Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 was...

The year I got married!
Alice and Simon (146 of 366)
There is no doubt in my heart that this was the best year of my life. It was the toughest, most anticipated year of both mine and my husband's life, and with it delivered emotion that I had never experienced in my entire 25 years.
 Nothing could have ever prepared me for what was ahead... a few weeks before the wedding I suddenly burst into tears whilst driving home. I was so scared, anxious, excited, and completely overcome with emotion. 
But that little cry got me to the church on time, and that moment will stay with me forever just like - Dad giving me away, finally saying 'I do', signing the wedding register, having our first dance (Heroes by David Bowie), arriving in Fiji, all these once in a lifetime moments captured in my heart.
This Christmas Simon's Grandad looked at me and said "That was the best wedding I have ever been to - I didn't think you had it in you" and those words summed up the entire year for me. Because he was completely right. For so long, I was the girl who nobody took much notice of - the girl who got bullied for having frizzy hair and being a bit fat. I was the girl who didn't have a boyfriend, I was the 'Goth' girl, and ultimately I was the shy one, the girl who could barely speak a single word to a stranger.
This year has taught me that quite literally anything is possible. I overcame all of my insecurities and weaknesses to become the person that I am today - and I am proud of what I have, because I did it all by myself, and I'm not going to for a second let anyone take that from me.
This year was so extraordinary, and I'm not going to for a second stop believing, dreaming and above all loving.

 I'm Alice Taylor, and I'm finally proud to be me.
See you in 2015!


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Our First Married Christmas

It’s no secret I’ve always loved Christmas. I still find it impossible to sleep Christmas Eve and squeal with absolute delight when I know Father Christmas is on his way. I love getting the house decorated (Far too early, the 29th November this year) and I love spending time at home feeling festive and cosy. 

I have so many treasured memories of my childhood Christmas's at home with my parents and brother, but inevitably over time, things changed. I met Simon and we had twice the amount of family to visit. I’m not going to lie I found this part of Christmas stressful, I actually felt our Christmas Day was very much like the film Four Christmas’s (we have three sets of parents between us), it was all a very organised event, in which we would awake early, open presents and then be out the door at our first appointment and not arrive home until late in the evening.

Spending our final unmarried Christmas last year rushing around, we made a decision to spend THIS Christmas together at home – just us two. Call us mad, but this is the best gift we could have ever wished for. No rush, no pressure, no thrills, no driving, just a simple Christmas Day with the most important person in the world.

I have learnt to love and cherish every moment of joy and happiness this year. We have experienced the most incredible journey together, and I am so proud to be Simon’s wife. It’s our 6th Christmas together, and our first married – which is sure enough reason to call for a celebration!
I love you Mr Taylor

Merry Christmas
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