I think I need to start by saying I am so grateful and lucky for all that I have in life. Everyday I look at my boys and think - you have made my life complete.
There have been lots of highs this year
My brother Ronan married the most beautiful girl Mairead and I gained another wonderful sister. We had the most amazing day in Darver Castle and I felt so happy that day to be surrounded by family and friends.
The Arrival of New Family Members
Tommy McCann is my new nephew and godson and he is a wee dote. Adrian and Hollie are loving life with their wee man and have just spent Christmas in their beautiful new home. Of course, Tommy is dressed head to toe in Billybandit from DIGG in this picture which makes me super proud.
I can't stop smiling when I look at this picture. This is the McCann lads holding their new wee brother Aidan. My brother Robert and his wife Conagh have their hands full but how proud they must be when they see their four wee men lined up like that with big smiles on their faces. I love that I am an auntie to all these little men and although I don't get to see them as often as I would like Conagh keeps me up to date with all the snapchats of their antics. Ha Ha.
A new niece and a new addition to the Taggart Family with the arrival of beautiful little Nainsí Taggart and when I heard her name I just thought it was so adorable. She is the spit of her Daddy and I know she and her big sister Aoife are gonna have loads of fun growing up amongst all the boys on Drummurrer Lane.
A Family Holiday Without Wifi
This holiday came at a time when I needed it most. We went to Gweedore in Donegal and with no wifi signal, I was able to truly switch off from my work and enjoy time with the boys and Gerard.
So lots of Highs but 2017 has been a hard year for me!
I hadn't fully decided whether I would tell all about it until I actually started to write this but I do know that I may not be the only one who has faced these challenges so if I write it all down someone out there might be able to relate.
Launch of www.diggchildrenswear.com
I invested a lot of money, resources and time into the launch of my website but boy did I not realise what was ahead of me.
I spent hour after hour, day after day, week after week in my office working on the site. Each night when I came home, I would make dinner, get boys to bed, tidy house and then open that laptop. There I would remain until well after midnight. Gerard would have gone to bed at 10.30pm and when he would ask me the next day what time I came to bed I wouldn't always be totally honest as I didn't want him to know the full extent of how hard I was working. I was so tired.
It's hard to juggle it all but I have to say I was coping really well until I launched my website. A family member made comment to me a few months ago that I had changed and I didn't have time for anything anymore. I broke down inside when I heard this, and I broke down in tears.
This wasn't who I wanted to be. Someone who didn't have time for my family or for myself. Why after 10 years in business was I actually less able to spend time with my family. Then I realised, I had changed. I was no longer the same person I was when I was in my twenties. I am in the busiest time of my life. I have a young family and two shops (Irish street and Online) How could I possibly be the same person. It changes you. I needed to learn ways of coping with it better though so I didn't feel so stressed and under pressure all the time. That's for another blog post but I have been able to cope with it all a little better of late.
I have to state here, the reason why I work so hard on the website isn't for my sense of pride or for the glamour of having a successful online business. The only reason is for SURVIVAL. I invested a lot of money and I need it to work hence the overwhelming pressure I have felt lately.
A few weeks ago the heavy cloud that was over me began to lift. The hard work was starting to pay off as I was nominated at The Mid Ulster Business Awards for best use of Digital and Social Media. I had worked my butt off all year and it never dawned on me that outsiders had noticed. Also, online orders began to come through at a faster pace and I was beginning to see how all the late nights were beginning to pay off.
And there you have it when you consider the highs the lows aren't so bad however there are times when I have needed to continually remind myself of how lucky I am and how life is too short and too precious to spend it worrying about work.
I am feeling positive about 2018. I feel like I have laid the foundations for a really strong online business and everything going forward will be building on what I have worked so hard for. New Years Resolutions will come next week but for now, I am going to enjoy the last of the holidays with my family
Happy New Year to you all and Thank you for all your words of encouragement all year. I couldn't have done it without your support xx
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