Reflection on 2016

Death, moving houses, moving schools are all big life changing events and dealing with one in one year is hard enough but to have so much  in one year has been a bit crazy.  I’m so glad 2016 is almost over.
So many crazy things have happened in the public and political scene too – Brexit and Trump? Who’d have thought? And so many amazing and famous people have died this year. However, the craziness doesn’t end there as my year has been just as busy.

It started off with a death and almost before we could have a chance to breathe and reflect, we moved houses for my daughters school after having a big dilemma about taking her out of private school. Next, I went on an unexpected trip to India before celebrating my husbands 40th birthday.  We’ve had constant work around the house since we’ve moved in as so much needed to be done and finally when we decided to plan a holiday to have a break from all this, we came back to a burgled house.

Work around the house started again.  This time in order to make it safer and to repair the damages done by the theft and there’s still more planned before the end of the year. I just can’t wait for this year to finish and hopefully have a better year next year.

I know when I was younger, you used to get magazines which would forecast how the year was going to be. I feel like getting one just to check what the stars says about 2017 before I start getting my hopes up for a better year. Although, I’m not sure they still do things like that in magazines any more.

I’ve also had doubts a few months ago trying to decide whether or not to carry on doing accountancy and having my own practice. I’ve decided to keep going at least for another year and see how it goes. I don’t want to be too big as I don’t think I could cope. Ideally I’d like to remain a sole practioner focusing mainly on tax returns, micro businesses and writing.

Assuming nothing major happens this year, I feel like I’ve found a focus for my own practice and I’ll see how it goes.  Both my accounting services website and my blogging website seem a little more tidier which makes me feel more organised and focussed.  It is winter though and the last two winters have not been so great. Any unscheduled calls from my mum, especially late at night or early in the morning worries me a little.


Since writing this blog originally on Accountingweb, my mum fell over and fractured her hand.  She now can’t drive very well but luckily someone picks her up for work and drops her back home. I do wish I lived a little closer so that I could help out more but I’m in no rush to move again.

To end on a milestone event though, my oldest daughter’s first tooth fell out this week. She was so excited about the tooth fairy coming and what she could buy with her pound! I guess I’ll have to take her shopping or maybe buy a piggy box.
2016 and holiday lights
2016 and holiday lights

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