I get that not everyone digs the whole new year resolutions thing. I mean, after all aren’t they statistically doomed for failure? I’m all for a bit of goal setting though – what harm can come from reflecting on where you’ve been, and reset your markers for where you want to go.
With the same kind of mindset, I’m also doing a bit of a detox this January. Well, I say detox, what I mean is I’m not drinking any booze, and I’m trying to get back into a the running and generally trying to eat a little less ‘Christmassy’. It’s not for everyone, but I’m totally up for it, so that can only be a good thing can’t it?
I might be a little late to the party on the New Year blog post thing, but better late than never so here is what I decided I want to tackle this coming year.
RECLAIM THE BRAIN
I honestly do not know what happened to me last year. Organised is my middle name, and yet, somehow my brain seemed to have fallen out of my ear. My to do items, shopping lists, blog ideas and dates scattered across multiple calendars, half hearted diaries, phone notes and A4 sheets stuck on the fridge wasn’t conducive to getting my shit together. In fact, in a totally out of character way, I forgot birthdays, missed deadlines, lost a load of stuff and just never got around to doing a load of things I really had best intentions to be all over.
In fairness, my friends would still tell you I’m the most militant person ever when it comes to getting organised. My idea of being all over the place is probably still the goal of some of them…BUT, I just felt unsettled? Frazzled? Not my usual Superwoman self. Just this week I spent 10 minutes searching for my keys and found them still in the ignition of the car? #Mumbrain
So, this year I’m back on it. I hinted excessively before Christmas towards a perfect gift and it paid off. Now I have one (rather gorgeous) sage green planner and one family wall calendar. A centralised place to jot ideas and inspiration for home, blog and personal projects. To keep on top of school to do stuff, term dates and holiday planning. Birthdays and Anniversaries will be gifted, wrapped and posted in plenty of time. Yeah baby I’m back in the game.
TWENTYSEVENTEEN Meet my new brain. The old one got a bit frazzled last year with digital notes, scraps of paper, multiple notebooks, letters from school and calendars. So excited to be getting my shit together this year with an old school planner. Feeling like my ten year old self as I write in all the dates so far. Thank you @kikki.k and Santa for taking the online hints to the perfect Christmas present xxx 2017 LETS DO THIS 😎 #kikkik #coolmumclub #newyear #ukparentbloggers #planneraddict #totsphoto #snaphappybritmums #pinklinker #homeetc
Well, almost. There was a slight false start in early January. But we’ll move on from that.
– F A I L – So after a frazzled end of 2016, which saw me forget several birthdays, miss school deadlines and forget what day of the week it was, I set my goal for 2017 to get organised. Armed with stunning planner gear and a fresh new calendar, it seems I failed at the very first hurdle. #thatwasclose #goodjobnannychecked #mumfail #mumprobs #coolmumclub #planner #ukparentbloggers #pinklinker #happylittlebuttons #rememberingthesedays #musttryharder
I’ve made no secret of the fact I am horrendously punctual. I’m actually starting to really irritate myself now – I mean, why would I rush around and yell at the kids to get in the car every morning, just to stand in the FREEZING cold for 10 minutes more than I need to?
And why would I stress and feel harassed to arrive at a play date 20 minutes before everyone else, when I could have an extra brew and arrive in sync with everyone else?
I’m going to claw those minutes back, and use them wisely. I know, weird…not sure any one else makes a new years resolution to be more LATE.
RECLAIM THE BOD
Well maybe that’s a misrepresentative sub header as I’m not sure the old bod was ever that amazing…but I do definitely feel a bit like I need to shift the excess of Chrimbo. This past weekend saw my first run of 2017 and I actually realised I’d kinda missed it? A sack load of funky sportswear from my sis-in-law was enough to motivate me to get out of the door and put my best foot forward. I think I might even sign up for a local 10K, and definitely do another park run which I tried out last year. I’m even contemplating using this time to try again with the second teatox pack I got in the BOGOF deal, after the first one was a total fail.
