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New Year, New Me….. Something Like That Anyway….

Saturday, 7th January 2017

New Year, New Me….. Something Like That Anyway….

It’s that moment in time once again where many of us put together big plans to make changes in our lives for the better. New year, new me, yada yada yada….

I likeΒ LOVE to plan and I love a good set of goals to aim for, but this year, I want to keep them realistic. I’m so very good at setting the bar high, and after careful consideration, I’ve realised it really is my greatest downfall.

So I’m going back to basics.

First cab off the rank is to sort out and fix our dismal financial situation. I am certain we give new meaning to ‘Living Pay to Pay’, especially when hubby’s pay is only part-time. Time to budget and stick to it. Cull out the unnecessary expenses and pay off some outstanding debts.

Money will be tight, but I insist that we still have to live and enjoy life too, perhaps just not to the extent we’ve splurged in the past.

Jacqui wearing glasses
Do I look like I know what I’m doing in these?? Better get used to wearing my glasses more often this year too!

Next up I want to focus on my marriage. Things have not been that amazing lately and I am assured that phases like this in marriage are quite normal.

The problem really is that we work our arses off, we have very busy lives and with the kids, the pets, the jobs and other commitments, we’ve drifted apart a bit, and somewhere along the line we’ve lost the spark and connection between us.

For want of a better word, our life is like ‘Groundhog Day’ and we’ve both stopped enjoying it like we used to. We’re tired, run down and need to put some serious TLC back into us before the MonsterSquad leave home and we become two strangers living under the one roof.

It’s a work in progress, and we’re doing all we can to ‘fix’ things. Those things need to keep happening. I don’t want a bandaid, I want forever.

The kids have been busy being well….kids, but I really feel like we’ve not spent enough time together as a family and would like to plan more family outings and time together where we’re not all attached to a screen. This of course will require bucketloads of bloody patience because lately, they can’t look at each other sideways without fighting.

I’m also returning to study this year, I’ll be doing a Diploma of Community Services which will require a lot of self discipline and dedication on my part, so I’ll need my family’s support. I’m really starting to look forward to the next stage of life. New career, kids in high school, littlest off to kindy then school…. (ok it’s going to be full on but don’t burst my bubble just yet πŸ˜‰ )

Home Office Desk
One of these things is not like the other…. Falkor will have to find another sleeping spot if I’m to get anything done at my desk!!!

Health is another big one. I’m not so much focused on losing weight (although thats the bonus here), I’m more wanting to focus on healthier eating as a family, more outdoor activities, more motivation towards an active healthy life.

I’m not even that old and I feel like I’m falling apart already. It might not be an instant change, but I will slowly and surely change lifelong bad habits for the better, and while doing so hopefully inspire my nearest and dearest (Im looking at my hubby and my mum), to also get on board.

We only get one life, I want to make the most of it.

So they’re the big things that are out of whack that I want to focus on this coming year. I also have some personal goals to help me find myself again.

Playing my guitars has become a thing of the past but I am determined to not only pick up my guitar a couple of times a week (minimum), I’m also going to start teaching the kids some things to play too. Right now they’re inspired and it’s got me wanting to play again. The Partridge Family, eat your heart out!

It feels like a lifetime since I have sat down to write a blog post, and when I look back it’s been a good 6mths. I used to set these insane blogging schedules for myself that were like “you must blog everyday or no one will read you”, but realistically I didn’t have time for a daily post at all and ended up writing nothing. So this year, I’ll blog when I can. When I feel the urge. When I need to brain-dump all over you guys!!!

If you’ve been following for a while or catch up daily on the CCC Facebook Page, you’d know I’m a crazy crochet lady, and love a good crafting session. This year I really want to try and hold a market stall with some of my creations to sell. At this stage I want it to happen before winter, but I am unsure if it’s going to be a physical stall or an online one. I’ll keep you all posted because I have been getting loads of requests to sell my items online!

Crochet Rainbow Scarf
My latest crochet creation for the market stall.

Lastly, I want desperately to be more organised this year. Planners, Calendars, Reminders, Lists and so on. Last year was a constant struggle with forgetting important things. I can’t go through that mayhem again!

So that’s really about it. Some big goals, some smaller ones and a massive focus on positive thinking and happy thoughts.

Have you set yourself some goals for 2017? I’d love to hear about them.Β 


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