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Our Thursday Photo #86

This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind.

Christmas is always a busy time, particularly when you have children as young as ours. This year, I didn’t manage to take any time off work either so busy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

And I suppose, being New Year’s Eve it is customary to take a look back at the past year. Well I can confirm that 2015 hasn’t been my favourite year.

I have lots of goals and aims for next year, none of them are exciting or paricularly ambitious but here they are nonetheless.

  • Get to a point by the end of 2016 where I’m only working on my blog and my palm oil free website and perhaps working with a few small freelance writing clients for a bit of variation.
  • Build my following on social media and climb the rankings on both the Tots100 and Trips100 indeces.
  • Find the time to exercise enough to realistically start training for a half ironman in 2017.
  • Get to sleep before midnight most days.
  • Have some time to myself at least once a week, be that running with a friend, playing water polo or going out.

But the reason for all of these goals is because I want to be a better mum to the girls. I want to spend more time with them, with Libby in particular.

When I am with them, I don’t want to be so exausted that I can’t think straight. I want to be able to focus on what I’m doing, not think about the work that’s building up or the fact that if I spend another hour with the girls, I’ll end up going to bed at 3 am instead of 2 am.

For my husband, I hope that his injuries heal quickly and he can soon get back to normal. I hope that by the end of 2016, we will be back to doing normal things as a normal family.

I hope that next winter, when our dog escapes and the fence needs fixing, it will be him crawling through bushes and mud with a hammer and nails instead of me.

For the girls, I hope that they carry on just the way they are. They are growing, maturing and changing every day and it’s wonderful.

This Christmas, a milestone occurred that I wasn’t expecting. At aged just 1 and 3 years old, the girls’ have got their own pad. So here they are outside it, posing for our Thursday Photo #86.

Thursday Photo #86




  1. January 1, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I love your positivity 🙂 I hope that you and your family have a fantastic year! x

  2. January 1, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I love those photos of your girls!! Some fabulous goals set, loving the new look too (I haven’t been here for a little while). I need to set me some goals too!

  3. January 1, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Brilliant goals you have set for yourself. Wishing you the best of luck achieving them x

  4. Beth Ashley
    January 1, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    What a lovely blog post! Happy new year, I wish the best for your 2016, great blog x

  5. January 2, 2016 / 7:43 am

    Great to have some goals – you have an amazing Trips score already and I know Tots can be a challenge, I yoyo on that one. Good luck with the Ironman training – I couldn’t do that!!

  6. January 2, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Gorgeous girls 🙂 I hope it all works out as planned this year. Bed before midnight most night will make the biggest impact. Sleep properly, work more efficiently. I’m finding an hour of work in the morning after a reasonable amount of sleep is equivalent to about three hours of banging my head against a wall in the evening when I’m too tired to think.

  7. January 3, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Lots of lovely goals for 2016, hope they all work out. I hope your husband is better soon. Happy new year x

  8. January 3, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Lovely photo – and some great goals – good luck with them all. They’re not dissimilar to mine (except the running!) Kaz x

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