Hello 2018

Hello 2018

I’m always one for ‘New Years Resolutions’ that seem to disintegrate after about a month (if  I’m lucky), so I’m not going to say these are my new years resolutions.

Let’s begin with 2017 summed up: Started of a little ‘eh’ moved into ‘great’ then dropped straight back into bleh. So honestly? I’m sort of relying on 2018 to make up for it.

2018 goals, diary

I’ve split up my goals into a few little categories.


I just hit 50 followers on BLOGLOVIN! Okay.. it may not seem like many but to me it’s amazing. Moving into 2018 I’m going to try my hardest to write 2 posts a week. I want to meet some new bloggers and make a few new friends. Over BLOGMAS I tried so hard to read everyone’s posts but it was completely impossible. I’m looking forward to being able to read a few more now and spend a little more time focusing and commenting on everyone’s posts!


I’m going to try a little bit harder to Instagram regularly. I love it, but life is distracting and I end up abandoning my account for days/weeks/months on end. I may even try twitter again, but I won’t get my hopes up.

new years resolutions, desk, graphics tablet

Something new! I’ve made a little SHOP.

I recently found my love for art again after a christmas gift from my husband. A little story about my loss of love for art includes a college teacher who smothered my work in paint so I couldn’t get it remarked when she awarded me an E..


As soon as I unwrapped my graphics tablet I started drawing pineapples. Why? Why not? They’re cute and they really are a little mascot for the Trying To Conceive community.

From pineapples to donuts I fell in love with my little designs and patterns and thought why not stick them online? I’d dabbled in RedBubble when I was younger so I knew the basics.

I’ve also included them on here in my ‘store’ section so have a look around if you like!

I’m so tempted to buy everything but my favourites I think are the spiral notebooks, the scarfs and the cute studio pouches.



This is usually the place where people promise to get healthy and lose that little food belly they’ve gained over the winter. For me it means closure on a few tests I’ve been going through. Long story short, we were having some issues trying to conceive.  Following blood tests we found out I had high-prolactin and during my experience as a pin cushion we also found I had very low Cortosol. Cortosol in a sentence, is what gets you up for the day and helps with stress. It’s supposed to be at it’s highest around 9am, but I’ve been told mine is the equivalent to your energy level at 6pm after a hard day at work. It’s really not fun and as a result I end up with severe leg pain throughout the day. I’m just a few tests away from a diagnosis.

The prolactin will be re-visted in May and may require a MRI to rule out a Prolactinoma. A Prolactinoma is a small benign tumour that plays a bit of havoc with your pituitary gland. You can medicate it but on some occasions it may need surgery. Yet another terrifying diagnosis, but it’s better knowing.

We’ll hope for the lesser of two evils with both, but really we’re just hoping for the a-okay to start trying to conceive again and we won’t get that until these tests are done.



I’m aware that some people may not agree with me sharing this information but I’ve come to the conclusion. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I’ve spent the last year searching for more information on my blood tests and I’m so grateful for those who share.



I won’t say I’m hoping to have a completely amazing 2018. There’s just a hope that it will tie up a few lose ends. I want to feel more in control of my life, plus I want have a little more hope for the future.

I have good days and I have bad days. Hopefully 2018 brings a few more of the good ones.

The final thing I want to change for 2018. I am still going to remain anonymous but I feel like there has always been a little block when it came to getting to know each other on here. Well…


It’s nice to meet you. My name is Tori. 


What are you hoping for in 2018?





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