We had a super weekend hanging out at home in the beautiful sunshine, making time for hobbies, relaxation and a short but sweet bear hunt (sustained with Jaffa cakes!).

E: I think this calls for a Jaffa cake!

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Stood in the beautiful sunshine, we watched our 2 elder children take part in a multi-school cross country race. I’m so impressed with how they keep going all the way through even though they find it hard. I take some strength from that too, as we all inevitably have to keep going even through challenging times.

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The 52 Week Project 1/52

A photo of my children once a week every week for a year. On a positive note I have taken the photos, but due to illness I am already behind oops! Do here I am catching up…


Enjoying playing the ‘squishing’ game that I remember playing with my siblings when we went round a sharp corner in the car. They are all at a wonderful age where they enjoy playing games with one another and have common interests..long may it continue!

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The Year in Books

As part of my new year goals, I am excited to take part in The Year in Books initiative set up by Circle of Pine Trees. In a nutshell, the aim is to read a book each month of the year. I was lucky enough to receive a few book from my Amazon wish list for my birthday and Christmas, so I will be working through those this year.

I have chosen to kick off with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the month of January. I’m looking forward to evenings snuggled up in front of the fire.

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New Year, fresh start!

I do love New Year for that feeling of a fresh start, making plans and renewed energy to reignite the flame under forgotten or broken goals from the previous year. I think making some kind of commitments for the upcoming year help me not to be just pulled along in the flow of life. I notice the difference in achieving, moving forward or changing myself when I don’t make any goals to work towards.

There are many approaches to making new year resolutions. Some people go for a theme for the year, choosing one word or a few words to define a feeling or sense to surround them throughout the year. I really like this idea as a framework to hang everything else from, I think my theme for 2017 would definitely need to be ‘Brave’, as there are some scary things I have to do and there are some scary things I need to do.

I don’t think I can get away from making my yearly list of things I’d like to achieve, but this year I’m going to go that extra step and plan how I’m going to fit it into the year to avoid things slipping away. My natural tendency is to try and achieve too much, so I’m going to simplify things down to fewer goals which should guarantee a higher success rate.

I’m hoping that this extra element of planning will be when bullet journaling will come into its own. I’ve been dabbling in it for the past few months, and it definitely helps with keeping on top of the endless list of things to do, with the added benefit of assessing the items that can drop off the list and be approached at some point¬†in the future. This is a great clip to learn the basics of bullet journaling, and of course there is always Pinterest if you want to take it to a whole new level!

Here’s to a great new year!

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