2017 Goals

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I’ve decided not to do a post looking back at the year that was 2016, mainly because on the whole it was a pretty unremarkable year. Not that I am complaining at all, stable is good, but I can’t say I feel like I massively achieved anything, they were no incredible highs or lows and nothing particular exciting happened.

It was a good year.

Saying that, I would like 2017 to have a bit more oomph but I really think that it is down to me find that oomph.  Life will change this year, my husband is starting a new job and my daughter will start secondary school. Both will have an impact on our daily lives.

I’ve decided this year not to make half-hearted resolutions but set some actual, tangible goals – more importantly, realistic goals. I’m never going to become a fitness addict after 37 years of lazing around so why pretend otherwise?

Without further ado, my goals for 2017.

Move More

I am so lazy, so very lazy. I hate exercise, always have but I am super unfit and as I approach 40 I am feeling it – and finding it harder to keep the weight off. I’ve already taken my first step on this goal and for me this will be a gradual build-up. I am taking a fitness class once a week (which is a big thing for me as I have a lot of anxiety around this) and also restarting the Couch25K programme. I tried this before and it was good but I didn’t put enough into it. My children have started wanting to take part in 5K races and I’d like to keep up with them.  Goal – At least 4 x 30-45 mins sessions per week.

Eat Less and/or Better

I need to eat better. I eat a lot of junk and I am a grazer. I also need to lose about two stone of weight this year and I would like to do this sensibly so don’t really want to crash diet but improve my diet over all to help make these changes. I’m not great at making sure I eat my fruit and veg quota so will try harder and hopefully this will also help me feel less lethargic. Goal – Lose two stone.

Read More

Always a goal but one I plan to achieve this year. I have about a million books on my Kindle, 2017 is the year I am going to make a dent in them! I’ve a real mix of books to get through and a massive yearning to read my favourite, Withering Heights, again. Goal – Read one book per week.

Learn Something New

I’m like a broken record on this one but I really do want to go learn something new. I have no idea yet what that new thing is but I will find it during 2017! Goal – Learn something new/gain a new skill.

And that is it.

Nothing groundbreaking but hopefully very achievable goals for the coming year and definitely something to focus my attentions on. I’d also like to get back into blogging more but I am not setting any goals there or making any promises as sometimes my life is just crazy busy or I just have no mental capacity left at the end of the working day! I will try harder though because I miss it when I don’t blog.

Are you making resolutions this year or setting goals? I’d love to hear about them.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Letting go of 2015

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At some point during the past 12 months I read this post and it resonated with me with regard to letting go of 2015. So I filed it away for this very moment. The year in review post.

The premise of the aforementioned post was “3 simple questions to help you let go of the year that was”.  The questions being –

  • What can I thank the Universe for?
  • What life lessons did I learn about myself and the world?
  • What held me back that I want to master?

Easy questions to answer huh?

In truth, 2015 wasn’t a bad year. It wasn’t up there as my greatest of years but it wasn’t bad. It was certainly a year of change after being made redundant in 2014. I started a new job (new career really) with a new company and it’s had it’s challenges, if only in adjusting to working Monday-Friday again and having to get even better at juggling everything.

So, what can I thank the Universe for?

I can certainly appreciate all the blessings in my life – I am thankful for my family and that we all have our health, my amazing friendships, the opportunities that have been given to me to learn new things, the chance to grow both personally and professionally. I can thank the Universe that I live in a prosperous country where I have these opportunities and freedoms and I can thank the Universe that I get to spend my free time with the people that I love doing things that I love.

What life lessons have I learnt during 2015?

The ‘aha’ moments! Well more than ever, I learnt that when the chips are down, you really know who your friends are. I learnt that you’re never too old to learn new tricks. I learnt that with a little courage and a leap of faith you can do pretty much anything (or at least have a go at trying!).  I learnt that when it comes down to it, I’m a damn fine juggler – I can keep those balls in the air!

What do I need to master in 2016?

I need to master confidence. Generally, I am pretty confidence but I still have moments where I just clam up “I CAN’T DO THIS” and I know it’s not true. I know I am capable, I just need to believe in myself more.

 

I feel a bit BLAH going into 2016, as  2015 went by in the blink of an eye and I’m not sure I achieved everything I wanted to which is always disappointing, but hey, I just need to use that to my advantage to push myself forward in 2016, right?

