Later this month we will be returning to Camp Bestival for our second year running. Whilst the kids are still at school it has got me trying to be super organised. So I’m working out what we need to pack. We are kind of cheating, I […]
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When you are a single parent you get into your groove. I have got used to the daily routine of parenting solo. But changes from the norm can sometimes bring chaos. Planning a single parent holiday can be daunting and stressful. But I like most single […]
18 Goals for 2018
We are now a few days into the new year and before the full-on routine kicks back in. I thought I would take a little bit of time out to make some goals for the year ahead. No big new year new me kind of resolutions but some pretty doable task. That will make me feel better if they are achieved.
- Read 10 books – I was going to aim for a book a month, but think to go from pretty much never reading ever. 10 was a reasonable target. I plan to read a mixture of soppy chick lit and business development book. Yes they are miles apart but I love to switch off with a chick lit. As much as I like to expand my knowledge of running a business.
- No phone between 4pm-7pm – A social detox, ok that sounds a bit dramatic. But I know I spend far too much time with my phone in my hand. Not giving my children my full attention. Now they are all at school I think they deserve my full attention between tea time and bedtime, on weeknights.
- Explore more local places – we love a good family day out. But often go further afield so I would love for our family to find more local places to explore within half an hours travel from our home.
- Declutter – we have too much stuff in our house and it can become overwhelming. With myself, 4 kids and 1 young adult in the house there seems to be stuff everywhere. So I need to get rid of things that are not essential and give away, donate to charity or sell.
- Double my blog following – in the last few months I have re-evaluated a few things in life and realise I want to do more of what I love. Well, I love blogging/writing, yes hard to believe that the once 11-year old that could hardly read or write now thrives off writing. So I want to reach more reads and share our family adventures and life’s challenges.
- Lose a stone or more – in the last year, I have put on a little weigh. All my close are snug and I don’t feel comfortable with my weigh. So I need to tackle it before it goes out of control. I’m not sure if I’ll return to Slimming World or try something else. But whatever path I decide it needs to be done, I’ll keep you posted.
- Plan my working week and stick to it – I’m sure I’m not the only work at home mum that sometimes gets distracted. Whether it be returning from the school run and then starting the washing. Agreeing to that last minute lunch date with a friend. Or popping to the shops. I am not always that disciplined and these tasks can bite into my working week. So need to plan my hours and keep to it, so that I achieve all the tasks I want to.
- Save for Christmas – Towards the end of last year, I had some hefty unexpected bills, leave the Christmas budget pretty much non-existent. The kids didn’t go without and we still had a lovely time. But to save any worries in December 2018, I will save a little kitty for it. I’m going to pop £1.50 less than a Costa a day, in a money jar. I will then open it in December. If everything else has gone to plan financially through the year and we don’t need the kitty we can decide what to splurge it on as a family.
- Look after my hair – I really don’t have time for myself or do I! Well I have decided that I’m going to make time. A few months ago I started to have subscription boxes from Treasure Tress. The boxes are full of goodies for curly hair mumma’s like me. So I will make sure that I have time to maintain my hair a couple of times a week at least.
- A holiday somewhere new – I am hoping we will be able to take a week or two out somewhere completely new. We love an adventure, so I will keep researching places in the UK that we haven’t visited before.
- See my eldest daughter pass her driving test – In our family it had been a bit of right of passage to learn to drive as soon as me and my sisters were 17. Even though I didn’t pass my test until I was 18 due to becoming a mother to said daughter! I want to keep the tradition going and think it is an essential life skill to be able to drive. So I will support her through this challenge and you never know by the end of the year she may be able to chauffer me places.
- Cook from scratch – I am the first to admit I am a lazy cook. I tend to chuck in whatever I know the kids like and that is it. But towards the end of last year, I started to cook a few things from scratch. And wait for it actually enjoyed it, also as the kids helped they were happy to try new dishes too. So I’m definitely going to do this a couple of times a week. You never know a slow cooker might be on the horizon!
- Spend time with my girlfriends – they say laughter is the best medicine. It’s true last year I spent a weekend away with a lovely group of ladies and we chatted laughed and drank for a weekend. It was amazing and so therapeutic. So more of that this year, please.
- Teach all the kids to ride – I have been terrible at teaching the kids to ride, but this spring/summer I want to see all of the kids ride their bikes independently without stabilizers.
- Walk more – unfortunately, we live too far away from the kid’s school to walk daily. But I love to walk (as long as it is not blowing a hoolie or bucketing it down!) so I’m going to make choices to park a little further away an walk. Instead of finding the most central car park in town. Plus the weekend’s I’m not working I we will still make the most of our walking adventures on family days out.
- Take some great photos – I am love to take loads of pictures as most Mum’s do. But would love to treat me to a new camera and learn to take really amazing shots. And if I can find the time a photography course would be exciting to do. More likely to be a quick youtube tutorial though.
- Get a new car – I am easily bored and even though my car does the job, I’ve had it over 4.5 years so it is certainly time for a change, but pretty limited for choice having 5 growing kids. But hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have new wheels parked outside.
- Pen my story – ok so I’m not going to write a book, well not just yet anyway! But I love my life where it is now but it’s not been the easiest journey to get here. So I want to find the confidence to share some of my chapters that got to me to this point. If I can inspire one teen mum that has been told her life was over because she had a baby, to prove everyone wrong and succeed then it will be worth the share. Watch this space for more.
Lastly, if you have got this far thank you soooo much for reading and I hope you have a truly amazing 2018
New year always brings a refreshed hope and ignites all those dreams of a better life. So while the ideas are still at the forefront of my mind and seem achievable, I thought I would share our 2017 plans before the stress of everyday life dulls them and they fall by the wayside.
Here’s Our List
- Firstly to make the most of the last 6 months of our Merlin Annual Passes. We brought them on a whim last June and have had fab days out in Weymouth, at Chessington, Blackpool and Alton Towers. But there is still so much to explore we will be visiting London a couple of times. Where we will visit all of the attractions included there especially The Shrek Adventure and The London Eye. The teen also wants a grown up day out to Thorpe Park to enjoy the rollercoasters, not sure how keen I am but heyho best keep the eldest happy.
- A personal one for me would be to grow my blog following and regularly post weekly or more and also gain confidence in vlogging too
- Our first and maybe one and only camping adventure. The eldest it 16 this year and asked to go to a festival for her birthday special treat, so we have booked for the whole family to go to Camp Bestival in July. I’m really not sure where to start, so any camping tips gratefully received. Some of the line up has been announced and looks like so much fun.
- It is GCSE year so a biggy, so we are all hoping that the pressure of exams doesn’t make the house a too dull place. She will shine I’m sure, good luck gorgeous.
- My business goals have been set and they will be achieved (positive thinking at it’s best). I will keep to them this year and see some growth enabling (us) me as the only adult in the house to not worry so much about making ends meet each month.
- We absolutely loved getting away to Disneyland Paris just before Christmas this year. A getaway was much needed after the long school term, but as completely amazing as it was it was bloody knackering too. So it got me thinking, dreaming and wishing for another holiday next Christmas, but I would love for us to chill in the sunshine and let the kids swim/splash about it a pool (as I would love to see the benefit in heavy investment into swimming lessons). So I will be in contacting my travel agent soon to pick her brains for ideas of where to go
- Our house is busy and very well used by our big family. I’m first to admit it isn’t as tidy as I would like but seriously I can’t keep up with it and running a business and looking after the kids. So a cleaner would be a dream but until I can afford one, I think it’s time for a freshen up, so we plan to get the paint out!
- I’m sure we will add tons more adventures along the way this year but this gives up a good start. What have you got planned?