As summer officially draws to a close *sob* (it actually pains me to write this), it's about time I updated you on my #getgoodsummer progress. If you remember, the lovely Claire over at Clarina's Contemplations challenged us to set ourselves some goals this summer and in fact this week marks the end of that 6-week period.
If I say so myself, I've done pretty well. I know for a fact however, that it would have been a totally different story had Claire not kept tabs on me and if I hadn't disclosed my intentions to you lovely lot. So thank you for acting as my accountability partner.
Enough of the waffling and on with the results....
1) Decorate son's bedroom. It may have taken a lot longer than I anticipated, but it's finally done! The Tween 'helped' with the painting and the OH exercised his patience skills with the flat-packed furniture (sealing his absolute hatred for IKEA) but overall, this little creation was my doing and I'm very proud of it. It's much better suited to a soon-to-be 9 year old boy and has tons of storage, appealing to my sense of orderliness!
2) Work my way through a pile of unread books. Okay I didn't necessarily read the books that I intended to, but I did take out and actually read 3 fiction books on holiday - go me! I also managed to complete one of the books on my original list, written by a good friend of mine - Helen Cottee. In her book - Choosing Extraordinary, Helen shares her thoughts on how to 'chip away at the blanket of ordinary which has shrouded and restricted our lives'. She encourages us to search for 'those sparkles of extraordinary glimmering in each of us'. It's a great, easy read and I never tired of the excitement stirred every time I picked up the book - I actually know a real-life author!
3) Take the kids to Warwick Castle. This has been on my bucket list for a few years now and we're finally going....in fact we will have been by the time this post is published. I decided to leave our visit until the end of the holidays and it's been lovely to have something to look forward to; a perfect way to round off a memorable summer. I will be writing a review later this week, so watch this space...
4) Start running again. Since getting my fancy-pants new trainers, I've been running 2-3 times a week, even managing to keep it up whilst on holiday (good job too or the 4lbs gained would probably have been 8!). I'm really enjoying it and although I've got a long way to go before I'm back to running for an hour at a time, my knees are currently holding out and the extortionate trainers seem to be worth every penny.
5) Leave one day free each week over the summer. Being a 'doer' and a planner, I usually panic about an empty 6 weeks stretching ahead of us. This leads me to booking us up way in advance, putting myself under pressure to get out the door, picnic in hand, by 10 am most mornings. I then wonder why we're always exhausted and I'm often short-tempered. This year we've paced ourselves, enjoying lazy days and even making a few last-minute plans (so not me!). It's given us a proper chance to relax and the girls in particular have had time to enjoy one another.....I never, ever thought I would hear myself say that.
This summer really has been one of the best I can remember, not merely due to the wonderful weather we've enjoyed but because of the relative harmony we've lived under (bar one or two of the usual spats).
Achieving some goals has been an added bonus and has really helped me to focus in what can often be a time of drifting and lack of direction. Definitely something I will be joining in with next year, so thank you Claire!
How's your summer been? Have you achieved anything in particular or have you been content to just relax and go with the flow?
Linking up with Claire's #GetGoodSummer as well as my usual Monday Club chums and Jaime at The Olivers Madhouse with her #MagicMoments
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