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. Here are my resolutions for 2016

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.

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.


My Resolutions for 2016

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.


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.

Mooks Design Limited

This year I am going to create some lovely new products for my Mooks Design website; similar to this papercut letter that I created for my friend’s birthday last month.


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.



a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.


a sudden, complete or marked change in something.

Have you made any resolutions for 2016?

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