2020 Plans

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My creative, planning and organising mind springs to life in the autumn. I had pondered why in particular these things seemed so much easier in the later months of the year, but then I read a post by Emma over at The Photographer’s Way that seemed to fit. Is it the shorter days that give rise to my higher levels of creative thought? Maybe, I don’t know.

What I do know though is that this renewed enthusiasm and extra mental energy gets ploughed into making plans for year ahead. I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions as such, but having a loose idea of my focus for the next 12 months makes planning and achieving that bit easier.

“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.”

Alice Walker

My plans for the year ahead are fairly straight forward. I’m keen not to put too much pressure on myself as we move through the months, especially as my youngest settles into school life, and we adjust to having all three boys at school. It certainly feels a little strange!

For starters I am pretty well hanging up my HR boots. Some of you may know that I worked in the HR profession for many years, straight out of university until I had the boys. Together with Jacob I made a decision when our eldest came along that I would step away from consultancy work because the hours just didn’t fit with family life, but I kept on pro bono work. In part to keep my experience current, but mostly to continue to provide support where I could to those in need. In the main I supported employees with mental health illnesses, especially where their employers were perhaps lacking in experience themselves, trying to find suitable ways to resolve any concerns or issues. From flexible working requests through to tribunal claims, the work has been varied, challenging and satisfying, but now is a good time for me to hit pause. I have one final piece of work to complete but that will be it, for a while at least.

Instead of HR work, I will be concentrating more on my writing. Writing is my happy place, and I have a great opportunity to put that at the fore this year. I have lots of ideas for my blog, for extending the copywriting that I have already been doing, and for my fictional writing too. With my writing hut virtually finished (just a few bits of artwork left to find) I have a beautifully quiet and creative space to work in which will help this shift of focus, energy and commitment.

My plans extend beyond work too.

This year we want to travel more with the boys. For the first time ever, they have passports which is a big step in the right direction. We also want to have more spontaneous day trips and possibly some weekend breaks in the UK. I think it’s good for us all to get away for a while, especially if it involves sea air or mountain breezes.

Warwick Castle

For Christmas I gave Jacob 12 envelopes – one per month to be opened on the first of the month throughout the year. Without giving too much away, and making sure that I maintain the surprises, they link through to our desire to ease up a little this year whilst making lots of happy memories and visiting new places along the way. I’m excited to see what he makes of them all and find out which one is his favourite!

It feels as though this plan for the year ahead is a familiar one, something that we set out to do each year. In truth we do, to an extent, but each year we aim to improve on keeping to our plans and achieving our goal of finding that all important balance between the day to day and the adventure that life brings. Last year we managed to clear the diary on a number of weekends so that we could be more spontaneous and have more days out. This year we are intending to keep to that but do more and manage our time even better, the old “work hard play hard” mantra.

Enough about me! How about you? Do you make resolutions for the year ahead? Do you have any ambitious plans as we enter the next decade?

2 Comments on “2020 Plans”

  1. Thank you for linking back to my blog post! A real bonus from an established blog such as Cup of Toast.
    I’m sorry you’re hanging up your HR boots. This just from a personal perspective as you provided me with so much support when I needed it most. Without the combined efforts of you and my husband, I do wonder whether I would even be here typing this today. I will never be able to thank you enough for your help.
    Having said that, I totally get why you’re hanging up your boots to move on to other things. It sounds like an inspiring year ahead of you, with family at the centre of it but without compromising on your own identity (which can be hard when trying to be partner, mother, sister, daughter, house manager, and working from home too).
    Anyway, I hope to do more of my own things this year (mainly writing and photography), and also introduce our 19 month old son to new experiences as he grows. I’ve taken a step back from direct involvement with one of the charities I work with (but will continue to support them, just in a less involved way). I’ve been honest with the other charities I work with about what I can offer in terms of commitment, so they can decide whether that is useful to them, or if they would like someone who can offer more resource.
    I’d also like to improve my health this year. Here’s hoping! xx

    1. What a lovely comment, thank you! Yes, the knowledge and experience will always be there, but it feels like the right time to make a change. I’m glad to hear that you are focusing on you a little more, and here’s to a healthy, fulfilling year xx

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