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New Years Wish list

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy new year too. My Christmas day has been pretty good.¬† I spent the day with my two boys and my mum and opened some really nice presents; had alcohol of course and an excellent Christmas dinner, apart from the pigs in blankets episode but that’s another story.

I sat perched on the end of the sofa 10 minutes after eating my Christmas dinner, and felt uncomfortable, which is normal I know after such a big dinner, but I became aware of how fat my cheeks felt (facial ones) as I chowed down the remnants of half the Christmas pudding I shared with my mum. It was big and I’m a bit greedy! All I could picture in my mind was a photograph of a hamster with big fat cheeks as it shoves some food stuffs into its mouth. A bit like this







This was me this afternoon about 3.30 pm!

So I have been thinking about all the things I want to change for next year and created a New Years wish list.

  1. Lose weight and to keep looking at the fat cheeks problem detailed above as a constant reminder. I have got to lose at least 2 stone in weight. It’s an absolute necessity because I feel awful with myself and I want to be healthier and fitter.

2. Eat more fruit. I started a new permanent job in August this year and my work colleagues put me to shame      with their healthy eating. They all eat so much fruit and my fruit intake is embarrassing. I need to keep up            with them all and copy their example.

3. To try and finish my last assessment for my course. I’ve been studying for a diploma in ‘Understanding¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Mental Health in children and young people’. I wanted to do this for personal reasons, as there are people¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† affected by this in my family and I also work with special needs children, however, it’s been really tough for¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† me to complete it whilst I’ve been working full-time. I’ve just got to get myself more motivated to finish it.

4. Our daily routine can make our lives monotonous and lose enthusiasm for doing anything different, even                  making the effort too. The constant drudge of getting up at the same time every morning, cleaning, cooking            and picking up the dog poop can sometimes make you lose the will to live (full of optimism as usual). I am        determined to go out more for lunch with friends and accept invites. You go work all week you need to treat                yourself.

5. Sleep. I regularly go to sleep around 11.30 at night and have to wake up at 6 in the morning. I’m definitely a¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† person that needs at least 8 hours a night else I get cranky and feel exhausted. I know it seems early but I’m aiming for 9 pm every weekday.

6. Read my two new books I got given for Christmas and finish David Copperfield, which is one of the funniest books I’ve read. It’s my second read. Dickens is such a good comedy writer.

A big book this one, but full of great illustrations. I think it is aimed at a younger audience, but I think the best books are written for children. Cannot wait to get stuck into this one.


One of my favourite authors. This time Bill Bryson includes facts and astonishing information about the way the human body works. His books are very funny anyway, and I imagine this one will be just as good.

7. Staying away from people that draw away your energy. Good quote this one, and very important. There is a¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† function on phones that enables you to block a person if they’re getting on your nerves and zapping away your¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† strength and making you feel crap about yourself. Use the function!!

8. I will refuse to dwell on my mistakes, and I’ve made many this year. I am the sort of person that worries way too¬† ¬† ¬† much about what I’ve done or said that may have upset someone; or made decisions that have gone ‘tits up’, but¬† ¬† ¬† don’t we all? I’ve got to let go next year and be happy with myself and not to expect too much. It’s really being¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† happy with yourself and having a good sense of well-being. It will be hard, but I’m giving it a go.

9. Embrace my hot flushes and open the window instead of making a song and dance about it.

10. And the most important one of all. Write at least one blog post a week. Instead of one every 10 weeks!!!!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

                                                                                            x  Love Pip x



I am a mother of two children, and have had many experiences in my life that I have been through and had to overcome. I feel it would be beneficial (at least to me, and perhaps you) to share my experiences. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. x

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