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A New Beginning.

on Thursday, 02 January 2014.

2013 is behind us, and we said goodbye to one of the best years of our lives so far with home made Mexican food and cocktails followed by a riveting game of Scrabble, and me promptly falling asleep just before the countdown. (I did wake up to see in the New Year though!)

I am not normally one for resolutions, and if I am they usually last approximately a week, but I have a feeling this year is going to be different for me, and I have set myself some 'goals' which I hope I do indeed stick to.

We are now on the second day of 2014 and today I did something both incredibly exciting and terrifying in equal measures- I handed my notice in at work and told them I wouldn't be returning in February when my maternity leave finishes.  I have been working for my current company for over five years, although since Mads was born I have been part time, so this is a huge step for me.  I loved my job and my career, but my priorities have changed since becoming a Mummy.  The last year or so I have been doing freelance social media management for a few different companies, and over the last few months Mr E and I have decided that I will concentrate on that in the future.

It feels scary and surreal not to be returning to work and being officially 'freelance', although I am used to that way of life now.  I am looking forward to the challenge of working for myself, but above all I am looking forward to being at home with my babies.  This way, I get to be with them more than if I had returned to my previous job.  They will both be in nursery for two short days, and hopefully this will help us all, it gives me more time to get on with work and it gives them some independence.  

That's one big change for 2014.  The next is that I am determined to improve my lifestyle.  My diet is shocking, I don't do any exercise and I often feel lethargic and out of sorts.  While I am not overweight by any means, I have piled on the pounds since having LL, and my tummy is in a desperate need of a tone.  I know that resolutions are easily broken, and I am not known for my staying power but I have joined a gym and I am going to be doing a mixture of that and running.

I have completed three runs so far, with my last yesterday being 5k in 31.5 minutes, something which I wouldn't have even imagined I could do.  Although not far or fast, I haven't done proper exercise since school so I am pleased with my initial progress and I am hoping I will catch the running bug.  I would like to lose a stone in 2014, and tone up more.  I am also going to be watching my diet, but I can't live without diet coke, the occasional chocolate (oh and Ben and Jerry's) and carbs, so I am going to try and eat smaller portions and healthier snacks too.  I am also trying to drink 1.5 litres of water a day, as I usually go most days without drinking anything but coke and then end up with a cracking headache.  I will try and detail my progress on this blog, so hopefully I will see a change in my 'Mum Tum' and my overall outlook to diet and exercise.

I'm hoping that I will have a better work/life balance and therefore will be a better Mummy and Wife because of this, with not so many evenings spent on the laptop and more time to read, snuggle or relax with Mr E, as well as having time to switch off too.  I spend far too much time on the laptop at the moment.

We have lots of things to look forward to in 2014- a wonderful holiday with Mark Warner as one of their ambassadors, another little trip with our besties, some weekends away at weddings and hen do's, plus other bits and pieces too.  I am bridesmaid for one of my good friends in May so am looking forward to that and hopefully won't feel like a frump in my dress compared to the others!  I also turn the big 30 in March, which feels surreal even typing.   

I very much doubt we will be able to top 2013, after all it was the year our little family became complete with our beautiful LL, but I am definitely looking forward to trying.

Hello 2014.  Let's be having you.

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And Happy New Year to anyone who reads this little blog of mine.  If you have made any resolutions let me know!

Comments (70)

  • kizzy

    kizzy

    02 January 2014 at 06:22 |
    Good luck with your goals, I went freelance in 2011 and have never looked back. Hope 2014 is everything you hope and more.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      03 January 2014 at 20:34 |
      Thanks Kizzy, I am really excited and looking forward to the new challenge! x
  • Anna-Marie

    Anna-Marie

    02 January 2014 at 06:55 |
    Good luck with the running! Sounds like your doing well with it already! I wouldn't even get past the gate without getting a huff and a puff on!


    Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous family xxxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      03 January 2014 at 20:34 |
      Let's just hope I keep it up, and I didn't think I would either, I guess you never know how you will be until you try. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you all too. x
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    02 January 2014 at 06:59 |
    My new year's resolution is also to get fit. I'm getting married in August with my hen do in Barcelona before hand and desperately need to tone up! And I also need to drink more water ! I'm useless at it! X
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      03 January 2014 at 20:36 |
      How exciting about your wedding. And Barcelona is amazing! Good luck with your get fit resolution, do let me know how you get on! x
  • Amelia Appletree

