I'm not back back quite yet to a full blog schedule but I am back to talk about my new year which always feels much more appropriate in September with the new school year than in January! I love setting my goals at the beginning of September and this year feels more relevant than ever. It feels like the World has been asleep for the last 6 months (well actually it has) a bit like Sleeping Beauty and now we are all beginning to wake up and get on with life - the new normal.
I am pretty horrified at the slow pace though, you know that I am a big supporter of working at the office and not at home. I am also really keen that we find a better perspective on the Covid-19 statistics, I am afraid I fall into the more relaxed camp and as long as we are all sensible (keep a bit of a distance in public places, wash or sanitise our hands regularly and watch out for symptoms) then I think life should get back to normal.
So what will be on my planning list this year? Well to understand myself better, I like to look back at the previous year and of course my blog is great for being able to do that. I also love to use my bullet journal to plan and look back (lots of bullet journal ideas here if you need some inspiration).
In September 2019 I was talking about the beginning of my empty nest and I had a very nervous daughter about to go off to Bath for university. Well that was one hell of a bumpy ride initially, I did wonder if she'd make it, the homesickness was so bad. But she did and now we are getting ready for her second year.
My planning thoughts this year include:
Blogging - I will just carry on as I am, I actually really like the balance I have created, I love it when brands get in touch and ask if I'd like to collaborate with them. Especially small businesses like Creative Dezigns and The Wendy House. I'd love to build my following and subscriber list a bit but I am also realistic about what I can manage and as a hobby this works really well as it is. I do hope I can get back to some London days soon though and meeting up again with friends and fellow-bloggers.
Empty Nest - well not only is Emily much more confident going off this year, I have also had my son move out! He has bought his first flat, not too far away fortunately but I will certainly be making some adjustments to my routine in the coming weeks with only myself and my husband at home (and our two dogs). My first plan is to get the house organised with all the jobs I have been trying to do and not managed.
House - can you believe I started planning to decorate our bedroom last September and we have only just finished it! It got put back and put back due to personal stuff and then it wasn't a priority in lockdown, mostly because the weather was good and my husband did work outside rather than inside. But it is pretty much done now, I will share some photos on another blog post soon. But with my son moving out I do now have a new spare room to use, I am planning on finally organising my wardrobe properly rather than having boxes of out of season stuff in my log cabin and having no clue what is in there. I need to see what I have before buying more new. I have lots of little projects to do in the house that I am looking forward to having time to do.
Exercise - this one actually gets quite embarrassing as it gets added to my goals every few months then falls by the wayside! I know I know, I am yet to become a workout addict any time soon. If I get stressed then exercise is the first thing to stop. I know others rely more on it at times of stress and maybe I should but it is one way to claw back time. But I am determined to get back on it now and start to focus more on my Menu & Mind learning and explore healthier recipes and better eating habits.
Wardrobe - I mentioned this above but I wanted to be more specific! I need to find out what I already have before I consider what I need for Autumn Winter. So this is going to be a priority and it is already taking shape. My clothes and my style are really important to me and I hate it if my wardrobe gets a bit out of control and messy. Note about 'my new spare room' though - this is my son's room and will always be his room should he wish to come and stay and use it, however, he only lives 20 minutes away and he owns his flat so he is unlikely to need the room here much and I am not letting him store his entire toy collection in my house just because he doesn't feel like keeping it in his ultra modern, clutter free flat!
Do you agree?!
Holidays - do I dare mention a break outside of the UK??!! Funnily enough we had nothing planned for 2020 when it all kicked off back in March. We usually do but we weren't sure what the kids wanted to do so we had left it, probably just as well. I really do hope we might be able to get away soon though. The friends we went to Prague and Krakow with fancy doing Budapest so that might be a starting place. I'd love to go back to Turkey well actually I'd just like to go anywhere!
I do think looking back over my September posts there is a theme! I wonder if I can finally tackle these jobs this year and stick to a healthier eating and exercise regime!?
What are your plans for this 'September New Year'?
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