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A Little Look Back And A Little Look Forward

by Jessica Amey

2013 was a good year, Mr C didn’t break any bones and J made his arrival turning us into a family of four. We also had the best Summer weather for as long as I can remember.

I was in no rush to say goodbye to 2013 but there is lots that I’m looking forward to this year.

I haven’t made any resolutions because I don’t stick to them. I would like to always have painted nails, never have dirty washing on my bathroom floor and do some exercise but it just won’t happen so more realistically I have set myself some goals that aren’t just things I want to take forward into this year, they are things I want to change forever.

I am trying to change my whole outlook on life by being more positive.

For instance – I’ve found looking after two kids pretty stressful. The old me was waking up focusing on how little sleep I’d had and how I was going to make it through the eight hours that I was on my own before Mr C got home from work. I was defeated before I’d even had breakfast some days and looking back now I realise that I was never going to have a good day when I was starting it in such a negative way. Plus I’m sure Cherry picked up on my lack of enthusiasm and it rubbed off on her. Although I wouldn’t have changed anything about my life, I knew I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I should and I was getting way too stressed and shouting too much.

Now I wake up and think of all the things I’m grateful for, don’t give any thought to the amount of sleep I’ve had and as a result I start my day in a better mood and the results have been remarkable.

This week has been a particularly testing week as both kids have been ill and whilst recovering Cherry has been tired and having the most horrendous tantrums. The old me would have probably ended up phoning Mr C begging him to come home but apart from one afternoon which did leave me feeling stressed and locking myself in the kitchen with the hoover on to block out the noise I’ve remained calm and in control.

I’m also going to start reading more. Reading is so good for the brain and I miss it. I’ve already got a mountain of books piling up and will be reading a mixture of novels, craft inspiration and self-improvement books. I say self-improvement because I hate the phrase self-help. It sounds like they are read by people who are having a total crisis when really who couldn’t do with improving themselves in some way? I’m joining in with Lauren and Kirsty’s Year Of Change Book Club which will be fun, the first book – How to Win Friends and Influence People – has already seen me making changes in my life.

And as I enter my third year of blogging I want to start steering away from being just a parenting blog and focus more on crafts, DIY projects and photography. Obviously the kids will still be featured in it but after J’s reached a year I won’t be writing updates on him anymore. Of course there will still be posts about parenting as I have two young children but I don’t want it to be the main focus of my blog if you see what I mean?

So this year I will be reading, crafting, decorating and taking lots of photos.

As well as being a calm and in control mum and trying to keep my house clean.

All whilst being positive and happy at all times.

Am I being optimistic?!

Do you make resolutions?

I would love to hear them!

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