Driving home for Christmas 

Well that’s it. Work is now officially over for the year – well bar the emails that I will inevitably check whilst off work. I’m writing this as I am in the car on the way home for Christmas. Don’t worry, I am the passenger and definitely not driving, not after the drinks I’ve had this afternoon anyway! 

This year has been incredible. I’ve secured my full time job after my apprenticeship in an amazing team at Microsoft which seems crazy for a 20 year old. I also went on a work conference in Toronto which was my first time that I’ve travelled far afield and it was an  amazing but absolutely exhausting experience. I’ve been to a gorgeous island in Portugal called Porto Santo and drank way too many mojitos. Ibiza also happened this year – the quiet side for anybody who now thinks I’m a nutter. It was absolutely stunning and I exploring the old town in Ibiza will forever be one of my favourite memories. Add into that the WILD long weekend with my lovely pals in the Isle of Wight, which ended in ways we won’t discuss here, and you have just a few of my many highlights from 2016. 

Did I keep my New Years resolutions? 
Absolutely not. Well kind of. This time last year my resolutions were to go to the gym 3 times a week, volunteer for a charity and to cut out caffeine.

The only time that I kept the gym resolution this year was this week so it’s only taken me until December to achieve my resolution – good job Emma! 

With the craze of this year, I haven’t had time to think about volunteering for a charity but this is still very much on my list of things to do. And in terms of cutting out the caffeine, I think it’s safer for everybody if that doesn’t happen. I think my work bestie Matt will also vouch for that… 

I hope that your 2016 has been as incredible as mine and I wish you all a very merry Christmas. I hope that you all manage to get some time out of the office to catch up with you loved ones. 

Here’s to the end of another great year. Time just goes to quickly! 🎄🎅🏻🎁💆🏻

-Em💋

Family comes first 

With Christmas nearly upon us, I encourage you to really take the time to spend the holiday season with those closest to you. Life is short. Turn off your phones. Switch off your work email. Talk to each other. 

paulineYesterday, unfortunately, I spent the day attending my auntie Pauline’s funeral, celebrating the good times and reliving some of our great memories that we all have of her. It really hit home to me how important it is to take some time out to spend quality time with your loved ones. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of work and the hustle and bustle of daily life that you keep putting off spending time with those who are important to you in favour of smashing through your to do list. I, myself, am very guilty of doing this.

I have quite a large family and quite a lot of us are spread across the country which makes visits a bit of a nightmare. My boyfriend’s family mostly live in Wales, his father in Bristol and then his mother lives in Bracknell with us. Then you have my side of the family. My mother and father live in Wittering and the rest of my family up in Yorkshire. So you can see why it’s a bit of a headache to organise to see everybody. We tend to only all get together when there is a big event – usually either a wedding or, sadly, a funeral.

But with the new year upon us, now is time to make a change and I encourage you to do so too.

When I think about what is important to me deep down, it isn’t whether I manage to tick that task of my to do list which has been on there for the past month. I absolutely love my job but it’s really put things into perspective around what is really important in life and, for me, that is your health and wellbeing and spending time with those who are closest to you. Money doesn’t feature in those top important elements in life. You’re not going to remember that new lipstick shade you were able to buy or the money in the bank. None of that will matter in the end.

Material objects come and go but memories will last forever.

With Christmas nearly upon us, I encourage you to really take the time to spend the holiday season with those closest to you. Life is short. Turn off your phones. Switch off your work email. Talk to each other.

My auntie Pauline’s favourite time of year was Christmas because all of the family were together. So if I can ask you to do one thing this year, it’s to embrace the festive spirit and make some memories which will last in your memory forever.

The best gift around the Christmas tree is the presence of family.

Pauline passed away in November after being diagnosed with Amyloidosis in August. Those of you who watch House may recognise the name. Amyloidosis is a rare but serious condition caused by deposits of abnormal protein, called Amyloid, in tissues and organs throughout the body.

If you have any spare change over the Christmas period, please do donate to our Just Giving page where we are raising money for research into the condition which might eventually help us find a cure to this illness. Any donation, however big or small, could make a difference between life of death for somebody’s loved ones.

Thank you for your support.

-Em

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