January 1st 2018. I unwrapped the flower clad 2018 calendar and hung it in the same familiar spot that held its predecessors. A new year, a new start, full of unknown beginnings and a chance to try everything all over again. And now, January, the month of good intentions, resolutions and more often than not, unrealistic expectations has been and gone, but on that very first day of this brand new year I made an unusual resolution; not to commit myself to too much and to think really carefully about what I want to achieve this year. I’ve spent January pondering and planning before penning my goals, hopes and wishes for 2018.
2018 will see me leave my twenties behind and enter a new, unknown territory. These years have been so very kind to me, they gave me my business, made me a home owner, a mother. I’ve seen parts of the world I’d never dreamed of, found passions for the most unexpected things. I’m nervous to see what lies ahead but also grateful for all the growing and learning I’ve done this past decade, I think I finally know who I am and that feels so good. I hope thirty brings me more happiness, even more adventures and maybe even a party – we can’t let it pass quietly, surely?!
I spent the majority of 2017 spreading myself way too thinly across far too many tasks which meant nothing I did was ever 100% and I dedicated hours upon ours to stressing and feeling generally rubbish about pretty much everything. I must remember to say ‘no’ more often and to place my efforts exactly where they’re needed. With this last crazy year behind me, I plan to make more time for myself. Self care is so essential for a healthy mindand my goodness me, I have neglected myself this last year. It’s so cliche to say my goal for this year is to lose some of my comfort eating acquired baggage but really, I want more than that. Of course I want to lose weight but more so, I want to look after myself. I want to feel good in my own skin and to feel positive and happy and in order to do this, I need to dedicate time to myself. I so often feel guilty if I’m not spending every spare moment with my babies but I’m no use to them stressy and burnt out. I’ve already enrolled myself into a mindfulness class so hopefully that will aid me in my path to self appreciation and acceptance.
Another huge goal we have for this year is to pick up sticks and leave our ‘five year house’ that we’ll have lived in for seven years this year. We’ve spent so much time and effort on our lovely 1920’s semi but I’m so ready for a new project, somewhere bigger and most definitely detached – these kids don’t have the volume settings for neighbours, that’s for sure. We totally need to get our financial bottoms into gear to make this goal a reality and thankfully we’ve enlisted the help of the lovely folk over at Newcastle Building Society and their brand new Financial Advice Branch in Durham City Centre. Their goal with their new branch is to help people in the Durham area, like us, create a better financial future. Newcastle Building Society are also launching a savings account exclusively for people like us who live within the Durham area. It’s a six month ISA which can be opened with a minimum of £500, offering an interest rate of 1.25% and can be opened exclusively inside the Durham branch. We will be heading to the new Sadler Street branch soon to discuss all things savings to ensure we can hop up that housing ladder a rung or two. Now to move the Right Move app to my home screen and religiously check for the perfect place to call home.
2017 was definitely a testing year and one I’m glad to say goodbye to. I’m certain 2018 is going to be filled with new family adventures, self care and heaps of fun.
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