Hello 2018

graphics tablet and imac

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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18 thoughts on “Hello 2018

  1. Awww I’m sorry to hear about your health issues – alhough it’s great that they’ve been discovered, because if you’ve been living with them imagine how great you’re going to feel when they’re sorted out! Loving all your goals for the year, hope 2018 is amazing for you 🙂 xx

  2. Keep at it, girl! Blessings will show up for you. Try to stay positive. I am currently pregnant, but it took me a while to get pregnant, too. The month I let go and kind of just went with the flow and stopped obsessing, magical things happened! I know a few people that are taking a longggggg time to get pregnant. You are not alone!!! You are doing all of the right things. I am sending many blessings your way xx -Kait

  3. Your shop is so cute! It sucks about your health issues, i really hope it gets better. It’s always hard having health issues because sometimes you don’t have the right medication, or you suffer from symptoms of something. I wish you the best of luck in 2018 to get better. You got this girl.

    1. Thank you so much Sharan! I’m so tempted to buy one of the little pineapple pouches for my birthday.

  4. sending so much love & hugs your way – you’re doing everything right, girl! sometimes these things just take time. really sorry to hear your health is a bit of a struggle right now though, hoping everything works out for you as soon as! xxxx

    gorgeous pineapple products – love them!

    katie. xx

    1. Hey Katie, thank you so much! I know I’m in the best hands, and sometimes the hardest part is getting in the system so I’m considering myself lucky.
      I hope you have the best 2018!


  5. health should always be at the top of your list, look after yourself and keep doing exactly what you need to keep you happy!

    1. Definitely. I feel like the last few years I’ve been learning to focus on me, and I think this is the year I’m going to get the balance just right.
      Thank you for reading my blog post! I love your blog name by the way!

      Tori | JustTheBeginning-x

  6. It’s so nice getting to know more about you Tori! I’ve totally abandoned Instagram as well since I don’t even know what to post most days. I love your pineapple illustrations; I had no idea they were a mascot for the TTC community. I fully believe they are a sign of good luck since I was obsessed with them when I had my daughter. They were the centerpieces for her baby shower and she even has a couple in her room! I hope you the rest of your tests come back with good results. It seems like you would make an amazing mother 🙂


    1. I know that feeling too well with Instagram! I don’t want to just post but I want to post something!

      Thank you so much! Luckily pineapples are quite cute to begin with. That’s so cool that they featured so much during your journey, do you have any photos of your centrepieces?
      You’re so sweet I appreciate it more than you’d ever know!

      Tori | JustTheBeginning-x

    1. Thank you! I’ve just got a little inkling that this year will be great. It may not cross everything off the list, but I hope it will be the start of something amazing!


  7. Amazing goals! I really hope you finally get the answers you need regarding your health. I love that your so honest about such personal things but I think it’s amazing 🙂

    Wishing you all the luck in the world in 2018!

    P.S if you’re looking to make blogger friends..”Hi”

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