IF ever there’s a time for overthinking, it’s the new year. Looking back over the past 12 months at what you’ve achieved, what you could have done better, and how you can plan for the year ahead. I don’t know about you, but I find the start of a new year to be a mixture of excitement, feeling sentimental and a little bit under pressure to make resolutions I will inevitably break.
I’ve seen a lot of people post on social media saying they’re glad to see the end of 2016 and hoping 2017 will be a better one. I’m fortunate that 2016 is a year I’ll look back on happily. It’s been a crazy year for politics, and at times I have worried about the world our boys will grow up in … but it’s the year I could start saying “the boys” as we became a family of four. The second six months of 2016 have been completely crazy and chaotic, but they’ve brought so many memories – our little ones meeting for the first time, Santi growing into a proper little boy who doesn’t stop moving, talking or singing, and our first family holiday abroad.
We’ve made some big decisions and changes as a family – the saga over Ezra’s name is one I won’t forget – along with shaking our family dynamic up with me starting a new job and Stew taking three months off to stay at home. I don’t think it’s linked, but Stew’s new year’s resolution is to drink more … funny that.
House-wise it’s been a busy one – we turned our middle room into a playroom, moved Santi out of his nursery and into a room more suited to a toddler, and redecorated Ezra’s bedroom (which will probably be on the cards for a revamp again towards the end of the year). We also finally got going on our new kitchen, which is quite a big project but should hopefully be finished by the end of January. I can’t explain how excited I am to have a kitchen/dining room that is functional and in a decent condition to host guests.
We’ve muddled happily through 2016, and now it’s onto 2017 and all that comes with a new year.
Resolutions tend to be things that you should do, rather than you want to do. Every year when I was younger I’d vow to keep my room tidy, do my homework the day it was set instead of waiting until the night before and eat less chocolate. As an adult I still have “the chair” (you know, the one in your room that is ALWAYS covered with clothes that need to be put away, and it’s very rare that I go a day without chocolate, and I don’t intend to give that up any time soon. Luckily I don’t have homework now, so I’ll take that as a win.
One year, instead of making resolutions I decided I would aim to do something different. That was the year I vowed to take a surfing course … eight years on and I’ve still never been on a surf board. It might not have been a success, but making goals based on what I’d like to do rather than what I should do is something I’m going to attempt again this year. I bought a lovely camera in September and I’m going to take a course to learn how to use it properly. I’ve found one online that I can follow in my own time, so there’s no pressure to get to a class at a certain time each week, or the worry that I’m wasting money if I miss one. I’ve grown to absolutely love Instagram, achieved my aim of getting 1,000 followers by the end of the year, and by improving my camera skills I hope to increase my followers even further and create a feed I’m proud of.
Personally, I’d like to be more “together”. You know, the kind of person who wears matching pyjamas, remembers to moisturise and doesn’t have to check their clothes for baby-related stains before getting dressed. I fully intend to buy a diary so I can be more organised (the more organised mother would have bought theirs and filled in the important dates before January 1), convince Stew that online for shopping will change our lives, and be one of those people who goes for walks wearing a Joules coat and Hunter wellies (my mother bought me a lovely Joules coat for Christmas so I’m half way there). I’d like to have weekend plans, and not spend most of Saturday morning trying to decide what to do before throwing things in a bag and rushing to the park or toddler gymnastics, to buy nice skincare products and make-up, and have my hair done more than twice a year … you see, the overthinking is setting in.
Blog-wise, I definitely would like to be more consistent with what and when I post. I’m all over the place at the moment, and sometimes find it difficult to get going again if I haven’t blogged for a while. It’s going to be tricky as I blog around work and try to do it when the boys are in bed or I can guarantee one of them will be lunging towards the keyboard, but writing makes me happy, so I need to make sure I find time to fit it in. If that’s not enough, I’d really like to give vlogging a proper go this year. I love editing videos and finding music to put with them … I just need to get over the fear of speaking in front of the camera, especially in public … eek!
We have two holidays planned this year – a cruise to France and Italy in late spring, and a week at a Eurocamp near Paris so we can visit Disneyland in September – but I’m trying to come up with a plan to fit in some more travel. I’m so tempted to give 12 trips in 12 months a go, but I’m not sure how realistic that actually is. If anyone has any ideas please let me know!
I think that’s enough to keep me busy for the next 12 months (and the rest).
All that’s left for me to say is happy new year! 2017 … the year I lose the eye bags, take my camera off automatic and get a cleaner. Now those are goals.