Back to Blogging?

Despite all my best intentions at the start of 2015, last year was a pretty poor year for blogging for me. I can’t have published more than half a dozen blog posts. I found that after writing essays for what felt like constantly in the first half of the year, and then more assignments whilst on placement in second semester, I just didn’t have the headspace to write anything that wasn’t uni related. Coupled with lack of time between uni, placement and family commitments, even if I had ideas to write about, I just didn’t have the time or motivation to write anything decent.

But 2016 is here, uni is finished, and at the moment, I’m unemployed. While I’m job seeking (which may take a while as our state government has put a freeze on all government/public sector jobs unless you are already employed in the public sector, until the new financial year), I’ve got plenty of time for blogging.

I’ve thought about blogging again since the end of last year, but I guess I’ve been scared to? It’s been so long since I’ve written anything here, and I doubt anyone is reading. But at the end of the day, at this stage, I need to write for myself, not for anyone who may be reading.

I read on a blog the other day (I can’t remember which one though) ‘the more you blog, the better you blog’. I think this goes for writing in general, and that the more you write, the more you write, and the easier you find writing. Hopefully that will happen here. I plan on completing a post-grad degree sometime in the future. I hope, that if I keep writing here, when it comes time to study again, writing assignments will come back easily, and that my writing will improve over that time.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not putting pressure on myself this year though. I’ll just see if the words come, and where they take me.

G. xx

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
                    (Image sourced from here under creative commons license, edited to add text)

I hope you had an enjoyable new year. It was pretty quite here. New Year’s Eve, Mr Up With the Birds and I had a glass of bubbles, watched a movie and had an early night. New Year’s Day, I took the big kids to see Penguins of Madagascar, and my second sister came over in the afternoon. It was no party, but we all had a lovely time.

I have a good feeling about 2015, I thinks it’s going to be a good year for me. I hope so anyway, and I hope it’s a good one for you too.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to achieve this coming year, and how I’m going to go about reaching my goals. I heading into the final year of my nursing degree, and I want to finish on a high. While last semester I achieved good results, they weren’t quite as high as the grades I was getting before Harry and Zach came along, and I’d like to finish my degree with my grades back up at the level I’m used to.

And while I managed to get through the semester with two babies who still wake at least once a night each, the state of the house and yard kind of fell to a level I’m not proud of, I forever felt I was chasing my tail trying to keep on top of things. In the last few months, in the blur of final assessments and exams, I started to neglect my health. Shovelling junk food in my gob, and not moving as much as I should. I want to do better this year.

My goals for this year are:

1. Finish my degree with Ds and HDs.
2.Balance uni and home life.
3. Look after myself – both physically, mentally and emotionally.
4. Enjoy life and remember to make time for family fun.

I’ve got the same basic strategy to achieve these goals – becoming more organised. I’ve got just over a month until uni goes back. In that time, I’m going to set myself up with new routines and habits to keep on top of things. I’ve got specific plans on how I am going to achieve my goals. I’m not going to detail them yet, you and I would be here forever, but I will be following the SMART framework. I’ll be writing individual post about each task or hobby I’ll be using to achieve my goals, but I’ll also be documenting what I do here, keeping myself accountable during the year, and achieving my goal of doing something for myself.

How did you ring in the new year?

Have you got any goals for the year?