2017 was a funny old year for me. It’s had lots of up’s, but also some downs. This year we were able to buy a house, celebrate our boys 1st birthday and host Christmas in our new home with our family. Unfortunately my mental health has been a bit all over the place throughout the year. It’s not the worst it’s ever been, but it’s definitely there. There’s a few contributing factors to why I’ve been feeling the way I have been, so I’ve decided I’m going to go out of my way to make 2018 better for me. I’m going to concentrate on myself more, as selfish as that sounds. I truly believe that sometimes you need to look after yourself more and cut out all of the negative factors in your life. That’s what I’m going to do this year.
(Enjoy this photo of Oliver from 9 months ago with very little hair!)
I’m going to share with you all my ‘goals’ and ‘wants’ to make 2018 a better year for me. My husband and I sat down one evening before Christmas and went through what I needed to do. Some things I’m extremely excited for, and others I’m very nervous about.
Get To My Target Weight
As you’ll probably know by some of my previous posts, I’m trying to lose weight. I’ve lost just over a stone so far, but because Christmas that’s been put on hold a bit. Now the festive season is finished it’s back to eating healthily! I want to reach my target weight this year. I have my brother-in-law’s wedding and a 2 week holiday in Menorca in May, and I want to lose as much weight as I can before it. There’s another reason why I want to lose weight, which leads me to my next point…
I Want To Give Oliver A Little Brother Or Sister
I wrote a post back in October about how I want more babies, but not yet. If you’ve not read the post I mentioned that I don’t know when I’ll want more babies – It could be 2018, or it could be even longer. Well we’ve decided we want to start trying for another baby some time in 2018. I want to reach my target weight first so I can start fresh and manage my weight better this pregnancy, and we also want to let a few upcoming events go past first. Once we’re happy we’ll then start trying.
Become More Organised Through The Power Of A Bullet Journal
I am one of the most unorganised people in the world. I’m better than I used to be thanks to the calendar on my phone, but it still could be improved a lot. I decided in December I was going to start a bullet journal in 2018. After lots of inspiration (mainly all from Gwen’s amazing blog) I ordered my journal and got stuck in. I’ve been loving choosing and organising which pages will go where. Hopefully having a bullet journal where I can write whatever I want will keep me a bit more organised.
Concentrate On Self Care And Get Out Of The House More
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up of a morning and stayed in my PJ’s all day. My mentality is ‘If I’m not leaving the house, what’s the point in putting on nice clothes or make up?’. I want to get rid of this idea. I always feel so much better when I make an effort. This year I’m going to try and make an effort every day (or most days) and get out of the house – even if it is just for a walk! This has put a strain on my mental health greatly. I know this is something I’m going to find extremely difficult due to my anxieties but I’m determined to make it work.
Join A Club Or Group
I really want to have an excuse to get out of the house more, but without having Oliver attached to me. Don’t get me wrong I love having him about, but every mum needs a bit of alone time. I do go to Slimming World once a week but I want something that’s nothing to do with my weight. I’ve always been interested in drama and tennis so I’m hoping to join a club for one of these, or even both, depending on how brave I’m feeling!
Work On My Blog More Often
I love my blog and this space of the internet I’ve created. I want to continue to work towards my blog but in my own time. In December I took a little time away and I felt so good for it. I want to really work towards my blog this year and hopefully make some sort of a regular income from it. I did make a little bit of money last year, so I would love for that to happen again. Having a hobby which could also bring in a regular income is amazing, and I would love to be that lucky.
I’m hoping all of these will help me towards having a great 2018. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself and call these ‘resolutions’, because these are all things I want to work on throughout the year. Hopefully by December this year I’ll be able to write about all the things I’ve done and how great I feel. Bring on 2018!