Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year & Resolutions!!


2015 is upon us right now, how long will you still be writing 2014 by mistake? Takes me about a month to adjust! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and the best New Years night whatever all your plans may have been. I stayed in with a friend, takeaway and Harry Potter movies.

So a very big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you if you are reading this!!

Today I take a look at some of my resolutions and goals for this year. Keep reading if you want to find out what they are :)

I don't really believe in the "new year, new me" stuff anymore, I used to do it every year and never stick to it. I am now old enough to have realised that if you want to change then you will do it when you want. It takes real dedication to stick to them and if you aren't in the right frame of mind then what's the point? I used to just get disappointed when I failed so not setting myself up to fail this time.

Well I am going to be honest, if you read my blog then you will be aware the end of my 2014 wasn't the greatest. I had to deal with a bad break up, and adjusting to living alone again etc. As you can imagine it wasn't the easiest to deal with especially with a toddler. I had to get my life on track again and sort some things out. So these aren't really resolutions that I am starting today on the first, where as I actually started some of them a couple of months ago.

This is the slogan on a recent boxing day purchase from Next. This is what I am hoping to be true. I seem to have had quite a lot of bad luck. To be honest as long as my baby, my family and myself make it through the year healthy and still together then I will be happy.

Life Goals


 So something I have wanted to do for ages is to learn to drive. I have a car, just waiting to be used. I have to rely on my family to take me places when I need too even like getting Corey to school and back. It'd be great to be able to do it myself. I done lessons a few years ago but never did my theory so couldn't take my test. I don't really like tests as I'm nkt good at them. In December I took my theory test, well I booked it and then never revised stupidly. I almost didn't go on the day. I walked in knowing I would have failed, utter waste of time. But somehow by some miracle I fluked and passed. Which is such a relief. Now I start driving lessons next week :)

Weight Loss

 Well I am sure I am not the only one who says this every year and the "I'll start after Christmas" - all of that. This time I do mean it, well to be fair I've already lost 2 stone but I have a lot to go still. Precisely 4 or 5 stone. I'm not the best eater in the world so I don't stick to diets as I miss meals here and there, I don't particuarly like vegetables and just prefer to snack when hungry. A few years ago I did lose 5 stone, unhealthly in a month. Now I not thats not going to happen again. I'm not even sure how I'm going to lose weight this time, but I will. Probably mainly exercise, a walk a day or something. I'll find a way :)


 This is more of a hint to my mum, I want a new doggy. I have one, I big golden retriever who I got last year but she is around 10 years old and can't go for walks. She is the loveliest, does as she's told but too big for cuddles on the sofa etc. Some people say I won't take the dog out for a wee every hour to train the puppy. But I really would. Plus the walking every day, fair enough I am quite lazy. But I want to lose weight and walk every day. So a puppy would be the best way to help me do that. I work from home so am home all day. I really want a Cavalier puppy, they are just gorgeous. I will have one by the end of this year! Its not just a dog, they are a friend and part of the family too. Who wouldn't want that?


  So I have been out of work for a year now, by choice. This time last year I didn't need to work and still don't need too but I want too. I have tried searching for a job but finding something ideal that I actually want has proven to be hard. I want to work full time, but as I don't need to work I'm not going to go into a job I won't enjoy. 

So a few days ago, I took a really big step and have gone self-employed as a full-time blogger. Now everyone has been asking me, "do you really make enough to do it full-fime?". My answer is no I don't. Because of my situation, being a single parent I get tax credits which mean despite my income being £0 I can comfortably work from home doing something I love. Being self-employed I can earn from my blog if I want too, up to a certain amount before it effects my tax credits anyways. So there is flexability! Which now this new change takes me onto my...

Blogging Goals


 Well origionally I had actually recorded a video on my resolutions however whilst editing my laptop decided to have a hissy fit and break on me. Typical. But I think I would like to give YouTube a go, I'm not sure how well it will go. I'm not sure that if I start then I will finish it. I may record a few over the next few weeks and see what I think. I want to go YouTube, well one thing was so that I can have a bit more of a chat. I spoke to some fellow bloggers who liked the idea of me just talking as if it were a bit of a diary (not too personal) but we all have ups and downs, I have no shame in showing that as it may help someone somewhere. I didn't think people would like the idea but it seemed to go down well. What do you think? :) 


 Now, I have realised that figures aren't everything or anything to worry about. Yes companies look for them so to some extent they matter. But do not let it consume you. We have all been there done that, worrying why our own numbers aren't as high as others. But over time, it grows. Slow and steady wins the race after all! Just remember we are writing for ourselves and it should be fun, a way to release and unwind. Well for me anyways. However that being said, I am very close to some milestones that I am hugely excited for. I never thought one person would read my blog let alone the amount of people who actually do. 

Blogging Events

 Whether it be blogger events or companies releasing new products etc. I would love to be there. Last year I attended 2 big parent blogger events - BritMums and Blogfest. They were both so good and my plan is to go again. Not only do you learn stuff, but get to meet some incredible fellow bloggers who become friends. Which takes me too..


  I love the blogging community, I have made some amazing friends. Everyone is so lovely, kind and supportive. Whether it be blogging or personal related, you can guarantee someone will be there to listen or help if they can. Not only have I gained friends, but a couple of best friends. I have to mention Andrea from Blogger Mumma because she has been my rock and I don't know what I would do without her. I also run the @mummy_bloggers community, with the weekly #mblogchat which is great. We all get on so well and have a good old chit chat. I plan to do more to be involved in the community somehow, joining in on more chats and whatever I can really. 

So there you have it, my resolutions. Now what are yours? :) 

Love, Gemma xo


  1. Good luck with your goals this year Gemma happy new year x

  2. Best of luck with ur goals & hope u get ur puppie 😉 I personally am so looking forward to participating in #mblogchat x

  3. I hope that 2015 is simply wonderful for you. We just got a new puppy before Christmas as a companion for our other dog and we are all smitten with him. Good luck with reaching your goals :)

  4. I know that 2014 was a bit rubbish for you lovely, so I'm really hoping that 2015 is much much better for you!

  5. Happy New Year to you Gemma, hope that 2015 will be a much better year for you and good luck with achieving all your goals :-)

  6. Good luck with the blog career!
    I would love to attend britmums, I've not been before!



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