10 Small Changes I’m Making In 2019.

I’m all for making positive changes, but I draw the line at new year’s resolutions. If you really want to change your lifestyle, you can do so at any point in the year, not just at the beginning. Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I like to make small changes throughout the year. Big lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming, making small changes is far more achievable.

The past few years haven’t been easy, but I’ve got a good feeling about the next 12 months. The changes I want to make are pretty simple, but each one will make a difference to my life, my family or the world we live in. All the motivation I need is looking at me in the mirror or cuddled up beside me.

2019 is going to be our year.

1 – Now that the children are both at school full-time, the only opportunities we have for family time is during the holidays. In 2019, I want to make the most of the weekends we have together and embrace family time. Before I know it they will be teenagers who can’t think of anything worse than spending time with their Mum. We need to make as many memories as we can together before I’m not cool enough for them anymore!

2 – In 2019, I’m going to focus on myself rather than putting everyone else’s wants and needs before my own. Now that the children are a little older, I have no excuse not to find the time to look after myself. All of my spare time is spent cleaning, tidying or working. It’s about time I put down the dusters and indulged in a little time for me.

3 – I’m determined to reduce our waste and use non-recyclable plastics. We recently started using BlueRock® bamboo toothbrushes (£3.90 – £3.50 per toothbrush). These toothbrushes are biodegradable, compost-friendly, naturally antibacterial and available from BlueRock, a fantastic bamboo toothbrush subscription service. Blue Rock’s packaging is made with paper and their postal boxes are made from PEFC certified sustainably sourced card. We absolutely love our eco-friendly toothbrushes.

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4 – I’m want to make use of the several reusable travel coffee cups I own. Small changes such as taking a reusable cup out and about instead of buying hot beverages in paper cups is beneficial for both my finances and the environment.

5 – People pleasing is something I’m an expert in. I tend to focus on pleasing others more than I focus on pleasing myself (see point 2). I’m determined to retrain my mind to stop worrying about pleasing others, it’s exhausting and doesn’t benefit me at all.

6 – I dread to think quite how much of my time is spend comparing myself and/or my home to others. Social media is both a blessing and a curse for bloggers. Within the blogging world and social media I have found both friendship and support, but I also find myself feeling rubbish about follower numbers and homes far more grand and beautiful than my own more than I wish to admit. In 2019, I’m determined to put a stop to making comparisons and embrace the following and lifestyle I have.

7 – I’m nearly 26 and I am yet to achieve anything ‘big’ financially. I don’t own my home and I don’t have any savings, and that is something I want to change. Not just for me, but for the children. I’m going to start putting 25% of each month’s earnings into a separate bank account. I hope to save enough to finally learn to drive. Once I have achieved that, I will begin saving for the children’s futures. I want to save enough to support them in whatever path they take when they leave school.

8 – Vegetables and fruit just aren’t my thing. I consume at least 8 scotch eggs a week, and I munch on chocolate and dairy-laden puddings in between. Evenings usually involve a ready meal for one. The children are served with a balanced meal every evening, whereas I wait until they are in bed to eat. I always choose convenience over nutrition. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my beloved Tesco ready made fajitas just yet, but I want to start incorporating more fruit and veg into my daily food intake.

9 – I always have a horrible feeling of dread as the school holidays begins. I worry endlessly about being able to afford to entertain them, assuming that they’ll want to go out and do things that cost money and require a bus trip. The truth is, as much as they love going out and about, they also love being at home. I’ve realised lately that actually, that feeling of dread is self-inflicted and basic activities such as crafts, bike rides and dog walks are enjoyed just as much as the cinema or the swimming pool. This year, I’m going to embrace what we have at home, rather than looking further afield for fun.

10 – Last but not least, I want to help others. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful group of family and friends who offer support and comfort when required, but many others don’t have anyone. We are lucky enough to have decent clothes and food in the cupboards, but many others don’t. This year I want to help others by donating to the local food bank as often as I can. Instead of throwing out unwanted belongings, I’m going to donate everything to the local charity shops instead. It’s true what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

What small changes do you want to make in 2019?

We were very kindly gifted three Blue Rock bamboo toothbrushes. All views and opinions are my own.

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