Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2019, filled with love, laughter and...l...l...l...llamas?
2018 felt like a busy year with our trip to New Zealand and my daughter starting school, but it really was a great one. I’m not really one for setting resolutions, but as I’m currently a stay-at-home mum I do think it’s good to have a few things to aim for, however small and insignificant they may seem to anyone else. Throughout my life I’ve always been looking ahead to, and striving for the next thing. GCSEs, A-Levels, University Exams, moving in with my partner, starting a career, planning a wedding, having babies, moving into our family home but now, I’m not sure where I go next. I went on maternity leave at the end of May 2016, made the decision not to return to work around May 2017 (by the time I’d forked out for childcare for 2, and the commute into London I would have had no money left and would also not have spent any time with the children - bit of a lose-lose situation!) so have now been at home for about 2 and a half years. That is a long time and, until I sat down to write this post, I’m not sure I had actually realised I’d been away from the workplace for that long. As I’m still not quite sure when I will return to work, what I will do, and how I will juggle work with the children, I like to set a few personal goals to get me through the year as, let’s face it, being a stay-at-home mum can sometimes feel a little like Groundhog Day! (NB. This isn’t a whiny, “woe is me” post. I appreciate I am lucky to be at home, and able to spend so much time with my children, but let’s not pretend it’s all sunshine and roses!)
Last year, I must admit, I was pants at meeting my goals. This year, I’ve put pen to paper, and made a proper list of goals, which I’ve also broken down into smaller targets. Wasting, I mean, wisely investing, half an hour of my time on that surely means I’m going to do a better job this year, right?
Do you set any goals or resolutions in the New Year? How do you keep track of how you’re doing, or what needs to happen next to reach your target?