Hello 2017

It’s a new year, and time for a new start.


I’ve started to realise how much I miss blogging when I don’t do it. It’s not the feedback from readers (I don’t think anyone reads most posts!) but the chance to track what I’ve been doing and just verbalise (is that even a word?) my thoughts.

2016 was a year of change; a new house in a new county (well, two houses! We moved into a rented property in March while we waited for the contracts to come through on the house we’ve now bought, we finally moved in in July), a new job for hubby and new school for the children, a new church to settle in to, a new day to day routine for me (no more 6 miles each way drive to school, a walk of less than half a mile instead!), the discovery of a lovely coffee shop, and the meeting of new, amazing friends.

I’m so glad that 2016 is over, despite the many positives. It was a hard year for the H family, we’re not great at change; especially hubby and R, they’ve really struggled. A good, restful Christmas break seems to have really helped them both, hopefully that positivity will continue as we return to our normal routine. There has been a lot of gadget time and gaming, but that’s a way for them to switch off from the world and decompress. Hubby and the children all like the same kinds of games so it’s been collaborative at times and individual at others.

So, what is 2017 going to bring for us? Well, hopefully more stability (depending on how R’s move up to secondary school goes!) and more family time, no moving (phew! I have said never again…), and for me, more creative time and time with God. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood and capacity to cope with all life throws at me when I’ve been able to be creative; whether that’s doing a quick drawing, papercrafting, colouring, sewing or something else. My word for 2017 is CREATE, and I hope to create a lot more. I have also noticed a big difference when I’ve been able to spend more time in God’s word (it should have been obvious really!) so I’m planning different ways to do that, I’ll go into more detail on that in a later post.

This is getting long, and after staying up to see the new year in with lovely friends last night I’m getting tired so I’m going to leave this here.

To anyone reading, I wish you a happy and peaceful 2017, full of love and joy.

To resolve, or not to resolve, that is the question….

It’s at this time of year that many people make New Years Resolutions, things they aim to achieve in the upcoming year.

I was thinking about this earlier and what I may do. I came to the conclusion that resolutions with a specific target (i.e. I will lose 14lbs by Easter) are destined to fail for me. If any thing distracts me or goes wrong then I can get very disillusioned and upset and abandon all hope.

Instead, this year I am going to have some aims for the year ahead; areas of my life I want to change but I’m not going to set myself deadlines or specific targets.

So here goes… by 31st December 2014 I would like to

  • be fitter – improve my stamina and fitness so I can keep with the monkeyfather and my precious little monkeys when we go on walks. Exercise and walking should help my depression as well.
  • eat more fruit and vegetables – I rarely eat 2 a day let alone the supposed 5 a day. It would do my health (and fitness!) the world of good if I could increase that.
  • eat less processed food – I currently rely on frozen meat/chips/pizza far to often to feed us all. I want to improve all of our diets by using my slow cooker more and planning meals better so I don’t just panic and rush to the freezer at 5:30pm.
  • learn how to use my new camera properly – my Christmas present from the wonderful monkeyfather was a lovely new camera, it’s more complicated than a simple point and shoot and I want to be able to use more of its functions to take better pictures of the amazing people and world around me. (warning this may involve me posting more photos here… I may try photo365 again!).
  • watch less TV – I rely on the TV to relax me and help me rest a lot. I’d like to replace that with reading and crafting more.
  • read and study my bible more – ok, so this should probably have been nearer the top of my list – I need to spend more time with God and His word as I know it can help me though what life throws at me.
  • have a tidier house – I’m a hoarder and clutterbug and as a result most surfaces in my house are covered with odds and ends. I’d like to be able to invite people round without being worried about that they may think and without feeling guilty. With a tidier house it should be easier for craft more as well which helps me relax.
  • use my sewing machine – I have a fabulous sewing machine (and thanks to my lovely mum a gorgeous sewing basket), but I don’t know how to do anything other than a very basic line on things. I’d love to be able to make clothes for myself and the children and things for the house.

That seems like quite a list, but in actual fact many of these support each other and different facets of day-to-day life. Nothing there is unachievable and the combination of them all (well, minus the camera and sewing machine) should help make my family and house happier.

I’ll try to update once a month or so on how I’m doing, but I’m not going to put extra pressure on myself by promising that I will.