2015 has been a very strange year for me, in a good way as it turns out. Phew, as that wouldn’t make for a very good blog post now would it?  It has been about heeling and moving forward and I finally feel like I’m there and ready to face 2016 head on.  It’s taken a long time, but finally I feel like I’ve left all the negative things behind me and have found a new path.

Happy New Year Message From Zena's Suitcase

I had no idea how things were going to look when I went into 2015, and I was scared about the future.    At several points sheer panic set it, and I didn’t know if I was strong enough to get through it. Fortunately I have an amazing family and some great friends, and they all believe in me.  That has helped me to restore my faith in myself, and I’m going into 2016 feeling like a whole new person.

As I go into the New Year, I’ve been reflecting a lot and it’s dawned on me that fear held me back for a long time and I was far to comfortable in a way of life I was used to, even though it no longer made me happy.  All the changes that have happened in my life have bought with it a roller coaster ride of emotions from grief and fear to excitement and anticipation.  Playing it safe I was learning nothing, and my experiences were limited.  Jumping ship has helped me grow, learn and develop in so many ways and has given me experiences I would never of had in my old life.

I had been stuck in a kind of limbo after the shock of an important friendship ending and being left with post natal depression after the birth of my daughter.  Ties needed to be cut, but sometimes life just isn’t that simple is it.

I left my job behind in the real world after 14 years service to aid my recovery and as I enter 2016 I can finally say that I am starting to feel myself again.  I am feeling more than myself in fact.  I’ve discovered new interests and connected with my creative side.  I’ve met some amazing people who inspire me on a daily basis.  I believe that anything is possible if I try and work at it.  This has given me a freedom I haven’t been able to experience before, and is something I want to embrace in 2016 for myself and as an example to my family.

I have been lucky enough to be able to spend time with my children and also focus on growing my blog in 2015. I can finally say that I feel like a blogger. I’ve learnt so much and have also had some amazing experiences over the last year, made all the more special by being able to share them with my family.

It has been a year of huge change, and I have had so many mixed emotions but as I emerge from this process I know it was all for the best.  I look back on 2015 with so many fond memories and they are all captured right here on Zena’s Suitcase.  I’m really looking forward to making new memories, exploring more of the world and sharing our adventures with you in 2016.

If you want to make a change in your life, do not let your fear hold you back.  Make a plan and start that journey towards your dreams.  Do not live a life filled with regret.  Find out who you are in 2016, and enjoy living your life.  Take a small step each day towards your goals, so that when you reach 31st January 2016 you can look back and think ‘what a great year I had’.  This is your life so dream it,  own it, live it and make 2016 the best yet.

Happy New Year To All My Readers and thanks so much for following my blog in 2015 and I hope you continue to enjoy it in 2016.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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12 Discussion to this post

  1. Mummy Tries says:

    Great post lovely, reading enjoyed tagging along for the rlide this year (& and properly meeting you too!) Here’s hoping 2016 is even better xx
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  2. Eve Redmond says:

    Im so sorry about suffering with PND, i suffered with PTSD after freddie’s birth so i really empathise. You’ve done an amazing job and i love your blog. Happy new year x

  3. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    I know that 2016 is going to be an amazing year for your Zena, your 2015 has been filled with so many wonderful things – I have truly loved reading your blog. I can’t wait to read it in this new year!

  4. Tori Gabriel says:

    I am so glad you are starting the year with a positive mindset. Here’s to a really great 2016.

  5. Rachel says:

    One thing from your post really stood out for me and it is this “Do not live a life filled with regret” it is something my Nanna always used to say to me as a child x
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  6. Kara says:

    I am glad to hear that you are coming out of the other side and are feeling more positive. I hope all your dreams come true in 2016 x
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  7. Lianne says:

    So good to hear you’re feeling much better and you’re starting the year with a positive outlook – I hope 2016 is a fab one for you!!

  8. Sonia says:

    Such great advice, we really do need to grab each moment and embrace life! I really hope you are over your PND and have found a happier place. I know just how awful that can be from experience. I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you xx
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  9. Great to hear you’re feeling better and here’s to a awesome and amazing 2016!

  10. Ickle Pickle says:

    You are an amazing lady and have been so inspiring and supportive to me. I can’t wait to enjoy more adventures with you this year. Kaz xx
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  11. The L's Mum says:

    It sounds like 2015 was a year of change and a chance to move forward, I hope 2016 is everything you wish it to be and more. I feel like I have a lot that I want to leave behind, and I hope 2016 will be the year I do that. Happy new year.

  12. I love how a new year always feels so full of possibilities. It sounds like you’ve had a really rough time of it, but it also sounds like you have come out of it stronger, so I am sure 2016 will be so much better for you.

    A belated happy new year!

    Stevie x

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