20 Jan 2014

Bloom Where You Are Planted. - A Photo Essay

I don't know about you, but I think January can be a real drain. No money, no sunshine, no energy to really do anything (did I mention lack of funds?).

Nevertheless I am persisting with my "no excuses" motto and persevering with re-establishing meaningful contact with friends (I hope!), saving money/sticking to my budget and getting on with chores, meal planning and cooking well. I have also lost weight. It's been hard to feel cheerful though and keep my chin up. It's a grind really, I am guessing a bunch of you probably feel the same right?

1 Jan 2014

Managing My Own Expectations

Let's face it, I'm a procrastinator. I'm going to own up to that right now. When it comes to managing expectations, I have a tendency to over promise and under deliver. I seem to think that my time is infinite and will stretch to accommodate all the things I want to do. I figure I'll just get as much done as I can and worry about the rest later.

I should add that I try not to do this at work, it's much more in my personal life. Between playdates, household chores, paperwork, toddler clubs, friends and family and my own creative projects, I'm stretching myself too thin and not really achieving much or giving my best to anything.

So instead of making a list of New Year's resolutions, I've got a New Year's motto:

If I'm committing to something, this year I really am going to do my best to see it through. Enough with the starting things and stopping things, making friends and then not seeing them, I need to really commit to things this year. And yes, I won't be able to do everything I want to do or that I think looks like a great idea but hopefully I'll finish the year having really achieved some stuff that I've been trying to do for awhile. As per my self imposed Facebook ban, I'll be avoiding the following too (I love this image!!)

What sums it up most for me is a quote about the late, great Isabella Blow - "there was no part time quality to what she did". I don't want to be part time about anything this year when it comes to achieving things. I'm going to show up and be there, full time as much as possible. 

Thank you and goodnight,

Stupidgirl has left the building.