Thank you 2012, hello 2013!

Thank you 2012, Hello 2013

Gosh time flies. To be honest, the past two years are a bit of a blur. We said hello to a cheeky little redhead man named Riley in 2010 and since then, I’ve been consumed with finding a balance between freelancing and family. Trying to maintain a sense of identity that wasn’t simply “stay at home mum” has been a bit of a challenge.

It has taken a while, but I think I’ve settled into a rhythm. Having said that, I can’t help but feel I’ve been maintaining status quo.

So I’m declaring 2013 the year of change. It’s time to kick old habits and start new ones. And if it ain’t working, change it. I’m not going make grand New Year resolutions. The plan is to make small incremental changes that have a big impact long-term.

Here are a few things I want to focus on:

Get social – And I don’t mean social media! I’m sure all the mummies out there would understand that sometimes it’s easier to stay at home and avoid the public humiliation of a toddler tantrum. But it’s important to stay connected to family, friends and peers. So I’m looking forward to coffee with friends, eggs benny with my besty, the occasional lychee martini with the girls, client lunches, networking functions, art exhibitions, event launches …

Play more tennis – I struggle when it comes to exercise. I force myself to go to the gym because I know it’s good for me and if it wasn’t for the company of my good friend Cathy, I’m not sure I’d go at all. But I LOOOOVE tennis, so rather than force myself into something I dread, I’ll throw myself into something I love.

Kick the sugar habit – I’ve been reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and the effect sugar can have on your health and ability to lose weight. Frankly, it’s a bit scary. So I’m saying goodbye to soft drink, juices, ice cream, cookies and cake. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so giving up the chocolate is going to be devastating.

Blog, blog, blog – Time to show this blog some love.

Shoot lots – Photography is a bit of an artistic pursuit of mine and after my 2012 Canon EOS Photo5 win, I’m keen to perfect my craft. The only way to do this is shoot lots! So the plan is to take the camera with me everywhere and shoot as much as I can.

Take a barista class – The perfect Café Latte is an art form. I can tell when it has been made with love – the coffee has a fresh earthy aroma, the froth is silky smooth almost like a melted marshmallow and the latte art somehow makes you pause to appreciate the extra love on top. I’m on a mission to perfect my froth, so why not become a qualified barista?

Side projects – I have been collaborating with some lovely ladies on a few side projects in the past year, but unfortunately they’ve taken a back seat to paid work. So I am keen to dedicate time to get them off the ground in 2013. Stay tuned!

Learn to sing – who doesn’t want to rock the local karaoke bar?

But most of all, I am really looking forward to see what 2013 brings.