Hello 2016


I have a confession. Not only have I been off the blogging wagon, over the last month I’ve also been off the planner wagon. Whilst I’ve always loved stationery and nothing more than a shiny new diary to start the year, in February last year I discovered the online world of organising and planning blogs and videos. I ordered my first Filofax almost immediately (after doing a lot of reasearch as to which one I wanted- they’re not cheap!) and got planning!

More on how that went and has been going another time, but I wanted to get back onto the blog and felt inspired to do so when trying to get both Chris and I organised and motivated at home for the new year. I’ve been using a lot of online resources so thought it might be worth sharing them here.

My work diary for 2016 (I have an 18 month one so have been using it for 6 months already and love it!) is the week to view version of Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner. I’d tried out Emily’s products before ordering as she has an amazing array of free printables, which you can access here. The first one I’ve turned to for my own use is the 2016 at a glance which I’ll be sticking up over my desk at home. If you prefer a desk calendar, I love this idea which I spied on Pinterest as how to create your own calendar with photographs. If you fancy a ready made one, I’m still tempted to print out this motivational quote desk calendar.

One of the things I really wanted to do this year was really look at what we want to achieve over the year. I’ve made a lot of changes to my life for the better over the past 12 months and I want to continue that into this year. To do this, one of the thing I want to track is monthly goals. I used to think this sort of thing was a load of nonsense, but I do really think that without a plan, it’s harder to stay on track.

I also wanted a month to view calendar to add the little things we want to achieve each month. I plan to add them to a clipboard on the wall and list one thing for us to do per day of the month. These vary from little things like ‘hang the blind in the study‘ to bigger weekend jobs like ‘dig over whole allotment‘. Hopefully by writing jobs down we can actually make progress as we have somewhere to be accountable to! Our clipboard is portrait A4 so I’ve printed this free calendar. I also love this one which is landscape A4.

Are you trying anything new this year to keep you motivated?


30 before 30

January has got me thinking. I’ve missed this little blog and although I might not post that often, I’m going to get back to it every now and then. I feel better having something here, just for me.

Something that I’ve been reflecting on for a while now is that my 30th birthday is fast approaching. I don’t feel bad about that, I’m actually quite looking forward to it, but I want to use the countdown as motivation to make more of life. Forget New Year’s resolutions, the things on this list are a mixture of what I’ve been wanting to do for ages as well as things that should change my life for the better. Ok, here goes…

  1. Read more.
  2. Read more non-fiction (especially those books gathering dust on the shelves)
  3. Actually add reviews to TripAdvisor rather than just going on other people’s
  4. Start ‘yearlisting’ and keep it up.
  5. Play board games with friends more often.
  6. Learn to let go and ditch things and people who don’t add to my life.
  7. Give blood.
  8. Complete one full ‘photo a day’ year.
  9. Go to Iceland.
  10. Finish my first quilt.
  11. Finally develop the films I used in Venice in 2010.
  12. Get back into film photography and use it to document 2015 and 2016.
  13. Decorate the house non-magnolia.
  14. Go to the ballet.
  15. Book accommodation abroad via Airbnb.
  16. Go to London 4 times a year to visit galleries.
  17. Raise money for charity.
  18. Draw more.
  19. Train to bird ring.
  20. Cycle once a month.
  21. Try yoga.
  22. Make more time for myself.
  23. Complete the 3 Peaks challenge.
  24. Learn Dutch.
  25. Go to the Netherlands and speak Dutch confidently (one for 2016 I think!).
  26. Know about wine than that I like Pinot Grigio.
  27. Go to the cinema once a month.
  28. Get outside and walk every weekend (even if only to the shops).
  29. Learn to scuba dive.
  30. Run a marathon.

I’ll pop this list on a new tab so I can check back, but I’ll come up with an update in October by the big 2-9 to check in on my progress before the 12 months countdown begins!