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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

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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When I started this blog, I had no idea there would be any interest in it. At all. It was more a way of me getting the old brain working again and going back to doing something I loved.

All through school I wanted to be a journalist – a foreign correspondent if we’re being precise! I got the grades and went to university to study English. Two years in and I found out I was expecting our little “holiday surprise” baby so it was a case of both P and I getting ‘proper’ jobs to provide for our family. But the ambition and love for writing has never left. It just ended up buried inside my brain under all the nappy/puree carrot/maternity bra chat.

I’ve loved writing again, coming up with ideas for what to write about and getting my whole family involved (although my husband has got slightly obsessed over stats!)

However, the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done is to share this blog on Facebook. Having people you actually know and see on a regular basis, read your writing and judge you on it – well it’s a whole different ball game. I’ve been lucky though, I’ve had nothing but positive feedback and what I don’t think people realise is just how much it means to me.

I’ve never been one for handling criticism well – I usually cry or throw a strop and spit my dummy out. I’m a stubborn old cow. But when it comes to this blog, any feedback is hugely appreciated – and I’m asking for it now.

This blog doesn’t fit into a specific niche. It covers whatever I feel like on the day whether it be a beauty review, rants about my husband, laughs about my boys, charity awareness etc. What I would like to know is, what would you like to read more about? It can be something I’ve done before, or something completely new. Please, feel free to leave a comment under this blog, as a comment on Facebook or on twitter. It would really help me out!

Thank you – you bunch of gorgeous folk. Apart from you Dad. You passed gorgeous about 20 years ago… 😉

The Southside Girl x