It’s been well over a month since I wrote my last post and that’s mainly because I’ve been taking some time out to really focus on my goals and what it is I want to do on this little bit of space on the internet. Part of me wants to keep it going but the truth is that the way I was working towards the end of last year was totally unsustainable, especially when I have a young family.
I was moody and stressing out over having to fill gaps that people had made last minute, sometimes writing and publishing two posts a day, throwing my all at everything but with little fulfilment. I had the best page views in a month that I’d ever had and yet I didn’t really care to see it because for me it’s not just about the views. I knew that well over half of those readers would be unlikely to return anyway and I was right.
This year I want to keep things simple, easy and straightforward. You may have noticed (or not!) a little change or two because I’ve been working behind the scenes to transform this blog into something that I’m in love with again. As it stands I have a million and one things to do on here with an ever growing list that is unlikely to get smaller so I’m taking it in my stride.
Lots of people have been doing these posts where they talk about eighteen goals for 2018 and I have kindly been tagged to do the same and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to dip my toe back into all things blogging and write a post on my goals. But, just know that there are quite a few changes still to come.
What Are My Goals For 2018?
I have actually really struggled to find eighteen goals so I found that breaking down my goals into smaller goals helped but still only managed to come up with ten! I guess I just don’t want to set myself
1. Meal Plan
Last year I started out meal planning and lasted right up until we went skiing in February and it all went to pot when we got back. This year I have been meal planning for a good chunk of the week although I’ve winged it a couple of days. I took stock of everything we had in our freezer and pantry and made sure I was coming up with meals that would use up what we have rather than buying in new ingredients all the time.
2. Shop Smarter
By meal planning I hope to be able to shop smarter. We usually end up overcompensating with our shopping, especially when it comes to vegetables, and we have found ourselves throwing a lot away because we hadn’t used it up in time. However, by knowing exactly what meals we’re having we know exactly how much of something we’re going to need and how long it needs to last us before we use it.
3. Eat Better
I’ll be the first to admit that we don’t really eat that ‘badly’ anyway but my problem is that I do have a habit of snacking throughout the day. This year I want to make more of an effort to make better choices when it comes to my snacks. Now that the Christmas chocolate has almost all gone from the house that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. My plan is to make something ‘proper’ that will fill me up when I’m feeling peckish rather than picking at things until a meal time.
4. Say ‘No’ More
This is probably a blogging related one. I got into quite the rhythm of saying ‘yes’ to so much toward the end of last year that I kind of lost sight of what I actually wanted to take on. I will be saying ‘no’ a lot more this year and only really taking on things that I think are going to benefit us rather than clutter us up just for the sake of it.
5. Say ‘Yes’ More
I’d love to be able to say ‘yes’ more this year. In blogging if I’m a bit hesitant about an offer I won’t think twice about negotiating so I can say ‘yes’ and feel good about it and in parenting if the kids ask to do something I want to say ‘yes’ so much more to them.
6. Work Out
I really, really need to start working out. At the moment I don’t really get enough time to myself to want to fill it with working out at home. I get, roughly, 2 hours for three days a week where I’m on my own and I just want to chill out after spending most of the other times running around and doing things. Teddy is starting full days at nursery in April so I’ll have much more time to do things that I want to do but also things that I need to do.
7. Get Organised
One of my goals that is slightly bigger this year is organisation. It’s not that I’m a disorganised person but there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. I’m tackling things one by one this year rather than trying to pull myself in fifty different directions. I think choosing one thing to focus on a day will help me get to where I need to be and with the help of my Erin Condren planner I am absolutely smashing it so far this year. I’m up to date on the ironing and I’m cleaning the house regularly and I’ve even had time to be working on the blog. I’m excited to feel like I’m on top of things!
8. Read More
Whether it’s blogs or books I want to read more! I set myself a goal last year and totally fell off the bandwagon when it came to reading and I was quite disappointed in myself. I got some books for Christmas that I really want to read so I’ve got those by the bedside table and I’m going to pick up my first one in February and take it from there.
9. Improve My Photos!
While my photos have definitely improved since I first started blogging they’ve still got a long way to go. I’d really like to work out how to use my G7X more and I may even invest in a new DSLR because I don’t only want them for my blog, but I’d love to have pictures displayed around the house of the kids that I’ve taken myself.
10. Try Something New
I don’t know what it is that I want to do yet but I really think I want to try something new this year. Next year I’ll be turning 30 and I kind of feel like I need a new experience or two before I hit that milestone. It’s a bit of a weird feeling but the last new ‘big’ thing that I tried was skiing. Perhaps I’ll choose another extreme sport!
Whether you’ve got one, ten or eighteen goals for this year I’d really love to know what you’ve got planned! My goals for 2018 are absolutely do-able and I’d like to think that I’m going to achieve every single one of them.