We’re over three weeks into 2017 already, I can’t quite believe it. I have a lot of goals and resolutions for 2017. Things I want to do, see and achieve. Of course, nothing is set in stone and I don’t expect to do everything, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
I have worked from home for over 2 years now and although this is nice for the most part, it does mean finding a work-life balance can be hard. It’s all too tempting to watch that TV programme you’ve missed, or keep working when really you should be having some down time. I still haven’t got the balance right, even after 2 years, but I have decided to set myself working hours this year so I can switch off in the evenings and enjoy some down time too, instead of feeling like I’m always attached to my laptop.
Health & fitness
I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t really make much effort in 2016 to lose weight or make healthier choices. In fact, towards the end of the year, I was pretty bad diet wise. This year I’m setting my mind to losing weight, but more importantly, I need to eat healthier meals and make more of an effort to cook healthier meals, instead of grabbing what’s quick. I also want to start exercising regularly.
This year planning is key for me. When I plan my meals out and have healthy food and healthy snacks in the fridge and cupboards things go well, but when I don’t plan out my meals and snacks I end up grabbing something unhealthy because it’s quick. I will be blogging about my weight loss throughout the year so check back soon if you would be interested in seeing how I get on.
I live right on the outskirts of town, right near the countryside and a lovely nature reserve, so really I have no excuse when it comes to getting out and about. I also have an exercise bike which I used a lot in the past, but I got lazy. My plan is to spend 30 minutes on the exercise bike 3 times a week as well as following the Kayla Itsines or 30 Day Shred workout routine.
I have been blogging for a few years now, but only recently have I started to take it more seriously. There’s a lot I want to do and achieve blogging wise in 2017. I want to start scheduling posts here so I’m ahead, instead of scrambling to do things last minute. I want to keep building up my reach and be better at replying to comments when they’re still new. I recently changed the blog look and I really like it, there are a few things I still need to add but it’s much more pleasing to the eye now.
I have always loved travelling, visiting new towns and cities in the UK, experiencing different cultures abroad and seeing as much of the world as possible is a big ambition of mine. I already have a lot of travel plans for 2017 and can’t wait to explore a few new places. I also have a lot of long-term travel plans which I’ll be sharing in another post soon.
On the home front, I want to have my house exactly how I want it by the end of the year. I want to replace a few items of furniture, paint the walls (I’m not sure on the colour yet) and add more homely items such as photos. I’m really excited about getting everything finished and looking nice.
I’m not the best at saving money, it tends to burn a hole in my pocket and I spend it on things I don’t really need. This year I want to save money and put it into my savings account towards a mortgage in the long term. My goal is to save 5k this year which is achievable if I put my mind to it and don’t spend unnecessarily. I do have a few holidays booked this year so I could have saved more, but life is for living and I think 5k would be an amazing achievement for me. Watch this space…
One of my goals for 2017 is to be more organised. This fits into every aspect of my life, if I was more organised I would get more work done, have more time to cook healthy meals and not feel as stressed about deadlines etc. I will be using my gorgeous new Filofax to help me be more organised for 2017, I will be putting blog deadlines, hospital appointments, holidays and other important dates in here so I can see at a glance what I have to do and by when. I think this will be a big help in me being more organised as usually I would tell myself, Oh I’ll remember that, but I never do!