HAPPY NEW YEAR
To all of you who take the time to read what I post muchas gracias from the bottom of my heart it really does lift my spirits and also to any new readers that have stumbled across my blog out of the millions that exist already. Thank you for taking the time to have a nosey. I have been blogging for a year and a half now and I really love it, I enjoy working with brands and attending blog events and I even got to meet the beautiful and talented Vicki from Honest Mum last November (what a gorgeous lady!) who inspired me to start all of this this. If you haven’t seen her blog please take a moment to check it out you’ll love it I promise!
I took a mini break from social media over the Christmas holiday as I had lots of things happening including a trip to one of my favourite destinations California and our first flight together as a family of three but that I will cover in another post. One of the reasons for not posting for a while on my return was down to the hideous jet lag which threw us into what felt like a parallel universe. My goodness it was awful and managing a toddler’s schedule at the same time took parenthood to a whole new level.
2016 is going to be milestone for me as I say sayonara to my thirties and enter my forties! I’m actually looking forward to it as I feel it’s an achievement in itself reaching this stage in my life. 2015 was a mix of highs and lows with my favourite moments spending time with my brother and his lovely fiancée in the sunshine State and introducing Jay to them for the very first time who they fell in love with within seconds.
I also found out that I had won a Cannon Camera and a family ticket for a Wildlife Cruise in Cornwall (I don’t usually win competitions so this was a lovely surprise – Thank you LifeCake!). However 2015 was also the year that heartache came in the form of another miscarriage which did shake me, the hardest part is that there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, but I have been here before notably February 2011 and I try and look for the positives in any difficult situation. I’m sure I will be wondering in May this year what sibling we might have had for Jay but I am reminded just how lucky I am to have my son who I continue to focus on with all of my being.
I am still happily a Stay at Home mum with my ever inquisitive 22 months old “Jay Bird” who follows his “mumma” most places and he’s one sensitive but strong willed little man with bundles of energy which in turn means I need to up my game and stay young for him. I am hoping to start working from home doing other things to keep my mind adult active. There are so many ideas swirling around in my mind and working on building my blog is one of them.
The New Year for many of us is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. If I’m honest I don’t really do New Year Resolutions, all I try and be is better than the year before. However this year I want to kickstart my forties in September with gusto but as it’s a little way away I have been working on a few little changes to my weekly routine in the interim.
I am Colouring
Colouring Books “are in” it’s official. Psychologists say it’s because when we focus on the activity of colouring, it calms the mind and takes our focus away from worries, whilst stimulating motor skills, senses and creativity. I was kindly given an Adult colouring book and colour pencils from a beautiful friend of mine and although some days are crazy busy I find that if I leave the book in a place I an see it, I will grab it even for a few moments just to get focused. Join the colouring-in craze!
I have started drinking water mixed with lemon (sometimes with fresh ginger) in the morning. It’s a great energy booster especially first thing in the morning as our tissues are dehydrated and in desperate need of fluid to push out toxins. I’m not about to give up my morning tea or coffee though as that would be bonkers.
I have a Morning and Bedtime Yoga Sequence
Asanas in your Pyjamas!
I loved gymnastics as a child many moons ago. If you’re a bit like me and can’t put your legs behind your head and curl up into jaw dropping positions try thinking about a doing Yoga in bed…that’s right with not a yoga mat in sight! so we know that Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India. It was developed as a practice to unite the mind and body. Some yoga styles are intense and vigorous. Others are relaxing and meditative.
After stumbling across a great blog at the start of this year called littlegreendot.com I am getting hooked on Yoga. My morning 10 minutes Sequence is outlined here and I’ve even gone as far as labelled my iPhone alarm ‘create your life -Make each day count’. I’m serious.
I figured that if I was starting my day with yoga why not end it with a bedtime sequence which you can see here.
I Plan to Spend Less
I’m quite charitable but I’ve had to reign in my monthly outgoings as you kind of have to when you no longer receive a salary. One thing I’ve never liked is waste. Whether it be throwing away food or unnecessary purchases which you sometimes end up regretting. Mr M calls me “The Chancellor” as I am in charge of the finances here so I do read things like the weekly Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert emails and I’ve promised myself that the one thing I will take from them going forward is that I will spend less so that I have more to put towards the good things that are worth investing in. I hope this will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. Have a look at the image below and perhaps consider it next time you find yourself looking at those gorgeous pair of shoes.
Weekly Meal Planning
Planning ahead can trim 50% or more from the cost of everyday foods. I’m not sure why I didn’t start this earlier but it really is a great way to avoid waste that I loathe and can genuinely save time with shopping in general. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I basically take 5-10 mins and list down the meals we enjoy eating for each day of the week to avoid time scaling the supermarket aisles. Weekends are usually a lot more flexible and I always check what’s in the cupboards already to see if there is anything I can use up before buying more items. I’ve definitely noticed a big difference in our eating habits and we are eating much better and a variety of foods.
Days, weeks months roll by and living in the UK where winter months can be dreary I almost feel like you need to have something to motivate you daily making each day count as you’ll never get it back. Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Physical exercise is great but let’s not forget the mind too. I’ve written a couple of sentences down on a note card and also on my phone which I have at my bedside that I read in the morning before I start my Yoga Morning Sequence. I honestly have days when I wake up and really don’t feel like reading these words but I want to give this a fair go and make sure I do read them to set the tone for the day ahead.
1. I am feeling strong today.
2. I am loved, loving and lovable.
3. I have the courage to make this a great day.
4. I choose to see the best side of people and circumstances.
5. I make a positive difference for someone today.
6. Everything I need comes to me at the right time.
The idea is that your mind starts to get used to hearing a positive inner dialogue. As a result, you begin to push out the negative dialogue to the background. Since becoming a mother my anxiety levels have shot up and to combat this I am want to try this tool to push anxiety out of the way and think positive thoughts. I guess you could call it brain training in some ways.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
I know many people have said this to me and I totally agree that as we get older the years seem to pass quicker. I think we don’t tell the people in our lives how we feel about them enough. I like to think I value the people in my life and I hope that by saying “I love you” in many different ways to those special people they have good memories and feel appreciated as I need them as much as they need me.
I hope your New Year has started off nicely and continues to be a magnificent year!
Thanks for reading