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2017 Looking Ahead


Happy New Year!! 
I think I've said it before but I'm really not one for new years resolutions in the typical sense. I feel like there's lots of pressure with resolutions and an expectation that they will fail. I couldn't tell you, how many times have I joined the gym on the second of January only to fall off the wagon by the first of Feb. Resolutions feel like they're set in stone very resolute, (I figure my life isn't a UN peace keeping mission even if it feels that way at times) and sometimes you just need to be more flexible with things. That's not to say completely slacking off but when life sifts and changes I need something that can mould and accommodate that. I decided that instead this year I would set myself some goals that I want to achieve over the next 12 months.   It's really important to me that I look back on 2017 and feel like I've progressed so I decide to hone in on a few specific areas to keep things focused. 

I'm not going to lie I hate working out, I just can't be bothered! If chilling on the sofa and watching TV could help me to get fit I'd be up for it. Sadly that is somewhat of a fantasy.

Fitness & Diet

Since having Grad I've not looked after myself. Of course during pregnancy I put on weight but I've not really done much to shed the pounds. In fact I've pretty much eaten what I want not bothered with exercise and generally put myself at the bottom of the pile. I really want that to change I'd like to build on my fitness and and feel like I have the stamina to run around after an active little boy. I also want to set him a good example of having a balanced diet. I'd love to say Im joining slimming world (or something similar) as I've got into bad habits blah blah blah... The truth is I won't stick to it, being told what to eat and how many syns or bonus points are in my food is boring. I want to enjoy my meals and not worry about  that shiz. Instead I've decided to meal plan and ensure that at least 3 out of our 7 meals in a week are veggie laden. Also if I take packed lunches to work I'm less likely to hit up Pret or worse yet Mc D's ! The other side of  all this is exercise. I'm not going to lie I hate working out, I just can't be bothered! If chilling on the sofa and watching TV could help me to get fit I'd be up for it. Sadly that is somewhat of a fantasy. Instead I'm going to give 30 Days Of Yoga With Adriene a go. I did it last year before I got pregnant and loved every minute. Her work outs for the most part are about 20 min which I could fit into my daily routine. I'm hoping that this will do two things i) give me some precious me time and ii) get me inspired to give other types of exercise a go. 


Blogging & Youtube

I've been blogging for some time now and If I'm completely honest it's never really taken off in the way I'd hoped. It's surprisingly hard to say that out loud, even if it is only typing words on my laptop, admitting it is still hard. Why? Well because I hate being disappointed (don't we all!) but worse yet when I'm disappointed in myself and know I could do better. When I first started both my blog and my youtube channel I knew I wanted to a creative outlet and wanted to inspire people which is I why I'd share creative DIY projects. But I quickly found that I wanted to talk about other things and reach a bigger audience. I really struggled with remaining consistent. I'd manage for a few weeks but things would quickly drop off. If your sensing a theme here you'd be right remaining consistent with anything seems to be my biggest issue. The thing is since becoming a mum I feel like my blog has a fresh purpose and Gray has given me a new lease of life. 2016 really saw me talk about motherhood and I've enjoyed finding my sense of style again and have loved sharing that with you, so expect to see much more of that. There will of course be DIY content but I no longer feel pressured to make that my focus. I've tried to get organised and ahead of myself by creating a content schedule which I hope will ease the whole what do I film/write about now. I've also written all of my content for January (well trying to write it at least) as I'm now  working part time it allows me more space to focus on my blog and channel. 

"The other side of getting my finances in order is watching what I spend. I'm not going to lie I do like to shop and don't often think about the cost of things"


Finances

I know it's not something people talk about often but I want this to be an honest space. In the past I've not been very sensible with my finances, and I really want to change that. Like most people I've got a bit of debt that I'm determined to clear in the next 18 months as it's important that I'm able to provide a secure future for Gray. I hate doing all this adult stuff, it's boring, but so necessary. I've gone about doing a bit of debt consolidation, and looking for the best interest rates (so bloody middle aged I know!). I've also setup a direct debit to ensure that I pay everything off on time. The other side of getting my finances in order is watching what I spend. I'm not going to lie I do like to shop and don't often think about the cost of things. It's not like I go off and buy a Fendi hand bag every other week or ever (mama aint got that kind of cash) but it's the little things a top here, coffee there after a while it all adds up and is something I'm determined to change. I realised when we moved house just how much stuff I had that I didn't need to buy. I also did the dreaded thing of going through my bank statements and really looking at how often I buy things on Amazon and ASOS. All I'm going to say it was painful and shameful in equal parts.  Last year I signed up to cash back site TopCashBack where I'm able to earn cash back when I spend. I'm definitely going to continue to use the site when shopping, particularly online. It's not a huge amount but every penny counts and I've also been able to score some really good discount codes. If you're interested you can sign up HERE. I've also started a little Depop shop where I'm selling clothes that are still in really good condition but I'm just not going to wear anymore. If you fancy a browse and a bit of a bargain you can check it out HERE!

I've shared mine now over to you, what are your goals for 2017? I'd love to hear them!

Happy New Year and here's 2017 being the best yet! xx

 

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