I’ve recently been thinking about setting some goals for the new year. I don’t go in for this ‘new year, new me’ stuff as, let’s face it, you are who you are, but there are things I want to achieve in the new year to make life that bit easier and feel that bit better.
After reading a fab post from MummytoDex, I decided to write my own, though rather than just blog goals I thought I’d look at goals for life overall.
2016 was a year of highs and lows. Births, marriages, operations and sadly losing someone close too. It was a year where I have cried and laughed in equal measure. Been happier than I thought possible and more terrified than ever before. It’s a year that I will be glad to see the back of, but remember more fondly than any other.
After a rollercoaster year I’ve decided that 2017 is the year of getting my shit together! I say it every year but this year I am so fed up of saying and not doing. I need to change and I also need to give Big a kick up the arse too as he needs to get his act together at times! He is half teenage boy and half amazing Dad and I feel a bit too much like a nagging Mum with him sometimes!
1. Sort out the house
We were lucky enough to buy a lovely new house this year. We’ve made it our home but I often look around and see piles of crap everywhere (apart from in the nice tidy corners I take photos of!) I need to get more organised in keeping everything tidy and clean. I’ve decided I’m going to have a regular cleaning schedule and have been looking at Pinterest for some ideas. I’m going to be trying to be more minimalist, something which I started to think more about after watching AmyBeingMum’s video on the subject, and get rid of things I keep ‘just in case’. Going back to work and keeping the house tidy will be a challenge but I hope that by having a tidier house it will help keep my mind tidy and less anxious.
My mum bought me this book for Christmas – do you think she was trying to tell me something?
2. Get out more
Sometimes I feel like I spend my life indoors. We go out and see people but we always go to their houses or meet in coffee shops, we go to baby groups but these are always inside and when I do go out for walks they always seem to be short trips to the shop. I sometimes get a bit of cabin fever and often think Little does too, which is why we have some tough days with her. With going back to work. Last year Big bought me an English Heritage membership (it should have been National Trust but that’s another story!) and do you know how many times we used it? A big fat zero! Not only is it a huge waste of money but shows how little we get out and do things together. As little grows I want us to go on adventures as a family and 2017 is going to be the start of it.
3. Sort out our diet
To look at Big and I, you wouldn’t think we were particularly unhealthy, but we eat a lot of bad food! Friday is usually referred to as Chinese Friday as we tend to have a take away. Before Little we’d have more than one take away a week to be honest. We’ve been better since, mainly thanks to my Mum cooking us meals and me planning occasionally, but next year I’m going to meal plan every week and shop more carefully.
In the tag line for most of my social media I mention the fact that I am an occasional blogger. I want to take the blog more seriously in the new year. I plan to go self hosted, redesign to look of the blog, blog at least once a week, make more links with brands I love and increase my readers through interesting, more carefully planned content. I am also toying with the idea of trying my hand with some vlogs, but we’ll have to see if I’m brave enough!
So there you have it. The 4 main goals I’ve got to help me get it together in 2017.
I hope that this time next year I’ll be able to look back and know I’ve worked hard to achieve them. I hope I’ll be in a better place and feeling less ‘mess’ and more like a proper grown up (if there is such a thing!)
What are your goals for the new year? How do you plan on achieving them?
Little Big Love