My New Year's Resolutions 2016

My New Year's Resolutions 2016

After looking back over a momentous 2015, I decided that it’s time I started thinking about 2016. The last 12 months have been the hardest of my life, but the challenges are only just beginning!


Finn at a couple of months old

I return to work on Saturday 2nd January after 12 and a half months of maternity leave and it’s a daunting prospect! My job is in retail and so my hours are long, not to mention the weekends, evenings, bank holidays etc that I also have to work. Finn will be going to nursery for 2 days a week, and then me and Luke, with a little family help, are covering the rest. It’s going to be tough, but I’m determined we can make it work. Well, let’s face it, it HAS to work! I keep reminding myself that hundreds of people are in our position, it’s quite normal and we really need to just get on with it.

While considering another huge year ahead, I’ve made a few resolutions to make sure I make the most of everything.

  • Carry on Camping

We’ve been on two camping trips this year and I’m absolutely itching to get out again, although first we need a new tent! Wales and a return to the Lakes are on the list for 2016.


Chilling in the tent during our first family camping trip

  • Keep Walking

As with the camping, we are keen to instil in Finn a love of the outdoors. He loves going out on hikes with us and he’ll be walking very, very soon. More fun and games! I’m really keen that we make time every month to do some day hikes, like our recent trip up to the Peak District. I also want to carry on and do a bit more of the Nene Way, hopefully at least completing the Northamptonshire section this year.


Enjoying a family walk in the woods

  • Don’t Get Blogged Down

I’ve really enjoyed having more time to spend on my blog. I’ve taught myself how to use WordPress and how to navigate several social media platforms. It will be harder to do as much when I’m back at work, however it’s such an enjoyable hobby and I’ve learnt so much that I am determined to carry on. I’m even considering starting another blog about wine (I manage a wine shop). I’ll keep you posted on that one!

  • Organisation, Organisation, Organisation

The only way that I am going to survive this year is by being organised. I’ve already got a family calendar up on the wall. I’ve conceded that I am not superwoman and I do need to delegate sometimes. Also, Luke bought me a chromebook for Christmas, primarily for blogging, but I’m planning on using it to organise my life as well. If anyone knows any useful organisational apps I’d be very grateful for a few tips.

Have you made any resolutions for 2016? I’d love to hear them, I’d also love to hear any advice for managing a happy work life balance!


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  • dearmummyblog dearmummyblog January 01, at 23:00

    Blogging is a hobby for us as well and we try not to get ‘blogged down’ with typing and promoting posts! We’d rather be out there living and exploring the outdoors. Good luck with your return to work! #TheList x

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker January 02, at 21:23

      Thanks for commenting. I totally agree, I enjoy blogging but I try not to let it take over! I’d also much rather be outside. I survived my first day back at work so onwards and upwards 🙂

  • Bob Bob March 25, at 18:36

    If you haven’t made it that far todate, the bridge over the Nene at Chester House is closed as unsafe. (North of Irchester Country park). You might like to do a short walk along the way within the park, but if on a linear walk you can walk Nene Way on north bank from Wellingborough, near Tesco.

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker March 25, at 18:50

      Thanks for that. I plan to do more this year so that’s good to know ☺


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