Saturday, December 31

Well it's hard to believe that the year is coming to an end and a new year begins tomorrow.  I'm not sure how I feel about this year, it has had it's challenges that have made times a little difficult but I know that I am stronger and each year I become wiser at knowing how to deal with obstacles in the road.

My girls are growing, almost taller than me, and the values that we have taught them are shining through more as they get older.  It is still a struggle but I have learned to let go a little but I'm sure as the teenage year approaches I will need to do more.

I have loved cooking more vegetarian meals each week, we've been eating at least two.  This goal has now become part of our routine and I will continue this again next year.

I have read only just one book this year which is not very good at all and started another.  Along the way I've read lots of craft books and magazines but not much of substance so I will need to keep trying with this next year for sure.

And when it comes to being in the moment and loving life, well I think I did well.  When we go out I always try and observe and take in as much as I can and share that with my family, kind of smelling the roses.

So over all I'm pretty happy with how I achieved my resolutions, keeping them here to look upon all year helps me to stay focused and accountable to myself.  I'm not harsh on myself if I don't achieve things but I do know I need to be strict, it's too easy as an adult to be a bit more relaxed with ourselves I find.

On to next year, I thought that I wouldn't call them my resolutions but my goals, areas in my life that I want change in.  I like how people have a word that is their word for the year so I decided to combine my goals starting with my word, strive.

My goals for 2012
I will:
strive to care and do more things for myself.  I will continue to go to yoga each week, have time to myself to do things just for me and have a massage occasionally too.
strive be more sociable and involved with others, like join a craft group, volunteer at school and have friends over more often.
strive to focus on making our house a home.  Creating things to make our house feel comfy and cosy.
strive for our garden to be more productive.
strive to sell some of my craft in a shop or online.
I'm really looking forward to the year ahead with a clean cupboard and a feeling of renewal I believe there are good things to come.  Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts with me throughout the year.  May the New Year bring lots of happiness, fun, laughter and good things and I can't wait to share with you our life adventures again next year.

Happy New Year

Joining in with the lovely Bron of Maxabella Loves


  1. Your new years resolutions ring so true! Good luck for everything you do in 2012! xx

  2. You are always a source of inspiration to me Catherine and your post today is no different. I wish you all the best for 2012. xx

  3. I like that you are going to invest more time in yourself, that's oh so important to our health and wellbeing as mother's as we often put ourselves on the backburner.
    Hoping that 2012 is everything you hope it to be and more Catherine :)


  4. Thank you for the memories my friend I have enjoyed every moment of our visits together. Wishing you the Happiest New Year Ever xo

    Always Wendy

  5. Great goals Catherine!

    Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful 2012!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Strive--yes, a perfect word indeed! Wishing you a very happy 2012!

  7. It sounds like you have done well achieving much of what you hoped for this time last year. I wish nothing but good for you and your family in 2012. It's been good getting to know you!

  8. Something tells me that 'strive' is your year ahead summed up in a word. What a fantastic word to focus on, Catherine. I wish you every success. x

  9. I love the word and the path you have chosen Catherine - good luck!!
    I'll be following along with interest

  10. A very inspiring post Catherine. Happy new year to you. Vanessa

  11. What a lovely, centred post Catherine. I've so enjoyed following your blog and look forward to blogging alongside you in the new year x

    ps we are neck and neck in the literary stakes - aside from mags, kids story books and online, I only managed to read Dirt Music. It was a a goody at least :)

  12. Happy new year to you Cathering. Have loved seeing what your girls have been up to for xmas and think all your goals are spot on. melx

  13. 'With a clean cupboard and a feeling of renewal': what more can you ask?
    I have the same feeling, it is kind of a new beginning and it is a great feeling.
    Happy New Year, Catherine.

  14. What a lovely post Catherine. Wonderful that you can look back on all you have achieved over the past months and focus on the coming ones. It sounds like you have great goals to work towards. I look forward to more of your blog posts in the coming year xx

  15. Strive is a great word to focus on, and I love your first goal on the list. Make sure you keep that one. ;)


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