Thursday, 22 February 2018

Life Lately - Changes, Balance and the Juggle.


How on earth is it nearly March?! What even is time anymore?

I feel endlessly sad about my poor neglected corner of the internet, I desperately want to share and write and take part in this wonderful community again, but I am struggling so hard with the number of hours in the day, or lack thereof. I thought I would do a little brain dump/ goal update/ check-in to tell you I am still alive.

So, despite being painfully time poor at the moment there are actually some really good changes afoot. After setting myself some SMART objectives back at the end of December I set lots of wheels in motion and things have started to pay off. I have got myself a long awaited promotion at work AND increased my hours back to full time again. This was not an easy decision as I had to weigh up the extra childcare, potential time away from Zoe, and also if it was actually the best for our little family unit. In the end it came down to my career progression and it felt like the right time with Zoe being a bit older now and also the extra money would be good to try and achieve my financial goals too.

Plus we have the most wonderful childminder who Zoe absolutely adores, so that eases a tiny fraction of the working mum guilt.

When you team all of these work changes with lots of travel and weekends away, a few bouts of illness (nothing serious just colds and tummy bugs), and trying to have some self care time - it leaves little time for anything else, let alone my poor blog. I do hope that as I settle in to my new schedule I will find the time to do it all, but its taking that bit of time to adjust.

Lets not even talk about meal planning, its all gone to pot and I am fairly sure I have forgotten where my kitchen is right now. If anyone has any amazing life juggling tips, please share. Specifically around managing house work and cooking when working.

I will get there, I will adjust and adapt and learn how to rock these changes but for now, I am prioritising as best I can.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 8th Jan


Back to normality this week after a long old 3 weeks off work. Paul and Zoe went back last week so I had a couple of blissful days to myself. I am feeling a little sluggish and out of routine food wise, so actually looking forward to planning and getting back to 3 regular meals a day! Anyone else just graze on cheese and crackers between christmas and new year? I have forgotten what hungry feels like!

Anyway, on to the plan...

Friday, 29 December 2017

Setting SMART intentions for 2018.


I have said pretty much every January since the birth of my blog how much I do not like resolutions. Resolutions are usually broken by the 10th of January and are usually wildly unobtainable or just so vague that you don't ever stick to them.

In my day job I work in project management, and quite a lot of those techniques can be carried forward into your day to day life, making measurable and smart goals or intentions being one. By smart I don't just mean well thought out or intelligent. I mean SMART > specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.

With this in mind I decided to set myself shorter goals, monthly or bi monthly intentions that are achievable, measurable and realistic. So I will check in every once in a while and see where I am at and reflect and refocus.

There are a lot of things I would love to do in 2018, from buy a house, to get promoted, to get fitter etc... But those are vague and far too big to even comprehend, so lets break it down.

Rather than buy a house, I need to start with getting my finances in order, pay off some debts and get some savings back under my belt. The wedding pretty much wiped out our small amount of savings, but setting realistic savings goals each month is completely doable. We are entering into the term following Zoe's third birthday in January so should notice a drastic reduction in childcare costs (YAY).

Getting promoted, thats a big and very vague statement too, so rather than focus on the end goal I thought I would set smaller measurable goals instead. One being to look into mentoring schemes, show initiative by shadowing project managers, and also read up on things like Agile methodology and get to grips with Jira software. These small steps should help me on the road to where I want to be in 2018.

Getting fitter... *sigh*. This is such a hard thing for me right now. I want to be fitter and feel healthier, but I do not want to fall into the 'new year, new me' trap and go on a diet. I hate diet culture, I hate hearing people moan and struggle and punish themselves in an endless cycle. So I will say this right now, I am absolutely 100% not going on a diet. I am instead going to focus on feeling good, whether that be upping my vitamin intake, taking up running, cutting down on caffeine, taking time to pursue my creative side etc... Self care is the name of the game.

So with those three big overarching themes in mind, my goals for January and February are;

1. Set up a direct debit of a realistic regular amount each month into my savings account.

2. Review any debts and increase direct debits slightly if possible.

3. New year clearout, clear out the cupboards and do some ebay/facebook listing, clear space and raise cash - win win.

4. Do some work based reading outside of work.

5. Put myself forward for things and be a positive force at work.

6. Be less afraid to get things wrong, ask questions.

6. Charge and wear your fitbit, aim for 10k steps each day.

7. Drink more water

8. Try yoga

Do you have any intentions for 2018? I'd love to hear about your experiences or how you make plans that you keep and achieve.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone.

However you spend the festive season, I hope it is filled with joy and happiness
And a lot of yummy food and drink.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 11th December


Yet another frugal meal plan this week, December is the actual worst. I am so close to just cancelling Christmas and hibernating until January. Anyway I am boring myself with my money whinging now so I'll shush and get on with the meal planning...

I am doing a lot of making from scratch with pie and soups in the slow cooker to last us a couple of days, with leftovers for lunches.

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