147 weeks and 5 days | Revolutions and Resolutions for 2016

Well, that’s it. Christmas is well and truly over and we’re into a brand new year.

The warm glow and heady excitement of the festive season has dissipated and we find ourselves in a strange period of change. Or *thinking* about change, at least.

Have you made any resolutions for 2016?

Last year I made 4 — and stuck to 3.5 of them.

Here’s a quick look back over what I resolved to do in 2015 — how I got on — and what I plan to do this year.

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Number 1.

I am going to squash as much as I can into every day.

Tick. In fact I squashed SO much into each day that I almost dropped the balls on a few occasions.

This year’s first resolution is to get a better separation between home and work. My GINORMO printer is currently residing in our dining room and my work often clutters the dining table. I have been promising myself a garden building since before the boys were born; to be able to close the door on my work — and walk away from it — at the end of the day, would be amazing. So on 23rd December my new workroom was delivered (in flatpack form).

It will take a couple of months to build and get it all up and running (at least) but it’s finally happening

*squeals and claps hands*.

And that’s good enough for me.

Number 2.

Grow my blog. Go from a free WordPress site to self hosted. Write — as well as I can — as often as I can, about things that interest me.

Tick. Moving from a free site to a self hosted one was the best thing I could possibly have done. For anyone pondering on whether to make the move, or not, I’d say do it! Right away. You won’t regret it.

So following on from that, my second resolution this year is to hone my craft. Use a planner. Get a grip on what I’m doing, rather than winging it.

I’d like to do more making and doing posts. I did quite a few makeover projects last year — Dolly the caravan being the largest and I’d like to do more of the same this year. The garden office is going to feature heavily in the blog, I’m sure.

That’s going to be a makeover and a half! Watch this space :)

Number 3.

I’m going to go to a blogging conference.

Tick. This was definitely one of the most fulfilling aspects of last year! Meeting my online friends in ‘real life’ and forging real-life friendships was such a fantastic and worthwhile experience. Blogging is an incredibly sociable pastime and meeting the people you chat to online — and over social media — is one of the best things about this industry. So my third resolution is to do more of the same but also to nurture the friendships that I already have.

Last year I worked so hard — and was so busy— for such a lot of the time (including weekends) that I didn’t see a lot of the people that I wanted to catch up with.

2016 is a year for friends; for parties and get-togethers. For long, boozy, lunches and impromptu camping trips — or days out. By planning my work a little better {see resolution 2} and separating it from my home-life {see resolution 1}, it will give me extra time to spend with friends and family.

And finally.

Number 4.

Grow my product ranges.

Ah. Ok. This is where I fell down slightly.

I did create a couple of new papercuts, last year, but not nearly as many as I’d planned to. I was so focused on blogging that it took a fair bit — OK, quite a lot — of my attention away from other things.

This year I am going to create some lovely new products — redesign my work website, which will (finally) become an e-commerce site — and link it up to my blog so you’ll be able to see the kind of work I’ve been producing.

And buy it too, if you like it :)

I’ve currently got a little shop attached to my blog  but it only contains a handful of the products I make and sell. This year, my main focus is to redo my Mooks website — get rid of all the wedding stationery — and fill it with lovely products.

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And that, my friends, is it.

Once again, I plan on moving and shaking — bettering myself — and learning new things. Last year taught me that our lives can change, literally, in a heartbeat. There’s no point putting off, until tomorrow, what we can do today.

There’s always a good time to do new things but a brand new year is the perfect incentive for starting a revolution.

N.B

resolution

[rez-uh-loo-shuh n]
a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

revolution

[rev-uh-loo-shuh n]

a sudden, complete or marked change in something.

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

50 thoughts on “147 weeks and 5 days | Revolutions and Resolutions for 2016

  1. Hello, you just came up as a friend suggestion to me on Instagram & I liked the sound of your name (fickle!) so I clicked on your feed & saw lots of lovely pictures so I clicked on your blog link & noticed you have an office garden board on Pinterest (me too!) and then read your resolutions post & noticed we had both linked up with #abitofeverything & now I’m hooked! Great blog! It’s a work of art. Will definitely be following the progression of your garden office with interest! I have a spot marked out for mine, just have to get my husband on board! Can I ask a question as I’ve seen it mentioned a lot but I only started blogging last summer so still pretty clueless – what’s the difference between having a wp site & a self hosted one? Xx

    1. Hello Nicole!! Thanks so much for getting in touch. :) So delighted you found me!! And thanks so much for your lovely comment too — that’s lovely of you!! Excited that you also have a garden office in the pipeline! I am ridiculously excited about mine. It’s been a pipe-dream for SO long. I can’t believe it’s finally happening!

