So on my 27th birthday last year I published a post called 28 things to do before I turn 28, listing 28 things I want to achieve in the next year.
I also had a secret 29th thing to do before I turn 28, and that is have a baby but I didn’t want to put that out there at the time because I was worried about disappointing myself if it took a long time for us to conceive. Depending on how punctual little miss decides to be, I may or may not get my baby before I’m 28 – she’s due 4 days after my birthday. She may very well end up being the best and most painful present I’ve ever received for my birthday, but we’ll see.
With just under 2 months to go until I turn 28, I thought I should check back on my list and see how I’m tracking.
1: Continue exercising regularly and looking after my body.
It’s a struggle to know what ‘looking after your body’ means when you’re pregnant, but I’m still doing my Xtend Barre workout at least once a week (except when I’ve been sick) so I think I can say that I’ve done this one justice.
2: Celebrate one year of writing my blog.
I keep meaning to write about this. I’m not actually sure when my blog’s ‘anniversary’ is, or should be. I wrote a few posts in April/May last year, but didn’t make my blog public until late July. I also then switched over to WordPress in August so my stats only go back that far. So technically I’ve been writing for a year. That probably deserves it’s own post!
3: Repaint our spare rooms.
Achieved! Thank goodness. If you want to see the much-hated colour they were before, check out this post (seriously, they’re bad – painted by the previous owners so not our bad judgement or anything). They’re a beautiful, neutral cream colour now (which you can check out in all its glory once I finish the nursery and post about it).
4: Meet up with friends more.
Terrible fail on this count! I wasn’t too bad until I got pregnant. Then between morning sickness and exhaustion my social life practically stopped. I’m hoping that once bubba is here and settled in, we can get out and get social more often.
5: Sleep better.
Yes, and then no. Pregnancy and sleep are not friends. (And especially don’t listen to all the ‘sleep now before the baby comes’ stuff. It’s all a lie! Sleep before you get pregnant is my new sleep-related advice.)
6: Read at least 28 books (that convenient number again)
See above tiredness for my excuse. I’ve read maybe 10 books and half-read another 5. I’ve also skimmed a few baby books. I think my long reading days are behind me for a little while (although I can maybe crack through a few when maternity leave starts but before bubba arrives).
7: Study something, even it is just on my own.
I’ve spent the last year learning all about blogging! I’ve done Clever Cookie School of Blog and I’m part way through both Elite Blog Academy and Ready, Set, Blog. Loving learning more about all this.
8: Learn to knit.
Epic fail. Haven’t even started to try. And I don’t think my baby brain can handle learning a new skill right now.
9: Wear everything in my wardrobe once.
Considering I now fit into precisely none of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe (save for a few incredibly baggy jumpers) I am giving myself a leave pass from this. I wear my maternity wardrobe a lot though!
10: Take more photos.
I’ve taken far more photos in the last year than I have before. Which is great but I have way too many photos on my iPhone (over 16,000… I know, it’s a sickness).
11: Do every day of the FMS Photo a day challenges.
Started well, then petered out with my ever convenient ‘I’m pregnant’ excuse. Really, really need to get back into this.
12: Sew more.
I’ve done some sewing (including making some baby blankets for my little one) but not a lot. But some is more than none!
13: Spend a weekend away from technology.
I’ve managed a few low-tech (not quite no-tech) weekends, so that’s not so bad. Not on purpose mind you, I just ended up busy with other things.
14: Paint something (other than a wall).
No painting here. I had intended to paint something for the baby’s room and never got around to it!
15: Be more patient.
Hmm… I’d like to say I’m getting there… but pregnancy hormones and patience aren’t exactly best buddies. Let’s just say this is a work in progress.
16: Take a weekend away somewhere new.
We’re heading off to the Blue Mountains for our ‘babymoon’ in a few weeks so this one will at least be achieved!
17: Have family Christmas at our house.
Another one I can mark off as completed! We had my family come stay with us for Christmas which was lovely, especially as it was Christmas when we told everyone I was pregnant!
18: Enjoy the outdoor areas of our house more.
I think we used the daybed a bit more over the summer. It’s so hard in winter, but there are some really lovely sunny days that make it a nice place to be. I’m looking forward to spending some time laying on on the daybed on our verandah when the baby is here.
19: Actually enjoy the summer this year.
It wasn’t an unbearably hot summer this year which helped a lot. And I think we made good use of it. Feels like forever ago now!
20: Make more ‘investment’ purchases with my clothes, rather than buying ‘fast fashion’.
Do maternity clothes count? That’s been my clothing purchases for the past 6 months. I’d like to think I’ve chosen wisely when it comes to my purchases.
21: Have more people over for dinner.
I definitely think we’ve had more people over for dinner in the last year than we had previously.
22: Try more new recipes.
Yes, until pregnancy took over and I couldn’t stand to cook for months! I did manage to find lots of lovely new recipes that have become regulars in the four months beforehand though!
23: Save more.
Yes and no. I put aside money for baby things, which counts as saving, but then spent it on the necessary purchases. I have managed to build up a little emergency fund which sits in our mortgage account (offsetting our interest, and making use of our redraw function if we ever need to access it). Automatic savings plans are the best thing ever – I don’t have to think about it, the money just goes there itself.
24: Pay off our car.
I think we’re almost there with paying it off! It’s actually in Stu’s name (given that it’s his car) so this involves relying on him to know how much is left owing.
25: Spend some more time with my brother.
My brother has come to stay with us lots more in the last year which has been so nice!
26: Do the Colour Run.
Another fail! We intended to do it but I was struck down with terrible morning sickness and I wasn’t up to it unfortunately!
27: Make more effort with my hair.
I’ve managed to figure out how to braid and I’ve been experimenting more with different ways to do it, so I’m going to say this has been a success.
28: Have fun!
I can definitely take myself too seriously sometimes, but I think I have mostly avoided falling into that trap over the last 10 months.
All in all, I think I’m not doing too badly (although I’m definitely milking this pregnancy for all it’s worth as an excuse!).
Do you set yourself goals for the year?
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