A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020


As 2019 draws to a close, I intend to glance back at the last year to celebrate my achievements. I will not look back with regret, or wish I’d done things differently. I will search for all the special moments, for the wins, however small they may be. Positivity rocks!

So as I reach to change over the year numbers on our wall, as I do every year, allow me to indulge in an annual review post…


A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020
A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020


My 2019 in a nutshell:


A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020


The Personal Stuff

2019 taught me to trust my instincts and always be true to myself (trust me, it is not as easy as it sounds)

I learnt that surrounding myself with like minded, creative and positive people made me feel so much happier than mixing with the negative nay sayers or the ‘moaning Minnies’ as my Nan used to call them!

I believe at my age life is too precious for any toxicity in any relationship.

This year, unlike last year, I embraced my creativity 100%. I learnt that when you have a passion for a subject it can bring you and even your loved one’s even greater happiness. How? because happiness and contentment are contagious!



A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020
Changing over the year numbers numbers



I intend to glance back to celebrate my achievements. I will not look back with regret or wish I’d done things differently. 




In 2019 I learnt to be brave, to step out of my comfort zone and to approach people with my ideas. I learnt to have confidence in my abilities and my projects, albeit blogging, photography or sewing and crochet.

I am proud of all I have achieved this year. Especially as a self-employed woman (in my mid 50’s) competing in a world that celebrates youth. I am thriving in a technological marketplace, teaching myself everything from scratch and learning the rest by trial and error. Oh, those errors!

However, as I previously mentioned above, this is a statement of positivity, not a list of regrets so I am giving myself a silent round of applause…



…this is a statement of positivity, not a list of regrets, I am giving myself a silent round of applause!



A Positive Glance back at 2019 & An Exciting Look ahead to 2020



Blogging in 2019 a look back:

Can you believe that LDJ is now 7 years old? For me 2019 was a year of consolidation. I reassessed, I stepped back from all the superficial, press events and took stock of what I want to say. The important thoughts on where I am now and where I want to be. As ever more blogs are started and abandoned I am proud to still even be here. I love and enjoy blogging, especially that wonderful feeling that follows when the ‘publish’ button is pressed, it simply cannot be beaten…



The top 5 Posts on LDJ that you liked best:

I must admit I have been suprised by these results, a mixture of beauty, skincare, sewing and the menopause! Perhaps my SEO (search engine optimization) skills have improved this year? You decide…



lazy daisy jones top 5 blog posts of 2019



  1. A Trinny London makeup review on the BFF cream that I love so much.
  2. Another Trinny London review on the latest products take a look!
  3. Its all about the menopause and me
  4. The one about what I learnt from losing my 15.8k instagram account and an update’
  5. A sewing post! I loved the pics that Marc took in this post of me prancing around in a corn field!



I Sewed A Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company A Review
I sewed a Wilder Gown Prairie dress.



Some of my favourite posts, in no particular order…

If you are a regular reader, you will have noticed that 2019 was the year I slowed down my buying habits, decluttered everything and everywhere (an ongoing project)

As a family in 2019 we tried very hard to be as sustainable as possible, with this in mind, these were the posts I enjoyed sharing with you…



lazy daisy jones 5 favourite posts 2019
Lazy Daisy Jones’ 5 favourite posts 2019



  1. Green beauty – are we being tricked into purchasing? What it really means and other snippets.
  2. Buying less for a new season by checking what was already in my wardrobe
  3. You all liked this one too and I had so much fun sorting out my brooch drawer for the photos
  4. This one I love because its one of my fave dresses and I will wear it again next year 
  5. How could I not include this one with Murphy and he was so good!



Murphy's First Bike Ride & Lotus lace Up Ankle Boots



Blogging Plans for 2020 a look ahead:


  • More of the same aka the things you like and the subjects I love to write about.
  • I will be upping my layout and design game and re-branding, you probably won’t even notice the difference!
  • I plan on attending a photography course.
  • My major goal is to be more consistent, the hardest thing for me!
  • In line with my sustainability goals I will be making more clothes in 2020.
  • I already have some lovely campaigns to work on for 2020, so keep up with me by signing up for updates via the email subscription form below!



Personal goals for 2020; aka all the usual suspects!

  • Walk more
  • Drink less
  • Stop biting my nails (yet again)
  • To always look for the positive, just call me little miss sunshine!
  • To look after myself and my body, for age related health reasons not for vanity, overall I aim to be kinder to myself.



Happy 2020 from Lazy Daisy jones


Thank you!

For still reading and for all your positivity and support over the years.  Lazy daisy Jones was started in late 2012 and would not still be here if it were not for you!


Photo Credit: Top 4 and last 2 photos shot by Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography.


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  1. 02/01/2020 / 12:01

    I’ve enjoyed watching the last couple of years unfold around you and look forward to seeing what 2020 brings to you Ashley. Happy new year xx

    • Ashley
      03/01/2020 / 15:13

      Thank you Laurie….and to you my friend, cant wait to catch up with you very soon…xxx

  2. 02/01/2020 / 06:49

    Great goals that all will help you to improve your life and make you a more happy person. No, they aren’t self centered. On the contrary, they help everyone around you when you succeed. When you can do it, they can do it too. Great thoughts. Good luck and happy New Year.

    • Ashley
      03/01/2020 / 15:14

      Nicole, thank you for those lovely words of support and encouragement!
      Happy new year to you and your family too!

  3. 24/12/2019 / 02:03

    Beautiful personal comments. I so agree. Being positive is so much easier and happier. Work: I don’t know about you, but I do feel intimidated sometimes by all of the incredible bloggers. So to keep going for 7 years is amazing. Health etc? We could be goals twins!! Anyway here’s to a wonderful 2020 for you and I look forward to following your blog throughout the coming year xxxx

    • Ashley
      26/12/2019 / 11:24

      Hi Ratnamurti,

      So lovely to hear from you again…
      Looking forward to following you too in the next decade!

      No, I dont get intimidated, I think we all have something unique to offer this online world

      Wishing you …Happy holidays and a wonderful new year too!