Here’s to 2017


Here it is again, that time when we all have to concentrate really hard to remember the correct date when we are signing forms or writing a letter. That change of a digit in the year always takes me at least three months to remember! I would like to say that it is just my age, but I’ve always been like that.

Well the run up to the transition into yet another year was busy and stressful, but we got there in the end and, actually, it was really fun.

One of the days at work, Santa turned up out of the blue and surprised all of us, or more specifically, the backstage crew.

He brought them all gifts and treats for being helpful little elves all year-round. Always in the background and ever helpful we, as presenters, would be lost without them, so arrangements were made, as they are every year, for Santa to come to our office and let them know we appreciate them for everything they do.

Christmas is about giving thanks and showing appreciation after all. I have to say though, Santa was suspiciously tall and slim with more than a hint of a Scottish accent to him, if I didn’t know better I would have said he was related to Simon Biagi, but that’s not possible, is it?


lunchLike most of you, I had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time socialising with my colleagues as well. We did have a Christmas party but, due to work commitments, I couldn’t go. The gorgeous Ali Keenan invited us over to her house though (pictured at the top) for some mince pies and drinks. I have to say, she did herself proud, not just with the food, drinks and music, but with the decorations too.

From Bethlehem Lights garlands and wreaths to festive decorations from Home Reflections, her home looked so cosy and festive. The fire was lit, the tree was sparkling and my eyes were twinkling at the sheer joy of it all.

We did manage to go out for a bit of a Christmas lunch as well (pictured on the left) but, as it was the week running up to Christmas, it was lovely but fairly low-key. I honestly didn’t try to drink three glasses of prosecco in one go!



My beautiful mum and gorgeous niece came to stay with me again this year and, once again, I kept it all fairly sedate. I normally book some shows to go to and things to do but this year I just didn’t have the energy, which thankfully suited everyone. We just went for walks, watched all the movies I had recorded, and ate our body weight in mince pies and pudding! It was perfect.

At the presenters’ Christmas lunch that we went to, Craig asked me to name three things I was happy about in 2016 and three things I wasn’t. Initially I thought I wouldn’t be able to think of anything, but right then and there so many things tripped off my tongue.

I said I was happy and grateful that I have good friends, I was happy and grateful for being employed to do a job that I love and I was most happy and grateful that my mum was spending Christmas with me as some people I know don’t have their mums with them (just like I no longer have my dad with me). I could have gone on with many more things but these were the primary ones.

So with this new year upon us (and everyone wondering what everybody else’s New Years’ resolution is) I am going to refer back to that lunch, the things that I said I was thankful for and, rather than make a New Years’ resolution, I am going to just try to remember to be thankful, everyday, for everything I have.

In comparison to so many, my life is bountiful in so many ways and it really is too easy to get caught up in the small stuff.

So 2017 is all about the big picture and being thankful that the big picture is actually a beautiful thing to behold, made up of all the family, friends and experiences that I am lucky to have in my life. In 2017 life is good and I am thankful. I truly am blessed, I wish the same for all of you this year.

Until next time,



  1. Susan January 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year Miceal! I’m so happy to hear about your new year resolution to be thankful. I think I’ll borrow that one if you don’t mind?! It’s a good one. I think we all get caught up thinking we should or need to do this or have that but I think yours is a good way to look at things. I look forward to your blogs this year!x

  2. pamela Richards January 6, 2017 at 6:21 am -  Reply

    Miceal A New Year all the Happiness and Joy for 2017 hope all your Wishes come true !! LOVED READING YOUR BLOG !! looking forward to all your show you are Fun on QVC xx Pamela

  3. Fiona Brackenridge January 6, 2017 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Like you I feel that to resolve to be thankful for what we have in our lives is better rather than complaining about what we don’t we have. I am so grateful for my health because I have lost so many close to me through illness and friends at the moment who are facing terminal illness. I have a home and roof over my head when so many are facing uncertain futures. I have a job which allows me to enjoy the things I love to do and finally I have friends and my lovely dogs who accept me as I am with all my failings and give a loving welcome every time I walk through the door even if I have just been putting out the bins!! A lovely New Year to all at QVC and to you.

  4. dee January 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    lovely blog! it was my first Christmas without my mum so yes you are right we should always count or blessings. Happy 2017!

  5. Jill January 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal your blog goes a long way as a reminder to us all that we are all very privileged and so lucky to have the things we have, and those people who really matter should be the ones we spend not just our time but also the energy of our thoughts on.
    It is easy to go along in life thinking that the way things are, is the way things will always be. Our faith in our self can be so strong, and surrounding our self with the people who reinforce those feelings too is so important.
    Sleep, eat and laugh lots. Thank you for a great read as always. XX

  6. Elizabeth Keenan January 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal great blog as usual. I am not making any resolutions this year, and just like you I am so grateful for all we have, and health is our wealth as my mother always said. Wishing you all the best for 2017.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

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