So next year is going to be so ridiculously busy with so many balls in the air I was starting to wonder how I was going to not drop any of them… including the baby… I heard that’s not a great idea….
Anyhow, I’ve seen this Journal on my Instagram feed quite a few times now. It’s a planner that allows you to set goals and then plot how you’re doing against them.
It is a really beautiful journal and I’m actually really looking forward to writing in it – although that will mean waiting until Jan as that’s when it starts. However, there are some exercises I can get started on now. The first is a letter to myself in a years time. I thought I’d write it on here and share it with you all. Part of the working theory is that if I share it I’m more likely to actually do it….
Dear a probably very tired me,
You’re now the mother of a nearly 1 year old bubs and you’re at the end of what was probably the most challenging and rewarding year of your life. Fingers crossed you managed to not lose bubs anywhere… in which case win! Honestly, if bubs is happy and healthy by this point then this has been successful year. Bubs should have also had most of the Harry Potter series read to bubs already 🙂
Hopefully by next year the blog will have also grown. In 2016 we hit the 100 followers milestone, the plan is to double that by the end of 2017. If we can get there then that would be awesome. With the arrival of bubs I would like to start earning a little bit of money off the blog so that I can start funding advertising and get the blog it’s own URL. With bubs there is unlikely to be any money to self fund much. The hope is that I can do some guest blogging and potentially get some paid gigs out of it. If I am funding my own craft habit by the end of 2017 then the other half will reward with serious brownie points 🙂
So on the job front: the plan is to start back at work around the end of March/ beginning of April time line. By then bubs will be about 3 months old and should hopefully be sleeping through the night (fingers crossed). The plan is then to start hunting out a promotion at work by about the middle of the year. My plan is to have a career, being a working mum is going to be really hard, but I know it’ll be worth it in the long run.
By the time you’re reading this, that book will be finished and actually published on Amazon. Because this is getting seriously ridiculously stupid if not as if this is still not done by now you have definitely need to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. This has now been in editing for half a decade and it needs to be published.
I don’t have any massive hopes for my knitting this year (I’m pretty sure that in my sleep induced haze I’ll be struggling to count rows and stitches). But if I can get in a few cute knits for bubs then all will be well. The plan is also to really improve my sock knitting – I’m thinking by now I’ll have knitted at least 12 pairs (1 a month on average). They’ll have been good sized travelling companions this year and I will hopefully have a few cute pairs of pretty socks. Recently I heard of a woman who donated a load of blankets she’s knitting to the Salvation Army, so that would be cool if I could have some spare knits by now to donate.
#Edit to knitting plan (Caused by my addiction to buying yarn!)
– Finish the Red/Blue Pram Blanket
– Finish the knitted patchwork blanket
– 12 pairs of socks
– This jumper for bubs. It’s mainly ribbing and stocking stitch – so not a massive stretch of the imagination to get this finished!
– Get started on this pattern for bubs
By now you should have actually completed your first 10K race. After having to put the first one off from April 2016 (turns out that exhaustion was due to bubs!) you should now have got your fitness up enough to be able to run 10K again. If not then I am very disappointed as I feel like the exercise will help keep the stress levels to a minimum and keep some sort of sanity together. You’ll also be going climbing at least twice a month in an attempt to tone up some core muscles again – and climbing is super fun.
#Edited Run Plan:
June/July = 5K Race – Need to Book
August = 10K race – Need to book
End Sept = Half Marathon – Need to book, but would like to do the New Forest one
Nov/Dec Time = Marathon – Need to book
Financially I would really like to reduce how much I spend. If I could do that then we could save a lot more. So hopefully by the time I’m reading this I will have some savings and reduced how much I’ve been spending. But fingers crossed… I might have even be able to siphon some off for yarn…
So future me, I hope you’ve managed to at least meet most some of the above. With bubs keeping you busy I imagine you’ve had some sort of serious adjusting to do. But fingers crossed you’ve managed to stay on top of most of it!
Bye me and I hope you’ve had an exciting 2017!
So what I’m going to do is take a copy of the letter and schedule that to appear on the blog at the end of 2017. That seems like a long way off, but I bet it will be here stupidly quickly!
So that’s the hopes for next year 🙂
Baby brain signing off,