      Re self hosted:— initially I had a blog on WordPress.com — it was totally free and lived on the WordPress site. When I went self hosted, I bought a domain name (www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk) and appointed a hosting company to host my blog on their platform — still using a WordPress blog — but totally independent from Wordpess.com. They transferred all my old posts from my free blog to the new domain, so I still had all my content. It just looks very different these days and I have far more control over things :) Does that make sense?! Have just read it back and it sounds really confusing!! Being self hosted means you have much more freedom with your blog. If you’re serious about blogging and plan to continue for any length of time, I would highly recommend it! Any questions — just ask! xx

      1. Hi Caro,

        Thanks so much for your lovely reply. Do you mind my asking who you bought your domain name through please? And does it matter, they must all do the same thing? LOVE your blog! Xx

        1. I guess it doesn’t matter who you buy the domain from but if you instruct your hosts to purchase it on your behalf, it means that it won;t need to be transferred over again at a later date, as it’s all being dealt with by the same people! The company I use are called IFDNRG — they’re fabulous! I highly recommend them! If you call them, ask to speak to Andy and tell him I sent you! :)

  2. Oh Caro I love that you went back through your resolutions from last year and you accomplished so many almost all. That’s SOOO impressive. IT was so lovely to see you at a conference this year too. I love going to them. I am hoping to get to a few this year too. I hate make resolutions that I never end up sticking to. I always pick things way to far of reach so this year I have one word to “simplify” everything. That goes for my home, my work, family life everything. I was running ragged last year fitting it all in. The house feels cluttered so I am getting rid of everything that is unneeded or unwanted on ebay and my work instead of blogging everyday because I have so much in my head to share I am picking and choosing things and sticking to fewer categories than normal. Sometimes it’s nice to step back after hitting it for so long so hard. I blogging almost twice or at least once a day for 2 years and I took my first two weeks off at Christmas to reevaluate life’s worth and where things need to be. Post like this always motivate me. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

    1. Thanks SO much chickie :) It was such a busy year! Wow — I can’t believe you were blogging once or twice a day?!! I wouldn’t be able to sustain that — that’s hardcore! My biggest goal is balance this year, definitely. I like your ‘simplify’ goal — that’s a nice one to have :) It was SO lovely to meet you last year!! Am booked for Blognix and Blogtacular this year (think I’m giving Britmums a miss) — and I may do Blogfest again too cos I really enjoyed that :) Hope to see you at one of them xx

  3. Well done accomplishing your goals, Caro! Moving to self-hosted was a big one, I remember when you did that. Best of luck with your 2016 goals, I know you will accomplish them all! I’d love to attend a blogging conference this year. Do you have one you recommend going to? #TheList x

    1. Aah thanks so much lovely! Last year was such a big year – I’m hoping to get a better balance this year though.

      I absolutely LOVED the BlogCamp I went to – it was the perfect introduction. Small enough not to feel overwhelming but I learnt lots too.

      This year I’ve booked to go to Blognix and Blogtacular – I’ll give Britmums a miss – and will definitely go to Blogfest again if it’s on – I absolutely loved that! 😊 Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it! I really hope to meet you at some point – it would be great to catch up in real life!! Xx

  4. I really like your shop & your Mooks website – so many beautiful things! I wish I have more time doing this like this too. Well done for sticking to your new year resolutions. Your website looks very impressive too. #TwinkleTuesday

  5. You’ve done amazingly well this last year Caro, when I come to your blog now I am always blown away by how far it has come . I love that it still feels like the little twinkle diaries I used to come to for information about twins yet it is chock full of all other kinds of loveliness now too. I know 2016 will be even better for you and I hope we get to meet up again!! Happy New Year sweet lady xx

    1. Aaah — this comment just made me feel a bit choked up!! Thanks SO much lovely — that means such a lot. I was really torn whether to add other bits and pieces but I’m SO glad I did — I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my blog last year. I’ve never felt stuck for ideas, I just never seem to have time!! I really, really hope we get to see each other this coming year pet — can’t believe I only saw you once last year!!! xx

  6. Your Paper cuts are stunning! Great that you managed to keep 3.5 out of 4! It sounds like you had an exciting year and I am beginning to realise the importance of planning and scheduling. I think I need to do more of that this year! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    1. Aah thanks so much lovely! Yes — the planning/scheduling is a real issue for me. I need to sort it out this year!! Sick of flying by the seat of my pants!! Hope you manage it too — happy new year! xx

  7. Ooh I love the sound of a garden building. I hope to have one some day too in our big yard, but it will likely be for housing teenager(s) by the time we get one. Little bit jealous that you’ll have your own lovely space to be creative and productive in – well done.

