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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The Southside Girl x

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The 10 Year Plan….

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A couple of months ago, i found my first ever laptop(circa 2005) amongst my ever increasing pile of 8 year old bank statements and old digital picture frames. I made the ridiculous decision to charge it up, and the result was 3 hours of hysterical laughter, embarrassment and questions as to why my husband ever married me. Really.

One of the files was my “10 year plan”, written in 2005. I have no idea why I feel the need to emphasise the fact i have a non existent professional life and embarrass myself further by putting this up here – but clearly my mind works in mysterious ways – so here it is in all its unedited glory (obviously with my added comments to attempt to defend myself haha) …

My 10 Year Plan

2006 – Age 19 – Change course and university. You hate the one you’re doing! The highlight of my university life was the people I met – and discovering 99p a drink Tuesdays. Plus, I have the attention span of a gnat.

2007 – Age 20 – Get a job working abroad and think about moving out. Because clearly I thought I could magic money out my arse.

2008 – Age 21 – Have a massive party and work abroad again for the Summer. I have no idea what the fascination is with summer working holidays. I would never have handled an Ayia Napa or Magaluf working holiday – no matter how much I told myself I could have.

2009 – Age 22 – Get a work experience placement or internship to gain more experience. Finally – the girl makes sense.

2010 – Age 23 – Try and get a teaching post abroad with a charity. Again, written down, this looks like a smart move. However, I know i probably would have been thinking sunshine and cheap vodka. Sigh.

2011 – Age 24 – Graduate and teach English as a foreign language in South Korea. I have no idea why South Korea was where I decided on. Of all the countries in the world….Typical me. Could have been worse right enough – could have been bunking up with old Kim Jong-un.

2012 – Age 25 – Start my Post Graduate courseI was hoping to study teaching secondary school English – but since having children i have realised I probably would have had a mental breakdown within the first 2 weeks.

2013 – Age 26 – Start full time jobIn this country? In this recession? Not a chance.

2014 – Age 27 – Move away from Glasgow – Australia was always the aim. Oh to have sunshine. I probably would have settled for the Mediterranean somewhere. Now, I’d be happy with Motherwell.

2015 – Age 28 – Maybe get married, but NOT to Paul ‘the idiot’ – Yup. I wrote that exact phrase. Of course, I married Paul – who takes their own advice anyways? 😉

2016 – Age 29 – Babies? Don’t think they’re for me but you never know!Yeah…..

Now, I have managed to complete one of these points. Babies. The one i wasn’t even sure about and which wasn’t to even be considered for another 3 years – 9 years after Aiden was born. I had children young – maybe slightly too young – but it is something i would never change because it’s made me a much better, less selfish person (well, in my opinion anyway!)

Sometimes plans don’t work out. Particularly when it comes to life. But then, life wouldn’t be the same if it was already all marked out for us, would it? Yes, at times I am disappointed – but not because I didn’t succeed in a life I thought I wanted. It is simply that I am terrified that I have disappointed everyone else. But I live with that, i deal with that, and then I look at my boys and can’t even consider a life without them. So, my professional life didn’t exactly work out as planned – but I have an incredible husband, two healthy if slightly insane children, a great family and family-in-law, and an amazing group of girls around me I’m lucky enough to call my friends. That’s not too shabby. So, with that in mind, here is my updated “10 Year Plan” –

2013 – 2023  Be as happy as I can possibly be *

*and actually have money in my savings account!

Sounds good to me.

The Southside Girl x

Dear Me : A letter to my 16 year old self….

This world is so confusing but you’re gonna be just fine.”  -George Watsky

Dear Me,

1  You’re 16. You do not always know best and you’re not always right. Yes, really.

2. Double denim is never a good look. I know your denim jacket is from Topshop… but it will weld itself to your skin if you don’t give it a break.

3. Be nicer to your mum. I know she moans about the state of your room a lot, but just wait until you have a whole house to clean – then you can moan! The same goes for when she gives you the “You use this house like a hotel” speech – listen to her. She’s right.

4. Despite what your mum tells you, your boobs aren’t going to get any bigger. Invest in a good padded bra. Your bum, on the other hand, is going to get huge so maybe start on the squats now.

5. It’s alright not to know what you want to do with your life – don’t stress about it.

6. Overly blonde highlights and black eyebrows are something you NEVER want to repeat. So don’t. On the same note – stop using a razor on your eyebrows. They’ll never grow in properly ever again.

7. Be there for Shaz. She’s the one person who has been there for you forever.  Plus, she’s the one who’s going to look after you on the first night you get stupidly drunk…And throw up all over her house. Bad Fiona.

8. When you start Uni, try to steer clear of the Union…it’s all a downhill spiral from there!

9. Might be a good idea to steer clear of Ashleigh’s parties too – don’t ask why. Just don’t go.

10. Drink more water! And maybe start moisturising properly. Your skin looks like crap.

11. Learn how to deal with money and start saving up – trust me, you’ll need it!

12. Start your driving lessons and DONT GIVE UP HALF WAY THROUGH! I don’t care if you lose your glasses – buy new ones!

13. Maybe start going to the gym – turns out 11 stone isn’t all that healthy! Who knew?!

14. See when you’re 18 – go travelling! You’ll thank me in the long run.

15. Be happy. You don’t know how good you’ve got it.

16. See that boy you’ve just met? The one that got you the really crappy birthday card? Be nice to him. You’re going to marry him. You lucky thing 😉

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What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

The Southside Girl x