18 Things For 2018

Happy New Year!  I’m not really one for resolutions as I’m not realistically going to change my personality or habits that significantly because the year on the calendar has changed… However, I am one for lists!  In fact, I created a list of 30 Things to do Before Turning Thirty – which actually happens THIS YEAR!  I’m 30 years old in April this year and it just hits home harder just how quickly time flies by…

The reason for this post is to make note of the things I’d like to achieve this year – 18 Things in 2018 – and, of course, the lovely Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts tagged me to do so in her post!  So, without further waffling, here we go.

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  1.  Work on our Work / Life balance – At the moment, both hubs A and I work full time, Monday to Friday.  This means that the boys spend a lot of time in childcare – Q in a private day care nursery and O at school with breakfast and after school clubs.  It costs us a small fortune each month and, even though the boys both love their childcare arrangements, they would love to spend more time with their parents – and us with them.  Hubs is lucky enough to be starting a new job this month, and has more predictable start and finish times.  Whilst my job is a lot more flexible, I do have core hours that I’m expected to work.  However, this change may allow for a few less hours in childcare and a few more hours at home.  Some clever time management skills required!
  2. Make an effort to save – Hubs and I save for the kids each month, and have recently made a change which will allow us to make regular savings of our own.  Spending less money on childcare will help with this one!
  3. Landscape the garden – We moved into our home over four years ago now, and we’ve never been able to use our back garden quite as much as we’d like.  This is because it’s sloped and mainly grass, that is predominantly clay and so is incredibly boggy.  Because it’s sloped, we can’t have a table and chairs outside which makes hosting garden parties and barbecues extremely difficult.  The children also can’t play outside, which is totally rubbish.  Hence the saving money, to pay for the huge job that is landscaping the garden!
  4. Re-decorate Q’s nursery/bedroom – Q is almost 2 years old (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!) and I still haven’t gotten around to decorating his nursery as a nursery.  Now, I may as well decorate it as a little boys bedroom.
  5. Regularly de-clutter – We are terrible hoarders.  We keep all sorts.  But our house has very limited storage space and I just can’t cope with the clutter and mess.  We’ve had a huge clear out of kids clothes – I’m not keeping O’s old clothes for Q as there’s almost 5 years between them and I’d need a flipping storage unit for it all as I wait for Q to grow into clothes that no longer fashionable.
  6. Create a Photo Wall – Now, this was on my 30 Before Thirty post and I still haven’t done it.  I have got plenty of photographs I’d love to display, I just need the frames and the time to start it off…  2018 is the year for the photo wall…
  7. Visit a new place in the UK – This is a bit of a cheat one, as I already know that I’m visiting a new place this year.  We’re visiting North Wales with Donna and Dave with all the kids and staying in a lodge for a week.  I’ve not been to Wales for years, and I can’t remember where I visited when I was 8 years old.  Can’t wait!
  8. Take a Family Holiday or two – Again, we already know that we’re going to Wales, but it would be lovely to take a holiday abroad with the kiddies.  I absolutely adore the warmth and sunshine you get on a beach holiday and it is so good for my mind and soul.  Plus, the kids love spending days on end in the pool!
  9. Squeeze in regular exercise sessions – Okay, I’m on the bandwagon with a typical “New Year’s Resolution” and I’m saying I want to exercise more.  Before I had Q, I was a religious exerciser.  I’d go to the gym three times a week and would watch what I ate.  I was trim and toned and I loved my body.  Since having Q, I haven’t changed much in weight – maybe 9 or 10 lbs heavier – but my body shape is just not for me.  I don’t like it and I can’t find clothes that I like and that fit me well.  Because having two kids and working full time is pretty tricky to find a workout schedule to fit around (and when it isn’t rammed at the gym!), I’m ready to get into a running routine.  I need to invest in a few key pieces of Winter gear, like reflective clothes and a jacket / long leggings, and I’m ready to go.
  10. Invest in new clothes – Linked to the goal above, since I had Q I’ve bought very few new clothes for myself.  I don’t like my shape and so struggle to feel comfortable in anything so stick to my trusty leggings and dresses.  With the toning up of my body, my confidence will come and so I plan to enjoy shopping for myself again!
  11. Spend more Quality Time with Hubs –  Hubs and I spend most nights sitting on the sofa, speaking few words once the kids are in bed due to exhaustion and the need to watch the newest box set on Netflix.  This year, I want to make the effort to go out – just us – once a month or 6 weeks.  Little distractions and time for us to stay connected.
  12. Organise more things with friends – Lately, I’ve spent some real quality time with some of my most special friends and it’s been great.  This year, I’d like to spend more time with them and make more of an effort to organise things to do with them.  Whether it’s going out for tea after the boys are in bed, or going on play dates with those that have children.
  13. Read more – Books and Blogs!  I love to read, and my mum has just given me a load of new books!  Time to switch of the TV and unwind with a gripping story instead.
  14. Take in a show –  Another bit of a cheaty one…  I’m going to see the Strictly tour in a few weeks, Miss Saigon and Matilda this year!  I do love a show though, and hoping for a trip to London’s West End with hubs for my 30th…
  15. Figure out Q’s Allergies –  For some time, I’ve thought Q had a milk allergy.  I’ve spoken to the GP about it and hw I’ve come to that conclusion, and she agreed so has referred Q to a paediatric dietitian.  With their help, we’ll figure out how to manage them safely and appropriately.
  16. Support O through his SAT’s –  O is in Y2 at the moment, and will sit his KS1 SAT exams in the summer.  I want him to know that they aren’t something to be anxious about, and we’ll help him through them as best we can.  His school is pretty good and doesn’t lay a lot of pressure on the children, but they are told of their importance.
  17. Blog once a week – Because I’m short on time, I feel like I’m neglecting my blog an awful lot.  I really do want to document more of our day-to-day though – I love reading through the old posts about our family days out and looking over the photographs of my once tiny children.  This year, I want to make the effort to write at least one blog post a week.  Whether it’s a short update post with a few photos, or a more in-depth post – just something to keep my little corner of the internet ticking over.
  18. Maintain a Positive Outlook –  As 2017 progressed, I found myself having to let go of the perfectionist attitude I had and be able to embrace everything life threw at me with a smile.  Purely because, if I didn’t, I would have sent myself bonkers.  My mantra now (and my colleagues and husband are probably sick of me saying it) is “Positivity Breeds Positivity” – and it really does.  A positive outlook on life these last few months has prevented me from stressing out over everything that I would have done before.  There’s still times where things do get to me, and the pressure is high, but this doesn’t last long with my determined attitude and positive outlook.

