2017 Goals


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!


Welcome to 2016 with Mrs M!

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Wow. 2016 already?

Happy New Year!

In time-honoured tradition I thought that I really ought to start the year by writing about the resolutions I don’t intend to keep… Oh I’m only half-kidding, I’m sure I’ll at least give them a go in January but c’mon – resolutions are made for breaking!

Let’s just get in to them shall we? Here we go.

Lose weight – Yada, yada, YAWN. Yes I need to lose weight, maybe 2016 will be the year I actually do it? Who knows. I keep thinking about trying Slimming World or similar but think I will just attack it by eating less and moving more. Sounds like a simple enough strategy to me? Also going to try to exercise a bit more. I hate exercise but did start running a few years ago and didn’t hate that so will give some gentle jogging a go again. My daughter is keen to do a 5k (she’s 10) so I’ll have someone to spur me on!

Upskill myself – I’m already on the way with my marketing qualification but I know there are gaps in my knowledge that need to be filled if I want to take another step along my chosen career path so I am going to look for more courses (probably short ones) that I can to keep myself learning, and add to my CV!

Drink less – This one I am serious about. I need to cut down on the midweek drinking, which then might help me lose weight, ha. Those wine calories!

Read more – My reading has fallen WAY off. I am going to aim to read a book a week. No more, no less.  My Kindle is chocka with the gazillions of books I have downloaded over the years so there are no excuses!

Blog more – Blogging also fell way off last year and this made me sad. I am going to get back into blogging big time and make sure I give myself enough time each week to do it.

Say NO more – In blogging, in life, in general. I’m such a “yes” person and it’s dragging me down.

Check my boobs – I am rubbish at this, seriously. If I don’t stick to any other of my resolutions I am going to stick to this. After reading about other people finding lumps and bumps recently I realised that I RARELY do this and I need to start looking after myself.

There, they are my basic resolutions – nothing too taxing and in reality, with a bit of willpower and get-up-and-go they’re all really achievable so I don’t feel like I am setting myself up for too much of a fall!

If you’re a blogger, I know you’ll no doubt have written your own resolutions post, so leave me a message below and I’ll come check it out!

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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.

The Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list these days, right? Well here is mine – the list of things that I’d like to do before I kick the bucket. 

It’s an ever-expanding and ever-so-slightly random list of things I would like to achieve, see, do, make and experience in my life. Some of the things on my bucket list should be easy, and it’s just a case of me getting myself motivated to get on with them and some will be slightly harder and even impossible, but shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land among the stars, or so they say.

1.   Have a book published
2.   Swim with a dolphin
3.   Learn to swim (ahem)
4.   Attend dance classes
5.   Own a pair of sequinned leggings (achieved January 2012)
6.   Read the entire Roald Dahl collection with my daughter
7.   Run a 5k race
6.   Go to a Greek island
7.   Witness the birth of a baby
8.   Go deep-sea fishing
9.   Learn conversational Spanish
10. Learn to play an instrument
11. Go on a cruise
12. See the Northern Lights
13. Visit the Everglades
14. Go to Pompeii
15. Visit Auschwitz
16. Go to Pearl Harbour
17. Grow roses in my garden successfully.
18. Learn to prune fruit trees, properly
19. Have a greenhouse (achieved March 2012)
20. Grow a giant pumpkin
21. Have afternoon tea at a posh venue
22. Own a vintage Fiat 500
23. Fly first class
24. Own some jewellery from Tiffany & Co
25. Buy a telescope and go star-gazing
26. See The Killers live (again) (achieved August 2012 & October2012) 
27. Shake hands with a major Royal Family member
28. Hold a monkey
29. Write a letter to my children now, to be opened on their 18th birthdays, just in case
30. Go to a Michelin star restaurant for dinner
31. Visit Disneyworld at Christmas
32. Have a fish pedicure
33. Cut my hair short
34. Go to a music festival (achieved August 2012)
35. See Phantom of the Opera(achieved August 2013)
36. Take the children camping (achieved June 2012)
37. Visit Hampton Court Palace 
38. Go to Alcatraz
39. Make a really big snowman
40. Make a gingerbread house
41. Have Christmas on the beach
42. Own a holiday home
43. Master the art of contact lenses
44. Eat a footlong sub from Subway
45. Own an iPad (achieved October 2012)
46. Go to a European F1 Grand Prix 
47. Buy a Fortnum & Mason picnic hamper 
48. Start a history degree
49. Take a creative writing course
50. Read all the Harry Potter books
51. Find the PERFECT red dress
52. Climb a mountain
53. Take my son on a steam train (achieved December 2012)
54. Go on a “Jack the Ripper” tour
55. See a meteor shower
56. Find something I am good at
57. Finally move my blog to self-hosted WordPress
58. Be a member of the audience on a top TV show
59. Create my own family history website
60. Turn all my vinyl into MP3 files (achieved October 2012)
61. Have dinner at the Grand Floridian at Disneyworld
62. Go to a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display
63. Stand on Chesil Beach with my children
64. Take the children crabbing at Walberswick (achieved May 2013)
65. Visit Bronte country
66. Go cockle-picking in Poole Harbour at sunset
67. Grow my own mistletoe
68. Stay in the hotel on Burgh Island
69. Take my children on a cliff railway
70. Successfully grow a watermelon
71. Meet up with an old friend
72. Buy a VW campervan (achieved April 2012)
73. Amend my will to leave a legacy to RNLI
74. Go to the south of France (achieved August 2013)
75. Make a hot water crust pastry pie
76. See a lamb being born
77. See Les Mis on stage (achieved November 2013)
78. Learn conversational Italian

Clearly this is not an exhaustive list, and it’s one I will be constantly adding to. I’ll also revisit it from time to time to update it with my progress.

Feel free to share your own bucket lists with me!