Oh hello, 2017! I just know that you and I are going to be the BEST of friends…but first, let me bid a sweet farewell to 2016 – a magical, unforgettable year for a number of reasons:
- My little family and I moved cross-country and became small town adventurers – yay!
- We started new jobs, and made wonderful friends in our new hometown in rural SA
- We got to experience the Karoo Heartland in all her magnificent and quirky glory
It wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows though, as with any big life change, there was a period of adjustment, a ruffling and repositioning of the feathers, and a few life lessons learnt along the way. Here are the most valuable lessons I learnt in 2016:
Lesson 1: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Albert Einstein
If something simple can serve the purpose of something that is complex, then the simple is more sophisticated. If something cannot be further simplified, then that is the ultimate sophistication.
Life doesn’t get simpler than living in a town with one grocery store, no traffic lights, and cows grazing on your pavement! We had to learn to live without the city comforts we were accustomed to, but a magical thing happens when you’re not weighed down by the unnecessary: everyday things become beautiful; you start focusing on the important things in your life, be it your family, your craft, or your career; and you realise that less isn’t more, less is simpler – and simplicity, as a wise man once said, is the ultimate sophistication.
Lesson 2: “You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen
When I launched my blog in January 2016, I wanted to do ALL THE THINGS – I wanted to be a writer, baker, proverbial candlestick maker – but I ended up feeling so overwhelmed, that I did NONE of the things. I decided to take a step back from HGHU late 2016 to figure out what I wanted to gain from my new blogging venture, and so Fable was born. Fable is a creative project that I’ll be focusing on, alongside HGHU, in 2017 and beyond, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Fable will be filled with fabric, frills, and fancy things – and that’s all I can say for now, so watch this space!
Lesson number three is quite possibly the most important lesson of all. Why? Because it taught me flexibility, patience, and it reeeally honed my googling skills… 😉
Lesson 3: “In baking and cooking, there is a substitute for EVERYTHING.” – me
One week, our local grocery store might have eggs but no buttermilk, and the next week, buttermilk but no lemons. So what do you do when life doesn’t hand you lemons…? You substitute! While the inconsistency frustrated me to no end when we first moved here, these days I take it in my stride and make do with what I can get my hands on. No buttermilk? Mix yoghurt with milk! No eggs? Use bananas instead!
Thank you for the lessons, 2016. As tough and frustrating as some of them were to get through, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I learnt so much about myself last year, and I’m childishly excited to see the new year unfold.
Now, what would a new year’s post be without resolutions? My 2017 new year’s resolution is, quite simply, to do more of what makes me happy, namely:
The Boyfriend and I will continue our small town adventures in the Eastern Cape, and if all goes well we’ll be travelling to, and working from a very exciting international location later this year!
In addition to Fable, I’ll be creating and sharing quick and easy recipes and tutorials on HGHU – keep an eye out for my first recipe on the blog this coming week 🙂
Moving cross-country meant saying goodbye to friends and family, but it also meant saying hello to new friends here in town, and around the country and world, from my little corner of the internet. I look forward to connecting, and reconnecting with you in 2017!
I love photographing and documenting our adventures, and this year, in addition to documenting our journey on the blog, as well as my refreshed Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, I’ll be embracing my inner scrapbooking geek to create keepsakes of our escapades – bring on the scissors, glue, and washi tape!
Speaking of documenting, I had been searching for the perfect 2017 journal for months, when I stumbled upon this Australian beauty on Instagram – and it arrived just in time for the new year, yay!
Happy new year, lovelies. Make it magical!