After giving you all a re-cap of my Year in my previous post (2016. Wow what a year!), it’s only right now, to start the New Year on a more positive note.
After a turbulent year, I am determined to make 2017 the best ever.
I can’t say I have ever stuck to resolutions, but I want to make a list of things I’d like to do and achieve, and at the end of this year I want to look back and see which I managed to do.
I think it’s important to set goals and aims to give you something to look forward to and strive towards. It’s also the best feeling once you actually manage to accomplish something.
let’s get real and try to make some goals that we will actually stick to?
why don’t we start thinking about what our goals are and how we can measure ourselves to see if we actually succeeded or not, because depending on the goal, success will look very different.
Here are my New Year Goals!
Take better care of your skin
Save more money
Become more independant
Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Think and be more positive!
Drink more water!
Be more organised
Be the best version of you
I love goal setting and sometimes is it so easy to think that you either have passed your expiration date for certain goals or on the other extreme will set goals that are so out of the water that you will end up being disappointed Let’s take 2017 for self development and end up this time next year with adventure stories to inspire us for 2018 goals!
Happy Goal Setting!
I don’t even know where to begin, but here goes…
It’s only on reflection of the year just gone, when you really sit down and think about it,
that you realise how much one year you can truly grow as in individual,
January 2016 I was a broken person, pretending to be happy and continuing to smile on the outside I felt no one didn’t care about me.
There are things only a handful of my closest friends and family know, but it was a very hard time for me.
All I hope is if you're unhappy with something in your life, and you are being completely clouded by negativity and losing sight of who you are because of how someone treats you, please have a long hard think. We only get one chance at life, and you deserve nothing but happiness and to be surrounded by people who bring out the best in you this is exactly what I have done.
Since I got help from a therapist everything turned around for me, and I became me again (as cheesy as that sounds, I was beginning to get my spark back).
I’ve started photogthey and all the glam that goes with it and deluging into the gore, making scars out of latex for Halloween. Getting creative with polymer clay creating charms and Christmas ordements.
Learning to swim
Water was my nemesis. Always has been. When I was a small child I hated getting my straight hair wet and the one time I do remember going to a swimming lesson (it was sort of compulsory at school but I managed to always get out of it),
Let’s be honest, it’s always difficult to try something new or learn a skill for the first time; especially when you’re a little older, wiser and you can almost taste fear!
Yes, I feared water.
Its power as an element is a force to be reckoned with and therefore I decided to leave it well alone.
But there was always that niggle that it was something I hadn’t conquered and I wanted to change that.
My First Official Swimming Lesson was learning how to float and how to keep up in the water to my surprise I loved it, when the lesson was done I felt Exhausted but happy I’d finally 'taken the plunge'
For me It was the not knowing if I could actually master what I was setting out to do, anxiety because I thought people might look and laugh at me and the embarrassment as I hadn’t been in a swimming costume since having a child. So no, this isn’t something that is going to come easily.
One of the biggest problems for me is simply getting motivated. I can’t just jump into the pool, jump out and get on with my day. It takes serious preparation. The first time I went for a lesson, I forgot to pack my goggles (whoops)! The second time I forgot my moisturiser. It was getting quite frustrating to put it lightly. So I’ve had to have a swimming bag prepared and ready so I don’t forget anything ever again!
One reason why I hated the idea of swimming was when I was younger back in cubert primary school, our class went to Newquay water world everything was fine until I hit the water I noticed one of the tiles was broken and in the lesson I accidently cut the bottom of my foot on the broken tile and after that I always stayed behind back at school while my class mates went. Because of that I never went to a leisure centre until this year.
My steady progress in the pool
In terms of what is going on in the water, it’s been a slow but steady progression. Once I’m in the water and have stopped complaining about it being cold, I get quite into it.
I’ve been learning bi-lateral breathing for my front crawl and have started my breaststroke technique. I managed a full length stroke, but not yet at the deep end,
But one things for sure, there’s progress and that’s the main thing!
I’m glade I decided to bite the bullet and start blogging it’s a nice thing being able to write things down and to have others read I’m just glade that I’ve had no negative feedback as of yet.
I must be honest I was very nervous of writing my feelings down I think it’s easy for people to forget that underneath blogposts, I am a normal person with problems just like you, I just don’t always talk about them.
So there we have it, the best and worst year of my life all rolled into one blog post. Thank you all for joining me on my journey.
I’m so pleased that I get to share these things with you all, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I hope you all had an amazing year and that you if you didn’t, you learnt from it and 2017 will be a fresh start for you.
Goodbye 2016 Hello 2017
Okay so Christmas is only a few days away.
