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I absolutely love the start of a New Year. It feels so full of promise, so full of potential. I always feel like anything is possible. I don’t tend to make New Years resolutions as, quite frankly, I don’t stick to them and I don’t think thats a particular positive start to a year. Instead, I like to make plans and set goals.
So, for my last post of 2017, I thought I would share some with you. If they are written down, they gotta happen, right?….
I am determined in the new year, to have at least one thing in the diary for every month thats a little different to the normal things we do. For example, one of the things that I got Nik for Christmas this year was a tour of Churchill’s War rooms in London. (It sounds amazing and we love a bit of history in our house). This we are looking to do in February. We have a trip to Bath scheduled for May. I want us to experience something or somewhere new every month. Life is bloody short, we need to collect experiences, not things eh? This is something I am determined to do 2018.
I changed my job beyond all recognition this last year. I closed my business and went to work from a little room that I have built in my garden. It is stress free and calm. I work 30 hours a week, and I am looking to reduce this a little next year. Not by much, but just a few hours. I really enjoy my work, but my body physically aches at the end of the week, massage and facials are hard on a therapists body, and after 18 years, many, many 60+ hour weeks, my body is tired! I hope to start my slightly reduced hours from February. I also have had a new little business idea that I have been trying to get off the ground on and off, for 18 months. I am determined to focus on getting that sorted the early part of the new year.
Blimey, this paragraph could go on for two pages, so I will attempt to keep it short. I love to travel. I love to discover new places, find fabulous cities. Nik, and my sons, all share this passion. Our exploring didn’t go quite to plan in 2017, so we have a bit of catching up to do in 2018. As soon as Nik gets the go ahead that he can travel abroad, we are off! Id like to ideally try to do 3 or 4 foreign trips next year, but thats ambitious and may not be achievable! Unless I win the lottery, (which incidentally, I don’t do) Gotta aim big eh! Places on my hit list for next year include Brugge, Cape Verde, Venice, Paris, Florence, ohhh so many places! Lets see what happens.
I absolutely love to learn new things. Every year, I try to learn something new. I really cant decide what I want to learn in 2018. I keep being drawn towards doing a simple dress making type class. I have visions of being able to customise and “up-cycle” clothes, as well as being able to whip up a top or dress. In reality, I will probably have limited, clumsy ability that ruffles up a leg warmer or something. I did do soft furnishings a few years back, and loved it, so we will see. Learning to make jewellery also appeals to me. Actually, I think maybe Im a frustrated crafter…. I also want to read more. I used to read loads, but I have struggled to focus this year, so I have bought and been gifted a few books lately. Im determined to read them. I absolutely love getting lost in a book, especially books that make me think or look at things differently. I cant wait!
I absolutely love blogging, and plan on continuing with it. I hope to get a little more structure next year, just for my own sanity and organisation really. Life with kids, a job, a husband (with a long list of hospital appointments), home duties, having a social life and general life admin is fricking busy! I do struggle with finding time, so I think a little structure might help me out a bit. I plan to continue writing about whatever I fancy, keeping my integrity and just enjoying it. I hope to do a little more collaboration posts, (not to the point where every item is gifted/sponsored etc, I promise you that) but it will only be with things that really interest me or I truly love. As long as I can keep writing, I will be happy. One area that I really do want to understand more, is bloody Instagram. I just don’t like it much. I find it lacks soul and “real-ness”. My friend tells me I just haven’t found my groove with it yet, so, this is something I will be trying to do. Im gonna experiment a bit with it. Bare with..
Its safe to say, my wellbeing has been put slightly on the back burner in 2017. I can remember at one point, thinking how bad my hair looked and felt. It dawned on me in November that I had not had my hair cut or tended too in any way, for over a year. I have not eaten healthily, not been to yoga or done any exercise, most of the year. Thats gotta change, as I am very aware, that an unhealthy me is not useful to anyone. My plan is to get back to eating healthily, thats a given, but also get back to yoga. I have found someone that teaches on a one to one basis, which will probably suit me better as I struggle to commit to a regular class at the moment. Im so excited to get back to it. Im also going to not feel guilty if I have a sneaky afternoon reading, watching films, window shopping etc
I have an admission. I am the least organised person in the universe. Not in my work, Im very organised with that, but with my general time management. I procrastinate, I get distracted, I have my head in the clouds most of the time. A job that should take an hour, can take me three hours. My Mum has always told me that if I was more organised my life would be easier. She is of course right. I almost feel like I need a “life manual” haha! A book that organises me. Maybe thats my key! Maybe I should write myself a life manual. Ohhhh I could have hit on something here…….. In all seriousness, I am going to organise myself better. Yep. Defo. 100%. Just as soon as I think about it for an hour or so…
I learnt a lot this last year about my spending habits. You may recall that I did a month of no make up spending, then a further month of no spending at all. It taught me a lot. You can read about it in this post, My No Make Up Buying Month I plan on being more mindful with what I buy and spend, and I am also going to be more conscious of the things I do buy. My intention is to switch to completely cruelty free make up and beauty products from now on, so my make up buying will be made with more awareness. Im
So thats it really. I am looking forward to the New Year. People say all the time “oh next year will be amazing, just you wait” and they may well be right. But, in truth, I would be over the moon if next year was just calm, gentle with us, stress free. Im not hoping or asking for the world in 2018. If 2017 taught me anything, its that some of the things I gave value and importance too, really, just have no importance! I will wait until 2019 for amazing…….