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Dawn of a new decade

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Dawn of a new decade

Sami Muirhead reflects on the past decade as we edge closer to 2020 and says now more than ever, we should embrace celebrate our wins.

You know what? You should just go and do whatever you have been putting off. You should buy whatever it is you have been lusting after. Life is short. You should tell that person in your life you love them.

I always find an excuse to buy that extra handbag/have that extra drink/splurge on that holiday. I could convince an Eskimo to buy an ice-cream shop in the northernmost corner of the North Pole when it comes to buying stuff or going on adventures.

We only have two months left of living in this decade – 2020 is knocking on the door, baby. We will refer to the next decade as the ’20s and I am looking forward to it.

The years from 2010 to 2020 have been the best decade of my life, despite gaining more wrinkles and more kilograms. I also gained a husband, three children who are the loves of my life, and found a job where I work with the best people in the world. My managers are progressive and caring and my radio partner is a legend.

I met Hugh Jackman. He was a dream.  My parents and my elderly dogs are still alive and I have a gorgeous set of friends. I have a whole new unexpected set of friends thanks to my kids starting school. I really like my hair on a good day. I live in the place where I grew up and it gives me comfort to see my kids play on the same beaches.

Mind you, we have our battles as everyone does. And the last few years have been tough in parts due to the health of one of our kids and the stress of juggling work and play and family. But our motto this year has been ‘celebrate the wins’. We have tried to worry less about mortgages and our kids’ futures and all the stuff we are not getting done. We have tried to praise ourselves when we do cook a healthy meal or when we do make it to the school assembly. And just like that, our kids will continue to grow up and we will be in 2020.

So here are a few accolades to celebrate the best of the decade. Best invention: on a very shallow level for me it has been the hair straightener that has managed to tame my crazy curls. Instagram has rocked my world. I fell in love with John Wick at the movies. We all fell in love with the Hemsworth brothers. Wills married Kate. Harry married Megs. They had babies.

In the music world we sang along to Adele, Ed Sheeran, Pink and Pharrell Williams. Hipsters ruled supreme. Good facial hair became a must. Rosé wine made it to our cellars, as did craft beer. Serving any food on a paddle was cool and technology gave us watches that are phones and TVs that are really cheap. We had our first female Dr Who and Wonder Woman showed a new generation what a kick-arse girl is capable of achieving. Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones and reality TV shows consumed our nights. Netflix changed our lives. Maybe even more than my hair straightener. So enjoy the last two months of 2019 and bring on a new decade of life and celebrating the wins.

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Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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