This year has been another tough one for me,
There are so many things that I hate
And that is..... Well my son is in temporary foster care but I've done all social services have wanted me to do and still he's not home:(
I want to make a point to any other mothers out there if you're done it alone without the father respect to you but if you just broken up with you're child's father or youre or have been in the same position as I am please get in contact.
there is a lot to my past and in a nut shell I've been in a violent and controlling relationships and I'm only 27 years of age so the one peace of advice I want to give if you are in a violent relationship I know you're scared but it's not about you no more its about you son/daughter do it for you child tell the police ( they can help) don't do what I did and sit in violence because it's not right.
If any of you who have been there please leave advice and support this is what I want to do is to help others.
I'm still healing and that will take some time but I wouldn't be the stronger women that I am now if it wasn't for my love of my life and my amazing mum and dad and my family.
aswell as going Councelling once a week be only got a few more appointments left and the old and new improved Claire is here so if I can do it so can you we're all suvivers who are beautiful skin deep.
Thanks for reading xx
I’m sorry I’ve to posted on here for a few days been having problems with TalkTalk
Some of you may know that TalkTalk (and the post office) recently had a hacking but completely denied this but if it wasn’t true then why is it over the news.
It’s not just about the hacking really it’s how they have treated s as customers first off messing up the broadband order giving us one date then another until the order went through properly really just this and that.
I telephone TalkTalk on Thursday and Friday got spoken to by a member of staff like a pile of dog dirt on the ground and when I asked to speak to a manager I was told not on premises and that I’ll get a call back in a week or so.
It’s like on the BBC news report about TalkTalk how can they advise users that there is "no need" to change their routers' settings like WTF (sorry for the laungrade)
And also a spokeswoman for TalkTalk said that customers could change their settings "if they wish" but added that she believed there was "no risk to their personal information".
I think it’s disgusting that our personal information is at risk.
So I’ve been looking at broadband, phone and TV deals to see what’s best for us as I’m totally regretting choosing TalkTalk.
What’s you’re broadband etc., etc. provider and have you had any trouble?
If you wish to read up about TalkTalk hack I’ll leave the URL for you.
Thank you for reading
With Christmas only a few weeks away,
I thought today would be the perfect time to post my Christmas Wishlist. Personally, I love posts like this as I’m really nosey and it also gives me inspiration for my own wish lists. I love seeing what people want or are loving right now, so I thought I’d do my own post for any one elce to have a nose just in case any of my family/friends read my blog and are thinking ‘what does Claire want for Christmas?’ Well I’ve got you covered and it saves you that awkward call/Text, where I'll deny that I want anything…. Nah I’m just kidding, but here’s what I’d love from Santa, but y’know Christmas isn’t about the presents, it’s about spending time with your family and loved one’s (and eating all the food.)
There’s a few make up bits that I would love, but can’t justify buying myself, they include MAC Cosmetics 'Pro Longwear SPF 10' liquid foundation which looks so so good! And Too Faced La Crème lip cream 3g looks amazing.
I’m always a sucker for home ware, and with us buying our first home this year, I am more into home ware than ever! Candles always go down well with me any candle is always a winner!
Also pj's are also always a winner with me, especially if they're from Victoria's Secret, oh boy you'd forever be on my Christmas present list if you bought me those dreamy pyjamas!
In all seriousness though, Christmas really isn’t about the presents, I think I love Christmas so much cause it’s such a nice time of year to spend with your family, eat a lot and just chill out. But hey it was fun creating my online wish list!
What’s on your Christmas wish list and don’t tell me nothing cause there must be at least one thing that you’d really love!
Also who thinks I should do a Q&A (Will Be My First Ever) Please put you’re Questions Down in the comments below thank you
Ealier this year back in July
My Mum (Tracey) and I went to the Lost Gardens of Heligan it was so perfect although they were lots of bees and wasps and a few spider’s (My Worst Nightmare) but other than that it was a dream.
It was lovely just walking around taking photos and listening to the birds and taking shoots of the flowers then come across a little café was night to sit down and enjoy the sun and watch the birds fly around and have a dirt bath then continue by a stroll around the rest of the gardens
It was really nice to get away for a few hours and spend quality time with my Mum.
Me and my mum have decided to go again next year in march.
I had seen that on 1st January 2017 The Lost Gardens of Heligan is Open for Charity The Lost Gardens of Heligan once again opens its gates in aid of local charities on Boxing Day 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017. Whilst no garden admission charges are made on these special days, visitors are encouraged to make a minimum £2 per person donation to this year’s nominated charities.
Here is the link if you’d like to find out more.
What do you like about where you live?
Christmas has always my favourite time of the year ever since i was little i can remember christmas was always a busy time of the year.
everything looks so pretty and wintery and fairy lights are scattered everywhere. The run up to Christmas always seems to last a while always rushing around trying to grab a bargin and then you blink, and it’s all over.
december for me is always busy birthday presents and cards aswell as getting the cards for mum & dad cards for other loved ones and then the normal cards for family and friends.
this time of year i love to be surrounded by family and friends be close to thoes who we love
but Where does the time go?
Whats one your'e Christmas wish list