Happy New Year! Glad tidings near to the end of January too, I know, I’m sorry – I’m running approximately a month behind with everything at the moment. Please forgive me! I fell ill just before Christmas with a nasty flu virus, which completely wiped me out over the whole of the festive period. It was one of those ‘write-off’ Christmases that you get every now and again in your life, and as much as the little ones had such a lovely time, I still feel a little sad that I wasn’t really able to take part in it, as I had planned so much for. However, our bodies have a way of shutting us down sometimes, so I listened in and did as it said. In fact, a month on and I’m still not fully recovered. 2015 – you shall be a healthy one, a well rested one (with more sleep than 2014) and with focus and hope; a very happy year. I find that rather than focussing on resolutions, or drastic changes, I try to think about goals for the new year – more like subtle tweaks that over 365 days, might just make a huge difference. Here are some of my ideas for 2015.
Plan / I’m learning more and more that the key to this functioning-happy family lark is to be a meticulous planner. It may not be everyone’s parenting philosophy, but it really works for me. I’ve always been pretty organised, but towards the end of last year, I started doing more meal planning, weekly shopping lists and taking time out to jot to-do’s in my diary, arrange play dates for the boys and so on. You know how it is. It takes time, but it seems to free up bigger chunks of spare hours over the week that we can enjoy as a family. And I feel less a frazzled and distracted mother – which pleases everyone I’m sure!
Play / As Omi approaches his third birthday, my thoughts are often caught up in the idea of him nearing school age. I have to admit, I’m really struggling with the thought of him attending a school and we haven’t fully decided on his schooling (or unschooling) plan as yet. For now, I am reminded of how precious this time is and I want to make sure our time together is spent well. Because the children will independently play at home (some of the time), I’m often guilty of fitting in my chores and to-do’s when we are around the house. I would really like to make more of an effort to engage in real play with both of the boys when we are at home. There’s something so magical about a child’s ability to get lost in their imaginative world, and as adults, we can often forget how amazing the world of play really is.
Cleanse / Decluttering and minimisation were a couple of themes around our house last year. It has felt good to keep things simple and I plan to continue. Since having the children there is such limited time for me outside the realm of parenting that cleansing the unnecessary has become something of a must. This year I have saved my time wasting by cutting back on social media and have deactivated my facebook and twitter accounts (I love instagram too much to let that one go). I’ve made gradual cut backs on sweet foods (my absolute weakness – I need time with this one) and after a horrible-health end to last year, I’m putting my health at the forefront. Keeping life simple – the mantra for this new year.
Learn / Although I hated school as a child; as an adult I’ve always loved to learn and have taken several short colleges courses since my early 20’s. I took my Mum’s advice and held off enrolling on anything last year. Desperate as I was to get going, with the lack of sleep and nursing Orion and everything else going on, there really weren’t any extra hours in the day for college. I’m hoping to take a summer term course at a local college later this year – and I’m planning to study pattern cutting and design. The idea that I could actually design and make clothes for myself and the children is very very exciting – and something I have been keen to learn for many years.
Blog / Ah the little blog. I’d be lost without it. It’s a creative space, a place to connect and to share. I’m feeling more relaxed about this online space than ever. I really hope that anyone that reads will continue to peek in every now and again over the coming year. I’m really looking forward to working on mammina this year, so if you enjoy reading – thank you so much for taking the time to tune in.