Lifestyle

One New Year’s Resolution – That’s it!

This year I have decided to have just one resolution. Yes, one. But, that doesn’t mean it will be easy. In fact, as many mothers (well parents actually) will know, this is probably one of the toughest things to do once you have a child and even harder when you have children. My New Year’s Resolution is to look after myself.

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I have been ridiculously bad at looking after myself for the last five years since I had Annabelle and then Heath. I don’t eat well, drink enough fluids (don’t even get me started on my water intake) and I look terrible for it. I have blemishes, acne scars, massive under eye circles and generally really bad skin. So my mission for 2017 is to slowly build up good habits into my daily routine.

Since November, I have slowly begun to invest in new clothes, makeup and skincare. I am trying to get in to a good cleansing and moisturising routine. But the area that is going to need the most work is my diet. At the moment there is far too much sugar in between meals and not from fruit.

I have been working on a diary of the changes I am making and will upload these over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. For this post, I just thought I would let you know what to expect and the main reason for the resolution.

Basically, I feel that if I improve myself, how I look and what I consume, this will in turn benefit my children in the long run. They will have a mother who is healthier, looks better, feels better and sets a good example. I want them to see me eating nutritionally beneficial food, snacks and drinks.

Up until recently, I have always felt guilty for spending money on myself. That’s a lie actually, I still do feel guilty but I’m trying to retrain my brain! If I went to the shops and saw a jumper that I liked, I would talk myself out of buying it by saying I could buy the kids ‘x’ number of their jumpers for the same price. I’d buy cheaper makeup and skincare products when my fancy stuff ran out or the kids smooshed it.

The positive side to this is that I have found some real bargains by shopping around and some high street products that work just as well if not better than the expensive ones but I’ll break it all down in the future posts. There will be before and afters, reviews and routines. So don’t forget to let me know what you think. What is your New Year’s Resolution and do you have more than one? Bx

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What I Want For 2017 – Blogmas Day 3 *Updated*

It is 9pm on Saturday night and I still haven’t got a blog post written. I am definitely suffering from a “writer’s block”. Well, not that you could call me a writer as my blog is the only thing that is ‘published’. So I thought I would share some of my aims for 2017 with you. I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but I am not planning on making any New Year’s resolutions. These are just a few guides that will hopefully encourage me moving forward.

  1. To read more books. I am hoping that this will inspire me creatively. I have only read less than half a dozen books this year and before having children, I aimed for one a month minimum. I like stories where the characters are very dissimilar to me as I find it fascinating how someone can think so differently from me.
  2. To drink more water. I will often look at the clock and realise that I haven’t drunk any water all morning. This is terrible and I definitely need to stay hydrated. I feel the difference in myself when I do and it is so much better for my skin too.
  3. Think less and do more. My biggest problem as a teenager was I overthought everything. I have gotten better at just getting things done rather than worrying about it but it can get on top of me at times.

Anyway, I probably should get to bed as Annabelle and Heath have woken me up between 5 and 5.45am everyday since Wednesday. I feel like I am falling asleep in to my laptop! See you tomorrow. Bx

*I woke up this morning (4 December) feeling quite refreshed and really needed to expand this list because I felt it isn’t worth the read otherwise. Below I have continued my wish list for 2017.

4. To work on my blog and YouTube channel. I feel that I have never put the right level of energy in to either and while my family will always come first, I think I need to change my attitude towards it.

I guess I have always been a bit scared about putting myself out there. It sounds absolutely ridiculous when you think about it but in essence, I have never put my whole self or my true thoughts out there. It has always been a guarded version of me. In terms of content, aside from my postnatal depression story, I have always kept it superficial. Andy once said that I was hiding behind the camera. Since then, I made a conscious effort to change my focus. However, I felt myself reverting back to old habits so I took a break to see if vlogging and blogging is something I really wanted to do. I guess you can see from my ramble above that I love it but my struggle comes from point 3 on my wish list… I think too much. I don’t know if perfectionist is the right word (maybe it is considering that I have just spent my morning editing a post that I published last night!!!) but I guess I going forward in 2017 I should have one overriding motto – in the words of Nike, Just Do It!

I am sorry I have gone off on one. I haven’t stuck to just creating a wish list or been very concise. Just shows where my head is at. Thank you for sticking with me though. See you again later. Bx