    Amelia Appletree

    02 January 2014 at 08:27 |
    I've made quite a few goals to achieve this year. Good luck with yours. Have a great year!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 14:02 |
      Thank you and good luck with yours too. :)
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    02 January 2014 at 08:51 |
    That's fantastic news about work. I'm so pleased for you. I remember sending my notice off, it was such a massive relief, exciting yet a bit scary at the same time.
    Good luck with your running and your diet. It sounds like you've got off to a great start xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 14:03 |
      Thanks Lauren, yes it is so nerve-wracking, but I have definitely made the right decision. x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    02 January 2014 at 08:58 |
    Wow congratulations! Handing your notice in is such a massive and brave step but it sounds like you will thrive in your new passions and be much happier for it. I hope 2014 brings you lots of joy :)
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 14:12 |
      Thanks so much lovely. x
  • Carie

    Carie

    02 January 2014 at 09:01 |
    Oh wow properly properly freelance - congratulations! It sounds like you have some very exciting plans and goals for the next year. 2014 might not be able to top 2013 but it seems like it might give it a run for next best!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:37 |
      Thanks Carie, it is all very exciting. I hope that 2014 is as good as 2013 was! x
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    02 January 2014 at 09:03 |
    Well done on giving in your notice. I bet it's both scary and freeing. Good luck with the rest of your goals. You can do it!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:38 |
      That's definitely the way to describe it, scary and such an exciting moment too. Let's just hope it was the right decision! x
  • Rachel

    Rachel

    02 January 2014 at 09:10 |
    Wow, good luck! It's awesome being home with the little ones, I handed in my notice to the job I'd worked in for 7 years and although terrifying, it has been worth it all. I love being home with my toddler son.
    As for the fitness, that is so fantastic! I have a lot of weight to lose and have so far lost 2 stone by cutting down a little of what I eat and running 5k a day, and then doing a 5k Parkrun every week with about 300 people! You can do it, just stick with it :-) xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:41 |
      Wow thats amazing Rachel, I can't believe you have lost two stone. And I have looked into park runs, they look great, but I think I would like to do them when the weather gets a little nicer. Thank you. xx
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    02 January 2014 at 09:22 |
    Good luck with your goals, I'm also trying to exercise better this year as normally I give up after a week. I turn 30 this year (April) too, didn't realise we were same age I thought you were younger.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:43 |
      Welcome to the 3o club! That's nice that you think I am younger, I shall most certainly take that as a compliment. ;) ;) x
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    02 January 2014 at 09:34 |
    A Happy New Year to you, Mads, LL and Mr E. I hope 2014 is amazing for you all xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:44 |
      Thank you lovely and the same back to you. x
  • Alice

    Alice

    02 January 2014 at 09:37 |
    Good luck Katie! I'll be cheering your fitness on. And great news about handing in your notice! xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:48 |
      Thanks Alice, I am excited but nervous. x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    02 January 2014 at 09:48 |
    Happy New Year lovelies!!! I'm sure you're all going to have an amazing year, watching your girls grow and having adventures as a family. I'm so excited about our bestie holiday, I'm itching to book it now! x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:49 |
      Thanks lovely, and I am too, we shall book it very soon! x
  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    02 January 2014 at 11:25 |
    Happy New Year! Good luck with all your goals, if your success with running so far is anything to go by I'm sure you will do well! Excited to keep reading of all your new adventures xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:50 |
      Thank you lovely. x
  • 3yearsandhome

    3yearsandhome

    02 January 2014 at 13:12 |
    Happy new year! And how exciting to start it with such a big change. Sounds like you're going to have the best of both worlds re the girls and work which is wonderful. And I can't believe what a young pup you are. Thirty is a wonderful age to be (I can almost remember mine).
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 15:51 |
      Happy New year to you too lovely, and thank you. x
  • brinabird and son

    brinabird and son

    02 January 2014 at 13:14 |
    The freelance work sounds really exciting! All the best for 2014 for you and your beautiful family x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      05 January 2014 at 19:35 |
      Thank you. :) x
  • Josie

    Josie

    02 January 2014 at 14:00 |
    Good for you my dear and good luck with it all! xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:01 |
      Thanks Josie. x
  • Kerry Dyer

    Kerry Dyer

    02 January 2014 at 14:04 |
    Mine are pretty much the same! I need to try and get that work/life balance, it is so hard working from home as you can easily access work 24/7! x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:02 |
      Good luck with yours too! x
  • Laurenne @ This Mummy

    Laurenne @ This Mummy

    02 January 2014 at 14:45 |
    Good luck and congrats on going fully freelance :) L x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:03 |
      Thanks Laurenne xx
  • Leila4Love

    Leila4Love

    02 January 2014 at 14:48 |
    Happy New year to you - your bogs always make me smile and best of luck.. am with you on all resolutions and now just need to pluck up courage to resign ... xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:05 |
      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Leila. x
  • Louise  (@TattooedMumsy)

