If you’ve read my latest post, you’ll see exactly what we as a family, got up to in 2017. We had a great year with our then baby’s first birthday, our newest baby’s arrival, Dexter starting school and everything in between. I’d also like to think I made some lovely new blogging friends. two of those friends were Lucy and Julie. Lucy recently tagged Julie of Pondering Parenthood in ’18 things for 2018′ and Julie has subsequently tagged me. The idea is to write a list of 18 things to achieve in 2018 – part bucket list and part goal setting. Kind of a new years resolution post if you want to look at it that way.
I’ve always found that having goals is great but writing them down makes you so much more likely to succeed. Especially when it comes to personal targets. Back before I had Dexter, I shared my weight with people and having it out there for people to know made me more determined to lose it. I’ve already set myself some blogging goals for this year and I’ll share a couple of them with you but I’m going to start my list with possibly the world’s most popular new years resolution…
I will lose weight.
Gestational Diabetes last year saw me lose a fair old chunk of weight whilst pregnant and about a week or two after giving birth, I weighed 10 stone. I loved it, I felt so good. Alas, I am ashamed to say I have gained a stone and a half in the last 6 months and definitely have some work to do to feel as good as I did last summer.
Go punting in Cambridge for my birthday.
I’ve been wanting to do this for absolute ages. I never do anything for my birthday. I always make sure I book it off work but then never really do anything, so a day out in Cambridge with lunch and a mess about on the river would be ideal. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
I will register as self-employed
I have such grand plans for my blog this year and one of them is to be able to start earning money from it. With the new tax year, I want to be in a position to take on more paid work rather than letting so many good opportunities pass me by. Not only that, I want to be able to make my own opportunities and chase the people that I want to collaborate with. Not just wait for things to fall into my lap
Host a games evening.
At the beginning of December, Liam and I invited a couple of friends over for a ‘games and Chinese’ get together. We had so much fun and I would love to make this a regular thing. It was so nice to actually have our friends round, all have a couple of drinks and some nice food and enjoy other people’s company. I would definitely like to do this again. Perhaps even make it a regular thing. What board games should I buy? We played Articulate last time but I would like to get cards against humanity. Do you have any other suggestions?
Have a photo shoot.
We still don’t have any family photos of the 5 of us now that Bridget is here and I would really love to have a family shoot with at least one decent picture four our living room wall. Would love some photographer recommendations local to Peterborough if you have any.
Finish watching the X Files.
It shouldn’t be much of a challenge, I admit but we have found it so hard to find time to squeeze in episodes of this when the kids are in bed and when we don’t both have loads of other stuff to do. With my blog and Liam’s woodwork, we seem to always be busy. Maybe we need to dedicate some time just for this.
Go to a blogging conference.
I’ve heard good things about Blog on and I know there are plenty of other events for bloggers too but its a money thing. Perhaps once I start earning money from my blog, I will make the purchase of a ticket the first thing I buy.
Get out of the house more.
I use the fact that I can’t drive as an excuse to get out. If I go anywhere I generally have the kids with me and there’s only so far a 4-year-old can walk without his legs getting tired but I want to make a conscious effort to get out and about more. Even if it’s just to the park or to the shops for milk. Letting the kids run around is important. The bigger two both got scooters for Christmas with new coats and new helmets. Paisley is getting a bike for her birthday so it’s not like they won’t have fun.
Sort the garden.
Following on from the last point, fresh air is so good for the kids and even when we don’t have anywhere to go, they have a walled garden where they can run about to their heart’s content. I need to tidy it up and clear out a lot of crap. It needs a lot more flowers to stop the cats pooing in it and maybe a bigger or better swing and toy storage. There is work to be done but I’m sure I can make it a great place for picnics and all sorts. Oh… and I need to get rid of those pesky red ants!
Every week I pledge to take one complete day away from my laptop. to be completely present with my family. possibly even put my phone in a different room. I’m not saying I don’t spend time with these other people in my house haha, of course, I do, but I’ll read a book and then go on Facebook or we’ll eat dinner and then I’ll scroll through Instagram. I’d like to have one day free of tech.
I use to love doing all sorts of crafty things but I always find myself rushing things these days thinking I have so much to do so I rarely enjoy the things I’m doing. I want to do more crafty things with the kids and perhaps even have a regular feature or craft section on here. If not on here then maybe Instagram.
Get messy more…
This blog is called ‘messy blog’ because that’s what me and Dexter used to do. we were always up to mischief, getting mucky with paint, tubs of beans, gloop and all sorts of other stuff. I miss doing that and the girls have missed out too as we’ve barely done anything like that since having them. This is the year of the mess.
…but also have a cleaning routine
But it’s also the year of the routine. Having Dexter at school means I have to get up every day and do school runs. Once he is at school, I get home and I have an hour of housework. I would like to ideally get all the ‘must do’ jobs done in half an hour and then have another half hour for extra jobs such as tidying the kid’s rooms etc. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit so with any luck, by the end of January we should be close!.. We’ll say march to be safe!
This comes back to point one – I will lose weight. But I don’t just want to eat better for weight loss. having a healthy diet is conducive to so much. I want to set a good example for my children and for them to have a good relationship with food. I want to have good skin and hair. I want to be fit and well enough to play with them and chase them (I might also need better bras if running is to be involved). But I have eaten enough junk over the past few weeks to honestly be sick if it all. Give me the veggies!
Drink more water
following on from the last point. I’ve found myself drinking a lot of tea and coffee recently. Even when I don’t particularly feel like I need the caffeine boost. It’s a habit. I’m going to start every morning with a glass of cold water and have at least one glass at meal times. I’m not saying I’m going to cut out other drinks, but I’m certainly going to up my intake of h2o.
Up my photography game
I have a new camera. I love it, and I happen to think I have a fairly good eye for composing images too so it’s high time I started to use it better and take better pictures. Watch my Instagram to see if this actually happens.
Be more charitable
This Christmas I have been overwhelmed by the amount of goodwill I have seen in the human race. There ARE good people out there. There ARE selfless people and although I do things like buying from and donating to charity shops, giving to food banks and other small acts, I want to do more. I want my children to see me do more. and for them to be nice people that think of others before themselves and will always help where they can. We don’t have a lot but we have more than many. We have our health, a home, food in our cupboards and clothes on our bodies. If I have an opportunity to help this year, I’m going to be taking it where possible.
I think that speaks for itself really.