Monday, 9 January 2017

Hello 2017! New year, new me...


Wow. How are we in 2017 already? 

It must be a sign of getting old because I swear the years fly by faster and faster as each one passes. 

It doesn't help with that feeling with the amount of birthdays we celebrate over December and January. In the same month I become another year older, so does LL and then two weeks later the littlest becomes not so little anymore so I just end up spending a month wondering where the year went, how I ended up 32, how my first baby is 7 already and how my baby is going to be a two year old.....

Seriously. I blinked and missed it all. 


Aside from the blinking, we've had a lovely December celebrating birthdays, Christmas and seeing the new year in (all of which you can catch up on with Instagram @dancingdandelionsblog)

And now we're in full 2017 swing, I wanted to put down my New Years resolutions. Not only to share with you, but I'm much more likely to stick to them if they're  written down!

I'm not usually one for this sort of thing but it is nice to reflect and try to improve yourself and helps give a little bit of motivation to succeed in that. 

I have made sure that my resolutions are achievable and have avoided the usual 'eat healthy and go to the gym' malarkey because, well, I love food too much and I hate exercise!

So here goes - 

1. Live life the Danish way. 

 

 So the word Hygge has been flung around a lot lately and seems to be the latest trend. I'm not one to jump on to fads and managed to avoid the likes of Marie Kondo and the like with ease but when I heard of 'Hygge' it just felt so 'Me'. 

The word Hygge is a Danish word pronounced Hoo-gah which translated means 'cosy'. However it is much more than that. Maybe not a way of life or something to follow as such, but something you feel. 

This book is fab and has given me so much inspiration & motivation. I was mainly living my life in a Hyggelig way anyway. I enjoy comfort foods, warm drinks, being cosy and making my house a home. 

The way I am interpreting it and using it to take me into 2017 is to enjoy the simple things in life. Take time out for simple pleasures like reading my good food mag once a month, on my own, with a slice of cake and cup of tea.

I don't want to spout on about it too much because like I say, Hygge is not an object you can buy. It's not just about eating cake & lighting candles, it's how those things make you feel, but if it does sound like you, then reading up a little more could enhance your way of living too. 

The book above is available from Amazon here How to Hygge: The Secrets of Nordic Living

2. Explore our local countryside and enjoy walks together. 


This one ties in with the first slightly because it's all about enjoying the great outdoors and exploring the beautiful scenery right on our doorstep.

In 2017 we want to be adventurers. 

Come rain or shine we are going to get out and about for simple, free fun. 

We will very much be living by the philosophy of 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing' and on New Year's Day we fully embraced this with a very cold walk in Dovedale, the Peak District. 

I was worried that the kids wouldn't be up for this resolution as much as me. Being dragged away from their iPads and Christmas toys to 'just walk' sounds just a bit boring for a child. But my goodness me, did they make it an adventure!! The freedom to run, skimming stones in the river, jumping in puddles and climbing mountains meant not one of us even thought of how cold we were. 

3. Take more photos of all 5 of us together

 

I thought this one was going to be hard one. Getting 5 people to all stand still in one place, looking in the same direction and smiling is no easy task.

The very reason why I think I have probably 3 pictures of us all together from last year and these were taken by a photographer at Disneyland! 

I have lots of pictures of the kids, mainly separately and I manage to get some photos of P and LB together on days out and stuff but I am never in any and we are never all together.

I love photos. I love a picture to remind me of happy times and as a way of documenting growth and memories.

My dad died when I was 12 and he was always the one on the other side of the camera so we have very little picture keepsakes of him and not one of the whole family together. 

I don't want that to happen with us. So this is the year I take the time to capture our family, together. Warts and all. 

The selfie stick has helped make it easier but I'm sure everyone is going to hate it being waved in their faces by the end of the year! 

4. Take better care of myself.

 

Last month I turned 32 and I had a sudden moment of 'I'm getting old!'  

I know in the grand scheme of things I'm not THAT old but I have never taken care of myself, of my skin at all and I panicked that it will soon start to show.

The signs are there. The odd grey hair. The time it takes in a morning for my face to wake up. The bags under my eyes. 

I'm on wrinkle watch everyday. 

TBH I've been lucky. I've always looked younger than I am. I never really suffered teenage acne and I don't smoke or drink so my skin is always been ok. 

So I've never taken make-up off before bed. And I've never had any kind of skin care regime other than a splash of soap and water.

But time is against me and being a Mum of three is starting to show.

This year I will take my make up off every evening and will implement a proper regime with my new lotions and potions I treated myself to with my Christmas vouchers. 

I can highly recommend the Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream 15ml and the NIP+FAB Dragons Blood Fix Serum 50 ml.

5.  Stress less!!

 

Ok, so this one is probably going to be the hardest for me.

I am a natural born worrier. 

I've been a stress head for as long as I can remember but in recent years it has just gotten worse and worse.

My mum is a terrible worrier which has hindered her all lot in life and I can just see myself slowly turning into her. 

I have a wedding to plan for next year and I really want to be able to enjoy that rather than stressing over every detail. 

I need to get reading up on methods to deal with anxiety and start to implement these this year. 

I aim to be less anxious and a much more confident person in general. 

EDITED TO ADD: I FOUND A BOOK!!!

 

'Confidence - The secret' is a fab book by Katie Piper. She's been at rock bottom where confidence is concerned after an acid attack left her with horrific burns to her face, chest & even throat. But she's also been right at the top. And that's where she is now - exuding confidence in bucket loads. Or at least, faking that to everyone else on days she's feeling a little less sure of herself and her abilities. This book tells all of how she's got to this point and is packed with tips and methods on how to achieve confidence and ultimately happiness within yourself. You can get your own copy here Confidence: The Secret


We're only 9 days into the new year, but I started these from my birthday last month really and so far so good! Wish me luck.....


Did you make any New Years resolutions this year? 







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