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!

I am not writing resolutions this year as I have just looked back at last years and it seems I am not very good at sticking to them. Is anyone?

One of last years resolutions was to try harder with work – mainly freelance and blogging to accompany my day job. Well my day job of 18 years went up the swanny in August 2014 and I now find myself in the unenviable position of being unemployed. This of course means that I need to focus even more attention on trying to earn some extra pennies. Our household income has been slashed by almost 50% so FRUGAL is the theme of 2015.

2014 was a truly sucky year.

2013 completely sucked arse and I was convinced that 2014 couldn’t be any worse and then lo and behold, it poked me in the eye and kicked me in the unmentionables. I’m pretty glad to see the back of what we shall call my Annus horribilis. Well it was good enough for the queen.

I try to retain some perspective. I know other people have things a lot worse. I’m not that hard done by. I have my health, my family and a roof over my head.

I am going to OWN 2015 and make it my bitch.

Watch this space.

Have a great year everyone, whatever you have got planned!

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In with the new?

Yes, it appear it’s that time of year again, the one where we make all those resolutions we keep for about three days before forgetting about them again, and of course I’m never any different. Naturally I have a list as long as my arm of things I want to achieve in 2014 – and that’s what this is about for me, not flaky “New Year’s Resolutions” but more a “Things to do in 2014”.

Obviously “LOSE WEIGHT” is there, it always is. The most over-used resolution of all time. I successfully lost 17lbs last year but alas because I’m such a big lazy snorty pig I have put them all back on again and then some WAHHHHHHHHHHHH. So yes, in 2014 I will be dieting again – mainly because I am going to NYC and Florida this year and under no circumstances am I going there fat. Uh-uh. Not happening. So there. I use the term “dieting” loosely because I am totally through with restricting myself massively on calories. Instead I’m going for the “move more, eat less and monitor it on My Fitness Pal” technique. Seems a bit more sustainable? Who knows, time will tell.

Next is stop wasting money. This is an important one. I aim to stop buying things I don’t need, live more frugally, cut food waste and grocery expenditure. I’ve been quite frivolous over the years and it’s time to put an end to it. I’m going to really try and think before I make a purchase. Do I really need it? Is it something I can wait for a birthday or Christmas present instead? We’re not struggling at the moment but that doesn’t mean that one day we won’t be, so it’s time to be a bit more sensible and save those pennies for a rainy day.

Put more effort into work. Not just my paying day job (although that seriously needs some effort) but also into my own freelance endeavours. I’d like to be able to earn a second income and 2014 I am going to try to make this a reality in one way or another. I made moves to do this at the end of 2013 but 2014 is when I’ll give it a hard shove. You can but try.

And finally, I want to be more motivated in ALL areas of my life. Get my house cleaner and tidier, organise myself better, do all the things I intend to – generally stop being so lazy and procrastinating all the time. It makes me feel so miserable and lethargic and it’s ridiculous when it’s something I am in control of.

There. That’s it for me. In theory that’s all perfectly achievable isn’t it? In reality? We’ll see!

Have you set any resolutions? If you’ve written a blog post about this subject, leave a note in the comments and I’ll stop by and read it (when I am procrastinating…)

Happy new year!

The annual “New Years Resolutions” post

Happy New Year!


As a rule, over the past year or so I’ve decided not to make New Years resolutions, they’re just too easy to break however there are a few things I want to focus on so there’s no harm in putting them down in writing is there?

1. Lose weight. Groan. I know. Everyone has this as a resolution but I need to and I will do it. I had a very focused October and November and lost 13lbs. I’m sure I’ve put on a couple of lbs over the festive period but I decided to have December off the diet as that would have been really miserable! I know when I find the willpower and set my mind to it I can manage it so I’ll be back on it in January.

2. Get fit. It’s all very well losing weight but my fitness needs to increase massively. I am so unfit and heart disease runs in my family. I plan to enter a 10k this year which means I really need to up my game and start running again. I’ve had a few failed attempts at C2K but I’m going to try again.

And erm, that’s it. 

Not a big list but the most important things I need to focus on in 2013 and by limiting my resolutions I am hoping to be able to stick to them!

Have you made resolutions this year? If you’ve blogged about them, leave a comment below and I’ll check out your post.

Hope you’re having a nice relaxing start to 2013.