Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 goals!


  • Complete three-four large writing projects
  • Write in another genre for fun
  • The same list as last year only this time I'm actually going to pay attention to this section of life:
  • Get my two stone award
  • Cook more
  • Get more active and do more walking using my new fitbit as motivation
  • Go to the dentist

  • Finish sorting my bedroom and the attic
  • Buy a new oven
  • Sort out the broken washerdryer still under warrenty
  • Get passports for the girls
  • Repaint the surround of the front door
  • Sort the back garden more
  • Book more holidays!

  • Day Trip
  • Meal out
  • Holiday for the family
  • Cruise
  • Something for the girls
  • Something I wouldn't buy myself!

Things I learned in 2017!

  • ·         That taking ownership of your own destiny is a life skill
  • ·         That however chaotic a day feels, when you look back on a week you are generally winning
  • ·         That if you are not winning, it’s because more important things cropped up and if you’ve paid attention to those instead, actually you are still winning, just in a different format
  • ·         That nothing is more important than being kind
  • ·         That it is okay to draw a line when someone abuses your kindness. Kindness does not equal weakness
  • ·         That impossible tasks are possible if you make them a priority
  • ·         That it’s okay to not complete every task you set yourself because you are not a robot
  • ·         That if I had a robot, it would have two functions: Tidying and Childcare. Immediately 80% of my time would be freed up, but I’d be bored in two weeks
  • ·         That the children starting school means you will be given crafting assignments that no amount of education ever prepared you for.
  • ·         That words can heal and my job is a gift
  • ·         That filling out paperwork can be cathartic in unexpected ways
  • ·         That every year should involve movement
  • ·         That every month should involve dancing like a crazy person at least once
  • ·         That every week should have a soundtrack
  • ·         That every day should include laughter
  • ·         That it is okay not to be okay
  • ·         That dragons do actually exist if only for fractional portholes of time when you are with your children
  • ·         That nothing in the world beats the sound of your children laughing
  • ·         That karma exists and miracles do happen
  • ·         That poetry is good for the soul and you shouldn’t cancel this out by switching the news on
  • ·         That my kids are never going to forget the time that Uncle B said that naughty word ‘poo’ when he took them to the park
  • ·         That for every goodbye, there will be a hello
  • ·         That for every end, there will be a beginning
  • ·         That in an all-encompassing year that felt like a holy pile of crap at the time, you will look back and find hidden amongst those 365 time slots that you also found your greatest triumphs
  • ·         That the thing you should take those triumphs and wear them like the shiny medals they have become

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 goals!


  • Complete the #secretproject
  • Hopefully shout about the #secretproject
  • Work on completing #Forever27
  • Do some extra promotion for All That is Left of Us


  • Get my two stone award
  • Cook more
  • Get more active and do more walking using my new fitbit as motivation
  • Get my flu jab
  • Go to the dentist
  • Continue with blood tests/pill popping for my eye condition


  • Get my two girls ready for starting school in September!
  • Sort the back garden out so I can do more writing outside of the house and to improve the play areas for the girls
  • Repaint the surround for the front door
  • Declutter some more and create more storage for the girls toys


  • Try and catch up with friends


  • Register as self-employed (I have tried to multiple times and website keeps coming up with errors) 
  • Go through finances and look for places to save money
  • Add to savings


  • Something for the home or garden
  • A day out
  • A holiday
  • Something for each of the girls
  • Perfume 
  • Gin/Alcohol
  • A new experience
  • Food of some kind

2016 goals - how far did I get?

2016 has been an amazing year for me both professionally and personally. I've done more than I ever thought possible and have achieved things that I've worked towards for years. So in no particular order these are my highlights of 2016. I've also listed the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year below to give an update on how they've gone. I love doing this every year as it gives me focus for the year ahead. I never achieve all of them, but I think this is the closest I've ever got to a complete list. And of course, I'll be setting one for 2017 to see where it leads me.

  • My first two novels were published. 
  • Waiting for You hit the top 100 Kindle books.
  • Waiting for You shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award.
  • Successfully potty trained two toddlers.
  • I signed with an agent - Hattie Grunewald.
  • Graduated from the terrible twos to the threenage years and survived.
  • Got to the point I'm earning as much as my job pre-babies.
  • Laughed, paused, created, dreamed, breathed, screamed, worried, conquered, applauded, smiled, muttered, enjoyed, lived.

Health/Me time:

  • Lose 2-3 stone - I have been going to Slimming World all year and my chart looks like an ECG. I need to concentrate on getting a downward trend this year! - I got to a stone and 6lbs loss. It's better than it was, but still needs work. But I've carried on going and will continueto do so!
  • Create more 'me' time. Sort out the doctors/dentist appointments I've been putting off - I've done reasonable well on this give how hectic my life is. I've been on two spa days. I've had mulitple cups of tea at the right temperature. I didn't make it the dentist. You can't win at everything. 
  • Exercise more. I haven't found time for anything regularly since the twins were born - Like I said - you can't win at everything!
  • Read 15 books (Didn't manage 20 last year unless you count reading my book at least 10 times!) - Can't remember what my final number was, but it's roughly 15. Not many compared to pre-children and writing takes priorities these day. 
  • Finish Book Two (currently unnamed) for Carina UK - This ended up being All That is Left of Us and was released in September. It's received some amazing reviews and I hope it continues to do well in 2017.
  • Enjoy seeing both of these books published and enjoy the ride it'll take me on - It has been tremendous and both books are doing so much better than I ever could have imagined - long may it continue! 
  • Plan Book Three - There are no less than FOUR books that I've been working on in some form or another. Keep an eye out in 2017 for more news on them.
  • Update my website - 
  • Plan a book launch for Waiting for You - This went really well with nearly 70 people attending and raising over £300 for the local community farm.
  • Potty train the twins! - Done!
  • Embrace the fact they are growing up and wave goodbye to cot sides and high chairs. - Done!
  • Continue enjoying lots of family adventures - They grow up way too quickly and I've loved being able to take them out as often as possible.

  • Get new front and back doors fitted - Done!
  • Get new boiler and radiators fitted - Done!
  • Redecorate the areas where it's needed - Done!
  • Tidy every surface in the house - I think this happened although there is absolutely no evidence of the fact now.
  • Declutter - I've sent many bags to the charity shops and yet there still seems to be no extra space in the house!

This year I'm going to attempt to win:
  • A family day out - I won a voucher to the IOW Zoo and a £50 ferry voucher so we made use of those and had a long weekend away.
  • A holiday - I was lucky enough to win a three-night break in a lodge with a hot tub and I ended up having it as a writing retreat! It was fab and I got 10K words written.
  • Soft drink/alcohol/food for book launch - I really got lucky with this. A friend supplied a case, I won a case plus some others and they all went in a raffle raising money for the community farm.