And there we have it!  Thank you if you managed to get this far!  And if you did, leave me a comment letting me know what your goals for 2018 are!

62 thoughts on “18 Things For 2018

  1. A great list – I wish I could set myself goals for the year ahead, but to be honest, I find my goals just spring to mind as the year goes by and I work towards them from then!

  2. Such an in depth list, you must have thought through all this a great deal. I wish you every success achieving these goals.

  3. I don’t do resolutions either what I do is take stock of what’s happened in the year & see what I’ve learnt from it & take that with me into the next year. Happy 30th Birthday for April 🙂 x

  4. wow, what a fantastic list of goals you have, the only one that I’ve made for this year is to eat more healthy as a family

  5. I’d just be setting myself to fail if I did this but I wish you luck! I am going to set myself to read 18 books in 2018!

  6. Wow that’s quite a lot you’ve set yourself to achieve, but it does seem manageable. Good luck!

  7. I too like to keep a list of goals for the year and making a list is a great way to look back and see what you have achieved. My number one goal this year is to eat more natural probiotic foods and help boost my immune system after suffering from so many colds last year and like you hoping to get our garden finally finished this year too.

  8. I like you have many things i want to accomplish in 2018, although i havent made a list, but following your example i might just do and tick as i achieve. One is finding a job, and i could really do with doing a deep spring clean, infact my list is endless, good luck on all yours

  9. I know I need to lose some weight, eat more healthily, get fitter and cut down on the booze. I will be sensible and a little bit flexible and reckon that way I stand more chance of succeeding.

  10. One of your goals is mine too! De cluttering my house, or more specifically my bedroom and wardrobe. I have so much stuff in there that I never wear and know I never will so I need to be a bit more ruthless and less sentimental 🙂

  11. I’m loving the positivity! I vowed to write on positive thing about each day this year to remind me that even when I’m struggling I’m very lucky to have my boys 🧔🏻👦🏼👶🏻🐕

  12. Happy New Year I also don’t do resolutions either and the only list I do is things I must buy for our Home. Our bucket list are things I need to do rather then just wants sad but true lol

  13. Happy New Year! I dont really do resolutions, some of yours are fab by the way, but I have vowed to go for a walk every day, rain or shine. It makes me feel much brighter and I really should stick to it

  14. I don’t bother with new years resolutions either, I’m not going to stick to them, my birthday is also in April, I love the idea of a list, and you have great choices on yours, il have to do this next year xxx

  15. what an amazing set of goals to aim for.. My aims for 2018 are to continue my weight loss and health journey and to learn that mistakes can be good . In the fact that I am hoping to have lots of new adventures/experiences in 2018 so mistakes are inevitable , but without mistakes I would be learning to live and have fun 🙂

  16. Quite inspirational reading all your goals. Mine is to get our house renovated, havent touched it since we moved in 10 years ago! Going to be an upheaval but it will be worth it.

