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

My Birthday Wish List

At the end of the month, I turn 34. I am slightly nervous about this because it is officially mid-30s. But you know, I’ve seen a few Instagram images encouraging us to embrace our ageing days as some people don’t have that privilege, so I’m going to focus on that and other such positive vibes.

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Rose Gold iPhone 6s, Lush Snow Fairy, Turquoise Glitter Diary,  Quote Mug, Kate Spade Watch

Growing up, we never had a lot of money so for birthdays my parents tended to give me a few little bits (often from Makro! Can you tell we were in the catering trade?) and a birthday card. It was only really when our family business built up a bit of steam that I was treated to some nicer gifts. What it has taught me, is the value of money. I don’t buy a lot of things and I only buy things that I feel that I will get a lot of use out of. My Chanel glasses for example cost £150 all in and I have worn them for the last five years as, thankfully, my prescription hasn’t changed. Anyway, what I am trying to say is I sometimes like to save up for some bigger purchase or ask for birthday money to put towards that and this is why my wish list may look like a strange combination of expensive and cheaper items.

The Rose Gold iPhone 6s is obviously the most expensive item here either on contract or to buy the handset alone. I am still in two minds about this because firstly, my current handset is the iPhone 5 and it is not in bad shape. I am tempted to wait for the iPhone 7 but I’m in love with the rose gold  and think, ‘Well what if that doesn’t come in that colour?’.

The Lush Snow Fairy shower gel is one of my most favourite smells of all time. It reminds me of eating Wham bars at a newsagents owned by my mum’s friend. I used to spend a lot of time there while my mum had a catch up on all the gossip.

I popped into Paperchase on Friday while Annabelle was in nursery and saw this beautiful Turquoise Glitter Diary. I have a Filofax but sometimes it’s just nice to have a book to record any important events.

I saw this Quote Mug on Caroline Hiron’s Instagram feed but I’m not sure if she got it from the Etsy shop as they only seem to deliver to the US. I might have to see if I can find a UK supplier because I really, really want it!

Admittedly, I don’t need a new watch. I have three and at £175, I can’t justify spending that much money. If I won the lottery though, this Kate Spade Watch is just too adorable to miss! Pink AND flamingos. Amazing!

Do you have anything you are currently lusting over? Let me know what is on your wish list. Bx