1. Less booze.
First things first, I did manage to complete ‘Dry January’ – I reckon that in itself deserves a round of applause! From there, I was planning to completely cut out alcohol during the week, aiming for a couple of glasses of wine on a Friday and Saturday evening. You can probably tell from my tone, that I haven’t quite stuck to that. Very quickly I realised that this goal was unrealistic, especially if I was going out midweek. So I made a new rule: alcohol is allowed on any night, if I’m going out. The upshot is that there’s been a definite cut back and I’m not feeling stifled by my own rules.
2. More books.
So this has probably fallen by the wayside a little, although I did read quite a few on holiday. I find reading very relaxing and a great form of escapism so this will be added to my ‘summer bucket list’ which I’m intending to compile over the next week or so.
3. Less waste.
Again, this started so well….are you sensing a theme here?! I’ve definitely improved on the amount of bin bags we are using but I am finding once again, that we are throwing food away at the end of the week. This comes back to regular meal planning which I was doing but need to get back on track with.
4. More photography.
I am pleased to report that this is a definite area of progress. We bought ourselves a fancy camera back in March and I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with it. I’ve also developed a love for Instagram which might not highlight the best photos ever, but it’s fun and is a great pictoral record of family life. Next stop: a photography course. If you can recommend something then I would love to hear from you.
5. Less clutter.
This has definitely started but I haven’t been quite as ruthless as I intended. Over the summer I plan to go through the playroom and get rid of all the toys that the kids no longer play with – we have so many dolls and pushchairs still on display, it’s ridiculous! I have donated quite a bit of stuff to a charity car boot sale that we are doing at work and given a lot of the kids’ old clothes away. Overall, a good start.
6. More time outdoors.
My intention with this one was to explore more local haunts. We’ve taken ‘It’ on plenty of family dog walks and The Boy and I have cycled to school at least once, sometimes twice, a week so that’s helped us get more fresh air and time outside. Now we all have decent bikes, there’ll be no stopping us over the summer…..I hope!
7. Less ironing.
This has definitely reduced, mainly because I’ve stopped ironing anything that isn’t necessary ie jeans and pillow cases. But there are two other factors: The Tween has not been putting her clothes away when asked, so I’ve refused to iron them; and The OH has taken to ironing his own shirts on a Sunday evening as he’s sick of waiting for me to do it! Perfect.
8. More adventures.
To be honest, parenting 3 pre-teens is proving to be an adventure all of its own, but that’s a cop out so the truthful answer is: I’m still working on it but there are some definite plans in place.
I’ve really enjoyed looking back at my goals for 2014, to see where I’m falling short. I still stand by all of them and now have a definite plan going forward. How are you doing with your goals? Are you still on track or have you stumbled at the first hurdle? If the latter is you then don’t beat yourself up, it’s not too late to get back on track.