A new year; like a blank sheet of paper, the story yet unwritten. A realm of unknown opportunities and possibilities awaits. Exciting? Yes, this year I think so. I feel positive about this year. To tell the truth, I’ve been raring to get here since early December. And here I am at last. Hurrah for January!
Last January I had a visitor. Forget Jack Frost, Black Frost came my way. In the dim light of those cold, early days of the year, he was always there, pinching at my happiness, squeezing it out of me, like tears. Everything felt dark; my house, my heart. I didn’t know how to make it go away. Eventually, it did - just sort of lifted off with the incoming breath of spring and the real me returned. The relief was immense. I had never felt like that in my life before, even in difficult times. I’d always thought I was blessed with a buoyant human spirit, but afterwards, I was not so sure. All I knew was, I never wanted to feel that way again.
For this reason alone, I am resolute that I will have a good start to 2012. I am determined to make January a stellar month; to blow away last years cobwebs and to feel energised, bright and confident. So I’m joining up again with Kate on Thin Ice and her Grooving Mums initiative. This supportive blog hop inspired me a lot in 2011, I’m hoping it will do the same this year, and that maybe I can give something back by inspiring and supporting others along the way too.
If I had a crystal ball I wonder what treats I’d see in store for me this year? I love sitting down with my calendar at the start of the year and writing all the events or things I’ve got to look forward to on each month. Among the things I’ve recorded on this years fetching photo calendar of my little man are: a long planned trip away to celebrate a special wedding anniversary, the execution of the Faulty Towers house project, a little bit more ‘me’ time as Pip starts pre-school in September, some tickets to see the Olympics, the opportunity to spend more time with my Dad as he retires. These are all wonderful things to look forward to, enjoy and appreciate but, finally knowing myself a little better, I know I need more than these peaks to sustain me through the year. I need stuff to get me through the day to day, and through the lulls to those adrenalin high peaks. So, I’m setting myself a few goals – Grooving goals –to aim for. I've decided to set them out as things to start, stop and continue doing. Only time will tell how I get on (unless of course, you've got a crystal ball, in which case you'll know already...)
Taking my health and wellbeing seriously
I’m going to start taking some proper, regular exercise. My mission is to find some form of exercise I enjoy and then DO it. And I’m also going to commit to one walk a week too.
I’m going to take my supplements every day – rather than let them gather dust on mantelpiece and take them occasionally.
I will sort out my problems with bruxism. This IS going to be the year I conquer it.
I’m going to start the Eva Fraser Facial Fitness programme. (Think natural botox...and free!)
Being more Proactive
I’m going to arrange at least one day or night a month to see my friends. It’s so easy to just keep in touch by text, email or facebook. It’s not the same as a meeting face to face – a good catch up over a coffee or glass of wine can really replenish a friendship and reinvigorate the soul too.
I sometimes think I let certain people take advantage of me slightly. My default answer is always ‘Yes’. 'Yes, I can help'. ‘Yes, you can come and stay’, ‘Yes, I will mind your children’. I like helping others, I really do, but recently I’ve thought, maybe occasionally I just need to be a little bit more selfish and put myself and my family first. It won’t hurt me to say no occasionally.
Vamping it up
I’m going to try and have one day a week where I don’t wear jeans. This is going to be quite a difficult challenge for me as I literally live in jeans. But I’m not over the hill yet, I’ve got a reasonably nice figure, *blushes for complimenting self* and I think I should make a bit more of an effort to show it off. Life’s too short to always wear jeans. It’ll be a nice shopping challenge to embrace too.
Procrastinating. I can be the queen of indecision. I'm going to focus on making decisions in a more timely manner, particularly with regard to the house project. They might not always be the right decisions, but at least I’ll have made them.
Worrying about things I cannot change.
I’m going to continue with my blog, try and post a little more often if I can, keep joining in with Grooving Mums and maybe try and join in with some other blog hops too. I’d like to start writing some fiction too. I’m going to try and formulate a novel plan during the course of the year, so if I do decide to participate in NaNoWriMo in November I’m ready to get out of the starting blocks on day one.
Indulging in the simple pleasures - Eating Cake, drinking full fat Lattes, buying too many fancy notebooks, watching Gossip Girl with a glass of pinot noir whilst lusting after Chuck Bass...simple pleasures, but I love them!
So that’s what I ‘m doing to get my groove on this year, I ‘d love to hear what you think or how you plan to get into your groove this year - other people's stories inspire me!