Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Year Wasted?

I honestly can't believe that we are at the end of another year. Each year that passes seems to disappear faster than the last.

A few highlights from this year : my very last baby turned a year old, Daddy Hazelden changed careers and now works in London, I applied for Gracie to start primary school next year and we managed to have an amazing family holiday in Ibiza.

However the upsetting thing for me is that when I look back and reflect on what I have achieved in this time, it feels as though I have done very little, like a year has been somewhat wasted.

I rarely set new years resolutions because I always seem to break them, you know the usual ones :

* Lose weight - well after losing a couple of pounds I always manage to find them again plus a couple of extra ones.

* Eat healthier - as I say this I am tucking into a lovely packet of peanut butter cups.

This year I don't want to say I'm setting new years resolutions, more like small goals and instead of ones I know I will give up on trying to achieve, I'm picking things that I know I will be motivated to sticking to and I'm hoping by writing it down here that I can look back at this post one year from now and put an imaginary tick by each one.

So my goals for the coming year :



* Take more pictures of my children - I saw a lot of people this year joining in with project 365, the idea is to take a photo every day. I hate to admit but as each child has come along, I have taken photos of them less and less so I want to put a little spin on this and take four photos a day, one of each of my children. I think it will be a lovely thing to look back on at the end of year and see how they have grown and changed.

* Regular family activity time - If you read my blog you will have seen that I do a lot of baking with my children but I want to switch it up a little by adding in different activities that we can all do as a family.

* Home improvements - We have lived in the same house now for over 9 years and I think because we rent, we have never really done anything to make it our own as such. I want to change that, I already have a few projects in mind and I will be blogging about them as they are done.

* Make more time for me - I don't want this to sound selfish but since having children I don't even get to go to the toilet by myself, so 2014 is going to be the year I start looking after myself as well as my children, even if that just means I get to have a wee with the toilet door closed!!

* Learn to love myself  - Instead of setting the usual goal of losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more etc, I am setting myself the harder task of learning to love myself, start being able to look in the mirror and not hate what I see in the reflection.

As well as these goals, I am hoping to set myself monthly targets too, sort of like the bucket lists that Colette from We're Going on an Adventure has been writing. I'm determined that 2014 will not be wasted!!!

Are you setting any resolutions/goals this year, did you stick to any that you set in previous years??

xxxx

28 comments:

  1. I don't think it sounds like your year was wasted at all but I do know what you mean.

    I too don't make resolutions as such as I never keep to them.

    Next year I have set a goal that in 3 months I will go and spend my xmas and birthday vouchers and buy new jeans...I want them to be a size smaller but won't beat myself up if they aren't.

    Happy new year and thank you for linking up with 'Looking Back'.

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    1. Great goal and I am sure you will achieve it!!! Happy new year xx

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  2. Not a wasted year, but a feeling I know well.

    Love your list, so many great and achievable things on it x

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  3. I don't think you've wasted a year at all, but I do know what you mean about time going so fast!
    I like your resolutions, all lovely things to aim for :)
    Wishing you lots of lovely great things in 2014 x

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    1. Same to you, lets see if we can't slow this year down x

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  4. Never a year wasted. Hope you do well with your goals for 2014

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  5. Instead of New Year resolutions I've set myself a 2014 bucket list and like you this is just made up of small achievable goals.

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    1. Great idea, I hope you manage to achieve your goals x

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  6. I think we all know what you mean! The bucket list is a fab idea, and one I am planning to use also. Happy New Year lovely, see you on the other side!

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    1. Happy new year, looking forward to reading your bucket list x

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  7. I'm sure your 2013 has not be wasted at all! You have done amazingly with this blog if nothing else! Happy New Year x

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    1. Thank you for saying so, happy new year x

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  8. The Bucket List has been a great help in keeping me focussed on doing stuff! :D Can't wait to read that!
    Good luck x

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    1. I love the idea of it, thanks for putting the idea in my head x

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  9. Never a wasted year lovely. Don't be so hard on yourself. Hugs x

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    1. Thanks hun, just me and my silly thoughts!!

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  10. I'm sorry you feel the year was a little wasted, but I hope 2014 will be great for you.
    I've just written a bucket list for the year...a monthly one sounds interesting! x

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    1. I hope 2014 will be great too, feeling a lot more positive at the start of this year x

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  11. I'm sure the year hasn't been wasted it can feel that way I think as the year's whizz by! Good luck with your goals, they sound very achievable!

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  12. Some great goals - I know what you mean when a year goes by and you don't feel like you've had any 'biggies' in terms of events or achivements. Hope 2014 is going to be a good one for you!

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    1. Definitely, my girls have achieved plenty and so has my hubby, just wish I could say the same x

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  13. Some fab goals,
    The tie does whizz by and that why I love to have my blog as I sometimes feels like we have done nothing and having a read back you see so much.
    Look forward to reading your new year adventures

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    1. Very true, I havent taken the time to really look back at my post yet, on the to do list x

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  14. Not a wasted year, I find myself nodding with each thing, I started project 365 last year and only got to February, so I am going to try again! Happy New Year xx

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    1. Happy new year and good luck with project 365 x

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