Like many others, I’ve decided not to follow the norm this year by making umpteen New Years resolutions which I know that despite good intention, I will just not keep.
So this year, I have chosen to give myself a little more leniency by having end of year goals rather than new year beginnings.
Don’t get me wrong though – I do believe that the new year is a fabulous place in time to start afresh. It’s like a bit of a momentary landmark in time isn’t it – so it goes without saying that for some people, this works well for them. But for me, it’s never been that easy.
Especially in bleakness and chill of the winter months when all I want to do is snuggle under duvets, drink cocoa and watch Netflix!
So, by the end of 2016 I do hope to have achieved a large proportion of my goals.
The first and most obviously clichéd one of course to get fit and slim down.
I have some rather lovely places to be this year, so ideally I want to look good for them.
It’s been far too long that I have let my pregnancy weight develop over the past few years further into the larger figures due to eating too much, too many of the bad foods, complete lack of exercise and all in all, general laziness. I am sincerely hoping this year I can change my mindset a little to become a better version of me.
As I suppose that’s one of the slogans out there at the moment isn’t it – to counter the New Year : New Me – i’ll be following the ‘New Year : Better Version of Me’ plan!
I really hope to change my mindset and relationship with food. I have everything crossed and I’m afraid I’m not sure how this one will pan out, as my willpower has always been my nemesis, but I’m hoping to set small short term goals to try and keep on track of things.
Plus – I hit the big 4-0 this year *goes off to sob a little* so I’d really love to try and look as good as I can for this too.
You never know though – perhaps 2016 will be my year!
I want to spend more Quality Time with my Children and Family
This is an important one to me.
In 2015, although we did many lovely things together as a family, or as individuals with our girls, I really feel I’ve not yet found that happy balance between my everyday 9 – 5 working hours, my blogging, which although I love, is very time-consuming indeed, trying to keep on top of general family life and other ad hoc commitments. It’s tricky isn’t it.
Plus this year will be the first whole year that Holly has so many school term holidays. The half terms, the Easter break and the lengthy Summer Holidays. I remember these times with such fondness from when I was little, and I really want Holly to experience the same.
So, although my allocated holiday from work is not enough to cover this time off in the slightest, I am trying to pre-plan so that I can really make the most of those days I do have available and have the best time possible with her over these periods. I am keen to actually take her out to see people and places, rather than work from home and stick her in front of a movie with a snack or two!
Also, with Ella in nursery, I will also be able to include her into the days out, trips and mini adventures too! I’ll just pull her out for the day, so that she can join in with the family fun.
I also want us to share more time together as a family unit.
Whether this be with just us or the extended family too. I want to make the most of weekends rather than just spending all of Saturday and Sunday cleaning or blogging, but getting out and about and actually doing things. Not necessarily expensive or elaborately planned things, but things where we will spend time together and on which we can reminisce about one day.
Basically I need to get better!
I really need to actually get out and use the kit that I have been fortunate to have been given over the last couple of years. I don’t just want to learn how to photograph in manual, but I want to be confident and calm in shooting in manual too.
I have also finally landed myself a copy of the book which every blogger I know has been raving about, so with some handy tips from here, and from actually taking the time to get out and about practicing, I hope that by Christmas, I will be a far more skilled and competent photographer!
Photos – Subjects
I really, really, really want to take more photos of the people in my life.
I know that with blogging comes the normal product shots, the artistic flat lays, the posed looks etc, but I am adamant that this year I want to capture those around me too; my friends, my family, the people I love, all in their natural candid ways.
We unfortunately lost my mother in law last year, a huge corner piece in our family puzzle, after which I was in constant regret that I had spent so much time taking photos of other things, where I wish above everything I’d spend this time taking pictures of memories of the people that really matter in my life.
Obviously that’s not to say I don’t love the artistic photos though of course – as this is what I enjoy, it’s my only hobby and it’s something I am passionate about, I just need to find a happy balance.
So that is why, this year, I really want to change this.
Photos – Storage
I literally have thousands of photos stored on my Mac – and I desperately want and need to sort through these.
Aside from the fact that there is potential to lose them, ok – I know the cloud is a bit of a lifesaver, but I’m a bit old-school at heart, and I think I’d be far happier in the knowledge that some of these prized possessions were actually, physically printed out!
So, my plan will be to somehow think of ideas as to how to plan photobooks which capture my favourite images and memories. A bit of a big task I know, and so very time consuming I’m sure, but I think it really will make me smile when this comes to fruition!
De-clutter the House!
Anyone familiar me in the slightest, knows only too well that I struggle to bin things!
If it’s associated with a memory of some kind, then I really do try to keep hold of it. Especially if it’s to do with the girls. But this is something I really need to concentrate hard on to overcome. Especially as this year we are updating the house to have a little open plan living/kitchen/dining area, which will obviously look far better without clutter covering and spilling over the edges of the counters and table tops!
Perhaps I will plan to do little but often. A bit like a diet I suppose! But maybe then it will be easier for me to get my little head around! Rather than binning vast boxes of the little keepsakes and mementos I’ve collected *read ‘hoarded’* over the years!
Create a Fabulous Home Office
This little project is actually and excitedly underway as we speak! Yay. Well, we’ve started anyway.
For a long while now it was always the idea to make the nursery into an office once Ella had moved into another larger room. So, now that she is sharing with Holly, in their fabulous new bunk bed, the revamp can begin.
I’m really excited by this – so watch this space!
