The Obligatory New Years Post – 2017

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Well, thank lucifer that’s over eh? 2016 – what a load of boohockey. Not for me personally I hasten to add. Personally I had a pretty spanking marvellous year: I nailed work, got a new kitchen, kept some spaniels alive, felt regularly proud of my step girls and continued to stay married to an utter legend. Not too shabby for Michelle. After a few really heinous years it felt good to make it to the end of this one in one, fairly chipper piece.

Not so much for mankind though, 2016 was brutal for the human race. So many days I woke up feeling like the world was an irrevocably different place. One I didn’t feel altogether proud to be in. That’s not to say there haven’t been glimmers of good stuff in amongst the crap, just not overwhelmingly so. Here’s hoping 2017 sees humanity doing a bit of a u-turn.

It seems pithy and self indulgent to go on to talk about my own personal goals now but here goes. I don’t have huge plans for this year, just to carry on enjoying this little life we’ve worked so hard to build. There are, however a few tangible and superficial things I’d like to get done in 2017:

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Ditch the festive folds. Nothing radical, I just need to move a bit more and fill my face with less wine and cheese to make my jeans feel a bit comfier. The Body Coach is doing live HIIT sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings every week in Jan, which seems like a good place to start. Find him on Facebook if you fancy joining in.

Make Time. I’ve spoken before about the power of saying no. No when you don’t have time, no when you really don’t want to, no when a sense of obligation is all that’s driving you. It’s so important to prioritise your/my/our time properly, the only foolproof way to do that is to stop saying yes to every single bloody thing.

Read. I spent so much time last year getting to grips with pensions and ISAs and the ridiculously complex taxation of offshore bonds that I had zero capacity for reading fun stuff. That changes now. I’ve powered through a few books in the hols and would like to do two a month for the next year please and thank you.

Career Goals. I’m just one exam away from a Diploma in Financial Planning (shut your face, I’m still hip*). It’ll be nice to nail that one in April. The exams don’t stop then but that will mark my first stand alone qualification in this new and wonderful world of finance. It’s felt a long time coming. I’d also like to finally get around to writing a bit more about women in business and my personal career path. It’s coming, deal with it.

Get Out. If you go on Instagram alone, I’m rarely indoors. That’s not strictly true. I do go out a lot with el poochos but during the busyness of everyday life we tend to stick to the same spots. I LOVE Devon, I plan to spend so much time this year exploring more of it, I’ve got a hit list of country pubs to try and some more secret beaches to share to prepare to get a whole lot of Devon straight to your face.

Save Save Save. Yep, I’m super dull. But I consolidated my pensions last year (yes, thanks, Β I do look good for EIGHTY SIX) so this years focus is on building a decent savings pot.

Go Somewhere New. There’s so much of the world to see and we haven’t prioritised seeing it lately. I’m hoping for some weekend breaks in Europe (before it gets any harder to go) and something slightly further flung if we can.

Work Out My F*ck Budget. You know I already love The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, it’s a game changer, go read it. It focusses your mind on the things that really do deserve your attention and the things that are simply draining your energy. I’d like to nail down what those things are for me and live life accordingly.The ShedThe Blog

Keep Regular. Work did take over towards the second half of this year, the first thing to suffer was this little spot. I didn’t have the brain capacity to think of anything at all to say, let alone trying to make it sound coherent/like a spaniel hasn’t just walked across the keyboard and I’ve gone ‘yeah, that’ll do. Publish’. I plan to make a lot more time for blogging in 2017, I really do love this space.

Reply reply reply. Sort of on the same lines and I’ve already banged on about it enough. I haven’t commented, I haven’t replied to comments, I promise I’ll do both more this year.

Keep Talking About the Big Stuff. I very firmly believe that we shouldn’t shy away from discussing the big stuff going on in the world, if I’m bothered by it, I’ll talk about it. That ain’t changing any time soon. It does mean you might get my opinion on the despicable treatment of refugees sandwiched in between a book review for something dark and disturbing, career chat and a whole lot of spaniel spam. That’s what you’d get from me in the real world so…

And that’s that. My resolutions aren’t going to set the world on fire but they will help me live the kind of life I want to live which is surely the entire point. Happy New Year to you! Hope 2017 brings you everything you hope for, got any resolutions?

Oh, I’d also like to meet lots more doggos and hang out in my shed more than is decent. ‘K bye.

*yes, it’s words like ‘hip’ that make a complete mockery of the point I’m trying to make.24 Hours in St Ives

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  • Happy New Year Michelle! I am glad to hear it’s been a good one for you in amongst all of the rubbish bits of 2016, so here’s hoping that 2017 is just as good. So cool to hear about your Diploma – it’s always a great feeling when you know you’ve worked hard towards something career wise and I’m hoping that 2017 is a similar year for me in those regards. I really want to break into the environmental sector as after graduating I’ve floundered about a bit and haven’t pushed myself so reading this has reminded me I need to chase my dream! Reading is top of my list too, and I want to read some different stuff, books I wouldn’t normally pick up etc. to try and broaden my range. Love the one about discussing important issues too – I saw more people speaking about mental health last year which I thought was great as a way to kick down the stigma and I also read several great posts about things like Syria and the Brexit so I’d be excited to read / hear your thoughts on similar things too. Hope your 2017 is wonderful! – Tasha

  • Great goals! I am glad that 2016 was a good one for you. I hope 2017 is just as good and you keep those spaniels alive for another year! I think I need to read the Not Giving A F*ck book – sounds intriguing!

  • Hi, and Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is awesome for you.

    I’m a newbie to your blog (thanks to Danielle’s Facebook group!). I look forward to getting to know you and your blog!

    It’s good to hear you had a fabby 2016!

    Great resolutions – I’m with you on the get out one, and I probably need to save save save too! And a huge well done on your diploma!



