A few 2018 wishes…

I don’t really do New Year resolutions, but I do have a think about the year that’s gone and the one that is to come, and all that is possible in that time.

I want to find a groove that I’m really comfortable in, whatever that may be, I don’t feel I’ve found it yet.

I want to feel genuine to myself, taking hold of opportunities, but making sure I’m accepting them for the right reasons. That hasn’t always been the case for 2017.

I want to be more active, more proactive, physically, emotionally…in all the ways I can be. 

I want to look in the mirror and be proud of the person looking back, knowing I am investing time in that person. Time to listen to myself, time to be conscious of what I’m putting into that body and what affect that has on it.

I want to read more. Actual books, things without a light up screen.

I would like a new bathroom.

– this one really won’t be happening…but I can dream can’t I?! I’ve just had my plumber Brother in there today, plotting away, getting my hopes up!

I would like to be more patient with my children. 

I would like my children to be more patient with me.

I want to spend more quality time with Stu, child free, outside of the house. We need to find more common ground again.

 I really want to go on an adventure.

I’d like to get to 10k followers on Instagram. I know it shouldn’t be all about the numbers, but I just think 10k would be a lovely point to be at.

Things I am proud of…

A stand out moment in the year would obviously be winning the Amara Interior Blog Award for Best Design Inspiration blog 2017. It was a wonderful validation of the work I’ve put into our home and into the blog. I don’t think I always give myself enough credit for this, playing it down when people congratulate me, or ask me what’s it all about. I don’t tend to get that excited about things that should really matter to me, I’m not certain why that is, perhaps to guard against disappointment? Though I absolutely, not for a moment, expected to win.

I am proud of our garden and the work we have put into it so far. It really was an ugly eyesore before, but since sorting the area directly outside the extension it has really lifted our home to a new level.

You can read lots more about it here.

Featuring in Mollie Makes was rather lovely, it’s a bit special seeing our home actually in print and it made Nancy’s year as she took the magazine into school and informed everyone she was official famous!

Finishing our kitchen was something that felt long overdue. The gradual changes we’ve made, the way it developed over a year or two, were unavoidable really due to time and money. I long for the funds to start something big, plan it down to the smallest of details, then start and finish it in one go. But alas we haven’t had the money for this, we’ve done so much of it ourselves, called in favours and saved hard to pay professionals to only do the parts we really couldn’t do. But I still love it.

You can read lots more about the kitchen, including before pictures, here.

New Year’s Day 2018

In the last few months of the year I think I have been kinder to myself, a little more understanding. I’m my own worst enemy for putting pressure on myself.
I have suffered with depression and anxiety, more so in the earlier part of the year, I’ve taken steps to improve my mental wellbeing and it’s working, but there’s lots more to be done towards that.

I have struggled immensely with being the mother I want to be to two fiesty, strong girls. I will readily admit there is a lot to work on there, to get the balance right.

But they are happy, they love me, and forgive me for being more shouty than I would like to be sometimes and it will all be fine and dandy.

I would like to earn some more money this year. Money isn’t the be all and end all, but no-one can deny it helps. Blogging and earning isn’t very straightforward and I need to address certain aspects. I don’t want this website to be filled with adverts, but the income from having something like that set up could be really helpful. I try to keep the balance right when it comes to sponsored posts, so I’m being myself and true to you, my reader.

I’m thinking about doing some workshops, it would be nice to interact more with people in the real world! Lots more to think about and plan there. 

I hope to start some form of online shop to sell my vintage finds in the not so distant future too, because I just can’t help the looking, but I don’t always want it in the house long term. So that’s an exciting prospect, what do you think?

What would you like to see from me? What have you enjoyed from me this year? It’s always great to have feedback ♡

I hope you all had a lovely New Year’s Eve, what ever you got up to. Have you set yourself any goals for the coming year? I’d love to hear your ideas.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Zoe says:

    How refreshingly honest and how refreshing to see that we all share common concerns, issues and hopes. Good luck with it all and looking forward to browsing that online shop!

    1. Thank you Zoe 😙

  2. francine carter says:

    You are a total inspiration to me ….. right down to me having a very similar extension to you at the moment. I scrutinise the detail that you put into your designs and love the blogs.
    Looking forward to much more of the same in 2018. Happy New Year

    1. Thanks very much Francine, that means a lot. Happy New Year x

  3. Louise says:

    I think you will do wonderfully at running an online shop, you have great taste and I think you will gain a lot of interest very quickly with it.

    I wish you all the very best!

    1. Thank you Louise ❤❤❤

  4. Emma T says:

    We’ll done for all your achievements in 2017 & good luck for 2018. I can identify with a lot of what you have written in your blog post, I’m looking forward to what 2018 brings, an exciting new start after a rocky 2017! X

    1. Thank you Emma, here’s to a great new year ❤

  5. MJ says:

    Money may not be the be the most important thing to make but it is necessary; I love your blog and if the way to make it work for your life is to have some adverts then go for it. Grrat New Year post.

    1. Adverts wouldn’t bring in a huge amount to be honest, but it would be a start. Thank you for your kind words ❤

  6. Emma p says:

    I notice one of your aspirations was to get out more with your husband. Me and my husband took up dancing lessons in 2017 after winning them in a brownie raffle! we haven’t looked back, it is a great way to get out and connect with each other. X

    1. My husband is a social recluse 🤣🤣 So I’m not sure dancing will tempt him, but I’m working on some ideas ❤

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