I have blooming loved Christmas this year. In the interest of being honest, there have been a fair few tears along the way. I wasn't sure we could enjoy Christmas without our family nearby. But it turns out although it was different, it was magical. The littles have hit a great age for all the excitement. Seeing their faces light up on Christmas morning made me melt. My heart swelled and I know Sam felt the same. Everything Posey opened was her, 'most favourite thing ever' and Lochann grinned from ear to ear when he finally unwrapped his Playmobil fire engine.
We are now smack bang in the middle of the 'Christmas slump.' You know that in-between bit after Christmas Day but before New Year. Where you struggle to get out your PJ's and you fall in one of two categories, either you are chucking your decorations into storage on the 27th or your clinging on to the festive spirt for dear life. I am without a doubt in second team but I am looking forwards, thinking about how I can kickstart 2018.
Having said that, this isn't some lengthy post about my dreams and goals for the year. It is more just a few things I plan to do to kickstart the year and make life a little easier.
- Get more sleep. - this is an obvious one I know but since we moved out to the UAE my body clock seems to have been pretty messed up. We have to get up for work earlier here as we start at 7:30am. Yet still we are up (often doing work) until late. Often past 11pm and that my friends is just not enough rest. I plan to be in bed from 9pm in January.
- Put my phone down more often - another simple one but how many of us are guilty of spending too much time on Twitter or Instagram? I love Instagram, it is almost like a mini blog for me but I know it sometimes stops me from being in the moment with my family. The littles are growing so fast and I am sure soon enough I won't be that interesting to them anymore. I need to soak them up as much as possible.
- Make achievable lists- As a mama and a teacher I will ALWAYS have a huge amount of things to do on any given day. This fact often feels a little suffocating. A fellow mama and blogger Rebecca Meldrum suggests writing small lists each day to help us focus on what you want to achieve. I intend on taking this advice. Small and manageable is the way to go.
- Get outside- Spend at least 5 minutes getting some headspace in the great outdoors everyday if you can. As I live in the desert now I intend to do this as much as I can before the temperatures sky rocket again. When I lived in England any green space, a field, a wood or even the back garden will immediately make me feel calmer and more in charge of my emotions.
- Make the bed in the morning- Whenever I make the bed in the morning I immediately feel like I am organised and basically the boss of my day! ... Honestly it makes a huge difference.
|Spending time with these two and their dad outside is one of my favourite things to do.|
That is it for now. These are the few things that I am going to do in the new year to beat those pesky January blues and make sure our 2018 starts off positively.
What will you do? I'd love you to leave a comment below and let me know!
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Lots of love,