I love this time of year, in between Christmas and New Year! I find it a lovely time for some chilled reflection on the year past, and exciting planning for the year to come. New Year’s Resolutions might be a cliche, but I find it really useful to think about what I would like to achieve, and any little tweaks I would like to make in my life. Click here to see my resolutions from last year. This year, I would like to focus on seeing lots of friends and family, building Musical Mum, and enjoying some downtime. Here are my New Year’s Resolutions 2018:
1. Make time for everyone special to us!
Luke, J and I live in Solihull, but all of our family live in London or the North-East. We studied in Birmingham, and so have lots of friends from our Uni days that now live all over the country. We try to visit friends and family as much as possible, which became much harder after J was born. With our second baby due in May, we know that we’ll need to step up a gear to ensure that we can all enjoy the people we love the most. When visiting London over Christmas, I realised it was the first time we had been since August – we’d left it far too long!
And we now have a beautiful new niece living 200 miles to the north of us – we don’t want to miss too many of her precious moments as she grows up.
In order to achieve this, I’d like to ensure that we always have a date in our diaries for ‘next time’. Days, weeks and months roll into one otherwise, and time slips away before we know it.
Do you have any other tips for how to make the most of relationships from afar?
2. Continue to build ‘Musical Mum’
Musical Mum was born from the idea that music education should be accessible to everyone. The benefits of learning through music are endless (and can be read about here), but lessons can be expensive. There are so many things you can do at home to help your children get a great musical start, and you don’t have to have any formal music education to get involved. This website was set up to provide help and inspiration to parents wanting to introduce music at home from an early age. I have a BMus (Hons) and MA in Music from University of Birmingham, and have been teaching for over 10 years. I felt it was time to share some of these ideas, in a way that could be easily applied by everyone!
Musical Mum was set up 1 year ago, and I am extremely proud and grateful for the following we have achieved. Thank you to everyone who has shared, commented, liked, and enjoyed our content! 🙂 This year, we are stepping it up a notch.
Here are some of the new things you will be able to enjoy over the coming months:
- Weekly Facebook LIVE singalong sessions for your baby and toddler. These are short bursts of music, songs, and activities, to follow along in the comfort of your own home. Click here to like my Facebook page for regular updates.
- Weekly emails for subscribers (enter your details to the right of this post to subscribe). These will feature exclusive tips and tricks, a round-up of website highlights, and a weekly listening suggestion for you and your kiddies.
- An online course in Prenatal Bonding Through Music, enabling you to use the power of music before your baby is even born
- Monthly competitions to win musical books and prizes
- Some exciting new lesson and classes coming soon to Solihull…more details to follow…
Is there anything else you’d like to see on Musical Mum?
3. Enjoy some downtime
One of my resolutions last year was to mono-task, not multitask. I wanted to cut down on my technology time, and make sure I was completely focused on the present moment. This is definitely something I still need to work on. I am guilty of scrolling aimlessly through Facebook and Instagram, and then complaining that I don’t have time to read anymore/have a relaxing bath/get enough sleep…!
I recently read (and loved!) The Power of Now, which is about living completely in the ‘Now’. It’s about not dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It’s about being completely present, and absorbing things as they happen. This is definitely something I would like to start applying to my life.
Some things I will try to make time for this year are:
- To indulge in my current pregnancy a little more. When I was pregnant with J, I did yoga, pilates, hynobirthing practise, long baths…you name it, I did it! Free time is not so available this time round, but I’d love to take a few hours each week to focus purely on this new little bundle, and enjoy the feeling of creating a special new baby.
- Read! I’ve always loved reading, and we are so keen to encourage a love of books in J. I’d like to find just 10 minutes each day to enjoy the wonderful world of fiction. I’m hoping to join a book club, to encourage me to make this one a possibility.
- To work through my bucket list (maybe I’ll share this with you sometime!) I have a rather extensive bucket list, which is packed with things I want to do as a family. I’m going to put things in place this year to get more ticked off.
Writing down my resolutions makes them feel more real, and makes me more determined to achieve them! What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018?