We are just shy of 2 weeks into 2018 and so far so good in that I am managing to keep upright, implement a few small changes and my children are still alive and happy.
Like every change of year nothing drastic has changed just as you wouldn’t expect it too and I had posted recently about just being happy with my lot so that is what I am focusing on day to day.
There is a lot of buzz about self care and mindfulness etc but to be honest that can put you under another pressure if you feel like you are not managing to achieve that or what is even may look like on a day to day basis. We all know we need good sleep, good food, warmth and love to survive but in our ever increasing hectic lives (with children or without) just being still is what we are probably all lacking a bit. I am taking baby steps in ‘self care’, the latter end of 2017 was incredibly busy and I have come out the year feeling slightly withered.
So for 2018 I made simple goals and here are some of a medium sized list-
- No phone to bed
- Read more
- Get into a series
- Drink more water
- More family walks
- Mediate daily
So far I have done 5 out of 6 so that aint bad with the rest of the list to keep working through but being mindful that doing nothing and standing still, just being fine with right now is good too. That can be harder I find as a parent, you are always awaiting the next milestone, craving more sleep and phases to pass but time shoots by so fast so its embracing the little moments and building the bigger ones from those which is what is important to me right now.
January is a strange month, start of the year, new hopes and goals.. For us it was never going to be a straight run after all that had happened over Christmas so we decided to use the month to adjust, start implementing new plans and begin to get our life back on track. Are we there yet, not quite and will remain to be seen but we are making in roads and that, at least is a good thing.
I looked at some of our goals last night, some ticked off the list, some not but coming out of January I feel pretty happy with where our family is headed.
The biggest thing to happen was I am changing jobs. Eek It’s been a long time coming and whilst I really love the people I work with and they have been great an opportunity arose that I couldn’t turn down. That opportunity was balance. By some small miracle a position came up in a very reputable company for a job share role. It wasn’t something I could turn down, the process had been happening for a while and all came together mid January. It brings back the balance our family so badly craves. It gives me an opportunity to work and focus on where this blog can go but I still get my independence and a good routine for our family. I am very lucky I know but I think life brings you clangers but eventually you get a break and we are grabbing it with two hands.
So February is the start of spring, hope and brighter days. Our health regime is kicking in and the final spring clear out will be complete. We have a few nice plans with friends, I am off to London and a bit of romance with the Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day-we need it after everything so a bottle of bubbles will be popped and our future toasted to good times ahead.
Josh’s social calander is filling up too with some plans:
We have him booked for another splatter day with Messy Monkeys, the first week in February. We are booking him in for a Rugby Tots trial the following week. Then later in the month we want to start him in swimming lessons ahead of our summer holiday in May-he’s getting a bit brave for my liking! We love weekend activities with him and I also am looking forward to getting back to the farm and some park play dates now hopefully the weather will start to get better!
I am starting to get excited about what I can start to do with the blog, new regular posts like dinner ideas, easy outfits that I hope will be well received. The future is bright and I am excited for what now lies ahead!
Happy 2016! As we take down the decos and finish off the last of the bikkies I am happy to be moving into the new year.
A lot has happened us in recent months and we were happy to say goodbye to 2015. Some good did come out of the year and just seeing Josh evolve has been such a joy.
Life can be funny and when not so nice things happen it makes you realise a lot of things, bring focus to what you have and makes you look to the future with a little more focus.
On New Years Day we went for a woodland walk and got very very lost-long story short we had to get rescued by this random family and the very next day with a clean slate I found his quote. It made me laugh but it did resonate somewhat.
This year we have written down our goals, they are private goals for now but hopefully I will be able to share them as we go through the year. Some are big and some very small, like simple weekly evening walks…
I have high hopes for 2016 and I hope for everyone I know and love it is a lovely year too filled with happiness, love and good health.
Happy New Year!