Well it has been a while since I last blogged – a month or so I think. I managed two weeks of Blogmas which to be fair, i’m quite impressed with. I think I just burned myself out! There is so much pressure to be on your game during December/Christmas, you are trying to do 10 million things at once; sort presents, blog, spend time with family, get your house ready & organised..
I decided to take a couple of weeks to sort my shit out & rather than putting content out for the sake of it, I would wait until my heart & head was really in it. Which I finally feel like it is. I know I am a little late to the party but I thought I would share my 2019 goals & plans. There isn’t anything major or life changing but small things I really hope to do or achieve this year. Last year I set specific targets for followers & stats ect and it is really disheartening when you don’t manage to quite meet them, so i’m not bothering with all that this year. If my followers/readers increases then obviously i’ll be thrilled but i’m not going to put the pressure on myself.
My main focus for 2019 is my family. Not just Teddy & A, but my immediate family too. We have always been really, really close & I would love it to stay that way. Keeping in touch, regular check ins & quality time together is so important when it comes to relationships. It is so easy to go days without texting or a phone call because it’s family – they are always there right? It is so easy to take them for granted.
I also want to make more of an effort to go for family days out – we are thinking one big day out a month, just me, A & Teddy. Whether that is to the zoo, the farm or exploring new places. Teddy absolutely loves it when we are all together & I want to make more of an effort.
There are a few changes I want to make to my lifestyle this year – I want to take better care of myself. Both health wise, self care wise & putting myself first sometimes. I plan to do more home cooking! Rather than opting for convenience (takeaways, freezer meals ect) plan ahead, utilise my slow cooker more & enjoy it! I actually love cooking from scratch, it can just be hard trying to do it all with a toddler whizzing around your legs screeching like a banshee.
Self care wise I just want to take better care of my mental health, take five minutes out of the day to do something that is just for me. Whether that be applying a face mask, listening to a podcast whilst I cook tea or spending an extra ten minutes in the shower. Something that takes me out of mummy/home owner mode. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting ten minutes to yourself to just be. Shut the door on the chaos and noise of everyday life and treat yo’self.
I’m not entirely sure how I felt about my blog in 2018. There were months I was so inspired and really in the zone. I knew where I wanted to take my blog & wanted to work really hard to get there. Then there we months were it was the last thing I wanted to do. Self doubt trickles in slowly then before you know it it’s a full on tsunami of “my blog is not good enough” and I just freeze. Stop planning, stop writing & let myself wallow in the doubt. I compared my blog, Instagram & general life to every fucker else’s and it is just the worst thing you can do. It is so easy for people to say “comparison is the thief of joy, don’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 50” or whatever bollocks it is.
I’ve decided that 2019 is going to be the year of writing when I like, about whatever I like. If people want to read it – amazing. If they don’t? well it’s their loss LOL.
2018 was such an amazing year for travel! We spent 10 days in Greece, a week in Wales & a magical break to Disneyland. Travel is something that is so important to me & now I have Teddy, that hasn’t changed. If anything it has made me more determined to explore new places. I want Teddy to have a real passion for travel as he gets older. Me & A don’t smoke, drink or go out on benders so we choose to spend our spare money on holidays!
This year is no different & we already have a few exciting trips planned! A mixture of UK breaks/weekends away & we are also going abroad with all my family – I think there will be 11 of us in total! Last time we all went away was to Cyprus for my Sister’s wedding – I was early pregnant with Teddy & she has just this month welcomed a little boy to join her three girls, so we have two new additions joining us for our family holiday in September. Teddy is going to be in his absolute element.