2017 – here we are!

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Well, here it is the first blog of 2017 so may I wish you a very Happy New Year!

I am really excited about 2017, I know that for many 2016 was a very upside down year but I personally had a wonderful year (as you would have seen in my highlights blog last week) so if this year is as good, I will be happy and blessed.

How was your Christmas and New Year? I had a very busy Christmas as I was working all the way through the period (apart from Christmas Day of course) and as you can see Christmas Eve at QVC was great fun.

elf-jackie-and-craig

We even made a fun video with the crew – such a giggle:

I also had Christmas Eve late lunch/early dinner with my friend and colleague April, it’s a little tradition of ours and always lovely.

christmas-meal-with-april

Talking of friends I also saw my friend Ian over Christmas, we have known each other 20 years and as he lives in the USA now I hardly ever see him. I rather like this pic of us showing the 20 years friendship, where did the time go?!

20-years-apart

Then for Christmas Day itself I was with my family in Bristol, my sister cooked and was an amazing host and of course I got to hang out with my beautiful nieces all day. They even made me a cake in the shape of a Christmas pudding, I was so touched.

ruby-and-christmas-cake

I also had some time with my mum and dad on Christmas Day and Boxing Day which was wonderful.  Ruby loved her Cozee Home cat blanket I bought for her, she was all snuggled up in it by the evening.

ruby-in-cat-blanket

Then I was off work over New Year and went on a retreat in Brecon, a wonderful way to end the year and a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones. It was in a place called Buckland Hall, the most beautiful setting.

buckland-hall

So, now of course it’s all back to normal (which in many ways feels rather a relief!) and we can start looking ahead.  Do you have any hopes and dreams for 2017?

I don’t make resolutions as such but I do have some intentions for the year: renovate my flat, cut down on sugar, drink less alcohol (and more water!), over-schedule myself less and make more time for yoga, nature and quality time with family and friends. I already exercise a lot and that will continue with my dancing, pole dancing and circuit training. I do need to stretch and relax my body a little more though.

To kick things off I am doing a sugar-free and alcohol-free January, so far so good and I will let you know how I get on as the month progresses. Wish me luck, you know what a sweet tooth I have!

Here’s Claire and I sipping our smoothies and toasting QVC’s #freshstart initiative:

freshstart

So, whatever your intentions for 2017, I wish you well and look forward to chatting to you through this blog as the year progresses.

Big New Year hugs,

Craig xx

12 Comments

  1. theresa January 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you all the best for 2017. Hope you acheive all your goal, I dont drink but know a few people who give up in january then come february start all over again. So pleased you enjoyed christmas with your family and neices and met up with your long time friend, Craig I hope this new year is a good one for you x

    • Craig Rowe January 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Theresa,

      Hope you are well and Happy New Year! Thank you for your lovely message and your kind words.

      Hope this year is a great one for you also.

      Thanks.

      Craig x

  2. Jean Lloyd January 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Craig well done, love your positive,upbeat approach. Love qvc presenters…like Simon I’m type 1 diabetic and try to avoid sugar…good look Craig ….sugar is so bad ….beans and pulses and healthy smoothies brilliant xx

    • Craig Rowe January 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

      Hey Jean,

      Thanks for your message and hope all is well with you.

      Yes I completely agree, all the sugar really isn’t good for us. I’m feeling so much better already! Thanks for the tips!

      Take care and hope to hear from you again.

      Craig x

  3. Kim Shinner January 8, 2017 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year to you Craig

    • Craig Rowe January 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for your message. Happy New Year to you too!

      Craig x

  4. pamela Richards January 8, 2017 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    wonderful Happiness all around Super!

    • Craig Rowe January 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pamela!

      Thanks so much! Yep Happiness all around! Happy New Year to you.

      Craig x

  5. Ruth and Debbie Hicks mother and daughter January 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    We both wish you all the very best in your sugar and alcohol free January. We love watching you on QVC and have done since you started back in 2007. We actually were voting for you out of all the candidates and were thrilled when you got the job. keep up the good work. luv hugs x

    • Craig Rowe January 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

      Hey Ruth and Debbie!

      Great to hear from you both! Hope you are well. That is so lovely to hear that you both voted for me back in 2007. Its thanks to the lovely people like yourselves that I’m in this job that I love!

      The sugar and alcohol free plan is going really well actually. Feeling much better!

      Hope to hear from you again soon. Take care.

      Craig x

  6. Amy Dwyer January 16, 2017 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Craig,

    Happy New Year. I am looking forward to 2017, 2016 wasn’t my favourite year, but I know 2017 is going to be awesome!

    I also haven’t made resolutions, but I have made a “To-Do” list. I would like to have a couple of trips to the US this year, a possible trip to China and arrange my next Christmas break – the only way to get over one holiday is book another! :)……or five!

    Looking forward to your next post!
    Amy x

    • Craig Rowe January 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

      Hey Amy! Lovely to hear from you again. Happy New Year to you too! Hope your year is going great so far.

      Your ‘To-Do’ list sounds amazing! Hope you get to travel to all of those wonderful places. Its great to get away sometimes isn’t it.

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      Take care.

      Craig x

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