    1. Aah thanks Kaz. Gone are the days of setting a HUGE list for myself!! These days I ted to make a handful and really, really try to focus on sticking to them!! I’m not going to BlogOnMSI sadly — I’m booked to go to Blognix and Bloogtacular and will probably go to Blogfest again, if it’s on! I really enjoyed that in November! Would be lovely to meet you too — hopefully our paths will cross this year :) xx

  8. Sounds like you had a very fulfilling 2015 and made some great progress! I love having projects/goals, it really motivates me. I’m still working on what mine are for 2016 but for now, I’m just resting after a hectic 2015!

    1. Thanks Suzanne! Me too — if I didn’t make resolutions and have goals written down somewhere, I think I’d just float about and not really achieve anything! Enjoy your rest before the madness starts again!

  9. I have no idea how you juggle everything at all, I suspect you should be wearing your pants outside of your clothes with a cape ;) I have real garden office envy, we wouldn’t have the room here, but if I have a few more months financially with my blog like last month I may be able to convince Si to let me convert the spare room in to an office ;)

    Stevie xx

    1. Stevie — in all honesty, I have no idea either!! Last year was a whirlwind. It was all SO hectic. I loved it but there were definitely points where I struggled to fit it all in!! This year, I’m hoping to get a better balance. Happy new year to you lovely!! :)

  10. You achieved so much! We’re looking to go self hosted this year (scared) and would love to pick your brains. Can you let us know who your contact was? As we’d rather go on recommendation from other bloggers. We’ll pop over and have a look at your earlier post x congrats on ticking off the majority of your list x

    1. Thanks so much Dawn! I’d definitely urge you to go self hosted — it’s the best decision I made — blog-wise! I use the same guys who host my father’s business website. He’d been using them for years and they also host my Mooks site too. They’re called IFDNRG and they’re a tiny outfit, based in Scotland, and their customer service is AMAZING! If ever I have a problem, I literally phone up and Andy (who I deal with) picks up the phone. No call centres, no ‘job tickets’. It’s brilliant. They’ve been fantastic to me — I highly recommend them :)

  11. Well done you!! I never make new years resolutions because of his disorganised I am, and find it impossible to commit, but I have made big changes for this year that I hope to have put into practice and maintained by this time next year. Happy New Year to you!! #abitofeverything

    1. Aah thanks ever so much Laura :) I think it’s helped me since I’ve begun to make fewer resolutions to be honest! I used to write a huge long list, then feel annoyed with myself that I hadn’t achieved any of them! Good luck to you for 2016! x

  12. Wow, so exciting to hear you have a new office underway! I would love a garden office, however we only have a balcony lol. I’m so happy to read that changing to a self hosted website worked for you, I’ve been umming and arring, and I think I’m definitely going to go for it!

  13. Argh, I commented but it didn’t stick! Well done Caro – I’m impressed you achieved so much! I resolved to write last year and my vehicle was my blog where I committed to posting something every day and I did it!
    Off the back of a crappy 2015, this year I’m just aiming to be happy. And as such, we’ve made the decision to sell up everything, buy a caravan and travel around Australia for 18 months! I’m just getting my head around it all but we leave in August!!
    Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2016!!

    1. Ohmygoodness Nardia!!! What exciting adventures await you? Scary but absolutely THRILLING!!! I’m so sorry you had a rubbish year in 2015 — keeping everything crossed that this year will be good to you. Although — from what you’ve said — I think it will be SUCH an exciting year!! Here’s to 2016! xxxx

  14. I just looked at your mooks page…I totally know where I’m coming if we ever get married! Love this post – it’s brilliant how much you accomplished. I can’t wait to see more of your products and also your build of your new garden building. And better yet…the getting to see you NEXT MONTH! Happy new year gorgeous – here’s to a bloody great one. Mwah xx

    1. Haha!! I am moving away from the wedding stationery — I’ve been doing it for 7 or 8 years now and it’s too stressful with the twins to think of. That said, I’d make an exception for you!! When you *do* get engaged, I’d be happy to create your stationery for you!! ;) Happy new year to you too darling — cannot WAIT to see you!!!!! This is going to be a good year — I can feel it :) xxxx

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