I know it’s the 3rd January and so I should have already written my goal posts by now, but in all honestly, I haven’t had time! However, I have been tagged by the lovely Jules over at Pondering Parenthood to take part in 18 goals for 2018. Rather than just a blog goals post or just a life goals post, it is one that I can include everything within. We shall see at the end of the year, just how many I have managed to tick off! Without further ado, here are my 18 🙂
1. Re-design the blog
This has to be the top of the list because it was already supposed to be done by now! I bought a new theme in November and I still haven’t done anything with it. Because it’s not just a new theme I want but new categories, new menus – I mean, if I didn’t have so much content, I might as well have just started again. But alas, it will get done – I just need some time to put my plans into action.
2. Have a bath
I can’t remember the last time I had a bath. Obviously I shower every day but the last time I had a long, hot soak in the bath is a distant memory. After I had Oscar, I had to have a bath every day to aid the healing, but it had to be very shallow and it was agonising. It has however, been absolutely ages since I laid in a bath full of bubbles with a cup of tea and a magazine. It’ll be extra special too if I manage to do it without Zach coming in for the toilet!
3. Spend more one on one time with my biggest boy
Oscar gets me to himself five days a week whilst Zach is at school. Zach has to fight for my attention because Oscar is always there. Just recently though, it has changed a bit and I am now able to leave him with Daddy for a few hours. I have so far only taken Zach to a couple of birthday parties alone, but I very much want to do more fun things with him on his own because I really notice how much he thrives on it just being he and I, and I love the bonding time that we have in those few hours.
4. Read a book
I am not going to go over the top with this one because reading is not something I have time to do. I do however have a growing pile of books waiting to be read and so if I read at least one of them this year, that will be fab. The only thing I miss about working outside of the home is the dedicated reading time on the commute!
5. Deep clean the kitchen
Gah, the kitchen. I mean we keep it clean and tidy on a daily basis but I am talking a thorough clean. The cupboard doors, inside the cupboards, behind the microwave. I want to give it a proper scrub from ceiling to floor.
6. Rearrange the kitchen
Following on from the above point, I really need to make better use of the kitchen and it could definitely do with a bit of a reshuffle. So once it has been deep cleaned, I will make sure everything is in the best place it could be!
I just bought a new pair of running trousers at the weekend and I really want to start going out on weekend mornings for a run. It’s hard to do in the week because of school runs, the other half being at work, and having Oscar, but if I can do it regularly on a weekend, it’ll be a great.
8. Stop breastfeeding
Ok, so I have a year to get Oscar off of the boob! In fairness, he now pretty much only feeds at night but he somehow needs to learn to go to sleep by another means. He’s 15 months old now and can’t be using mummy to get to sleep forever!
9. Sleep with just the other half next to me in bed
This continues on from number eight. We are in a bed-sharing rut at the moment and it can’t last forever. It won’t will it? I want to get Oscar out of our bed and into his own so that we can have the whole bed back! I wake up with such sore hips in the mornings from where I am squished in between them both, and the other half spends most of the night laying right on the edge. How do small people take up so much space?
10. Listen to more podcasts
I am really into podcasts right now, although finding time to listen regularly can be hard. The amazing Aby (You Baby Me Mummy) and Ceri (This Welsh Mother) are launching a brand new one and I will be tuning in to every single one of them!
11. Learn to use my camera
I bought my Sony A5000 last year and it is a fantastic camera that is currently residing uncharged in the cupboard. I want to know how to use it properly to take beautiful photos this year.
12. Learn how to edit photos
Following straight on from number eleven, I don’t ever edit my photos. And yet I know that I probably could if I had the right software. So this year, I will try to start editing my photos. It’s an extra job, which is why I don’t really have the time to do it on top of writing the blog posts, but hopefully, maybe, I might find more time somewhere right?
13. Have some time to focus on the blog
This is my job now and yet I am still squeezing it in to nap times and evenings. And then in the school holidays…evenings only! I hope that now Oscar is being a bit more settled with other people, that I will be able to rope mum into some babysitting that we had previously talked about so that I have more hours to work.
14. Make more time for myself
Something I rarely do but am trying to do more of. I now every Sunday spend an extra few minutes in the shower with my hot cloth cleanser, but I want to do more than this. I want to paint my nails, read a magazine and go for a coffee without having to simultaneously entertain the children. I am not asking for it always, but just the odd hour here and there!
15. Have more date days/nights
A date night is still very much out of the question right now, however, we did have a date day last week and it was wonderful. We went to the cinema and then for a meal afterwards and it was just so nice to be ‘us’. Not mummy and daddy but us. I mean, we both couldn’t wait to pick the boys up but for those few hours we were remembering who we were before they came along and I’d like to do more of that this year.
16. Put my phone down
I am a terror and am always on my phone. Checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. My boys are only little once and so I am going to try and put my phone away more. I say try because it is a complete addiction and it’s not an easy step!
17. Organise my photos
I have so many photos. I have a Flickr account that has thousands, a drawer that holds hundreds of printed ones and a phone that has even more. I need to get them in order. Print some more, put them in albums. I just don’t know where to start!
18. Go to a blog conference
I managed to squeeze in the Mumsnet Influencers event towards the end of 2017 but other than that, I went to no blog conferences last year. I so badly want to go to BlogOn in May but I am still not sure that Oscar will be ready for me to go away for a night by then. I shall have a look and see what is on offer this year though and make plans to go to one of them. I love a good blog conference!
And there we go. That is my 18 goals for this year. There’s lots in there that about me and the family rather than just the blog. Even though my blog is my job, it is important for me to look after everyone who features within it. It’s important to focus on the here and now and enjoy my life through my eyes, not just the lens.
I am now tagging the following brilliant bloggers to share their 18 goals for 2018.