Wednesday, 13 January 2016

"How you turned my world, you precious thing"

On Monday I was going to publish a post about cookies of all things, but then David Bowie happened and the day went to shit a little bit. I couldn't concentrate on much and ended up listening to Radio 6 Music instead, with Lauren Laverne leading the tributes. One beautiful moment: dancing around the kitchen with Alessi to Space Oddity.

She asked me who was singing and I told her it was the Goblin King.

Cookies can wait.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Resolutions for 2016

Work, keep it simple
I'll have more time than ever to focus on the shop in 2016 so I don't want to fall in to the trap of taking on too much, only to stress myself out trying to meet unrealistic deadlines.

Time with Alessi, make it count
She will be starting school in September and it will be a milestone for both of us. The true end of her youngest years and I want to make sure that on her first day at school, I'm not left wishing I'd made more of this time together. 

Accept myself
Last year was something of an eye opener. The loss of good people, and some close shaves kept hammering home the same message over and over again. 
Life really is just too damned short. 
I'm going to admit that I have always cared what people thought about me and I've finally learned that this is no way to be. It's ok to care a little, but not to the point where you constantly curb your own behaviour just to appease others. I'm guilty of that. So I'm working on just being me and accepting that not everyone will like who I am or understand my ways and that's ok. But more importantly (and urgh, I do realise how flaky and cliched this sounds), it starts with me. I've got to accept who I am too. That means the social awkwardness, the occasional abrasiveness and that yes, I do laugh loudly and swear too much. 
This year I won't be fucking apologising.

I've never been a fan of e-readers. Yes I agree that they are extremely convenient, but they seem so soulless. And they don't have that book smell either. It's just not the same and in my stark refusal to embrace the technology I have instead, stopped reading altogether. Which is worse than the e-readers so when I get paid at the end of the month I will buy myself at least one book, and get back into it.

Celebrate my accomplishments
I am so shit at this. Most of us are to be fair. Something I've wanted to do with my Etsy shop for a long time was reach 100 sales. A small goal by many peoples' standards, but it was an important one for me nonetheless. I hit it and instead of giving myself a moment to enjoy it, I simply carried on about my day. Not even so much as a cup of tea and a biscuit. This year I am going to mark each of my achievements, no matter how small the celebration. And I suspect many of my rewards will be food based. 

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