4 July 2014

6 Months On - Still Going Strong?


Confession time: I have a terrible habit of starting things off with an enviable level of enthusiasm, only to fall at the first hurdle....or maybe the second. I've given up on great books, as my wandering eye is tempted elsewhere, diet and exercise regimes that seemed such a brilliant idea at the start but have proven a bit too challenging 6 weeks in, and then there are the new year's resolutions *sigh* -  is it just me who is motivated by 'new'?

This year, I decided that new year's resolutions were a thing of the past. With a worse than useless track record, I opted instead to compile a list of 'things I'm going to do differently in 2014'. I couldn't quite give up on the challenge altogether and this seemed a sensible compromise.


So we are now halfway through 2014 and in order to keep myself (and you) in check,  I thought it was high time I revealed how I'm doing with those goals made back in January. Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?


1. Less booze.

First things first, I did manage to complete 'Dry January' - I reckon that in itself deserves a round of applause! From there, I was planning to completely cut out alcohol during the week, aiming for a couple of glasses of wine on a Friday and Saturday evening. You can probably tell from my tone, that I haven't quite stuck to that. Very quickly I realised that this goal was unrealistic, especially if I was going out midweek. So I made a new rule: alcohol is allowed on any night, if I'm going out. The upshot is that there's been a definite cut back and I'm not feeling stifled by my own rules.



2. More books.

So this has probably fallen by the wayside a little, although I did read quite a few on holiday. I find reading very relaxing and a great form of escapism so this will be added to my 'summer bucket list' which I'm intending to compile over the next week or so.

3. Less waste. 

Again, this started so well....are you sensing a theme here?! I've definitely improved on the amount of bin bags we are using but I am finding once again, that we are throwing food away at the end of the week. This comes back to regular meal planning which I was doing but need to get back on track with.

4. More photography. 

I am pleased to report that this is a definite area of progress. We bought ourselves a fancy camera back in March and I've really enjoyed experimenting with it. I've also developed a love for Instagram which might not highlight the best photos ever, but it's fun and is a great pictoral record of  family life. Next stop: a photography course. If you can recommend something then I would love to hear from you.

5. Less clutter. 

This has definitely started but I haven't been quite as ruthless as I intended. Over the summer I plan to go through the playroom and get rid of all the toys that the kids no longer play with - we have so many dolls and pushchairs still on display, it's ridiculous! I have donated quite a bit of stuff to a charity car boot sale that we are doing at work and given a lot of the kids' old clothes away. Overall, a good start.

6. More time outdoors. 

My intention with this one was to explore more local haunts. We've taken 'It' on plenty of family dog walks and The Boy and I have cycled to school at least once, sometimes twice, a week so that's helped us get more fresh air and time outside. Now we all have decent bikes, there'll be no stopping us over the summer.....I hope!



7. Less ironing. 

This has definitely reduced, mainly because I've stopped ironing anything that isn't necessary ie jeans and pillow cases. But there are two other factors: The Tween has not been putting her clothes away when asked, so I've refused to iron them; and The OH has taken to ironing his own shirts on a Sunday evening as he's sick of waiting for me to do it! Perfect.

8. More adventures.

To be honest, parenting 3 pre-teens is proving to be an adventure all of its own, but that's a cop out so the truthful answer is: I'm still working on it but there are some definite plans in place.


I've really enjoyed looking back at my goals for 2014, to see where I'm falling short. I still stand by all of them and now have a definite plan going forward. How are you doing with your goals? Are you still on track or have you stumbled at the first hurdle? If the latter is you then don't beat yourself up, it's not too late to get back on track. 


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14 comments:

  1. Sounds good Suzanne... I don't think New Years resolutions are ever meant to be COMPLETELY kept! Looking forward o your summer bucket list! X

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  2. Well done! Good news on the less booze too ;) Sometimes you just need a drink!

    One of my goals isn't going massively well... I haven't learnt to drive yet BUT I am almost down to a size 10 so happy days :) xx

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  3. I wish I could read books more but you have some great goals there! Well done on the dry January! #PoCoLo

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  4. It's so tough to keep up with new habits, I always have good intentions with alcohol especially but I just can't ha ha! Though my main goal was to focus more on blogging after I went self hosted in January and that I have done so there's one thing ha ha! #PoCoLo x

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  5. Sounds like a good amount of them have had some activity which is great! Clutter is one of our problems, we are desperately trying to empty out a bit in readiness for Eggy's arrival in September...

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  6. You're not doing too badly at all in comparison to me and my resolutions. I love that less ironing is on your list, I'm the opposite and iron nothing - I barely wear hald my wardrobe cos I can't be arsed to get the iron out! Sending you wrinkly crinkly vibes, lady. (Though only for your clothes.) Step away from the iron, you're putting me to shame. x

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  7. I was meant to be continuing my reading challenge and I've been shocking. Lots of picture books but not much of mine. It is so hard to keep going with challenges

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  8. I'm totally rubbish at any goals. I have had declutter and tidy on my list for years and I never really get round to it properly, other than a few dribs and drabs. I blame a lack of time - or it could be blogging!

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  9. I'm with you on less ironing.I've actually decided we have too many clothes and |Ineed to give away a load of clothes to charity.Are you not doing Dry July?

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  10. Sounds like you're doing pretty well to me! You've made progress in all areas and you haven't quit, so I would mark that up as a win.

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  11. I think you are doing pretty well there too! It is a great idea to take stock at this time of year and see how you can meet your challenges over the summer. All the best with it - and thanks for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  12. I have some goals too. Books, study more, buy less things and well less chores if I can. Working on it as well but I am successful in doing, attaining any of them but I am sure slowly I can. Goodluck to yours #pocolo

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  13. Sounds like you're doing really well. I didn't even bother making a list as I knew I wouldn't be able to stick to it! I did promise myself I'd find a new job (I had two months left on a fixed-term contract at the time), but still haven't got one. Oh dear - must do better! ;-)

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  14. haha less ironing - I am with you on this one.
    I hate ironing!

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