Welcome to 2020!

Hello and a big old belated Happy New Year!  I feel a bit ridiculous saying that given we are now at the end of January – but it’s my first post for 2020, so why not?!

I can’t believe that another new year is upon us… why is it that the older we get, the quicker the years go??! I remember when I was little it seemed like forreeeeever between Christmases, but now it just seems to whizz by. The first month of the year has already been a busy one for us – Dani went back to daycare after the Christmas break and we went back to work, Neve has been on school holidays, Connor started daycare (I may have cried), he also turned one (I may have cried again), and now there is only one day left and we will be in February already! Which means Dani’s birthday. It’s go, go, go around here!

Gorgeous Birthday Boy
He’s One!

We had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s. We had a couple of weeks off work, my Mum came and stayed with us, and my Sister and her partner were also here (they all live in Australia), and we just spent the holidays relaxing around home with the kids, catching up with friends and family, and having slow days with no plans, spent a bit of time at the beach, and just hung out.  We had Christmas Day at our place, and a New Year’s Eve Roaring 20s / Great Gatsby themed party to bring in the 2020s.  It was good fun.

I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person that likes to set New Years Resolutions – that’s not to say that I always stick to them (because I don’t) – but I like setting things out in writing of what I want to achieve over the coming year.  This year, instead of thinking about them as resolutions, I am going to think about them as goals – we’ll see if that makes a difference!  I have quite a few of them for 2020, and my main one is around my health and fitness. I feel like I have spent the last almost 7 years of my life either trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and recovering from that, going through a miscarriage and recovering from that (which brings a lot of heavy shit to deal with), breastfeeding babies, all involving a lot of lack of sleep and time spent caring for other little humans, and massive changes to my body. I haven’t spent very much time over the last few years focusing on my health, solely for me.  However, I’m not complaining about that, I have loved (almost) every moment of my pregnancy/birth/baby journey that I have been on over the last 7ish years, and wouldn’t change it for the world (stretch marks and all). But this year, I am going to try to work on being happy in my body. It has changed significantly since first getting pregnant back in 2013, I am heavier then I would like to be, and my fitness and energy levels are definitely not where I would like them to be.  Now that I have had my last baby, and he has turned one (waaaah), I feel I am ready to get in to focusing on myself.  I’ve spent the last year trying to soak in as much of my baby as I possibly can, not wanting to waste a moment of it – time is a thief, and it feels like with your babies everything goes far too quickly, I didn’t want to spend that precious first year wasting my time worrying about trying to lose weight.  But here we are, a year out, I am grateful to my body for creating and nourishing three healthy, amazing little humans (I mean, come on – actual living breathing humans?!  A woman’s body is fricking amazing)! and I feel I should really be showing my body some love back and start looking after it a bit more – we only have one, and we have to carry it around for the rest of our days!  So my goal is about trying to get fitter, healthier, happier and more comfortable.  I have three little kids who I want to be a good role model for on body positivity, enjoying life while also being healthy.  So that’s my main goal.  I’m not going on some completely dramatic lifestyle change, but just giving it a good old nudge at losing weight and seeing some progress.  What’s my plan of action?  Well I want to start exercising more, walking, swimming, running, join some running events (i.e. Round the Bays etc), hopefully take part in the Auckland 1/2 Marathon again in October.  I would also like to try out pilates or yoga – something that I can hopefully pick up and really enjoy – and use it as some ‘me’ time.  Neve has recently started enjoying coming out with me on her scooter if I go for a run, so that is motivating, to get out and do some fun things with the kids like that.

My other goals for the year are our trip to Samoa in the middle of the year for my Husbands 40th, I also want to get over to Melbourne hopefully at least twice – my sister is giving birth to twins in a few months and I am so beyond excited for it – and hoping to get over once they are born and see them often!  I want to get a molemap.  Try to find a babysitter so Toby and I can have some more time to go out every once in a while and give each other some attention – away from being “Mummy & Daddy”. Post more on my blog as I really enjoy it and have definitely not given it as much attention as I would have liked over the last few months.  Make the work/home life juggling act work.  Blah blah, blah – so many – I have a heap more, but I won’t go in to them as they are more personal to me and pretty boring really!

What are your goals for the year, and how are you planning on achieving them? 

2020 should be a good one – I am looking forward to seeing where it takes us, as long as we are all safe, healthy and happy that’s all I can really wish for – and I wish it for all of you too!



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