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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Year of Me

So today is a pretty big day for me. It's the day that my youngest son Jack starts full time school. Although I am really going to miss our afternoons together, rather than feeling sad, I feel as if this is a new beginning for me. I have been pregnant or had at least one child at home with me for the last 10 years now! That is 1/3 of my life! I am not sure I can take anymore soft play or Cbeebies if I am honest and I am more than ready for the next chapter in our lives and I'm sure Jack is too.

First day of school last year

Since the beginning of the year I have been working very hard on my other blog North East Family Fun - so much so that I am now earning a steady income from it. I know that some people may expect or assume I will increase my hours in an employed role now I am not needed so much at home and all my children are in full time school but that is certainly not the case. I still have the logistical problems to face that I'm sure many other parents do - where are the employed roles that allow you to drop your children off at school at 9am and pick them up at 3pm plus have all school holidays off, attend children's assemblies, open afternoons, sports days x3 and stay at home when one of your children are poorly? We don't have anyone that can help us with childcare through the week so it is all down to us and it is going to work out a million times better for us as a family if I continue to work from home.

So, what am I going to do with this extra time?

1 - I am going to spend the majority of my day continuing to grow my business and hope that by this time next year I am earning the same as if I was working 38 hours in an employed role.

2 - I am going to organise our family - I need to get back to cooking meals from scratch, properly meal planning and preparing us healthy lunches instead or relying too much on 2 dine in for £10 from M&S!

3 - I am going to make more of an effort to practice what I preach and shop more often in local markets to support our local economy and save money too.

4 - I'm going to invest in my own health which has been neglected since Jack was born and being a tired mum of three took over. This is going to start with walking to and from school as often as I can (it's 1.5 miles each way so I could easily do 6 miles per day). I'm also going to let hubby have the car more often for work which means I will be forced to walk places instead of taking the lazy option and driving everywhere.

5 - I am not saying I'm 'going on a diet' but I am going to increase my exercise and decrease my calories to hopefully get back to how I was before I fell pregnant with Jack (see below) within a year.

6 - We are going to have a 'date day' once a month where I'll put my phone on silent and go out for the day with hubby and re-connect. We have a long list of places we want to visit and can't wait to have the freedom to do this without having to be back for nursery pick up time at 11:30am like we used to.

7 - I am a director of Northumberland Mumpreneurs and really want to invest more time in helping our group to grow in the direction it's heading. I also host monthly accountability meetings with a few other women in business and would like to grow and steer these meetings to help them become even more productive.

8 - I am going to learn how to put make up on properly and actually wear it! It always makes me feel better about myself when I do - any youtube tutorials or make up counter recommendations would be gratefully received.

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  1. The year of you, I love that <3

    Makeup counters, go and see the Clarins ladies, seriously I wanted to just look like a better version of me, they have a 5 min, 10 min and 15 min routine and it's amazing, I went for the 5 min as I'm not really a makeup girl, so BB Cream, Bronzer, Lipstick and I didn't buy the mascara as I use Benefit (tis the best in my humble opinion). I'm also re-emerging into the world as my own person so we should definitely book in some coffees or lunch and we can swap tips xxx

    1. Thanks so much Mandy - this is exactly what I needed! A better version of me is just what I want! Clarins it is and we will definitely meet up in town for lunch and coffee dates soon x

  2. Wow! It's like an exciting new start. Your list is fantastic, hope you manage to get it all ticked off. x

  3. Goodness Sam I love your plans they are so exciting, I with you were closer and I'd be in your acvountability meetings like a shot! I may take a leaf out of your book and set some goals

    Oh and benefit, Mac and Dior are lovely make ups depending on budget I've also loved boots No7 of late they do a fab colour match

    1. Thanks Karen - I used the No7 colour match thing and loved it - it was perfect. I don't think the staff were particularly well trained though.

      I look forward to reading your goals xx

  4. Good Luck Sam! Sounds like you've definitely got it all worked out great for your little family and you deserve a lovely year. It's sad to say goodbye to the littlest ... I shall be bereft in two years I'm sure ... but at the same time onwards and upwards! Lots of great things to do for you as well as for your whole family! xxx

  5. It sounds like you have some wonderful plans! Wishing you the best of luck with everything and I hope Jack has a fantastic first day at school x

  6. I get the impression you'll achieve every single one of those goals :-D

  7. Oh good luck Sam. What an emotional week for you. I hope Jack loves his first day. It must be so strange seeing the last one go off to school for the first time. I hope you achieve all of those goals. You sound so determined I know they'll all work out for you. :-D xx #brilliantblogposts

  8. That's such a great list! I too have just sent my youngest off to school and having got thru the emotion which was this morning I'm focusing on increasing my working from home business. Yes, sending them off is emotional, bittersweet, but it's also a time for new adventures!
    Best of luck with yours, I'll be checking in xx
    #BrilliantBlogPosts x

  9. Yay! Go you! I love positive posts like this, I recently did a bit of a bucket list of things I want to do before I turn 30 and I think they're great for giving you focus and motivation. Enjoy it!xx #BrilliantBlogPosts

  10. Looks like you have a very exciting year ahead! Wishing you all the best of luck!

  11. You have so many awesome plans and I know you will ace them all! Well done huni on all your sucess. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  12. Oh wow amazing goals, you are doing so well. Oliver is back at school tomorrow and Xander is at nursery and I am looking forward to more structure, sad the summer is over too. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x


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