It’s that time of year for reflection and refinement so I’ve been looking back at 2015 and making plans for the new year.
2015 has been an amazing year with the arrival of baby A and has literally flown by. I feel very settled now I have completed my family and I am excited about watching both my babies grow up.
It has also been great to see my blog grow and to achieve some collaborations with big brands including Holland & Barret, Which? and Hipp Organic. It has also given me the opportunity to advocate for allergies by working with Allergy UK and National Allergy Strategy Group.
So what’s next?
Get some sunshine
I feel like I haven’t seen the sunshine for years! I used to travel a lot and have been very lucky to see some amazing places and I really miss them. We went to Spain this year but managed to pick the one week without much warmth and our trip to Texas for Thanksgiving was drizzlier than the UK. So I need a holiday. A proper holiday with a beach, sea, sunshine and a sneaky cocktail or two.
Make the blog pay
I have been very lucky to earn money from my blog this year and receive some great products and perks. But I want more! Receiving positive feedback and meeting some inspirational bloggers has made me believe that I can grow this blog into a business and that is really exciting.
Sleep, sleep, sleep
Isn’t this every parent’s goal?! J has never been a good sleeper and baby A is still feeding multiple times a night so a full night’s sleep is a distant dream. My husband and I are planning a night away in a few months’ time and a nice long lie in.
Climb the milk ladder with J
At J’s last allergy tests his results for milk were very low so we have been given the go ahead to introduce it slowly using the milk ladder. So far he has been absolutely fine with baked milk and I hope by this time next year he will have had pizza, chocolate and possibly even fresh milk.
Save some money
In the last few years our outgoings have gone down and we can live comfortably but as I am freelance I only get statuatory maternity allowance which is not much. Once baby A is in childcare a few days a week I can get back to work properly and start saving for the house extension that I really want.
Write more articles
My background is as a freelance journalist but it has taken a back seat over over the last few years. Recently I read an article I wrote for The Guardian about Saying Goodbye to my family home and realised how much I miss writing things like that. So this year I would like to try and write at least 3 newspaper/magazine articles and hopefully more.
Advocate for allergies
It is shocking to realise how little understanding, training and funding there is for allergies in the NHS and it explains why so many people struggle to get the diagnosis and treatment they need. Now I am facing the challenges for a second time with baby A and still experiencing hurdles I am determined to use my voice to raise awareness and help advocate for my little people’s needs.
What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to know.