2019 hasn’t started quite the way I would have liked. Come midnight on 1st January I was hoping to have a plan in place. I have the stylish notebook all ready for action and for plans to be made, pages of which still remain blank.
I decided this year instead of making resolutions which would last 1 week and then I’d consider myself to be a failure, this year would be different. As we head to March, it’s time to put some plan into place. Less resolutions, more bite-sized chunks which will led to a happier, more streamlined and organised life.
This morning has resulted in getting to grips with a new washing machine. The fact that it doesn’t wake up the neighbours 3 doors down the street, has a 14 minute wash cycle (quite frankly amazing) and it doesn’t sound like it’s going to take off like a rocket to the stars, means I can safely get on my wash on! This leads me to the first point of my plan…
1. Buy Less, Use More (To Make Conscious Decisions)
I have enough clothes to last me all month without using my fancy new washer. I am going to wear and wear the items I already have.
My wardrobe is a fairly organised space. A colour co-ordinated array of tones mainly consisting of white, cream, navy, grey and a little floral print. Blouses and jeans to rival a GAP store. As the fine facial lines increase I’m also becoming more savvy and no longer feel the need to shop, shop, shop.
Sustainability is now mentioned everywhere, so if using more and buying less is kinder both to the planet and my purse then this can only be a good thing. Both now and for the future.
2. Ace A Different Dish Every Month
I have a pinterest board full of healthy recipes and a cupboard full of shiny cook books, yet I am far from being a Nigella (pout aside) in the kitchen. I am planning to research, pick and cook one recipe from scratch per month and to make it well. I am far from being a confident cook, but am hoping the more I try, the more I’ll improve and end up building a sterling repertoire.
3. Sort Out The Kitchen
I have big plans for our kitchen this year. We live in a country cottage, which to me is idyllic. Our kitchen is a little dated, however workable, clean and tidy. I am planning a small makeover, be it just some new tiles or a paint job. So far this year we have arranged for a new door to be made between our kitchen and utility room, we currently have an aluminium frame with frosted bubble glass, which is from the 70’s. It’s ugly and has been something on the agenda to change since we moved in nearly 8 years ago.
We have new oak breakfast bar stools on order and I’m currently reorganising all the kitchen cupboards. Decanting and labelling Kilner jars and an assortment of lovely containers from TK Maxx. It seems a mission but our store cupboards are overflowing and need re-arranging.
I’m in my element sorting things out and am hoping if I have a more functional kitchen this will help with my cooking quest. Plus as point one – use what you already have. Let’s see what concoction I can come up with our pantry essentials. Expect recipes (
maybe definitely) in the future.
4. Jet Off
I promised my friend Brigita we would spend a weekend away in Barcelona. The tickets are booked and we head off in around 5 weeks time. For one reason or another I haven’t been able to travel half as much as I would have liked over the last 2 or 3 years, the last time I went away was around 18 months ago to NYC.
This is the year to plan (and write in all these lovely notebooks I have), experience new places and take tonnes of photos. I cannot wait for this trip in March and to share our travels with you. Food, friends and festivities!
In the Summer Tony and I are going away, not sure where yet. We were planning California, however this would be 2 or 3 weeks of non-stop action and tearing around. We may opt for a more sleepy beach holiday this year and plan for Cali, LA and San Francisco next year.
5. Skincare and Water
Daily, I am going to use that fancy water bottle I bought. Limit fizzy drinks and aim to drink more water. On it’s own or with slices of lemon, fruit or mint.
Continue to use great skincare, products which really work for my skin and to report back. Get into a proper routine and banish products which just do not suit. Skincare routine post coming very soon. Morning and Evening!
6. Not To Buy Bottled Water or Plastic Bags
Like the next person I have a tonne of hessian supermarket bags in the boot of my car. They even have their own box to live in. So no excuse forgetting bags when I need to do the weekly shop. It’s a case of being mindful and remembering what I need for the task ahead. On a side note write a list weekly and only buy the essentials and what is on that list! Does Vogue count?
7. Read At Least 1 Book Per Month
Currently on the second book, so I am on track. I cannot remember the title of the first fictional book I read. It was dark, murky and a murder/crime thriller. It was good, however as the name surpasses me I cannot recommend.
The book on my bedside table at the moment has you hooked from the first page. It’s set in an attractive village with attractive people. A Godly headmaster who has everyone weak at the knees. But you have the feeling as you read through that well, just something is not quite right.
Aiming to read around 4 chapters a night I am bursting with excitement as I’m not a million miles away from the conclusion of this book.
Watching You by Lisa Jewell, it’s just gripping!
I am quite sure there will be more things I want to achieve this year but feel for now this is a good starting block.
Now it’s time to head to the tip and recycle the washer, get the cars washed. Paint the metal frame around our fireplace, get tidied up and then head to Mum and Dad’s for a family meal. The sun is shining, it’s a mild day and the windows are open. This fresh country air is most welcome and makes me feel alive and so happy!
What plans do you have for 2019?
Are you like me where you just want to improve and enhance life generally? Or are you really hardcore and have a tonne of resolutions which must not be broken? Whatever your plans are, I wish you luck!
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