So as you know my 30th birthday has come and gone. As with New Year I like to make a set of resolutions. These are usually because my New Year’s ones haven’t made it this far and I need to start again.
My favourite resolution to date was to go on holiday every month. I got to about August before accepting I just couldn’t afford to continue. I think the holiday to Hawaii was the straw that broke the camels back!
So given my track record I’m not sure if these Birthday resolutions will make it to the end of 2014 but I like to give my life direction even if it goes off skew later on.
Most of the things I’ve wanted to achieve in the past have actually occurred whether or not I meant them to (perhaps the secret of making a list unconsciously makes your mind and body work towards these goals). I wanted to have a baby before I was 30, and even though Baby London was unplanned he’s a much welcome gift that I get to tick off my list.
For me resolutions are things I want to change in my life or achieve.
So these resolutions are to take me to the start of 2015 where I can reflect on whether or not I need to change them a little bit.
1. Try and blog 5 times a week. Mainly during the week. (with the exception of when I’m on holiday! After all everyone needs a break!).
2. Spend more time as a family unit. This one is quite hard, MrLondonMum works in film and so he’s often away for 12 hour days. Especially at the weekend. But when the opportunity is there I think it’s really important all 3 of us do something fun and enjoyable. Places I want to check off my list include: Baby London’s first zoo trip, Baby London’s first time at the beach and if time permits a holiday!
3. Create a settled home environment. We have a big move coming up. we’ve only been in this place for six months, having moved the week Baby London was born (after a purchase fell through last-minute). Although our new place isn’t a long-term home it’s a starting point and I want to create a home environment as much as I can for the next year or two. To be fair the whole place needs renovating so it’ll take a while! But it’s even more important with all the work going on that Baby London doesn’t feel overwhelmed and he always has space to play.
4. To change my car. I love my car. I’ve had it since it was brand new. But it’s just not practical with the baby now. Getting rid of it is like saying goodbye to my old frivolous life. So time to move on from a convertible to a proper Mummy car! *sigh*
5. To read more. This is always a resolution of mine. And pre baby it was easy to read loads. I used to sneakily read at work as well! But since having Baby London one of the first things that disappears is finding the time for a book. Time to change that!
6. Spend more time with friends. Any new Mum knows it’s hard to find the time to spend with friends. I need to be more proactive and contact my friends to arrange dinner and drink dates. When MrLondonMum is home in the evenings I have no excuse. I just need to jump on the Tube.
7. Slowly update my wardrobe. After having a baby my style has changed a little bit. I’m more conscious of my body and find that well fitted comfortable clothes are more important to me now. Plus with my income having plummeted (helloooooo stay at home Mum wages!) I need to pick and choose things much more carefully. I’m loving Boden’s classic style and so they’re certainly a company I’ll be sticking to but I need to broaden my search and head out onto the high street too. But it’s time to move on from my old favourites of Topshop and Miss Selfridge. After all I’m 30 now! I need to get style + comfort = hot Mumma just right!
8. Exercise! The Mutu programme has been brilliant at helping me regain my figure after having a baby. But I can’t stop exercising now. It’s something I need to keep doing. So my aim is to keep going to netball classes and to get my friend Gemma to teach me to ride a horse properly (all these years I just jump on and cling on for dear life, not that you’d know it from my Barbour write-up. At least I’ll look stylish while learning!).
9. Buy a Dyson Digital Slim! I hark on about the Dyson Digital Slim on twitter all the time. But with a baby and a dog and no leads it’s like someone found a way for me to clean with a bit of ease!
10. I love being a Mum. I love my son to the point that he’s my absolute everything. But I need to make sure I’m still me and not just a Mum. For me I’ve always wanted to get the balance right because as he grows up I want him to see me as a whole. Does that make sense? I want to be someone he looks up to, learns from and tries to emulate. I want to give him the inspiration to be the best he can. While always having the uniqueness and confidence to be happy with just being ‘him’. Pressure comes from many places but if someone knows who they are they are more likely to be able to deal with external pressures in a more positive way. I have no idea if that makes any sense written down!
So those are the things I want to work on/have before the end of the year. Having it written down at least gives me some guidance for when I get all lost in about a month or two!
Do you have any resolutions? Or have you had any in the past you’ve kept or failed miserably on?