🏃🏻♀️ R U N F O R R E S T R U N Nothing like some new #running gear to get you out and back on it (even if it was hand me down from my incredibly sporty sis-in-law). So, first run of 2017 done and along with #dryjanuary I’ll have undone all the damage of Christmas in no time. Maybe. Just got to eat all the celebrations first. #thismamaloves #coolmumclub #unpocodetodouk #pinklinker #ukparentbloggers #
In terms of home projects, the hubby has got his heart set on cladding our ugly brick out house with reclaimed wood – totally pinterestesque. I’m not so sure this is going to go so well, but to be fair it can’t look much worse so I’m going to be a supportive wife and cheer him on.
Back indoors, we have kick started to process to rip out our old back boiler and replace the 70’s gas fireplace with a imitation log burner. It’s turning out to be one of those jobs you thought would be straight-forward but definitely isn’t. Also known as #whydidntwedothisbeforegettinganewcarpet.
It’s also not gone unnoticed that our bedroom is the very last room of the house undecorated. Maybe 2017 is the year we execute the plan to create an Antarctica themed bedroom? I’ve got so many fab ideas for it, but it’s just a case of making a start.
Is it just me, or does the part of the brain reserved for Christmas get replaced by ‘HOLIDAY PLANNING’ as soon as the decorations are back in the loft?
Having holidayed abroad on a ‘last cheap holiday before big school’ mission last summer, we have decided on a UK based holiday this year. I’ve been checking out holiday cottage rentals on the Kentish coast but our options are still very much open.
One other ‘if we win the lottery’ idea was a trip to Disneyland Paris in the second week of Tigs October half term. But, we may have to face up to choosing just one main trip this year as the funds just may not stretch that far. I definitely want to go back as a family of four in the next few years though. We had a ‘cheer up’ trip there just after Tigs second birthday as we recovered from some sad times, and I’d love to take our new addition along to experience the magic while they are both little enough. (Nothing to do with me wanting to enjoy the magic at all).
Plus we are already talking and planning the annual favourites – a bank holiday camping trip with my Dad, a road trip with the work crew to Wales, and a chavavan holiday with the baby group gang. All of which are a much more palatable budget.
This year Tigs will finish her reception year at school, and the mouse will have marked her territory at nursery for one morning a week. There are no plans for any pitter pattering of any more tiny feet, and life seems to be waving goodbye to the baby days. *Sobs and cheers simultaneously*.
2017 is a year for big birthdays on either side of our immediate families: 18, 21, 30, 40, 40, 60, 60. So whilst I turn a pretty non descript age of 36, it’s sure to be a year of some pretty lovely family events as we celebrate those milestone birthdays with our nearest and dearest.
Now here’s a funny one. Since the New Year I have felt a strange little stirring inside – and no I haven’t been watching any Jamie Dornan reruns.
I think, there’s a small part of me that feels like it could be time for a change. Maybe I need a new direction for the year and something to apply myself to. In all honesty, the idea of the extra cash to fund any potential Eurodisney trip for the future is quite appealing too.
In a really nice way, I feel I have choices. No harm in seeing what’s around, and definitely no rush or pressure to jump into anything. I can hold out for the perfect part time job. Maybe my car key losing brain is in need of something else to be processing…
In terms of the blog, in all honesty, I’m not sure where my head is at. There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be blogging my way through 2017. At which pace however is yet to be determined. Just before Christmas I could have written a post a day, I was literally bursting with ideas, passion and creativity. Since my Chrimbo break with the famo, I’m just feeling a little bit…meh about it. I’m not panicking though. I’ve been here before and know it’ll come in ebbs and flows. That’s blogging. I have also learnt to chill about it and roll with the punches I have no major plans to wind down, ramp up or anywhere in between. I’m still totally behind our little #coolmumclub community and I can’t see my blog days being over anytime soon. Oh – talking of which, #coolmumclub linky is BACK this Thursday, 12th January at 6am.
Whatever happens, 2017 is a blank page and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.