I always feel a bit weird writing New Year posts- I mean, where has the past year gone? It makes me all too aware of time flying by. This was Freddie’s 5th Christmas, which to me is insane! The end of a year is obviously a time to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past 12 months, but also to make new plans. I know lots of people loathe the whole new year resolutions thang (and that’s fine), but I actually quite like having a few things to aim for, as well as a completely fresh start after what is often a totally mental month of December. Despite being one of those people who can’t WAIT to get the Christmas tree up, post-Boxing Day I have festive fatigue and can’t wait to get the damn thing down and crack on with normal life. Bah Humbug and all that! 😉
I had a great 2015 overall, personally and as a family. Adam and I got hitched, Freddie started school, Sasha started preschool last Jan, we honeymooned (STILL need to publish that Venice post), holidayed, hen/stag doooed (sp?), plus had many more adventures with friends/family et al. This little blog of mine started doing ‘ok’ in the wider ‘blogosphere’ (although I will always have a soft spot for it whatever)- more opportunities, more readers, a lovely surprise of reaching an awards finals and it also got me on the telly. I have to admit though that the first part of the year was spent running around like a lunatic, mainly getting wedding stuff sorted, so I’ll be glad of a <slight> breather in 2016.
As for 2016? I have a feeling that this year will be a more productive one, and hopefully one that I can look back on and be proud of and feel that I have been the best wife/mother/person that I can be, whilst still fulfilling my needs and taking a bit (okay, a lot) more care of myself.
Here is what i’d like to achieve in 2016:
Whilst I’ve been so chuffed that this blog has started to give me a more-than-acceptable part-time income, I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like a part time role that is more stable, and also one that involves working with other people. Everyone thinks the dream is working for yourself, when you want (and in a way it is), but I’ve actually found it to be a bit on the lonely side sometimes and I miss working directly with other people. I’ve got the chance to possibly work 2/3 days a week for one of the companies that I do social media for, to increase my hours to be their salaried digital marketing manager, so I’m quite keen to explore this further over the next few weeks. It would take the pressure of Adam as the main earner, give me a new challenge, and would mean that whilst I’d still want to work with some great brands blog-wise, I could be choosier and start writing again more for me. I think that’s the one thing I’ve missed this year about my blog, and that’s writing for me/our family/about what I love, as I haven’t had as much time, what with working and brands work. I’d like to get more of that back please!
Health and fitness
I want to keep on going to the gym 3 times a week, but throw in a yoga class too. I’m far too inflexible for my age, and shouldn’t be waking up like a stiff old lady at the age of 32!
My main aim this year is to severely cut down the amount of alcohol that I drink. This year has been a big one socially (hence lots of boozing), and I think because I’ve been tired a lot of the time, I’ve used it to unwind when really what I should be doing is putting myself in a hot bath with a book and then having an early night. I’m kicking off with the obligatory dry January, and hoping I can continue. I wrote about this before and failed miserably after a few months, so I’m a bit nervous about making a big ‘statement’ on giving up, so I’m just going to see how I get on. I know I’m a better, more productive person, and most importantly, Mum, when I’m not sluggish and hungover. I had a dry New Year’s Eve and it felt SO GOOD to wake up feeling fresher than I otherwise would. I also know that I get more done with a clear head, and have more clarity about life/relationships in general when not in a booze fog. I will get back to you on this and let you know how I get on after a certain amount of time has past!
Eating-wise, I know I’ve been eating more and not as well this year (prob all that Sauvvy B causing the munchies), and my waistline is suffering from it (11lbs heavier, ouch). I don’t agree with diets as such, but I know I feel lighter when I follow a lower carb way of life (more salads, vegetables, lean protein, it’s not rocket science), and I’m hoping the pounds will melt off with the lack of booze. Whilst I care very much about my health, especially the older I get, I’m also vain enough not to want to buy anymore clothes in a bigger size! The children have also been having too much chocolate this past month, so I’m trying to cut it out now and get back to normal with only the odd bit here and there.
