Monday 15 January 2018

Time for a change

I know writing down goals for a new year seem very cliché but I knew I needed to do something. I rarely stick to goals when they are written down as just that 'goals'. When I don't stick to them I feel like a failure. However, last year wasn't the best year for me. I suffered endlessly with my Postnatal Depression (PND) and I also lost a cousin to suicide who was battling a mental illness. I wanted this year to be different. I sat down with pen and paper and couldn't think of a title to write in my diary. I didn't want to use goals or achievements or anything like that. It was only when I glanced at my new Ice-Watch that an idea came to me. It reminded me of 'time' and how precious and valuable that is.

Last year, I tried to do too much with the time I had. Day to day i'd be running around like a headless chicken. I'd be on the school run, going to work, blogging, cooking, cleaning, going to the gym etc. It was all too much. I was so busy that I hardly made any quality time for the kids because I was running around doing everything I thought I needed to do. I was tired and irritable and all of these things would set off my PND. 

It has made me realise that it's time for a change. This year I need to make some time for myself. I need to embark on some self care in order to be happy and be the best mum I can be. 

Each day, I need to slow down and do some things for me. I'm going to try and get some fresh air everyday through either walking the dog or going for a run. Hopefully I can do both. Fresh air is good for the soul.

I'm also going to try and read more books. I used to love reading but I never found the time to do it. I'm going to make more of an effort with it this year.

I'm going to get my passion back for exercise. Exercise releases so many good endorphins so I need to do this more for me and not because I feel like I have to do it to shape up etc. I want to do it because I enjoy it and not because I feel like I have to do it as it then becomes a chore. I'm hoping to do a Yoga class once a week to help me relax.

Most of all i'm going to set aside more quality time for my girls. Eva started school last year so she's out of the house most of the day. When she comes home from school i'm going to make more of an effort to do the simple things that she enjoys such as going to the park, painting and reading etc. This needs to be my priority, not worrying about how untidy the house is or how big my ironing pile is. Time with my girls is irreplaceable. 

My new watch will serve as my reminder to change seeing as it helped me realise what I need to do this year. Hopefully every time I see it on my wrist it will remind me to set aside time in the day to look after myself and to enjoy that quality time with my girls. 

The watch is from the beautiful new 'city sparkling' collection by Ice-Watch priced at £90. Mine is Sparkling Glitter Black which also comes in Gold and Silver. I love it because it goes with dressing up outfits or it makes a casual outfit pop. 

Eva also has a watch which is the Ola Candy in White which is £55. Again when I see her wearing it, it will serve as a reminder to embrace the change.

*This is a collaborative post with Ice-Watch. All words and opinions are my own*



  1. So happy to hear that you're going to embark on some more self care as it's so important in order to be better mums. The watch is lovely Hun x

  2. I found that I was doing the same last year. I was so busy juggling everything that I forgot to be mum. I've changed alot recently and definitely feel the difference.

  3. I was exactly the same last year, always taking on too much and then getting stressed and anxious. I totally agree time with our children is so precious and we need to slow down and just spend time with them when they are small, the housework can wait. Your watch is lovely x

  4. Self care , something we all could do a bit more of. Fair play to you . Love the watch too lady !

  5. That's a really nice watch. Definitely make time for you, it's so important as you've discovered.

  6. Ah, this is such a refreshing post. Time is so valuable, best spending it the way you want, doing things that make you that little happier!

  7. Love the watch. The design is really pretty.

  8. Wow it sounds like you had a really tough year last year! I hope this year can be so much better for you and you get some of that self care x

  9. Self care is so important!! I’m loving that watch and boy doesnt your daughter look so much like you!!

  10. It sounds like a very healthy start to the year. I hope you get back into exercise as that will make such a difference to your PND. Loving the watch too

  11. Good luck with everything. In such a busy busy world, we often forget how to look after ourselves. I also suffer with PND and learning to tell myself that I was doing 'OK, if not better than OK' was so important. Your daughter is beautiful, by the way. x


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