New Beginnings

New beginnings don’t need to be about life-changing decisions, new year’s resolutions or grand announcements. Sometimes, they can just be about stopping and taking stock.

I am terribly guilty of taking on too much. There are so many things I want to do, places I want to go, career aspirations and personal goals like losing weight and getting back to competitive triathlons.

The problem is, I get so tied up in trying to be all things to all people that sometimes, I forget to take the time to just stop and smell the flowers.

New beginnings: Turing to springtime for a new lease of life.

I spent mother’s day putting a new floor down in our kitchen. It was a much needed job that I have been putting off for far too long. But there are others.

I need to go shopping, I have one pair of trousers that looks reasonable on me and even those are held together with a safety pin. Finding two socks that are similar each morning is like a military operation and the dog has eaten my handbag.

When it comes down to it, none of it matters. But I do need to get better at fitting everything in because life shouldn’t be like this.

So I’m using spring as a new beginning. Everywhere, beautiful flowers are coming into bloom. Libby and I spent some time this morning looking at the daffodils and talking about the changing seasons.

There’s nothing I do that I can cut out, no obvious place to find extra time in the day. But I need to work better, faster and harder.

I can schedule, know what I need to do when. Make lists, keep diaries and focus on one task at a time. I can tick things off my one-a-day list, making sure that the things I want to do get done too.

I’m taking a back-step from blogging. Not because I want to, but because I need to. I’ll still be around, posting perhaps two or three times a week and keeping up with my Thursday photo posts.

I’ll still be on social media and commenting on the blogs that I love. But I won’t be spending hours editing photos, trying to get them ‘Pinterest ready’.

I won’t be posting content every day to try to do well in the rankings and I won’t be taking on every blogging opportunity that comes my way.

I will carry on blogging because it has become a part of my life, a part that I love. And I will carry on because new beginnings don’t mean leaving behind the things that matter.

I hope to make time to exercise, see friends and maybe even go shopping. I know I’ll still run round after everyone else. Change the baby, walk the dogs, drive the children to different places, do whatever needs doing around the house.

But I’ve stopped waiting for somebody else to give me the opportunity to slow down. I’ve stopped waiting for somebody else to recognise how much I do and give me a break. There is nobody else, it’s down to me.

It’s time for new beginnings. It’s time to relax and enjoy the view.

New beginnings: Using spring to put the past behind me, look to the future and stop and smell the flowers



  1. March 8, 2016 / 5:34 am

    You are so right. Life can just start passing you by and even though I love your blog, you must do what’s right for you.
    We always put too much pressure on ourselves and kudos to you for recognising the fact and for doing something proactive about it.
    I’ll still be here reading when you post!
    Enjoy smelling the flowers X

  2. March 8, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    It is so very true that we try to cram so much into our life’s daring not to miss a single second, but sometimes we have to take a seat and enjoy the ride.
    This also means you will have time to “fit me in” for a visit soon too! Yey! x

  3. March 8, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Yes! Slow down and relax. You deserve to. I’m so looking forward to Spring when I can get outside without going numb.
    Family time is the most important time x

  4. March 9, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Well done for cutting back and making more time for yourself – it’s long overdue. If ever you fancy a shopping trip to Worcester for a spot of shopping, feel free to get in touch x

  5. March 11, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    What a fantastic post and you are so right. I take at least one day a week just for me now (which includes running).

  6. March 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Good luck! That sounds like a very sensible thing to do. I decided I would only post six days a week rather than seven and some weeks I manage it! I’ve never spent/ wasted time on getting photos Pinterest ready though!
    Hope you find time to get a new pair of trousers soon!

  7. March 13, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    You sound so tired Nat. I think a new beginning is great in any size and at any time of the year. It sounds like you are making positive changes and I’m glad you’re not stepping away from the blog completely x

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