6 Months to Change My Life – Review

Back in September I set myself a set of goals in order to make some changes in my life.

Unfortunately I have fallen very short with almost all of my goals, so much so that I decided to abandon them at the beginning of the year. I spent some time reassessing my situation and trying to work out where I went wrong.

How Did I Do?

Personal Development

I have set up my planner and have almost set up my GTD system. However I haven’t been using them as much as I’d have liked recently.

Since the beginning of the year I have read a total of 13 books so I have managed to keep up with this.

Relationship

Again this is a 50/50 win. We haven’t been having as many date night away from home or our movie nights but the counselling is going well.

Health and Fitness

The less said about this the better. I haven’t reach my target weight, nor have I begun any kind of exercise routine.

Career/Blog

This is one area where I have actually made some progress. I’ve been trying to post regularly and have begun to look into ways to monetise by blog.

I have also been looking at some possible jobs in my local area which fit in with my family life so all in all I would say this was an area that I am winning in.

Charity/Giving

Again, I have made some progress on my goals for this area. I have been giving blood as often as I can and have been helping others where possible too.

The only thing remaining is to make a decision regarding the Dyspraxia Foundation role.

Friends/Family

Things haven’t worked out too well in this area. I have made some moves towards reaching my goals but unfortunately they haven’t quite gone to plan.

Finances

Not gone quite as well as planned due to some unforeseen expenses. However we have some money saved some I’m not counting it as a loss just yet.

Physical Environment

There is no way to put this other than to say that this area has been a total fail. That said I have got some new bedding, towels and paint for our bedroom so I did make some effort.

As far as the clutter goes, it’s still there smirking at me with all it’s friends – I’m blaming Christmas and birthdays for it all!

Wellbeing

As many mums will tell you, taking care of yourself is usually low on the priority list. Well, this mum is no different. No matter how hard I try to find regular time for myself I usually end up cleaning up after the kids or something equally as mundane.

Fun/Recreation

It’s easy to see where my priorities lie. I have managed to book a family holiday and had an amazing time for my 40th birthday.

We have also had some amazing family fun so overall this area is on track.

Where Did I Go Wrong?

After giving it some thought I think my main issue is trying to do too much in one go. It’s also pretty easy to see, after analysing my wins, where my priorities and focus lie. I love reading and writing so any goals relating to these areas are easy for me to reach. Whereas, things like exercise and eating healthily, aren’t things I overly enjoy (although I love the results) so I find goals in these areas harder to focus on.

Next Steps

I’m not giving up on my goals just yet, although I will be making some changes. I’m planning on reducing the number of goals I aim for within each area and will be focusing on the goals I find harder more often.

I will be back very soon with more information on my goals for the next 6 months so watch this space.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

Third Time’s A Charm!

Every January I promise myself that by the end of November I will have decluttered and organised the entire house, needless to say most of the time I fail miserably as the amount of clutter than comes into the house generally outweighs the amount of stuff people are prepared to part with, such is life with a husband, a teenager and two small monsters.

In 2015 I came across the Nourishing Minimalism challenge of parting with 2015 items during the year and although I managed to part with quite a lot of junk I fell very short of the 2015 items expected of me.  Not prepared to admit it was impossible (as my OH kept telling me) I attempted the same challenge in 2016 (adding an extra item to my list), however by this time I had also begun reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

For those of you not familiar with the book, where have you been! Seriously though, Ms Kondo has developed a bit of a cult following with organising junkies everywhere testing out her method. Now it’s not for everyone and I admit to being a little sceptical at first with some of her processes (touching everything to see if it ‘sparks joy’) but nevertheless I decided I had nothing to lose made plans to get started on my life changing KonMari journey.

I found a Facebook group that were making the decluttering process a challenge while offering support. They broke down the categories over a 26 week period and aimed to work on one area each week until they were all completed approximately 6 months later.

I wrote out the checklist in my bullet journal and began to put together my vision statement. All was going well, and then it wasn’t so I waited it out and began the challenge again at the end of the 26 weeks for the second time around. This time I completed it, or so I thought.

I worked through all the categories and parted with just over 2016 items, I also made some extra cash in the process. However, my house still doesn’t spark joy so I think I may have gone wrong somewhere so I have decided to try for a third time to see if I can get my house in order once and for all but this time I will be working at my own pace as I’m hoping to complete it in less than 6 months. I will also be participating in the Nourishing Minimalism challenge again this year I like to see how much you have actually got rid of throughout the year.

I will be documenting my journey over the coming weeks and hopefully by the end of it I will be able to see a difference.

Until next time

Debbie x

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6 Months to Change My Life – Update/Plans for October

A couple of weeks ago I joined forces with some of the lovely ladies over at UKPA and set some goals for the coming six months in the hope that we could support each other and make some positive changes to our lives (you can read my full goals here).

I’ve been working on my goals now for two weeks and have been doing OK.  However, there are still some areas I could improve on but overall I have been making progress toward my goals.

So what have I accomplished in the last two weeks.

