Sunday, 12 January 2014

2014.


So I started 2014 with a new notebook and a list. 


(don't panic - i'm not a 'selfie' person, it's a one off)

It had new years resolutions listed, to which I never normally make but my best friend asked me if I had any and I thought maybe this is the year I do. They are as follows:

1. learn to drive
this mainly involves persuading my partner to share his beloved car with me, actually finding the time to find a company to book lessons through (any recommendations?) , booking a theory test and revising and passing and finally actually working out when I can do all of this around LJ. 

2. pass my Certificate in financial planning exam for work
this ones actually a must. I should have done it in 2013 but baby brain got the better of me, that and I hadn't actually done an exam since A-levels. However it must be done, so revision starts as soon as I get my new book. eek. 

3. complete some pinterest projects 
I could spend hours on pinterest if I had that sort of time anymore. However pre baby and then current maternity leave, I did spend hours and I pinned lots of lovely DIY projects that I will properly never have the time or motivation to do. In fact, i've only ever actually carried out a few things I've pinned, one of which I completed with weeks to go until baby eviction date. This was my lovely instagram wall feature. 


It was straight, its just the pano photo. Anyway, that was in the old house and pre-baby, its now in storage and will need a photo update by the time it goes back up in our new house that does not exist yet. I picked up little tiny pegs in the Papercase Christmas sale of 2012 and held on to them for 6 months until I found a groupon voucher for Instapol and went about like a mad person finding 100 photos I wanted and loading them on to a spare Instagram account purely to print and with the hours counting down until my groupon voucher ran out. phew. Then Ali (the mr, more on him later) suggested a garden trellis to clip all the photos on. A trip to Wilko's, one plastic cheap garden trellis and just two neat little pins in the wall (rented house, less is key) and we had us a photo feature on our wall. 

That was a little ramble, but I was proud. I completed something! Then I popped a baby out a month later and that was my new ta-da. Anyway, more completed projects for 2014. 

4. Write a journal entry in my new notebook for every day of 2014.
this failed on day 5. Turns out that you can only write neat in a new notebook for the first 5 pages. I forgot, then I fell behind, then I didn't even remember what I did yesterday. Then after a can of monster energy drink at 10am today (don't judge, I was baby free for 2 hours and got overexcited with me time) I was wide awake in bed for the first time in forever (30 weeks tomorrow, actually) and I thought, I know, i'll do a blog. 

cue this.
It's not really for anyone, i'm not that interesting, but my brain fails me a lot these days and i'd like to look back and wonder what I did on the blah of blah 2014 and go, oh yes. thats it. 

5. Learn how to use my new DSLR camera.
three years of university and £21k debt later and i'm still clueless. Ok maybe not clueless but i've a lot to learn. When I find the time (ha ha, hahahaha) i'll read up on my camera manual and take it on some test shots. LJ has already experienced some test shots and mummy frustration when I get the focus wrong or every shot looks rubbish (frustration at myself, not him, he's always cute and just laughs at me anyway). 



6. save save save. 
So Ali & I both went to Uni, came home to minimum wage retail jobs, went 'out out' with our friends every monday night, played a lot of frisbee and then moved out to our own rented place (Oh and then I wanted a baby, now). Fun at the time, lots of great memories but not much spare money. To cut a long story short, we didn't save for a house deposit and then we were stuck in the rental cycle. Luckily I have the best dad in the world and after LJ was born, he let us move back in with him for a year (or a little longer) to save money for a deposit. So we are here and saving and hoping by 2015, we will be on the property ladder (or at least with one foot up). 

7. Get media organised.
I thought I used to take a lot of photos and video, and then I had a baby. Aside from my huge fear of losing photos and videos from my Macbook, I have my whole collection backed up on various hard drives and time machine backups. However this is by no way in any organised process. I needed to get organised and stay organised. A new 1TB mini external hard drive for christmas (wow, these things are small now!) and its earmarked just for LJ's photos and videos. I've gone one step further and organised it into folders for each week of his existence. Yes, really. So it took me the first week of the new year but I got myself up to date with the first 6 months of his life, now to keep at it.


8. Video everyday. 
Again kind of fell through already but maybe I can adjust this to 'nearly' everyday. I saw an amazing video of a dad who had filmed his baby every day of his life and then for his first birthday, used 1-3 seconds of each clip to make a lovely video montage of his year. It was AMAZING and it inspired me. I mean how hard can 1-3 seconds a day be? Not so hard. Editing it after? A challenge i'm sure i'll come across late May 2014. I'm also trying to remember if I video from my iPhone to always do landscape to make my life in the editing suite easier. 


So that's it for now. I may add to this if I remember anymore. You'll notice the traditional 'get fit' has been left off, because well, I don't really care. I'll burn the fat off stressing about completing all of the above. 

1. learn to drive
2. pass my Certificate in financial planning exam for work
3. complete some pinterest projects 
4. Write a journal entry in my new notebook blog entry for every day of 2014.
5. Learn how to use my new DSLR camera.
6. save save save. 
7. Get media organised.
8. Video everyday.


Over and out, first blog post. hashtag complete. 


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