Monday, 9 January 2012

{New Year, New Me}

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I'm finally linking up again with Kate on Thin Ice for her Grooving Mums blog hop. Please do join us... have a look at Kate's blog here where she's written a little bit about the 'rules' - don't worry, they aren't strict!!

As Christmases go, mine was pretty s**t. I started 2012 as a single parent.

Here are Kate's challenges for the week:

1. Did you over-indulge over the festive season? What can you do to prepare for the life-changing journey ahead in terms of improving your health?
2. What do you need to change your mind about? Have you written yourself off in some way? How can you shift negative thinking patterns?
3. This week, Christians celebrate the Epiphany. Here is one dictionary definition for the word epiphany “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.” What does this mean to you?
4. Are you aware of all the blogging networks you can get involved with? Is it worth you checking them out and promoting your efforts to sparkle to a wider audience?

Yes, I have overindulged this festive period! I've not been exercising, I've been eating far too many cakes and not enough fruit & vegetables, I've had the occasional glass of wine (I stopped drinking in June and hadn't touched a drop until December!) and with all the emotional stuff too I'm feeling bleugh!!! I plan to go for my first run of the year tomorrow... I'm doing the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May so I need to step up my training. I'm running for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my mum who died of ovarian cancer 10 years ago. We've set up a Just Giving fundraising page if anyone would like to make a donation (no pressure, but thought I'd mention it just in case).

Despite all the negative things that have happened this past month, I am still making positive steps and looking at changing my mindset and way of thinking. I had started a support group with Kelly Menzies just before Christmas and I'm looking forward to the group starting up again this week. Kelly's enthusiasm is infectious and her aim is to help support mums through change.

I've decided it was time for a fresh start and I've bought new underwear, pyjamas, bed linen, duvet & pillows, a new bed (should arrive on Wednesday this week!) and I've also painted my bedroom with the help of my little sister, @the_grey_house. What colour did I paint it I hear you ask.... grey of course!!

I'm also in the process of compiling a 35 at 35 list (I'm 30 next week, so a 30 at 30 list was not going to work!!) and hopefully this is a list of goals that I can realistically achieve over the next 5 years. Some of them are simple, and I've already started one of them (redecorate my bedroom) and others are longer term (be genuinely happy; be comfortable & confident with my appearance...). I'll post the full list on my blog once I get it finished. I've just got 27 items just now so need to get my thinking cap on for the final 8!

I'm not clued up on all the blogging networks that are around... I'm sure I've signed up for a few but I'm going to try and make the effort to participate more.

That's all for now... time for me to get to bed! It's been a long and emotional week.

Night all.... keep on grooving!!


  1. Sarah, you are amazing to keep going and being so active when you have had such a rotten time of it. You are about the age I was when I had my heart stamped on. Things got much better for me not long after that and I hope 2012 is your year. I for one value you very much. The support of you early groovy mums made me stick with it in those early days and I still think you are super, fab, smashing.
    Thanks for your comments on my blog too - cheered me up on a morning when I was struggling a bit.

  2. Hi Sarah,

    I am over visiting from Kate's groovy mum's list, I am new to it all so wanted to jump around and say hello to a few people. I think I can say you are truly inspirational, to have been through such an emotional thing and still be able to mentally pull it together for such a beautiful blog post. It sounds like you will most certainly achieve what you set out to do and I am sure that you will get lots of support from all your blogging world friends.

    Best of luck and I look forward to reading your grooving posts in 2012!

    Lynsey (Lynsey The Mother Duck)

  3. Its good to see you on Grooving Mums again, I'm sure things are difficult emotionally at the moment, but at least with blogging its a place for you.

    I think the new pj's, bed sheets and bed is an excellent idea, and I would love to be able to decorate my bedroom how I wanted. Enjoy the new bed!

    Take care of yourself and I look forward to seeing how you get grooving this year. X

  4. Good luck with the marathon, I've left it too late for even 40 at 40 and not sure I really want to contemplate any further birthdays lol

  5. These are some great choices. Good luck x


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