Goodbye 2013 … Hello 2014!!

As always, I’m ever so slightly late to the party with this one! I had the best of intentions to blog over Christmas and New Year but, to be honest, I had so much going on that I completely forgot!



So, Happy New Year one and all! For me, 2013 was definitely a mixed bag. It started off in the worst way possible for us, with the 2nd of January spent in the A&E of the local hospital with what felt like my whole world falling down around me. But from then on in, I felt like I finally found an inner strength to sort my life out and get back on the right track.

On April 25th 2013, I joined Slimming World. By far, this was the best decision I have made in a long time! Here I am now, 3 stone lighter and with a new found confidence that I don’t think I have ever had!

With this confidence, has come a fair few other positive changes in my life. I started this blog for one, and it reminded me how much I love writing. It has brought me so many fantastic opportunities and I can’t thank you all enough for continuing to read it! I’ve let it fall by the wayside over the past few months but I am hoping in 2014 I will be able to get back on track and build this blog into something I can be proud of and that you can all continue to enjoy reading!

 I have also (finally) returned to work and am absolutely loving it so far. It is not an amazingly paid job. It doesn’t have incredible prospects. But I look forward to going in every day and it doesn’t feel like a chore. Well, not yet anyway!  As much as I loved being at home with the boys, It is great to be back in an environment where I feel like I play an important professional part and have REAL LIFE ADULT CONVERSATIONS! It’s the small things.

I have also decided to return to study part time. I’m currently studying for my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate with the hopes of at some point in the future going back to University and doing my teacher training. Until then, I am hoping to help out with a local charity who works with the children of European Immigrants, with the majority being Romanian, and helping them learn English and settle in to their new surroundings. Fingers crossed for that plan anyway!

What do I want in 2014? To have a happy year. To spend it watching my two boys grow and become even more mental. To have a “date night” with the hubby at least once a month. To laugh with my family as much as possible. To meet up with my friends more often. To get over my anxiety and live each day without constantly worrying about something silly (I’m a terrible worrier! I’ve constantly got that sick, anxious feeling in my stomach!)

Resolutions? Well, I’ve never been very good at sticking to these things. Or to anything, actually. But I do have a few:

  • To continue with my Slimming World journey and lose another 2.5 stone to get to target.
  • To complete my TEFL course and get my certificate.
  • To restart my driving lessons – that’s been a long 10 years coming!
  • To take part in my first ever 5k or 10k – even if I have to walk it!
  • To enjoy every minute of our first ever family holiday abroad in April!
  • To blog more often. At least twice a week. And write what I want to write. Not what I feel I HAVE to. Back to basics blogging.
  • On that note – to keep on top of my social media! I’ll pop all my links at the end of this post.
  • To get my YouTube set up and keep it going – any requests for videos or vlogs please feel free to comment below or email me! I will be uploading at least once a week (a Tuesday or Wednesday) with a Slimming World update.
  • To get my finances in order and start saving so we have some money behind us.

Overall, I just want to enjoy this year. I have so much to look forward to whether it be birthdays, holidays and one of my closest friends is getting married! It’s so exciting! It has all the makings of a great year! We’ve just got to smile and enjoy.

I hope your 2014 is filled with love, good health and happiness! I would love to know your plans for this year! What are your resolutions?


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The Southside Girl x


Being on the other side of the lens….

Yesterday, I posted a picture on my Facebook page. This isn’t an unusual occurrence in itself – my timeline is jam packed full of pictures of the boys, Paul.. and food (shock horror!) What was unusual, for me, was the … Continue reading

Heartfelt Acts…sort of.

“Love is not who you see yourself with, it is who you cannot see yourself without” -Unknown

During a quiet (ok, lazy) day yesterday, I managed to get some time to read through a few blogs that had been recommended to me on Twitter. One of these was ‘Cupcake Mumma’ and her post on “Heartfelt Acts”. What she did, was to leave 5 random notes of love or affirmation in different public places. So, in a typical lazy Fiona way, I have decided to leave my notes to 5 different people who have had an impact on my life, via this blog. This is my version of “Heartfelt Acts”.

I will not be naming names but I will initial them – because most of the people who these are about, in the nicest possible way, are either too young or not very good  at taking a hint ;).

My Heartfelt Notes

For A & L – You make me smile every day. I love you both more than I ever thought was possible. You are my reason for getting up in the morning and you make me happier than I have ever known.  

For SYou are more amazing than you give yourself credit for. You can do anything you want to in life – you just have to believe in yourself. I love you like a sister – but i hate that you give yourself a hard time, when really, you’re the strongest person I’ve ever met.

For  M – More than anything or anyone, I want you to be happy.

For D – No matter what I say or do, or however many arguments we have… I love you. Sometimes, I cannot stand to be around you. Sometimes, I’m scared I’m going to go too far and say something I’ll regret. Sometimes though, I think that’s what you need. But always know, that I really do love you.

For P – You are my best friend. You are my soul mate and even after 10 years, I still fall in love with you more each day. I love that no one realises how funny you are and that there are times where you make my cry from laughing. You are the hardest working person i’ve ever met  and an absolutely amazing daddy. You are also the grumpiest person, I think, in the entire world, but your all round handsome-ness and muscly thighs cancel out that negative. You really are my everything.

What would your random notes say? Feel free to leave your own note in the comments section.

To read Cupcake Mumma’s blog, you can find it here :

To find out more about ‘Heartfelt Acts’, visit EmmyMom’s blog here:

The Southside Girl x