Family and social life
I’d like us to continue to spend good quality time together, plan more trips i.e. get the dates in the diary NOW. Find other ways to socialise that don’t include getting rat-arsed in the pub. More dates with Adam BOOKED IN. Visit and phone more of my old school friends who don’t live in London. I’d also like to book a riding lesson, take more photos and use my camera better, and write more for fun.
Parenting-wise, I think I’m doing an okay job, although I’d like to be a little less shouty than I’ve been the past few months. I hate shouting, but I find it happens most when the kids are bickering, I’m stressed/preoccupied with other things, and it doesn’t do anyone any good at all (and I don’t think that it works). I think I try to do too much at once, and I’d like to forget about some things completely and focus on the children entirely without distraction. I’m much calmer and deal with any potential 3 and 4 year old ‘blips’ better then!
We’ve lived on our house nearly 4 years now. I absolutely love our home, but it’s still taken this long to put what I call ‘finishing’ touches in place. These are photos and pictures to go on walls, potential colour changes on walls, furniture painting, a couple of new pieces of furniture/shelves up and most importantly, DECLUTTER. We now seem to have so much ‘stuff’, and as someone who’s naturally quite tidy and organised, it’s driving me crazy. Today I sorted out a kitchen utensil drawer, and it was insane what we didn’t actually need (2 pizza cutters, 3 garlic crushers among others. Surely no one eats that much garlic?!). This year I’m going to be ruthless! I’ll be writing more about this this coming week, and I think it will be the focus of a lot of my interiors blog posts this coming year.
So this obviously seems like a lot, and I HATE to call them resolutions, so let’s just call them ‘focus’ for now! I like having mini targets and goals, so have broken some of these up into mini monthly plans that I think might make them more achievable i.e. write down an area every 2 days for a month to declutter, what I’m going to do with it, and then getting rid of the unwanted stuff.
So here’s to 2016! 2015, you were a good un, but I can’t wait to see what this year brings!
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What a busy year and it’s definitely going to be hard to top the year you get married! I hope 2016 is amazing for you all and hopefully we will get to meet up a few times too. We still need to meet for that lunch. Happy new year lovely. X
Aah thank you lovely, and this is also going to be the year that I actually DO meet up with all the people I’ve wanted to for so long, I definitely want to before your little chap arrives x
Happy 2016!! I love your focuses? foci? for the year, they sound perfect intentions for an exciting but slightly calmer year!
Thanks Carie! Hope you had a lovely new year, and can’t wait to keep reading more about your lovely family! x
What an amazing year getting married! 2015 really has been so exciting for you! Good luck with these goals and your work projects, I know you’ll be amazing. Hopefully see you at some events this year! xx Jess xx
Thanks Jess, I’d love to see you at some more events- let me know what you’re looking to go to this year. This is the year I’m more sociable! x
Wow, such great plans! It all sounds so achievable and I’m excited for you about the job prospect. I have a part time job – 19 hours a week and although I love earning money through the blog, and earn a good part time income now, I love the social side of my day job and the guaranteed income. Happy New Year lovely! x
That’s exactly what I want Donna, a balance of both I think! Wow, I forgot you had another job too, you are super woman, how the hell do you find the time to post so much and run the fb group?! Seriously impressed! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family 🙂 x
Fantastic post. xx
Thank you! x
I think we are living the same life. I’m doing low-carb, dry jan AND sorted out my kitchen utensil draw today!! Can’t tell you how much I’m craving a Merlot right now… 😉
Happy New Year lovely xx
I thought that too Alice! I hopped over to you earlier (will comment soon) and properly chuckled- YES to no booze, low carb and getting rid of stuff (although I fear I’m going to find the latter tricky). I’m hoping to ditch the booze long term though so trying to ignore thoughts of wine right now, we will see what happens! Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous babies x
Wow, looks like you have so much planned already for 2016, my diary at the moment it pretty bare in comparison and I can’t see it changing anytime soon. 2015 was such a wonderful year for your family, I hope this one is so even better!
P.S. Good luck on the no-boozing! xx
How exciting with lots to look forward to! I hope you have a wonderful 2016 Becky xx
Thanks Em, hope this year is a brilliant one for you too! x