Well I don’t think my Christmas and New Year could have been any more relaxed … unless I’d been on my own on a Caribbean beach drinking cocktails and being fanned by Michael Fassbender that is, but bearing in mind I’m a lone parent doing everything on my own, I think I did pretty good. But it’s time for New Year goals!
New Year Goals
I guess we don’t have a traditional Christmas anymore, not like when Mum was alive and we’d all go round there and stay for Christmas dinner. These days, my brother, myself and my Dad all tend to do our own thing for Christmas, although we do make a point of meeting up at the pub for a Christmas drink together. In fact, this year, we got there so early we were queuing outside before it had even opened! In my defence a) I was driving so wasn’t drinking and b) we just wanted to make sure we could get a comfy seat for Dad. Bit embarrassing to be waiting outside (in the rain) for the landlord to unlock the door though!
I love this photo – brother on left, my Dad, my niece Vicki and my sister-in-law
When you’re single, you don’t have to take a partner’s feelings and wants into consideration at Christmas time and although that’s a little sad in lots of ways, that does mean you have full control of the TV! (It’s the little things.) I got the free 2 week trial of Now TV over this festive period so have caught up on some great films:
- Boyhood (well, the first 20 minutes – my subscription ran out halfway through!)
- 40 Year Old Virgin (again)
- Whiplash (if you haven’t seen it, you must, it’s a corker!)
I’ve spent some time thinking about what, if anything, to do with the house this year. I checked out Floors Direct Ltd for some flooring inspiration because as you may remember, we have a pink carpet situation going on in the house. But bearing in mind I rent, would you make that type of investment knowing that ultimately, it’s not your house? I’m not sure. On the one hand, I think it’s totally worth it – we fully intend on staying in this house for a good few years but life’s uncertain isn’t it, and who knows what can happen in a year. I love the idea of natural oak laminate flooring covered with big fluffy rugs but I can just envisage Dexter doing constant knee slides in the lounge, so maybe a neutral carpet is a safer option! Either way, I think I probably will (with landlord’s consent of course), invest some time and money in updating the house this coming year. A new fire is about to be installed and as long as I take it one step at a time, I really think I can make this house look amazing.
I’ve also made lots of travel plans for 2016, starting in January! Ben, my eldest, bought me the most thoughtful present, a Lonely Planet book full of inspiration travel destinations and that’s certainly given me some food for thought. The plans I’ve made so far have predominantly been for the UK – Nottingham, Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Brighton, to name a few, but we’re also going to Lanzarote at Easter and I’m going to Bologna in February, hopefully with my fellow wanderluster, Alice from Project : Wanderlust. So you can see, travel is going to be a big thing for us next year. I almost forgot, I’m a Brand Ambassador for Canvas Holidays again this year so we’ll be going away with them, I just need to decide where!
Love still isn’t on the horizon for me and if I’m honest, I can’t really see how that’s going to happen. I’ve completely fallen out of love (pardon the pun) with online dating, not that I was a huge fan before, considering how awful my dates generally were, and I work from home, so y’know … unless Mr Fassbender is now working for the Royal Mail, I don’t hold out much hope. But like I was telling a friend today, the most important thing right now is being at peace with yourself, and everything else will just fall into place. So it’s all good!
One of my main contracts finished in November and so that’s freed me up somewhat to start concentrating on the blog more and now Christmas is out of the way, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m off to buy a desk from Ikea and designate a small space in the dining room for my new ‘office.’ I have it all planned in my head! A tidy and inspirational office, that’s just for work, will mean I can stop sitting down in front of the TV to work and get distracted. I also recently toyed with going back to London when my dream job came up in December but unfortunately, it would require me to work late in the office and as a lone parent, I just can’t do that. It’s one thing being flexible and work late hours at home, which I’ve done happily before, but I’m just not prepared to be away from Dexter that long – it would mean literally never seeing him. So although I made it to 2nd interview, I declined. Such a shame because I would have been awesome! So work is good right now but I always feel the need to constantly challenge myself so I’m open minded as to what 2016 might bring work wise … you never know!
Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely break. It’s been really nice not being online much over the past week or two because it’s given me the rest that I needed and I intend to come back full charged when Dexter goes back to school on Monday. I’m excited about 2016 and everything it can (and will!) throw at me.
Happy New Year everyone!