It’s that time of year again.

The time when you look back over the year and think about the new one coming, and things you’d like to do differently.

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I’m not a major fan of new year resolutions owing to the fact that if you slip up the implication is you’ve failed, but that said I do think it’s good to set yourself some new goals and challenges.

So, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do differently in the coming year and have come up with 10 ways I’m going to try and be a better me in 2019.

10 ways I’m going to try & be a better me in 2019

1. Go on a digital detox. Like many people, I spend way too much time in front of a screen, either on my phone or on my computer. It’s a habit I’m determined to break in 2019, but at the same time I know an all or nothing approach is unrealistic. So, I’m starting with a 9pm curfew which ought to be fully achievable.

2. Stick to an exercise routine. I’m actually pretty disciplined when it comes to exercise, and I run and swim several times a week. If I miss a session I always feel worse for it, both physically and mentally, so I’m going to kick off the year starting as I mean to go on with a New Year’s Day run.

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3. Learn something new. Learning to play the piano and going on a photography course have been on my ‘to-do’ list for years, but I’ve still not done anything about them. It’s easy to say life gets in the way – and it’s true – but I’m going to try and make 2019 the year at least one of them happens.

4. Keep on top of finances. After years renting we finally climbed the first rung of the property ladder in 2018, and it feels like quite a responsibility! We’ve already put in a new bathroom and I’d like to tackle the kitchen in 2019, which means being super sensible when it comes to cash flow.

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5. Take up yoga. I did pregnancy yoga when I was expecting baby number two and baby number three but as soon as they were born I stopped owing to the fact I had a newborn baby on my hands. But the benefits of yoga are so far reaching I know I would benefit from going to a class on a regular basis.

6. Practice better self care. What with work, home life and everything else we have going on it can be easy to forget about and make time for ourselves, so I’m going to try and make more time for me, like the aforementioned yoga class and setting myself the challenge of learning something new.

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7. Stop being a ‘yes’ person. I’m terrible at saying yes and agreeing to all sorts of things when actually I should say ‘no, that’s not convenient’, or ‘I’m afraid that won’t be possible’. The truth is no-one will think badly of you for saying no – they might even respect you for it.

8. Have more patience. As a mum of three it’s fair to say I lose my patience a lot, especially when I’m trying to get three kids and myself out of the door by a certain time in the morning. Losing my patience doesn’t help though, and in some cases can make things worse – something I’m determined to rectify in 2019!

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9. Be more supportive to those around me. The coming year is a big year in our house because Misery Guts is running the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara Desert. He’s type 1 diabetic which is an added complication, and I won’t lie, I’m terrified! But at the same time he needs my support so I’ll be 100% behind him, even though I’d rather he wasn’t taking on such a bonkers challenge.

10. Remember you can do anything but not everything. I often feel like I’m doing too many things and none of them well, so I’m going to try and remember this mantra by not taking on too much both at home and workwise.

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In danger of losing the Christmas plot yet? At the time of writing I haven’t started Christmas shopping, I’ve got no idea how we’re going to fit 8 people around our small (round) dining room table & if I have to explain to the kids why they can only open one door on their advent calendar each day one more time I’m going to scream On the up side I managed to bag a supermarket home delivery slot before they all disappeared & Christmas day head gear is sortedIf little things are starting to get to you too as part of @simplyhealthuk’s #MyEveryStep campaign today on the blog I’m sharing 10 simple self care tips for a stress-free Christmas – link in bio! #ad #mumlife #mumproblems #mama #mummy #mum #selfcare #selflove #selfcaretips #health #wellness #wellbeing #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #honestmotherhood #rawmotherhood #family #fun #christmascountdown #familychristmas #rememberingthesedays

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Would you like to try and be better you in 2019? Does any of the above resonate with you? I’d love to know which of my goals you can relate to!

This post was written in collaboration with Dot Dot Loans.

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