It’s nearly 2017. Not only is the day going to be a fresh beginning, but the year is new too. Let’s be honest 2016 has been quite a crummy year for a number of reasons and we all have things we wish hadn’t happened. Even though I don’t always believe you have to wait for a New Year to kick start something in your life, I am always a believer that if it helps you start what you need to, then I am all for it. 

I’ve had a ‘all things change’ year with giving up freelance for full time work, hubby changing jobs and then me discovering three breast lumps. Luckily only just before Christmas did I get the all clear about the final two lumps, (the first was about 6-7 months ago) so I could relax over Christmas knowing everything was okay. But holding all that together was absolutely horrendous as I’d just started a new job, the doctor had put me for an urgent 2 week referral but it turned out he had forgotten to send the letter, after me waiting 4 weeks. I then had to wait another 2 weeks to go to hospital again. Along with this the car kept failing it’s MOT and I was still waiting on my first payslip… it just got too much from all the worry and finally on boxing day (when I’d stopped) I had an anxiety attack. I’ve not had an anxiety attack in absolutely ages, but as my Mum said, it was just from my body being in shock from all the worry. 

Luckily we’re onto a New Year in good spirit. So even though I don’t really do New Years resolutions as such, I like to remind myself of things I want to achieve in the year that aren’t too hard to complete. I’m never going to be 8 stone, and to be quite honest I wouldn’t want to be! So why should I give myself unrequired pressure to achieve it? A lot of resolutions are unrealistic aren’t they? Which is why they fail. Exactly. With that in mind my list of 5 would consist of the following. 

Drink more water – I’m terrible for drinking water. So I have purchased some squash to hopefully entice me into drinking more flavoured water. I always have water bottle for exercise and one for my desk at work. Fingers crossed I can up my game on the department!

New hobby friends – I have a fantastic network of friends, but I would like to push myself to make new ones that have a passion for things that I do. Not totally sure how I’ll do that exactly! Perhaps finally joining the local triathlon club? Or maybe building better friendships with my blog buddies?

Fight lack of confidence  – I’m starting to teach at a local gym in the new year which I’m really happy about. Sort of dragged my heels for years with teaching due to confidence, (believe it or not I’m really not to confident regardless of how it looks on the outside) but I made a pact with one of my friends I’d teach at his gym. Now I’m going to be, plus it is down the road from me and around the corner from my work…. so no excuses on that one! 

Finish my PT course – Going back to ‘school’ whilst in a full time job and juggling my blog is a bit of a head explosion waiting to happen, but whilst I have no babies and only a husband to look after I’m pretty sure I can nail it. This is a long time coming after beginning this journey back in 2003 and dropping it and picking it back up in 2010… so this is the 3rd time lucky! 

Have more me time – You will see I tend to be always busy – right? Well I got completely burnt out a few weeks ago. It was only then did I realise I could actually just be at home or spend time with friends, without cramming too much in. I could say ‘no’ to things and that was okay. This is a working progress but I’m planning to pop a ‘me’ time slot every month, which will consist of a bubble bath, face mask and book time. 

I’ve only set 5 things for now as I’ll build on these as the year goes on. I’ll look at how far I’ve come each month and add in new resolutions all the way in 2017. It’ll keep me focused and make any changes or alterations less daunting. What are your resolutions for 2017?



  1. January 2, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    I am so pleased your final two lumps got the all clear, that's great news! You have set some fab goals, I need to do some of these, especially find new hobby friends!


  2. January 2, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    So glad you got the all clear! It sounds like you're starting the year on such a positive note which is awesome, super happy for you! I also suck at drinking enough water, but do find having squash helps!

  3. January 2, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    It's good to hear you got the all clear. I do wonder where the year went as it's now 2017. Happy new year x

  4. January 2, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Happy New year to you and hope this year brings so much goodness, glad you can relax now from all the anxiety of worry over finding the lumps. I like your goals, Me time is so important and something I also need to do. Take Good Care

  5. January 2, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    God you have been through so much, so glad the final two lumps were cleared. I am hoping that 2017 will be a better year for you lovely xx

  6. January 2, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Oh gosh that must have been such a stressful time for you – Thanks goodness you had the best new possible just before Christmas. here's hoping that 2017 is a calm and happy year for you!

  7. January 3, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Woah 2016 was quite a year for you and you should be really proud of yourself for getting through it so well xxxx

  8. January 3, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I love your list of goal!!! I'm trying to do most of those as well! Finding people with the same hobbies as you is easier than you'd think if you just start talking about it all the time (: good luck !!!

  9. January 3, 2017 / 2:57 am

    you poor thing! We had some health scares in our house last year too and it was a horrendous experience, so glad everything has turned out to be ok for you (and here!) and you can look forward to an amazing 2017! xx

  10. January 3, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Your 2016 sounds scary, glad you got the all clear and hope it stays that way. Also I can relate to doing a full time job, postgrad course and blogging as I am in the same boat. Good luck with your goals

  11. January 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Wow 2016 sounds like it throw a lot at you, hoping your 2017 is better x

  12. January 3, 2017 / 11:53 am

    You have had a rotten 2016, am so glad you got the all clear, I really hope 2017 is going to be a fantastic year for you x

  13. January 3, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Wow 2016 sound rotten. Hopefully 2017 will be better. Cheers to you. xx

  14. January 3, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    My 2016 was similar with all things going bad, but I'm looking forward to putting that behind me now in 2017! I definitely need to spend more time looking after myself! Good look on you PT course and I wish you all the best for this year!

  15. January 3, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I like what you've set in place for the new year. So glad the scare with the lumps is behind you now!

  16. January 3, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I'm always busy and agree it doesn't take long to feel burnt out. My aim is to say no a bit more and not push myself so hard.

  17. January 3, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    first things first, i love those leggings and need them! good luck with these and hope you achieve them 😀

  18. January 3, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I agree with the me time its something I do not get much of so each week I am going to make sure I do something just for me

  19. January 3, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    These are some great goals. I want to do more for me this year too – focus on my career and really better myself. Look after myself more too x

  20. January 4, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Hobby friends is a great idea! It can be so annoying when you want to do something that none of your friends are interested in.

  21. January 4, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    It sounds like you had a stressful year. You so need more me time this year x

  22. January 4, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Glad you got the all clear! Some very good goals for the year ahead. I need to drink more water too

  23. January 4, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Very stressful, glad you got the all clear! Good luck on your fitness goals, me-time is so important for good mental health x

  24. January 5, 2017 / 10:19 am

    So glad you got the all clear … my friend found out just before Christmas that she has genetic breast cancer. All a bit hard. I don't have any resolutions, I'm just going to enjoy my life and family as much as I can

  25. January 6, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Happy new year! Good luck with your goals! I love your tights! Saw them in Primark the other day but couldn't find one in my size! x

  26. January 10, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I'm so thrilled to hear you got the all clear on the last two lumps. It sounds like the last few weeks of 2016 were quite overwhelming, I can totally understand the panic attack after all of that. I hope 2017 is a much better year for you x

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