    Louise (@TattooedMumsy)

    02 January 2014 at 15:09 |
    Happy New Year! They are some great resolutions, so brave for handing in your notice but by the sounds of it you will be fine :) I'll join you on the improving the lifestyle one and toning up the mum tum xo
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:07 |
      Thanks Louise and good luck with yours too! x
  • Dawn mummyslittlepeeps

    Dawn mummyslittlepeeps

    02 January 2014 at 15:45 |
    Wow. What an exciting start to the year. It must feel strange handing in your notice but exciting at the same time. Wishing you luck with all your goals in 2014
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:08 |
      Thank you Dawn, and yes it is rather scary! x
  • Laura (@ Chez Mummy)

    Laura (@ Chez Mummy)

    02 January 2014 at 16:40 |
    Good luck with your brave step into the world of freelance. I bet you'll love having the time at home and I hope it all works out for you and your family.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:09 |
      Thanks Laura. x
  • expatmammy

    expatmammy

    02 January 2014 at 16:54 |
    Good luck, Im changing my lifestyle too... happy new year
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:12 |
      Good luck to you too. x
  • Keri-Anne

    Keri-Anne

    02 January 2014 at 19:04 |
    Good luck with your goals darling. I would love to loose a stone this year too! And good for you for handing in your notice!! Exciting xxxxxxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:14 |
      Thanks lovely, and good luck to you too! x
  • Rachel

    Rachel

    02 January 2014 at 19:13 |
    Get a dog! I work from home and find that getting out for an hour in the morning (I take her out at 6.30 before everyone is up) is great for giving you a boost of energy. I'm usually asleep by 10 so wouldn't suit you if you were a night owl like my hub.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:15 |
      I would love to get a dog but my husband won't let me. ;) x
  • Alison Perry

    Alison Perry

    02 January 2014 at 19:31 |
    5k in 31 minutes? That is FAB Katie. Well done! Good for you setting yourself goals. I'll enjoy following your progress. HAPPY NEW YEAR xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:18 |
      Thanks Ali, yeah I was totally impressed with myself as I thought it would have taken me about an hour. ;) x
  • Kate Connor

    Kate Connor

    02 January 2014 at 20:56 |
    I've been inspired by your blog BC and my resolution's include; taking a family photograph every month. 2013 was a fantasticvteasr for our perfect triangle became a perfect square when our second son was born 10weeks ago!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:20 |
      Oh wow that's great, glad our Me and Mine project has inspired you. Good luck with your family portrait each month! And congrats on the new arrival. x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    02 January 2014 at 21:08 |
    That's so exciting about going freelance and well done on the running front. I really need to start doing some exercise, I just don't know how I would fit it in though, although I'm sure if I really wanted to I could. Happy New Year! xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:21 |
      This is what I kept saying to Mr E, that I didn't have time, but I just have to set my alarm slightly earlier or fit in an hour after the kids have gone to bed. We shall see if I keep it up. ;) x
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    02 January 2014 at 22:48 |
    Here's to new beginnings pal! Can you send me some running tips too... new year means no wine in this house and time to shape up!!! Think you are so right about the balance - I am going to try that too xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:22 |
      I am definitely not ready to be dishing out the tips yet. ;0) And yes I think a balance is so important, I am really going to try this year to make sure that I have a lot more time to relax. Just need to get more organised! x
  • mirari

    mirari

    04 January 2014 at 08:04 |
    Happy new year and good luck with your goals!!! i also would like to re-start running...
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:23 |
      Thank you and do start running, I am a complete beginner but I love it so far! x
  • Karen

    Karen

    04 January 2014 at 21:21 |
    Happy new year Katie. Looks like an exciting start already. Looking forward to see how you get on xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:24 |
      Thanks Karen and Happy New Year to you too. x
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    05 January 2014 at 20:09 |
    All sounds so exciting, good luck with your freelance work but I'm sure it will be great! I turn 30 this year too and I'm a bridesmaid for my best friend in April, just desperately hoping I fit into the dress, I'll worry about toning up after that! All the best for 2014 xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:25 |
      You don't worry about that for now Mrs, I bet the wait will fall off looking after those little new boys of yours. xx
  • Lisa H

    Lisa H

    05 January 2014 at 21:20 |
    So exciting for you about going freelance!! Great resolutions xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:26 |
      Thanks Lisa! x
  • Vikki Holness

    Vikki Holness

    06 January 2014 at 18:19 |
    I could not be happier for you lovely and wish you all the luck in the world with your new ventures! I think 2014 is going to be a good year for you :) xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 January 2014 at 23:27 |
      Aw thank you Vikki, you are so lovely! I hope 2014 is just as good for you and your boys too. x

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