My new year’s resolutions

An empty, spiral-bound notebook.

I recently discovered that there’s such a thing as ‘Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day’. Luckily for me, it has already passed – it’s on 17 January, for the record – so I’ve avoided the temptation to break mine and am still just about keeping up with them. TSB have asked me to write about my new year’s resolutions, so it’s a good opportunity to see how well I’m doing at each!

Cut down on wine

To be honest, this is one of my resolutions every year. I always start well, but am well and truly off the wagon by December! I’ve done fairly well so far and we’ve reduced the number of bottles we buy each week. As well as being better for me, this is adding up to quite a saving which leads on to my next resolution…

Save, save, save!

Now that we have three children, we’re going to have to think about moving somewhere bigger this year – a two-bedroom house is no longer enough! Moving will obviously require great expense so we’ll be saving as much money as we can. Anything that isn’t going on bills and food is going straight into a high-interest savings account.

Do more with the kids

Since I left my job to go freelance, I’ve enjoyed spending more time with the kids, but have to confess that a lot of it has been on school runs or getting them ready for bed. Things that I missed out on before, but hardly exciting for them. This year, I want to add more fun to the equation. We haven’t managed to do much yet, but I’m determined that’s going to change!

Declutter

As we don’t have much space in our house, we’re getting rid of things we don’t need to make more room. Particularly in the bedroom as it doubles as my office. Again, I’m not doing badly and am gradually turning a huge box of unwanted things into money via the medium of eBay. I’ve also got much better at giving things to charity shops as well as recycling and throwing away stuff that should have gone years ago.

Be a better blogger

One of the reasons I quit my job last year was that I knew I could make money out of blogging while I found more freelance work. I got off to a decent start in 2015 and now believe that I can actually get to a place where the situation is reversed and the freelance work is the support act. This is, of course, going to require a lot of discipline, but it will be well worth it!

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

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