Monday, 8 January 2018

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 8th Jan

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Now you are Three.

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Dear my darling Zoe Jean, I can hardly believe I am writing this on the eve of your third birthday. How these first three years have flown by, but at the same time I cannot even picture what my life was like without you in it; what did I even do with all my time?!

You have come on so much this past 12 months, not just with important developmental things like potty training and speech acquisition but so strongly in your personality. We are starting to see glimpses of the person you are turning into, and I am not going to lie, you are pretty rad.

You are hugely into films, which is kind of weird for someone so young, but you have this incredible attention span and love nothing more than snuggling with us and watching a good film. Recent favourites include; Night at the Museum (1,2&3), Hotel Transylvania (I love how you pronounce Dracula as Draclear) and Coraline. You remember the words to songs really well, and your latest favourite film is Ballerina; you love to stand and dance along with Felicie - we really must get you to a ballet class soon.

You love playing with dolls and plaiting hair, you are so caring to your toys and often like to pretend they are in hospital and you are the doctor making them well again, or that it is bedtime and you tuck them up ready for sleep. You love drawing and colouring and your pictures are starting to resemble actual things now, your people have arms and legs and faces and look like people!

You have finally got the hang with your scooter steering and you really fly along now! You are so brave and strong at the park, tackling the big kids frames and climbing so high with little fear. You are not scared of anything, which is so strange for me as I was a really frightened kid. You watch movies with monsters and like the dark and talking about ghosts. You climb high and slide down the highest slide at soft play all by yourself - I am in awe of you.

You are such a sociable little person and will speak to anyone and everyone, whether it is a lady walking her dog who get a 'good morning lady, good morning doggy' as we pass, or waiters in restaurants who you chat away to like old friends. People are drawn to you, not just for your amazing hair, but because of your infectious smile and open heart - I hope you never lose that.

You see the very best in people and help me to see it too, you notice everything and point it out, making me stop and really take in the little details of the world around us. You force me to stop and think and smile and that is an amazing gift.

This year hasn't been without its fair share of challenges though, you are a very strong minded little girl and once you set your mind to something it can't be easily changed. You get frustrated very easily if something proves difficult and I try very hard to encourage you to push through and try again. I can see a little perfectionist streak coming through especially with your drawing, you want to draw a horse but when it doesn't look like a horse you are upset, but I hope with time you will see that practise and perseverance are important and not all things will come as easily.

I cannot wait to see what is next for you, Seeing you grow and blossom into an amazing person is just simply amazing and I want the next 12 months to go a bit slower so we can really enjoy this time with you before we start to think about school and everything that goes along with that.

Happy 3rd Birthday Zoe Chops.

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