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My Reverse Resolutions : 2013

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For the past two years I have not made any New Years Resolutions. This is partly due to the fact that I break them but mainly as I prefer to reflect on the past years achievements rather than set, sometimes unrealistic, goals for the next 12 months. (such as the ridiculous idea of giving up chocolate!!)

Last year I started the post with my favourite quote of the year, so here is my favourite of 2013 : "If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you're fooling yourself. That's like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn't eat him"

So here are my Reverse Resolutions for 2013.

1. I have forced encouraged my girls to continue with their swimming lessons this year. This may not sound like a spectacular achievement but trust me, on a Monday evening when a certain 8 year old does not want to go swimming and a 2 year old wants to get in the water instead, this is a particularly amazing achievement. Or when said 2 year old decides she no longer wants to go under the water, perserverance has definately paid off ...... and the daily bath time soaking session is testament to this. Although I have to give a nod to Water Babies for their amazing encouragement every step of the way.

2. Helping my youngest daughter make the transition into nursery. This was always going to be emotional. She has always been at home with me, daddy, nanny or her god parents, so taking her into a new enviroment was as much difficult journey for me as for her. My baby is growing up, I had to allow her to do it.

3. I stepped out from behind my laptop and went to three blogging conferences this year. So many people think I am a confident person but its all a facade and going and introducing myself to new people is totally out of my comfort zone but I did it, three times and guess what? I had a blast and met some amazing people.

4. I write a reflection of the last 12 months on my blog without actually mentioning the blog. The Lilypad blog and social media presence continues to provide fantastic opportunities, great collaborations and the chance to meet truly inspirational people. How can I not be proud of that?

5. Getting Engaged! Now I accept that this would not necessarily count as an achievement but it is so darn exciting that I had to include it and if I have one goal for 2014, it is planning an awesome and very personal wedding!

So going back to my favourite quote of the year, my mum always taught me to "play fair", so am just kind of hoping there are no lions out to eat me in 2014 as I am really looking forward to what it brings!

New Years Eve

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  1. a wedding is the bestest thing to be planning. Plus you appear confident to me and I have loved meeting you this year and cannot wait to see you this year.

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  2. I love that you're looking at the good bits rather than working out what you need to change. 2014 is going to be IMMENSE for you, I reckon! x

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  3. Sounds like you are going to have an exciting year! And we'll see you at BritMums Live again???

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  4. I love this post...possibly my favourite 2013 round up. I completely agree and also don't make resolutions as I only break them and get cross. Happy new year and thank you for linking up

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  5. Wishing you all the best for 2014 and whatever you do DON'T give up chocolate, that's just absurd, I'd rather eat a lion!

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  6. Here's to a NEW good year. All the best to you and yours :0)

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  7. A great year indeed, happy new year! Mich x

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  8. Oh it really does sound like 2013 was a good'un for you :) Even the tougher bits, you did brilliantly - and damn right include the engagement - I'm so excited for you still! :) xx

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  9. Sounds like you had a rather succesful year. I like that you concentrate on everything that you have done rather than the things you haven't done. Have a good 2014 x

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  10. Sounds like you've had a pretty damn good year - and the engagement is just fantastic! The icing on the cake x

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  11. What a fab idea. Focus on what you HAVE achieved instead of setting yourself impossible goals for the future. I'm SO going to do this.

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  12. Sounds like you got a lot done!! Here is to 2014 and what it may bring!

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