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2022 in Review

It’s the time of the year again for some much-needed reflection and introspection to set the right tone for the new year, and frankly, it's stressing me out!


This post, I've put off writing, deleted many times and re-written...because truth be told, I don't know how I'm feeling. A lot of things happened and so, lots of mixed emotions.


Since Archie's unexpected passing back in July, it has taken a huge toll on my mental health, and yet other parts of my life still have to go on, so I haven't really had the chance to take a break and process it all.


However, Archie's passing at just 2 years 9 months has really brought home the message that we cannot take life for granted. Even though I've known cats don't live as long as humans do, his death at such a tender age really hit home.


As a result, I've also made the effort to create as many memories with Charlotte as possible, taking her out, travelling.


The saddest thing for me was that we planned our Peak District trip for a few days in July and that would have been Archie and Charlotte's first overnight trip. Unfortunately, Archie passed away a few days prior. And he never got to experience that.


As I said, lots have happened this year, but still, the most significant was definitely Archie's no longer being with us.

5 months on, he's still popping into my dreams at night. So I simply cannot get past myself if I don't dedicate a post to him. Even Charlotte and Archie's cookbook, I still intentionally included Archie's photos. Now, in my home, there's an "Archie wall" (a wall at home full of Archie's photos).


So to end 2022, I'm making a virtual year-in-review photo wall here:




With the message that we cannot take life for granted in mind, my biggest goal is to prioritize spending quality time with my family and Charlotte. I really want to be able to take Charlotte out on a more regular basis and make sure there are no regrets.




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