26 Before 27

A couple of weeks ago I turned 26. My first birthday as a Mama. It was lovely. And I was well and truly spoilt; candles for days, lots of A/W themed goodies to keep me warm and cosy, flowers, chocolates, underwear – the lot. I didn’t want to do a whole “what I got for my birthday post” but I wanted to address being a whole year older in some way, so it got me thinking about the things I’d like to achieve before I reach 27 (eeek!)

1. Travel with Ada.

Kane and I haven’t been on too many holidays, but I can’t wait to travel with Ada. Every time we go somewhere near, she always seems to take everything in with such wonder in those little eyes; I can’t wait for my first experience of going away as a family.

2. Blog at least once a week.

I go through stages of being SO inspired with my blog that I feel like posting every day, to going 2-3 weeks without posting at all. I know it’s normal to experience that every once in a while, but I’d like to be a bit more organized so when I do have those times when I’ve got no idea what to post about, I’ve got a few posts as back-up so there’s always new content coming in.

3. Build up some savings.

This is fairly obvious. I used to always have a bit of money in savings, but after a couple years of suffering being ill throughout pregnancy and then having a baby, this has dwindled away.

4. Have a huge clear-out.

I don’t feel like I have an excess of stuff, but I also have a lot of rubbish. I have a couple of sheds filled with crap, as well as kitchen cupboards and drawers that stuff just gets thrown into when it doesn’t have it’s own home. I need to spend a couple days doing tip and charity shop runs and have a really good clearout.

5. Go swimming more.

6. Use my work-space.

I spend too long working from the sofa because it’s usually in the evenings and I want to spend time with Kane, but it means that I don’t quite work as well as I can be doing. I’d probably be able to use half the time I currently do just getting all my work done, then I can turn off my laptop and go and spend quality time with him.

7. Get a few more piercings.

Don’t worry Mum, I don’t mean anything drastic! I’d just like a few ear piercings as all mine have closed up.

8. Sort out my diet (finally).

I don’t have a great diet, at all. I love chocolate, cake, crisps, doughnuts, ice cream.. Anything that basically isn’t good for you. As Ada is getting older and we’re eating together, I am getting to spend more time cooking decent meals, but we’re still not quite there. I still feel incredibly grumpy in the evenings if I don’t have some sort of pudding to munch on, although I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to shake that!

9. Implement a skincare routine – and stick to it!

10. Read more books.

11. Make more time for Kane and I as a couple.

12. Take a class or find a new hobby.

This one is tough as a Mama, business owner and (practically) housewife; blogging is really my only hobby and I struggle to find the time for that as it is, but I’d love to do a pottery or cooking classes.

13. Get acrylic nails.

I used to be OBSESSED with my nails and I’d always have them long. All the washing up and cleaning that comes with a kiddo means they’re in an awful state now and most of the time I don’t paint them. I’d love to treat myself to a nice long set of acrylics.

14. Dye my hair something I haven’t tried before.

15. Plans more days out and trips way with my friends and Ada.

16. Sort out a pension. And life insurance.

17. Host a dinner party.

18. Become a Pinterest Mama.

Ada has already started crafting at nursery, and by the look of all her clothes when she came back, she definitely had fun! I really want to start thinking of a few more creative ways to spend the days with her.

19. Lose at least a stone (and keep it off).

20. Regularly update Ada’s life story book.

21. Be happier with what I’ve got.

I wouldn’t really call myself a “shopaholic”, but if I had a never-ending stream of money, I would find something to spend it on. I’d like to be a little bit happier with what I have instead of constantly wanting the things I don’t.

22. Reconnect with some old friends.

23. Make more money.

24. Start wearing my jewellery regularly.

25. Spend less time procrastinating on my phone.

26. Cut down on dairy and sugar.

Catherine McCourt

Catherine McCourt is the editor of Hey, Mama, a parenting, interiors and business blog designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget and a kick-ass career whilst you’re at it.

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