January – Slow Down!

I closed my eyes for a rest after all of the end of year activities and I find we are already four days in. Stop the ride, I want to get off!

Seriously though, I remember as a child, it seemed to take forever to get from one Christmas to the next, and don’t get me started on the endless summer holiday. What happened? Do you hit a certain age and then the world starts spinning more quickly?

Anyway, I hope you all got to enjoy some part of the holiday season. I know of many who were affected by Covid, in one way or another, but we were lucky and managed to have a much more “normal” Christmas to what we are accustomed to. We even managed to have a small get together at our house for New Year with some close friends.

It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t made the decision a few weeks before to hand in my notice at work, as I was due to be on shift. There were many reasons for giving it up but, ultimately, it came down to family. The hours didn’t really suit us and, in all honesty, my time is better needed elsewhere.

Now that we have my daughter’s autism diagnosis, with the ADHD assessment and anxiety side of things pending, I feel a need to learn more about it. I’d like to attend a few local events, courses, and meetings to try and help me better understand how she see’s the world, and to make it more comfortable for her in any way I can.

What did I do through the rest of the month? Whilst I was super busy, it’s hard to remember exactly what I spent my time doing. There was lots of Christmas decorating, trips to the garden centre for more decorations, a morning spent at my favourite book shop, loads of candy floss (Courtesy of my daughter’s present from Santa.), a day trip to a wet and wild Blackpool, and finally a great spread to bring in 2022. I’ll gloss over the fact that my washing machine hasn’t been usable since just after Christmas so I am now drowning in dirty clothes awaiting an engineer to come from British Gas to sort out my plumbing (Hold the jokes!).

I have managed to carve out some time to set myself some goals for this year, I hate to think of them as New Years Resolutions as they always get neglected by the middle of January.

I’ve got many personal goals that I’m already working towards, and even more writing related. I’ve even created a special page in my bullet journal to try and keep track of all of my ongoing projects, and I’m hoping that in the next twelve months I’ll be able to strike the first four off the list.

Unfortunately I was one book short of my reading challenge this year, but that’s not surprising considering some of them that I did read were rather lengthy. With that in mind I have decided to reduce my target for this year, from fourteen to twelve, so I might actually have some chance of reaching it!

Do you have any goals for 2022, writing or otherwise? How many books do you think you will get through?

Anyway, it’s been lovely to chat, but I really should get on now. I’m in the final stages of pulling down the Christmas tree. It always amazes me how many hands are willing to help put it up, but taking it down it is always me, myself and I!

Take care, Jodie xxx

P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with my antics over on Instagram, and keep an eye out for my next Author Q&A.

Published by Jodie

Reader, writer, Sebastian Vettel fan and fitness lover. Home crafter (when I get time!), Wife and Mommy amongst other things.