A Summer of Progress #GetGoodSummer

As summer officially draws to a close *sob* (it actually pains me to write this), it’s about time I updated you on my #getgoodsummer progress.  If you remember, the lovely Claire over at Clarina’s Contemplations challenged us to set ourselves some goals this summer and in fact this week marks the end of that 6-week period.
If I say so myself, I’ve done pretty well.  I know for a fact however, that it would have been a totally different story had Claire not kept tabs on me and if I hadn’t disclosed my intentions to you lovely lot.  So thank you for acting as my accountability partner.
Enough of the waffling and on with the results….
1) Decorate son’s bedroom.  It may have taken a lot longer than I anticipated, but it’s finally done! The Tween ‘helped’ with the painting and the OH exercised his patience skills with the flat-packed furniture (sealing his absolute hatred for IKEA) but overall, this little creation was my doing and I’m very proud of it.  It’s much better suited to a soon-to-be 9 year old boy and has tons of storage, appealing to my sense of orderliness!

2) Work my way through a pile of unread books.  Okay I didn’t necessarily read the books that I intended to, but I did take out and actually read 3 fiction books on holiday – go me!   I also managed to complete one of the books on my original list, written by a good friend of mine – Helen Cottee. In her book – Choosing Extraordinary, Helen shares her thoughts on how to ‘chip away at the blanket of ordinary which has shrouded and restricted our lives’.  She encourages us to search for ‘those sparkles of extraordinary glimmering in each of us‘. It’s a great, easy read and I never tired of the excitement stirred every time I picked up the book – I actually know a real-life author!
3) Take the kids to Warwick Castle.  This has been on my bucket list for a few years now and we’re finally going….in fact we will have been by the time this post is published.  I decided to leave our visit until the end of the holidays and it’s been lovely to have something to look forward to; a perfect way to round off a memorable summer.  I will be writing a review later this week, so watch this space…
4) Start running again.  Since getting my fancy-pants new trainers, I’ve been running 2-3 times a week, even managing to keep it up whilst on holiday (good job too or the 4lbs gained would probably have been 8!). I’m really enjoying it and although I’ve got a long way to go before I’m back to running for an hour at a time, my knees are currently holding out and the extortionate trainers seem to be worth every penny.
5)  Leave one day free each week over the summer.  Being a ‘doer’ and a planner, I usually panic about an empty 6 weeks stretching ahead of us.  This leads me to booking us up way in advance, putting myself under pressure to get out the door, picnic in hand, by 10 am most mornings.  I then wonder why we’re always exhausted and I’m often short-tempered.  This year we’ve paced ourselves, enjoying lazy days and even making a few last-minute plans (so not me!).  It’s given us a proper chance to relax and the girls in particular have had time to enjoy one another…..I never, ever thought I would hear myself say that.

This summer really has been one of the best I can remember, not merely due to the wonderful weather we’ve enjoyed but because of the relative harmony we’ve lived under (bar one or two of the usual spats). 
Achieving some goals has been an added bonus and has really helped me to focus in what can often be a time of drifting and lack of direction.  Definitely something I will be joining in with next year, so thank you Claire!
How’s your summer been?  Have you achieved anything in particular or have you been content to just relax and go with the flow?

Linking up with Claire’s #GetGoodSummer as well as my usual Monday Club chums and Jaime at The Olivers Madhouse with her #MagicMoments

20 Comments on A Summer of Progress #GetGoodSummer

  1. SarahMummy
    September 2, 2013 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    Good work! The bedroom looks great and I am (of course) very impressed by the running. I can’t believe leaving one day free a week is hard! I’m the opposite to you, I only planned one day out – our trip to Gromit Unleashed! Most of the time when I’m not at work we’re just hanging around at home on our own!

    • Suzanne Whitton
      September 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Some days the ‘hanging around’ works well for us….today is not one of them! We are now just waiting for the start of term…the wait is a long one!

  2. Mumof2.com
    September 2, 2013 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

    The bedroom looks fantastic and the rest of your list puts me to shame! Well done and keep going on the running x

    • Suzanne Whitton
      September 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m planning to but this time round I feel old and rather decrepit! It’s tough getting going again but i’m determined to keep up with it.

  3. Tas D
    September 2, 2013 at 8:40 am (3 years ago)

    The bedroom looks really good! I really like Warwick castle. We went years ago and it always sounds like its got better over the years in terms of entertainments for kids!

    • Suzanne Whitton
      September 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm (3 years ago)

      It was a great day out with kids – especially for younger ones. Your Little Z would love it :)

  4. Jaime Oliver
    September 2, 2013 at 9:51 am (3 years ago)

    wow check you out!! the bedroom is lovely. I am so pleased for you that you had such a lovely summer.

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  5. Nicola Robson
    September 2, 2013 at 10:26 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like you’ve had a productive summer – I wish I could say the same! Well done on the bedroom especially, I started on my daughter’s last night!

  6. Tom @ Diary of the Dad
    September 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Think I need to take a leaf out of your book… next year though, let’s not be too hasty! 😉

  7. Mama Macfennell
    September 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Bedroom looks great and I am so impressed with all you’ve achieved – I have no idea what I’ve done with all those weeks off! Like Tom says there’s always next year!

  8. 3yearsandhome
    September 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm (3 years ago)

    You’ve done so so well. Love the new room!

    I’ve stopped packing things in to our week. It just stresses us out. We seem to get equally as much done when we don’t plan as when we do, bizarrely :-)

    Need to write my post too – feeling too relaxed to write though.

  9. Rhiannon Morkus
    September 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this idea and hope my Autumn Bucket List is as successful. I also regularly plan in days off from our busy Baby Timetable! Thursday is sofa day in our house and I love indulging in it. Well done for achieving your summer goals. xxx

  10. Sarah Miles
    September 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Ah, good for you! So many people have said what a lovely summer it’s been, went fast though, eh?

    I MUST get running again…

  11. sentwivlove
    September 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Hey, well done. Can you believe we made it to the grand finale. It was touch and go for me for a couple of the weeks, lol. See you next year for #GetGoodSummer. Lynne (sentwivlove.blogspot.com)

  12. Everyone Else Is Normal
    September 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous bedroom! V jealous of such an uncluttered, light space it is for a boys bedroom. Am v impressed that you managed to do something as big as that in the hols too. With my two around I dont attempt anything big (mind you they’re younger). I DID manage to make a covered pinboard for my son, so that’s something I’m quite proud of, and sort of with him (staple guns aren’t for 6 yr olds!). I’ll do a little post on that soon. Hardly any books finished but, 3 started! And I think we managed an equilibrium of days out and hanging at home…I reckon your girls were much happier as you didn’t structure things so much. That and the age. And the great French holiday? Well done you!

  13. The Handmade Mum
    September 3, 2013 at 11:42 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds very positive and productive! x

  14. Wally Mummy
    September 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Check you out! lol 😉 I’ve basically sat around in the sun all summer… and now I feel like ive not done enough ahhh! hahaha x glad you’ve been so productive – you should be very proud of yourself! ;))) x

  15. Claire
    September 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Well done Suzanne! Very impressed with your productive summer! |Your son’s bedroom is lovely! I bet he’s thrilled1 I have also found it really helpful to have the accountability of my readers! Made me get up and do some stuff I wouldn’t have been bothered to do otherwise! Thanks so much for joining in with #GetGoodSummer… hope to have you back next year! (Thanks for the tip as well about continuous linky!!)
    Claire x

  16. Emily Foran
    September 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Well done, I didn’t even get organised enough to write a list. Your son’s room looks great! xx


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