Hello 2017

Hello everybody!

I know we’re nearly at the end of January  so it is not a new year as such. But it is my first post this year! I’ve been having a restructure of thoughts and plans this year so far,  I really feel in a different place to where I was this time last year.

I have read a Marie Kondo book about decluttering and having your home filled with things that “spark joy” and hence what you love. I’ve watched a documentary on Netflix called “Forks Over Knives” and we are looking at mixing up our eating habits and diet. The documentary talks about the health benefits of moving to a whole food, plant based diet.

These two topics look set to dominate my year, and my thoughts and planning. Or definitely for the next few weeks.

I have been doing a lot of decluttering already this month, but there is so much to do. And so little time in between family life and all the usual responsibilities.

And last night I decided I would start a bullet journal. I have had my own journal system which is very similiar to the bullet journal concept, but the “bujo” is a much more trackable, organised version. And I’m looking forward to trying to get a little creative with it. I’ve already been playing with the layouts today – while minding a sick little baba (well she’s nearly 3, but my baba!).

So that’s where I am right this minute, hopefully I’ll get a chance to get on here and let you know how its all going.

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New Years Scale Back

Ok so, this isn’t actually a post about New Years Resolutions, but it could be. Because I want to make some changes. I’ve decided I need to start to say no, and scale back. Scale back on how much I do, how busy I am.

I decided in September that I would start doing things again once the kids started back to school and I had time in the mornings – because the previous year I hadn’t been able to do much because the baby was small and I was so tired all the time. So in September, I started making plans for the morning – but the thing was that I didn’t give myself a chance to catch up on the house after the summer and after the wedding. I didn’t give myself any time to get myself back to normal – so I was constantly running around after myself trying to catch up on my day to day things. And then if there was an illness or event, it took double time to catch up on that (because I moved my meet ups/coffees/appointments to the following week and became doubly busy. It meant I enjoyed the time out of the house, but not the time at home or with the kids – because when I was home I was always behind.

So I am planning on scaling back on making plans, and making sure to keep on top of things at home first.

I am also going to scale back on food (as usual!) and on facebook time (because it drains my time) – and increase the exercise, and quality time with hubbie and the kids.

So they’re not New Year Resolutions, they’re a plan of action. Hopefully. For moving forward.

Happy New Year!

Belated Happy New Year to everyone!

The end of 2015, and the beginning of 2016 have been very busy indeed.

I had a few things that I wanted to wrap up and have out of the way before Christmas, and wedding thank you cards were very high on that list for me. I spent a few days and sat down and wrote them and sent them, it was a huge relief when they were sent. I really was so grateful for everything people did for us for the wedding that I wanted to make sure the year didn’t end without us sending the cards (I don’t have a great track record with thank you cards. I have bought them on each baby, and only on the last child did I actually manage to write them – and at that I only delivered about 75% of the writen cards!)

Our grand-daughter arrived last week (my step-grand-daughter, officially) and so we have been trying to help out and spend time with her and her parents. She is amazing, and I am hoping that having these grand-children (there’s another arriving within a month!) will help me ward off any more broodiness I may have for wanting more of my own!

Also our washing machine finally went kaput, so we have had no way of washing our clothes for the last week (luckily I was up to date before Christmas) – while working out what our options were going to be. But I have just ordered a new washing machine (which is actually a wedding present that my aunt and uncle realised would be needed soon!) so I am very excited about its arrival at the weekend. I would also say my step-mum will be happy to hear, as I arrived to her house today with 4 loads of laundry… I’ll bring the rest tomorrow!!

We had a lovely Christmas, and New Year. The kids were back to school this morning, and somehow I managed to get them there in one piece, with uniforms and lunches so a good start! I have so much that I want to do in 2016, and I’m looking forward to seeing what and how much do I actually manage to get done! x