My 2018 new year Resolutions

I say ‘resolutions’, but what I actually mean is 2018 goals! I’ve never really been one to make resolutions before, on the basis that I have never really stuck to any of them. They have just been throw away statements I make every January, never to be thought or spoken of again.

I have however got quite a few goals for 2018, I am thinking of this year as  the new chapter  The next book in the series! We are settled into our own home, freshly married.. I want to this to be a real new start; to a more organised and more resourceful version of myself..

[yes, i see this dangerously becoming another throwaway statement too..]

Well, I am pretty determined this year. So, without further ado…:

Spend more time Outside

This sums up about a third of my goals for this year. I want to become slightly more involved with my garden:

  • grow more vegetables, not just the occasional one like last year.
  • Build (not buy and construct) my own greenhouse and start growing the vegetables from seed, not always relying on starters.
  • I also want to plant some more bee-friendly plants, to encourage more into the garden. I received a ‘bee hotel’ for christmas as well so I will be putting that up at some point too.
  • Clear the area at the back of my garden, ready for when I get some Chickens (I’ve had some before, and loved them but due to moving and renting while we saved we had to give them away so I can’t wait to finally be able to get some again – nothing like fresh eggs)

Be more mindful

Last year I read a couple of books that revolved around the subjects of practicing the art of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) and mindfulness. They are, in my mind at least, a similar way of thinking and really appeals to me. I want to be able to take a step back from things and really enjoy the moment I am in, who I am with and what we are doing.

Todays world is so fast paced and I don’t want to look back when I’m older and wish I had taken more notice of the little things. It also fits in nicely with my other goals for the year; to enjoy the simplicity of growing something or making something by hand. Its all about slowing down and being in the now.

Be healthy

Ah, we all add this to our lists at least once, dont we..? I started my healthier living journey a few years back, when i started following weightwatchers and slimming world (not at the same time – obviously). I also started running a bit last year, and completed the ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge.

Without meaning to I started to enjoy going for a run, so this year I want to continue with the work I have already put in and continue to run, eat healthily and drink more water!

Spend more time with Family

This one is another umbrella goal, it also loosely ties into being more mindful. I want to start putting more effort into being with family, enjoying simply sitting with them and eating a home cooked meal.

This also branches out to my now extended family of in-laws. Living an hour away from them sometimes means we don’t see them as often as we probably should.

I believe that it is always important to set yourselves goals, how else do we improve as people? But you don’t have to wait for a new year to set yourself a goal, its something to aim for and keeps you challenging yourself, and pushing yourself to be the best version of yourself.

and you’re welcome along for the ride!



What to do with a Bullet Journal

Last year I was introduced to the wonder that is ‘Bullet Journals’, a form of planner that mixes bullet points, doodles and diary entries to produce a fast and easy way to bring organisation to your daily lives.

The best thing about the bullet journal, is there are no rules! You can be as creative, or un-creative as you like – you can adapt it to any lifestyle!

I am still pretty new to the world of journaling, but one thing I found really useful was to follow people with Instagram accounts dedicated to it! It is a great way to get inspiration – below are just a few  of my favourites;



 A truly beautiful instagram account to follow – primarily weekly page layouts, but the detail that has gone into them is amazing.


 A mix of weekly spreads and amazing fill pages, the artwork is breathtaking.


Primarily a daily/weekly spread with trackers for different things, such as fundraising and gift lists.


Pages filled with daily entries, accompanied by little illustrations. The detail on each page really shows how much has gone into creating it.

My first year was mainly dominated by wedding related pages, and weekly spreads dedicated to keeping track of my food diary. I want to be a little more relaxed in 2018, concentrating on monthly spreads, my goals for the year and project ideas,  I also plan on using my journal for keeping track of films we want to see, and books i want to read.

I would love to hear what other people use their Bullet Journals for ? Leave me a comment below.

and you’re welcome along for the ride!