A New Year & A Thank You

2021 was a bit of a crazy year. 

I think we all thought we’d leave the pandemic behind in 2020, but instead, 2021 and indeed Christmas this year for many people has been completely upended by Covid. I feel so fortunate that my family and friends are safe, but it’s been over two years since I’ve seen them (I moved from the UK to the US at the end of 2019), and I’m counting down to hopefully see them soon.

Whitaker Point, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.

2021 has been a year of great highs but also lots of lows. I feel so grateful for the things I did get to do, and the lovely things that did happen, amongst the harder moments. Watching friends get married, be able to travel a little, spend some time with close friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, have so much time with my husband, read and write so much, and create new goals and think up new possibilities because things hadn’t quite gone to plan, have all been very special.

Let’s hope that 2022 brings further adjustment to a new normal, and more safety in being together and further health and happiness – I want to wish that to you and all of your friends and families!

Ring in the new year with a celebratory post about the very sparkling history of Champagne…

Exploring the Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island. (I was almost done with recovering from a running stress fracture… hence the boot…)

The end of this year has had me thinking a lot about what I want to do with my blog and website too. I’ve been writing and sharing research (far too sporadically, sometimes) on History Lizzie for over seven years now, and I enjoy it so much and am SO grateful for everybody who reads and comments and shares anything – I appreciate your support and enthusiasm more than I can tell you! I suffer from imposter syndrome a LOT so all of your engagement, encouragement, and the community in the blogging world, here and on Instagram, has been incredible.

So for next year, what I really want to do, is channel my passion here more regularly, with less fear about what I’m posting (whether it’s long enough, interesting enough a topic, too many of my own thoughts – await posts on my favourite Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn films – and not enough history), as well as explore some new ideas I’ve had brewing for a while but have been a little apprehensive about trying. 

Toasting being reunited with one of my best friends after a long two years apart.

I think I’ve finally learned that this is my little corner of the internet, and there is nobody holding me back but myself! So you might see some changes around here – and one big one coming in a couple of months that I’ll share more about very soon! – hopefully all for the better and always through a love of curiosity about the past. 

Thank you for everything the past year, and wishing you all the best for 2022!


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