I had one goal last year and that was a goal to create consistency. The intention was to form new habits, work differently and efficiently and learn what I needed to learn as someone that worked for myself. I had one goal to focus the mind. Consistent at the skills I needed to therefore had to get used to working for myself. Quickly.
Some things I managed really well and some things I didn’t. I did a blog post halfway through the year where I reported on where I am with certain things and this was really helpful to take stock of my priorities. You can read it here.
1. Create more consistency with Poppy’s day and week
Including extra-curricular activities, reading, homework, time outside, time spent just talking and arts and crafts which Poppy loves. This goal is intended to focus me to have more emphasis on presence and not presents. I can always make more money, I can’t make more time.
2. Operate a ‘one in one out’ policy with my wardrobe
If I buy a new piece of clothing, one old thing will be donated, sold or given to someone else.
3. To cook more often
This is a goal that builds on last year. I have realised how easy it is to cook for us all and how much I actually enjoy cooking. I’ve linked this one to the goal on sustainability below, so I want to use more vegetables and explore cooking different type of cuisines and use different ingredients.
4. Create more content, across all platforms
This goal also builds on last year. I am constantly asked for more content from you guys and I have lots of ideas. So stay tuned or better yet, sign up.
5. Living a more sustainable lifestyle
I have made some changes in this area over the last couple of years, but we can always do more. Recycling isn’t enough. I want to be mindful about how we live and be more sustainable in a realistic way and build these things into day to day life.
I use sustainable disposables where they are available and I am being mindful about consumption generally (including our consumption of meat) and our method of travel and learning hot to offset our carbon emissions.
6. To spend more time walking
I said in a recent Instagram post that I love walking. So I want to allow more time in my journey to walk to places instead of talking a taxi or the tube. It’s often shorter to walk outside than it is to walk from one tube line to the other! I will also simply just ‘go’ for a walk. It’s so good for you!
7. Continue to improve my organisation skills
I have a love of list-making but I want to stop creating lists for list-making sake and to continue to utilise Trello. If you love making lists but want to stay on top of them easily, then you should try it out here.
8. Saying ‘no’ more and sticking to it!
I don’t think this needs any explanation.
9. Exceed last year’s reading goal
I read/listened to 21 books last year. I am considering perhaps reading 1 or 2 outside of my usual genre and exceed this number. My goal last year was to read more paper books, a third of those I read last year were physical books. Ordinarily, I use Audible, which has been a game-changer for me and highly recommended. You can try Audible for free here.
10. Visit the library regularly.
Regularly attending my local library with Poppy to find new books and read together. I’m also hoping that it will teach her about time because she is responsible for when they are taken back. We shall see.
11. Attend a yoga retreat.
I love yoga and I’d love to indulge myself doing this, the retreat could be in the UK or abroad.
12. Continue regular exercise
I’ve been at our gym for over a year now and since joining, I’ve been going more regularly and have tried quite a few different classes. I’m loving it so far – it has such a good effect on me mentally and energy-wise. You don’t need to be trying to change your body to benefit from exercise! It’s on the list so that it continue to be a priority.
13. To prioritise quality sleep
The idea is to gently create more routine and discipline with bedtimes with emphasis on quality sleep, for myself and Poppy. I’d like to sleep in my bed, uninterrupted, for 6-8 hours per night. I will keep you updated.
14. Schedule regular appointments
I want to be more proactive and build in my routine appointments. Unsurprisingly, my nails, hair and other beauty things get schedule like clockwork. I need to have more discipline about making appoints for health, personal development and business. So it’s on the list.
15. More date nights
More date nights with The Hubs, because Poppy tends to crash lots of them, which we love really.
16. One solo trip this year
This could be the yoga retreat, although it may not involve leaving the country, but essentially this is time taken for me, by myself, to indulge myself for 2 nights and is not work-related.
17. Reduce my refined sugar intake
I do this for Lent each year and feel so many benefits of it, unfortunately I gradually revert to old habits over time. I’d prefer a general reduction to the amount of sugar I eat, with a mindful appreciation of the negative effects it has on my body as opposed to completely cutting it out.
18. Finish decorating our home
Moving into a new build is both a blessing and a curse, everything is clean, freshly painted, you don’t need to move quickly to cover someone’s awful decorating, its new. We were able to choose and plan some things ourselves and now we need to put more of our own touch on it. We’ve starting moving on this, we are excited to finish up and live in a grown up home that reflects our style. However, it should not take 6 months to choose one shade of green!
Check out our Pinterest boards for interiors inspo
19. Learn more about wine
I have an ‘ok’ knowledge of wine, I would like to know more.
20. Learn more tech skills
Learn how to properly use my DSLR, start shooting in manual mode and RAW, improve my video editing skills (using professional editing tools because I actually enjoy editing) and gain a deeper understanding of some of the technical aspects of running a successful blog. I will use online courses like Udemy and Coursera to find the knowledge I need.
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