  17. No resolutions – We have very ill parents and so are planning very long trips being lucky to have low retirement age jobs

  18. A great list of goals, we really need to do something about our garden as well. It would be lovely to sit outside.

  19. Fantastic list there, I wish you all the luck in the world in keeping on top of all those. I hope that you have a lovely 30th Birthday too.

  20. Loving the inspiration from this – think I’ll have to steal a few to implement myself!

  21. I hope you can find the motivation to achieve your goals for the year. I want to try and do more exercise and eat more healthily but I have exercise and I love to eat so it’s always an uphill struggle for me. A total lack of motivation doesn’t help. I need to be tougher on myself and try a lot harder!

  22. Oh wow! Such an inspirational list.. must admit I don’t do new years resolutions, I’m afraid

  23. What an amazing list, I’m taking some inspiration from the list, so many things on my list as well, I just struggle and wonder how I’m going to get them all done loll! Staying positive! Happy 2018 xx

  24. I dont do new year resolutions but I do set goals for myself to achieve for the next few years x

  25. i like the idea of setting goals! although mine is just to get the house decorated! weve been in two years and only done the bedroom haha

  26. My main goal this year is to become vegan and I’ve started off with Veganuary, so off to a good start!

  27. That’s a good solid list. I need to do at least 3. Saving up for a holiday being paramount. Me and my boyfriend have been together for nearly 6 years and haven’t taken a single holiday together, so we need to get on that. Also need to decorate the flat and get some exercise in too. Wish me luck! 🙂

  28. surprising how just a few things that need or want to be done make a list a mile long,my list I have also contain similar to your list I wonder if any of the lists will see them dwindle lets all hope new year new start ,wishing you success

  29. Couldn’t agree more! I never make resolutions because i know i wont stick to them. Having a list of goals is a much better idea and far more realistic

  30. I think saving is very important, even if it’s just a jar at home. I’m going to try harder this year.

  31. It is always good to have a list of goals – best to display it somewhere where you’ll see it everyday and then cross items off as you achieve them. There is nothing better that seeing all the crossings out as you go through the year which reminds you that you are getting somewhere and all the effort is not in vain. I use a similar approach with to-do lists at work.

  32. I can identify with quite a number of your goals and knowing there are others who share the same,will have a positive effect and make these things far more achievable.Number 5 (regularly de-clutter) and number 13 ( to read more) are at the top of my list.

  33. these a re fab resolutions!!!
    i deffo need to do a list like this! these are much easier to stick to and achieve!!

  34. That is a huge amount to take on in one year! Some changes, like saving more, don’t take any time, but Garden redesign and decorate the kid’s bedroom are both really big jobs, especially for a working mum! I would love to hear how you get on!

  35. That’s a great list. I’m with you on wanting to stay on top of clutter. How well I do at that remains to be seen!

  36. A great list, It is always good to have a list of goals I find you are more likely to stick to them.
    My resolution is to travel more this year

  37. How king have you got? 😂
    I want to lose weight, stop drinking, get rid of some of the tat in my house and about a million other things

  38. That’s a great list, I hope you manage to get all or most of the items ticked off.
    Re your boy doing SATs: when my kids were younger we lived abroad, and they had exams every week. At first I though the system was nuts, but it turned out to be great.
    Firstly, the kids were given lessons in exam technique (may sound obvious if you’re older, such as not getting bogged down on a question you can’t answer, but this was news to my kids at ages 5 & 7 respectively).
    Secondly, the fact that they practised sitting exams regularly meant they weren’t flustered when they had to sit “real” exams. My advice is to talk to your son about exam techniques, so he starts with the questions he can answer easily, then tackles the next hardest, the ones worth most points and so on. Then give him a weekly practice paper, so he really gets used to the format. (i.e. little and often, rather than one mammoth revision session just before the exam). Feeling mentally prepared will help make exams much less stressful.

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