It’s a bit of a cliche but I always find January is the best time to have a look at your life and see how you want to improve on it. I know everyone uses the new year as the start point of self-improvement, but hey, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!
I won’t lie, I’m not great with “official” resolutions with specific targets, or even ones that are huge life adjustments, but I do want to focus on some little improvements. A few little things that I can work on throughout the year to feel a little more fulfilled.
I think it’s going to be incredibly important to have a bit of focus this year as I’m not going back to my job from before my maternity leave. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to be doing work-wise yet, but as it stands I will only be self-employed and a stay at home mum.
So how am I going to combat the inevitable cabin fever and possible loss of self with such a huge change this year? Well a few well chosen resolutions!
Get more creative with my photography
I’ve really loved doing Instagram challenges this year, and using this platform as a stand alone tool for creativity rather than an extension of my blog, so I want to work on this more this year. I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself with different photo set ups, working on my flat-lays, and mixing up my editing. And I’m definitely going to be bringing elements of that into my blog photography too.
Travel more in the UK
I want to make the most of our weekends and Bank Holidays this year and make sure we travel as much as possible and try lots of different things with the boys throughout the year!
Get my business off the ground with my first clients
I won’t be talking too much on the blog about my side business, but late last year I started a slow launch of my marketing and communication business, and this year I plan to start pitching for clients and really making a go of it. It’s going to be hard as I’ll be juggling it with two kids too, but I’m so looking forward to the challenge!
Get outside every week, no matter the weather
This is more for the boys, particularly Henry. He’s such an outdoors kid and I always feel so much better when I get outside. So rain or shine, we are getting out as much as possible, even if it’s only to the local woods.
The biggest thing to help me relax in the evenings is reading, but I have a habit of getting bogged down with work and writing, and getting the boys sorted. So I’m going to be making sure I read at least every evening.
Be more present
Over Christmas I took a bit of a social media break. I uninstalled all my apps and took several days off. I’ve also kept Facebook and Twitter off my phone into the New Year, and only reinstalled Instagram and Pinterest. It felt so good to have a break from all the social media drama and mindlessly scrolling for hours. So I’m going to be more present and less on my phone, especially when I’m with the boys.
So that’s my list for the year ahead. Hopefully I’ll end the year even happier than I started it! What are your New Year plans?