So that’s it…
2018 is upon us and 2017 is no longer. It will hardly be a surprise to you that I’m not sad to see it go. Not that it’s been all bad of course, with the arrival of F being the obvious highlight.
With the New Year, thoughts obviously turn to resolutions. Have you set any? I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of resolutions that revolve around giving stuff up. After all, what is life without a few guilty pleasures along the way? (For the record, mine are Australian soap operas and sugar; all of the sugar!).
But I am a fan of resolutions that help you strive to try something new or do something more. In recent years, these resolutions for me have included seeing more stand-up comedy, reading more, setting up a blog (tick, tick and tick) and the somewhat hackneyed ‘doing more exercise’ (no tick).
As I’m already starting 2018 off in my new home (finally!), I’ve decided to continue in this personal New Year resolutions trend. But, rather than picking one big resolution to carry through the year, I’m going to so something new each month. They’ll include things like cooking a roast from scratch, hosting a barbeque (I was never the chef), taking the kids on holiday on my own, learning some new DIY skills and maybe even going on a date – although that feels like a very big maybe at the moment.
To lots of you reading this, these may seem like silly, inconsequential things that you do all the time, but to me they are little challenges that will help me feel more confident both as a single mum and a single woman.
This year will be full of new things for my kids too.
My daughter I will be starting school with all the new experiences that will bring, while F will be starting nursery, eating solids and most probably taking his first steps (although there’s no pressure on that front). Yet, if 2017 has taught me anything, it’s that, whilst we can predict, plan for and even orchestrate certain changes in our life, some things we can never foresee.
I really have no idea what will happen in 2018 – what highs I’ll have and what new battle scars I’ll gain – but I’m determined that, whatever has happened by this time next year, I’ll be able to cook a mean roast chicken dinner and hang some wallpaper straight!