To have a Completed Kitchen Development
This is underway also, but is a whole lot more of a lengthy process! Seriously _ I never really realized how much planning needs to be involved just to knock down a wall or two and add in a kitchen! But as I say, the ball has started to roll, and we have received our first kitchen design plans. But in amongst this, we also have the builders quotes, the architect’s idea and opinions and the structural engineers concerns to add in to the mix too!
I am going to be writing little update posts – hopefully on a regular basis, but only time will tell – so would love you to follow our journey and maybe give me any hints or tips if you’ve had your kitchen revamped too!
To Meet Up with Old Friends
For years now I’ve been bumping into old friends in the street, in bars or at the H&M checkout, and we’ve always reminisced chatted animatedly about the past and always left one another suggesting we’ll meet up soon. But, this has never really come to pass. This year I really want to make a concerted effort to get back in touch and actually have that drink we’ve always promised!
To be the best Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend I can be
The last couple of years have been pretty rough for so many of the people in my life. And having experienced some pretty tough times myself last year, I know how hard things can hit and how quickly things can spiral out of control.
I really want to be able to be the best person I can be to help these people who mean so much to me, through some of the things they are going through.
There are some big resolutions for 2016 there but I’m sure you can do them. You look fab whatever so don;t stress too much on that. You have been there so much for everyone this year so look after you!
I can identify with so many of these Steph! I agree that New Year is a great time to think about goals and intentions, but I’m with you in not falling into that trap of setting unrealistic goals I will not keep! I’ve lost count of the num,her of times I’ve vowed to give up carbs, chocolate and wine only to fail by mid-January, oops!
Good goals! I need to declutter my house too! & considering trying to find time to start running again, as used to be an exercise fiend before the kids. Not wanting to lose weight but I would like to be fit again. Good luck with achieving your goals! #sundaystars
Great goals. I hope 2016 is a great year for you and you do everything you want to. #sundaystars xx
Great list! I didn’t make any resolutions but I do want to be healthier this year, I joined slimming world last week and I really need to get off my arse too! xx #sundaystars
Souns like you’re going to have a very busy year! I’m the same with my photos, I meant (many years ago) to create a photo book for each year but I’ve never got around to it. I just keep storing the photos up…. #sundaystars
Good luck with your goals, Steph. It’s always a difficult balancing act trying to achieve these with so many competing demands for our limited time. Consequently I’ve been focussing hard on what I’m NOT going to do this year so that I have the time to pursue the goals I do want to achieve. It’s never easy, is it? #sundaystars
This is a really good idea as in the past when I have made resolutions in Jan, I have quickly broken them as I set myself up to fail however doing it this way round and having something to achieve by the end of the year seems more of a realistic goal! I haven’t made any resolutions at all this year so I’m going to have a think about some end of year goals now. I think your goals are great and fully achievable, I’m with you on the taking more photographs of those close to you, this would definitely be one of mine! 🙂
Funnily enough my post for tomorrow is all about goals instead of resolutions – such a better idea! #sundaystars
Oh this is a lovely set of goals! A lovely post. With those beautiful pink trainers you’ll be able to meet those fitness goals in no time!! Beautiful photos of a beautiful family also! I love the goal about taking photos – I too feel the same – too many photos of my family are selfies of my children i find on photo stream taken by them- funny but not really the memories I would like in years to come – though they will be sure to make us laugh but i’d like to take more photos that we can treasure. Glad to have found your linky – lot of gorgeous posts to read tonight – love it! Happy Sunday xx
Good luck with achieveing all the goals for 2016!
I am wanting to loose weight and a few other things that you have written on the list too. Good luck lovely
Oh Steph, I hope 2016 is a good year for you and your family. I know how tough 2015 was for you. These goals for the year are a brilliant way of achieving a happier balance. But I hope you realise that you are gorgeous just as you are. You don’t really need to change! Good luck with all the work around your house. It sounds very exciting. I hope you manage to declutter. I just bought Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” and I am hoping it will revolutionise our home. Thanks for hosting #SundayStars with me lovely.. Hugs Lucy xxxx
Steph I basically nodded along to every single one of these!! The thing to remember is that your family is healthy and happy and clearly very loved so any more you give from this point is just a huge bonus 🙂
Your photography is already gorgeous – I love your IG feed, but I know what you mean about the subjects of your photos. I have hardly any photos of the three of us together!!
A great list! I particularly love the photography based ones (and may be punching them for my own list…!). Thanks for hosting #sundaystars 🙂
Best of luck, it’s nice to re evaluate things and prioritise, yours are very similar to mine, I find Pinterest great for helping me learn how to get the best from my DSLR
Oh I absolutely love your list and so many things we share on our to do lists for 2016 maybe we can help motivated each other. The storage of photos is huge for me. I have literally thousands and I want to put all my favorite home and food captures into one digital book and than separate by month I think all my favorites of each month so that would be 12 photo books over last year to print out in digital scrapbooking style. So I have a plan just need hours and to sort through and actually do it. EEEK But this year for me is all about simplifying everything around me. I have already cleared out garage, loft and all the cabinets and closets of our entire house for the month of January. So already feeling motivated. I need to up my game on fitness as I really lost it over christmas after being so good last summer. I signed up for Zumba classes and pulled out the kettlebells too now. It’s a slow process but I am hoping I stick to my to do rather than resolutions this year. Happy New Year lovely hope to see you at a few conferences this year.
These are great new years goals. I can’t wait to see what your office looks like. I’m currently offering a free 14 day yoga reset on my blog which may help you with the getting fit goal. You get ten minutes of yoga each day plus daily challenges to help you reset bad habits. Hope you jump on board!
Steph I hope your year is so much better than last year, you so deserve it. I cant wait to see you finished office and omg what book is that I want it too, I am hoping to start my photography course soon and am so excited x