  • Read two chapters of The Chimp Paradox
  • Cleared the breakfast bar
  • Celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary with a meal at Jamie’s Italian J
  • Had 2 child free dates and 2 home movie nights
  • Put together a menu plan for October
  • Put together a blog planner and planned out posts for October
  • Started to draft my blog posts for w/c 3 October
  • Started to update my cleaning schedule
  • Started working on journals for the kids
  • Taken a car load of stuff to charity shop
  • Started a list of RAK’s
  • Started a list of things to do and places to go with the kids
  • Updated Corey’s notes ready to review

I admit I haven’t accomplished everything I set out to by the end of September and to be honest I maybe was a little too audacious with my plans, but I’m happy with what I have achieved so far and am definitely feeling motivated to push even harder in October.

So what am I hoping to achieve by the end of October well, hopefully with a bit of hardwork and effort I will be able to say I have done the following by the time I check in next month.

  • Read 2 books
  • Completed my workspace set up
  • Updated my Christmas planner
  • Had 2 nights out without the kids
  • Got back on track with my Slimming World plan
  • Lost at least ½ stone
  • Drafted out an editorial calendar for my blog until the end of December
  • Drafted blog posts for remainder of October
  • Given blood and book next appointment
  • Completed 1 RAK
  • Reviewed Corey’s notes with Rik and made appointment with doctor
  • Set up and stayed within our budget for the month
  • Cleared 3 boxes from shelving behind door
  • Sold pushchair and travel system
  • Completed my cleaning schedule and started using it
  • Completed at least 2 spreads in my creative journal

I’m feeling positive about working through my list and am already starting to see a difference in myself, albeit a small one, from a couple of weeks ago. I’m much more motivated and hopefully this will continue.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to see how the others are getting on with their goals.

Debbie x

So Long, September!

Hey guys,

I can’t believe we are nearly into October already. Last month was a total whirlwind for me and the family with my eldest starting her first year at university and my little boy starting Reception, this left me and my youngest a little bit lost, especially as she thought she got to take C’s place in Nursery which meant lots of tears for the first couple of days.

I think we’ve just about got ourselves back into a routine (just in time for the October half-term no doubt) and it also means that I am able to get back to spending some time on my blog and what we’ve been up to over here.

As you may have noticed the first couple of weeks in September were none existent as far as posting here was concerned for one reason or another but I can assure you that I have been doing a bit of work behind the scenes trying to work out where I wanted to go with my blog and hopefully I will be above to keep up with my new schedule.

So, let’s take it back a few weeks to when I joined the ladies in the Confessions of a Plannerholic group and posted my first post of the month my Autumn Bucket List, which I’m slowly working through. This was quickly followed by my Autumn Planner Set up.

We’ve been experimenting with new foods and tried Fairy Bread for the first time which the kids loved, me not so much and we had a fab day out at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival where we met up again with the lovely Laura from Olive & White.

September is also the month I got the opportunity to join a lot of the lovely ladies over at UKPA for their second round (my first) of 6 months to change my life and I set myself some goals for the next 6 months which you can check out here. I will be updating you guys regularly to try and keep myself accountable, so check back at the beginning of the month for those.

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My third Confessions of a Plannerholic post was all about my favourite films, you know those movies that you can watch again and again.

Finally, I received my Ugly Bug Does subscription box earlier this week and shared my thoughts with you earlier today.

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I’m still pretty new to the blogging world and I’d love to know what you think of my topics so I can work to improve my content. I feel like I cover a reasonable variety of subjects but would love to hear from my readers. What’s your favourite? What would you like to see more of?

Debbie x

6 Months To Change My Life: Week 1 – My Goals and Actions

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Back in March of this year a group of lovely ladies from UKPA decided that they were going to set a bunch of goals to make improvements to their life. Unfortunately I missed out on the first round but, since their 6 months were up last week they  temporarily opened their doors again as they prepare to start a second round and this time I am made sure I was there with a vengeance.

As the name suggests the idea is to set yourself realistic goals that can be reached within the given timeframe and will then hopefully propel you forward with your longer term goals. Personally, I have been ‘winging it ‘ a little over the past few months with many areas of my life so this seems like the perfect solution for me to start moving forward and I now have a group of wonderful people who are looking to make their own changes and will be there to offer support and accountability.

I have broken my goals down into my Level 10 Life categories and at first glance there may seem to be quite a few, but I am confident that I can achieve them and as they say ‘Go Big or Go Home!’

Anyway, here are my 6 month goals which I hope to have achieved by 18 March 2017. I have also broken them down further into 90 day goals and the further still to 30 days goals.

I’ve seen a few of the ladies in the group break down their goals on a weekly basis too which I think is a great idea and one I have decided to follow, although my current list covers this week and next.

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For the first time in ages I feel a lot more positive and motivated about my life and I’m hoping with the help and support of the ladies in the group and my readers this will continue and come March I will have made some amazing progress towards my long term goals.

There are a few ladies from the UKPA group blogging about their goals, if you want to read about them you can check them out here.

Do you set yourself regular goals? What are your plans for the next 3-6 months? I’d love to hear from you and hopefully we can support each other on the road to reaching our goals.

Debbie x