I read a blog a while back which suggested writing a list of small (or large!) goals you wish to achieve in the near future and check them off as you go along and you’ll be able to see your progress and inspire you to achieve more / do more / push yourself etc. I’ve decided that the best time to share this list and watch myself grow is at new year. So instead of resolutions (which I never make anyway), here’s my goals for 2018:
- Go to the cinema by myself
- Start going to the gym / more exercise classes
- Read at least one book a month
- Wear jeans less
- Go camping
- Go on holiday
- Wake up earlier and have a better morning routine
- Have more interesting lunches, especially at work
- See friends more often
- Knit a jumper
- Learn something new
- Grow my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust
- Put at least £10 into a savings account each month
- Be more aware of my spending
- Budget better
For my home :
- Replace the windows and door in the front porch
- Grow and eat more vegetables from the garden
- Decorate the living room
- Think about redoing the kitchen
- Less waste
- Use less cling film / use an eco-friendly replacement
Here are some things I’ve learned since getting the keys to my first house.
- We need to get up at a reasonable time to open the blinds so people don’t know it’s not being lived in yet
- We need to get up at a reasonable time because my dad and Allan who have been helping us start AT THE CRACK OF DAWN
- Stripping wallpaper is a sweaty horrible mess when steam is involved
- Wood chip wallpaper is the WORST and I will never be decorating any house I own with it ever
- I know how to fill the holes in the walls and prepare them for painting with the use of pollyfilla and gyproc
- Sanding is a messy, messy business. No matter how much you try and contain it, the stuff in the kitchen cupboard downstairs will still be covered in dust.
- One bad game of League or Halo is enough to absolutely enrage Scott when he’s tired or stressed from working in the house.
- You can stop squeaky floorboards by screwing every single one of them down to the rafters. I used about 500 screws in the master bedroom alone. But my goodness, what a difference it made.
- Carpet is expensive
- Christmas time isn’t an ideal time to move house/buy everything you need/only work part time.
- Our elderly neighbours are the nicest people. We popped over to give them a Christmas present and stayed chatting for an hour and a half.
- It’s all really hard work but once it’s all finished it’s definitely worth it.