Keep It Regular. It was one of my goals on my 101 Things To Do in 1001 Days list to blog twice a week and for a while I did just that, before falling off the track a little. I’m back on top form now though and I can’t tell you how much easier it is to schedule blog posts well in advance and know that I’m always at least a week ahead of myself! It takes off the pressure a little when I know I don’t have such a tight deadline and keeps the dreaded writers block at bay.
Keep Networking. For a blogger myself, I’m often really bad at getting involved in a community which thrives on communication and networking! There are so many blogs I visit daily, but I rarely let them know I’ve visited and appreciated their content. So from now on, I’m commenting on every post I read and enjoy!
Keep It Real. I read a variety of different blogs and I think a little bit of each style has rubbed off on me. I have a battle with myself sometimes about my writing style and my niche and try to be more ‘professional’— but when it comes down to it, I write about my son’s favourite food and his bathroom habits— ain’t nothin’ profesh about that. I think my current favourite blogs definitely lay in the ‘lifestyle’ or ‘personal’ category and I’m going to sit up there with them.
That’s how money works for me. Interest rates, overdrafts, loans, APR, mortgages, insurance, credit cards… It all not only confuses me, but also bores me to tears! I have a debit card and spend only what I can afford. End of!
I’m normally one to make my excuses (or in some cases slam down the phone if they can’t take the hint!) when someone is trying to sell me something like life insurance, but having a child can change your perspective about the future. We still spend our money and enjoy our lives right now, because who wants to live a boring present, when you might not even get to enjoy the future? I think it’s important to have a little nest egg for Byron too though. It’s all about that healthy balance of spending and saving, because you never know what’s going to happen.
Writing a will has been on my 101 in 1001 list since the beginning and life insurance quotes are something we’re shopping around for as a family at the moment too, because as much as I’d like to be able to “live for the moment”, I’m far too sensible for that and want to be safe in the knowledge that my little one is secure, should anything horrendous happen!
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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started my 101 in 1001 Project. If you’re not familiar with it, then the idea is simply this: complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. The goals are meant to be somewhat stretching (but still achievable) and measurable, but it’s harder than you might think, to set your self over one hundred targets that are realistic and yet still require a bit of work! That’ll be why #93 is simply, “Go to a carboot sale.” Ooh. Tough.
This is the second time I’ve taken part in this project and I’m already doing better than I have in previous years, having completed 37/101 things already! Highlights include, giving birth; starting a new family tradition (reading The Night Before Christmas to Byron on Christmas Eve, among a few others!); learning infant first aid; updating my portfolio and making my own jam!
I’ve got my list written out in my Filofax and I’m hoping to get lots more ticked off this year, so I can start my next list a little early!
Are you taking part in 101 in 1001? I’d love to have a nosy at your list!
061 | Hot cross buns! 062 | When Byron smiles at me first thing in the morning. 063 | Glittery nails. 064 | Planning trips to the USA! 065 | Poached egg & hollandaise sauce. 066 | Twitter (and generally being a social media geek!) 067 | Garlic anything. 068 | The smell of a Lush store. 069 | A new diary. 070 | Shrove Tuesday! 071 | Fresh and floral perfumes. 072 | Blackened cajun salmon with brown rice and veg. 073 | Lip stains rather than lipsticks. 074 | Lists! 075 | Matching undies. 076 | Being able to do more / see more / meet more people because of blogging. 077 | Watching B splash about in the bath. 078 | Cream-filled biscuits. 079 | Sunday afternoons, when we all fall asleep in front of the TV. 080 | My pals!
I hope everyone had a lovely new year! It would seem that staying in really is the new going out, where NYE is concerned! I try to be optimistic about most things, but I always find New Years Eve is a bit of a let down, isn’t it?! I spent a cosy night in with my husband and truth be told, we were asleep by 11pm! I guess that’s what having a child (and the fear that they’ll break their routine and wake up early) does to you!
I don’t really do ‘New Years Resolutions’. They’re far too easy to break (and for me, that’s usually by 2nd January!) I much prefer to make little tweaks to my lifestyle or try new things in my life. I already have my 101 Things In 1001 Days Project but there have been other little things that I want / need to do since starting it or areas of it I want to focus on:
Lose weight! I know, I know. It’s such a typical and obligatory resolution for a new year! I haven’t been swayed by magazines or TV adverts though— we’re talking baby weight here! Byron is almost 10 months so it’s about time I stopped being lazy and started to try and lose some of the weight that I gained in pregnancy!
Friendships. I definitely need to make more of an effort with the friends I already have as well as work on new friendships too. It’s not that an effort wasn’t made this year, but circumstances and people change, not to mention the fact that each week goes so quickly now, before I can even think about making plans! I think my husband put it perfectly, when he said “sadly the list grows smaller for me as the years go by, but the bonds that do remain, grow stronger.”
Blog more! My Filofax is good to go, with posts neatly planned out. Lets hope it gets my mojo back!