We are one!

Well I can’t actually believe that I started this ‘bit of fun’ almost a whole year ago! I’m still enjoying having a go at blogging, but I would really like to up my game for 2018.  Yes I know we are now (almost) in February, but here are some aims and desires for the blog for 2018. I would really love to:

  1. Increase my followers on Instagram to 200.
  2. Blog at least once a fortnight.
  3. Post twice a week on the Facebook / Instagram pages.
  4. Apply to become a QBlogger.
  5. Increase my followers on Facebook to 150.

This year I want to take more photos of us a family and I’m hoping to take part in the #meandmineproject each month (reminder to do it tonight!).  The ‘Me and Mine Project‘ is an incentive to do more family portraits, on the last day of each month you publish a family photo.  This is the one thing we are rubbish at, they’re always just of the children!  I have started to keep track of my reading challenge a bit more by using the hashtag #awooereads2018.  I really surprised myself last year with the number of books I read and I’m enjoying trying some new ones so far this year.  The fitness challenge is still going well-ish, so I am hopeful I will keep this one going for the year and when the nights start getting a bit lighter, it will be easier to motivate myself to get out running in the evenings!

Honestly, sometimes finding a. the content, and b. the time to post can be difficult but I do enjoy it, but the most nerve racking part of it all is knowing people might not like what I have written.  I am by no means a ‘writer’, I have a basic B in GCSE English, so I am definitely not the most eloquent blogger around, and the suspect the grammar police would have afield day on my ramblings; BUT I am passionate about what I write and it comes from the heart.  This sounds very cheesy, but when I receive comments on the website, Facebook page or Instagram page, they really do make me smile.

So……..watch the Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for an amazing collaborative giveaway coming up in February………!!

New Year, New Me….

I don’t think I’ve ever made a new year’s resolution, so I don’t intend to start now; they feel a bit like I’m depriving myself something; BUT, I’ve decided to set myself some new year ‘challenges’. These challenges are for me and nobody else as to be quite honest, I’m quite happy with ‘me‘ right now. My mind is happy, we have a good life, I love my family and our time together.

I really enjoyed my (albeit slightly meagre) reading challenge last year so I’m going to do another one this year and I really want to get fitter similar to that of before I had my children, so I have THREE challenges this year:

1. READING – I set about trying to read 12 books last year and I surpassed that by eventually getting through 20 books. With that in mind, I’m aiming for 25 books this year which seems quite a tall order. I’m currently reading ‘Sue Perkins – Spectacles’ (sent to me by the lovely Hayley From Home), which is entertaining, but I think I prefer my romance novels and crime thrillers. My ‘to read’ list currently looks like this (in no particular order):

1. Eleanor Oliphant is Consistently Fine by Gail Honeyman

2. 16th Seduction by James Patterson

3. Cross the Line by James Patterson

4. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

5. Dummy by Matt Coyne (basically the make version of Sarah Turner aka the ‘Unmumsy Mum’)

6. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

7. The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett

8. The Girl Friend – Michelle Francis

9. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

2. FITNESS – spurred on my friends and family who are getting back into running, I want to get out more. I enjoy running and love to see progress, but I often find myself lacking motivation to get out in the evenings once my husband is home and the children are bathed and in bed. People often say I must be ‘fit’ because of my job (I’m a PE teacher) and yes my job is ‘active’ but I don’t do much running or training at work, I’m just on my feet a lot doing what I call pottering about and sometimes after being out in the rain all day, I don’t fancy going out running in the rain too. So, my fitness challenge for 2018 is to run a sub 50min 10k. In fact, the race is in 10 weeks so I haven’t got long to get my butt in gear but I’m hoping the fact that BOTH my sister and brother are running it will spur me on. We all seem to be horrendously competitive so the race is on (literally!). And after banking a run this evening with a meagre 5:46m per km, I definitely need to get the miles in!

3. RUNNING – similar to my reading challenge, I want to try and run a certain number of miles before we see in 2019 (jeepers, that seems so far in the future!). I think with working part time, looking after the children, keeping up playing my netball that 500 miles for the year is a reasonable target. It works out at just less than 10 miles a week which I think is more than enough for me and it will be quite the challenge! To help me track my miles, I’ve set about using my trusty bullet journal to count the miles. 

 

Wish me luck!!