Looking forward to so many more of your posts this year!

    • Holly

      Haha yes! Some of it was Cathedral City (THE BEST!). We also had this amazing cheese with caramelised onions and I’ve ended up bringing the leftovers home with me!

      Ugh me too. I once saw a car with a sticker in the back that said something like “Not all disabled people use wheelchairs” and it made me think that they’ve probably had to deal with the “you don’t look disabled” comment.

      My brother came with me in the car the first time I drove on the motorway and I think that helped a lot. But I’m quite happy to sit in the slow lane behind a lorry!

      Thank you! I’ve barely used my sewing machine since I got it two years ago, but it certainly came in handy in this situation.

  2. Elisa

    i’m sorry but i laughed at the point about the duvet cover. if i were you, i probably won’t return it to ikea too! nice pattern is everything! aesthetic is everything! who cares if it’s not the perfect fit, i bet you can sort something out LOL

    every time i read about people facing mental struggles and finally seek or get the help they deserve from a professional, i get a little sigh of relief on the inside. i myself cannot do that so i guess, it just makes me glad to know about people who do. i have been facing my own struggles alone due to so many reasons and it’s been tougher and tougher for me so i can see how seeking the help of someone who actually understand is just… good. sometimes i wish i have a supportive family who understand that i didn’t ask to be depressed :’)

    • Holly

      Haha it’s okay to laugh. I thought I must have been mad. It was well worth taking the time to alter it. It would have cost me a fortune to drive back to Ikea to return it, not to mention the time spent trying to return it.

      I felt this way for years, so you’re not alone. I’ve been suffering with mental health issues since I was about 16 and it’s taken me this long to do something about it. It may seem like such a simple act, going to the doctors, but it took a lot of courage. I hope that you can find this courage some day. I have faith in you. But if you ever want to chat, feel free to send me an email.

  3. Amy

    Glad to hear all these positive things! I love this series – it’s a nice reminder that there’s always something positive, and to look for the good things in life.

    So happy that you’re doing so well with driving. I hope you pass the application for a blue badge, it’s bound to make things much easier.

    The spa day sounds amazing. Definitely something I’d appreciate after my first day back at work! Your New Year celebrations sound lovely as well. Especially the cheese! Me and Andy went for quiet drinks at a friends house, then made warm garlic bread when we came home. Gotta celebrate New Year’s with food!

    I managed to get my presents done early too, which was a relief. Two years ago, I ended up wrapping everything until 3am Christmas Day. I never want to do that again!

    Happy New Year!

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I spent most of today (my first day back at work) wishing I was back at the spa again. It was so relaxing.

      Oh wow! I thought I was bad wrapping all my presents on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago. 😛

  4. Cat

    Good job on driving on the motorway on your own! I still hate driving in dark places and even worse if the weather isn’t good. I think the scariest part for me is how people still drive so aggressively in bad conditions!

    That’s too bad about the news from your surgeon, but I hope you can get a Blue Badge. That’s awesome that you were able to alter your duvet cover! I learned sewing for cosplay, but now I’m so glad I can alter and fix other things, haha. I always have to alter pants since I’m so short.

    Sounds like you had a good time with your friends and family over the holiday break! December was both relaxing and stressful for me. Stressful because we have less days at work to finish things, but relaxing due to taking over a week off!

    • Holly

      Thank you! I also hate driving when the weather is bad. I’m sure people lose their common sense when it rains. That applies to pedestrians too!

      Luckily I only had to sew in a straight line to alter my duvet so it was pretty easy. But it’s definitely made me want to do more with my sewing machine.

      Haha I went back to work yesterday after the Christmas break and I had so much work I’d started but not finished. I was so confused about where I had got up to.

  5. I hope you can get your blue badge soon, it should be helpful to have it. You also managed to your alter duvet cover, that is so impressive, well done.