  • Happy New Year Michelle, what a great list of resolutions. I got up at 5 (well was woken up just before that by a baby shaped alarm clock) and had an exciting realisation that I could get up and have a peaceful hour with a cup of tea and blog reading, and so here I find myself just before 6 reading your lovely post. I am not sure it is a sustainable way to carve out some time, but it has worked for today, and your post was a lovely one to end the hour on! Wishing you a lovely New Year ahead xx

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! This sounds like the besttt plans for the new year. Congrats on nearly having your diploma!! πŸ˜€ and yay for exploring new places and getting outside more. Need to add them both to my list too! xx

    Little Miss Katy | Lifestyle, Food + Travel

  • These all seem pretty sensible resolutions! I’ve a few similar myself, saving and getting my ass out into the world more! I’ve still not read the life changing art of not giving a f*ck, has to be done soon I reckon!

    Honestly Aine


    Yes to reading, yes to getting out and yes to saving.

    You’ve got yourself a good collection of prime resolutions. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  • Happy new year Michelle! I love this post and it made me feel all giddy for the year ahead. Plus I’m genuinely interested in how one goes about consolidating pensions because this is something I need to do but don’t know where to start. SO yeah, fellow OAP over here! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Happy new year, Michelle! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts this year, and hopefully reading about how all these things are coming true for you!

    Awesome work on the pensions front, and also on your financial qualifications – best of luck for April’s exam. πŸ™‚

    My resolutions are really very small in comparison – a little more reading, a little more yoga… and a bucket load of courage! I’m hoping to buy my first house this year, so I’m going to need to be feeling like I’m ready to grab life by the horns. Certainly feeling that today, and long may it continue!



  • Just popped back across to say, thank you for the lovely comments! <3 – Tasha

  • BOOHOCKEY. Loving the Friends reference right there in the first line πŸ˜‰

    Great goals, especially the one about exploring Devon, which is one of mine too! I need to explore more of South Devon and I think you need to march yourself on up to North! I’d recommend Lynton and Lynmouth and also Whistle and Pound! xx

  • What a wonderful list of goals – completely agree about how important it is to talk about the real stuff. Whenever the big stuff is affecting me I worry that I don’t know enough about it or who am I to comment on it? But at the end of the day if we don’t comment on it or stand up and say that we’re not ok with the horrors going on in the world, then they’re just going to continue so it really is very important to discuss them!

    Also very excited to see hear about your Devon explorations, I’m always looking for Devon-related things to add to my bucket list while I’m studying in Exeter so would love to hear about any gems you stumble across!

    Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

    Anna xx | The Girl In The Moon

  • You should absolutely chase your dream, we only have one shot at this little life, I do believe we owe it to ourselves to throw everything we can at making it the best we can. Sending you lots of luck at making your 2017 fantastic.
    We should chat books, I need to pull my finger out and get some more read this year.
    M x

  • I would absolutely recommend the book, its a bit of an eye opener! And happy new year, hope your 2017 is spectacular!
    M x

  • Hi Emma, nice to see you here! That little FB group is fast becoming my favourite!! So I discovered a good but properly grown up app the other day – Money Box, it rounds up all of your debit card transactions to the nearest pound and pure the difference into an isa. Great way of drip feeding into your savings.

    And thanks, Pete (the dog) is pretty damn awesome, even if I do say so!
    M x

  • Bless you, I think new mammas have to take the time wherever they can! How’s no it all going?? Lovely to see you here-I’ve been pretty absent for no real good reason.
    Happy new year!
    M x

  • Happiest of New Years to you lovely one, I missed out Themistocles important resolution-to see your actual face! Let’s get on that!
    M x

  • I am all about the sensible!
    More than happy to donate my copy of Life Changing Magic for the greater good, drop me an email or a DM if you want it? For reals.
    Happy new year to you
    M x

  • Why thank you ma’am, I’m all about the bog standard easy to achievers.
    Have we said happy new year enough yet?? Happy new year!! Not yelled at your face from uncomfortably close, I’m a fast learner!
    M x

  • Happy new year to you lovely one!! Hope your 2017 is full of magical things. Magical things and pension consolidation! It’s the future!
    M x

  • Happy new year flora! First house?? That’s pretty huge!! Sending you all kinds of luck and good vibes! We bought a couple of years ago now, give me a shout if you’re freaking out and have any questions!
    Otherwise blooming good luck with your resolutions, a bit moe yoga’ll make most things lovelier!
    M x

  • Always a pleasure my lovely X

  • Haha, you’re the first to pick me up on it so far-you win! Got to love a cheeky Friends ref. I DEFINTELY need to head north, maybe we need to combine these resolutions! Happy new year to you lovely one
    M x

  • I absolutely agree, we must discuss the big stuff. Leaving it to pass by unnoticed and unrecognised just invites more of the same naffness. And worse.
    You’re in Exeter? Such a great place to study! I promise lots of Devon stuff this year! You should check out Lynsey πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ too, fellow Devonish!

    Happy new year to you! Hope your 2017 is fantastic.
    M x

  • Thanks! I’ll have to check that app out!

    Pete! That’s adorable!! x

  • Thanks Michelle, I’ve got a lot I want do this year so I need to get working on it! <3 Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

  • Yes, and I absolutely love studying in Exeter – it’s such a lovely place to spend half the year and I’ll be sad when I’ve finished my degree and my time there will come to an end!

    Ooh thanks for the heads up, I’ve just given her a follow! xx

  • Katie

    I love the term “festive folds”; like the extra weight on my thighs is due to crumpled wrapping paper. Rather than an eighteenth round of brie from the cheeseboard.

    The F*ck Budget term momentarily confused me: thought you’d consolidated your pensions for a much saucier reason than reality!! Xxx