I then completely forgot about it.
I was looking for something earlier, trying to fix some dead links on my blog and I found that post. It made me want to recap on how things are going seen as it was just over 6 months ago that I wrote it.
My goals were
1) Pamper myself –
Well I have had a few chances to do that with trips to the Butlins Spa, a Neals yard massage and facelift and a day of pampering with Next.
2) Visit new places as a family –
It is really hard to just show you a few of the places we have been in the last six months, with a Behind the Scenes look of the new Sealife Centre in Manchester, A day out at Little Fun Fest and a trip over to Hull to visit The Deep is just a few of the adventures we have had. Looking at the calendar there are a lot more to come too.
3) Pay off our overdraft –
I wrote about this last month, the feeling of finally being out of our overdraft was fantastic. we are still hovering near the edge but in a few months we should hopefully be the other way and have some savings instead.
4) Host a free blogging conference – Blog On
Ok so Blog On isn’t free but its not far off. At £10 a ticket and the tickets selling out months in advance Blog On which takes place this Sunday will hopefully be the first of many. I have learnt a lot about hosting a conference and I respect those that do it on a bigger scale so much more. The stress involved in doing this has been more than I expected but if everything goes as well as expected then I would still be looking at doing it again next year. I have also realised how great the blogging community is with so many bloggers near and far pitching in to help.
5) get to 500 facebook likes and 3000 twitter followers –
Yep this one has been done and I was surprised to see it on my list, was I really that into my stats six months ago? I don’t even remember passing these milestones but I am glad that I did.
6) Try something new and adventurous –
The scariest of all the things I have done this year was speaking at Britmums Live, although Blog On hasn’t taken place yet I know that this will be terrifying too. I also took the girls to London by myself for an overnight stay in a posh hotel and to attend the Moshi Monsters 5th Birthday Party.
7) Visit Santa in Lapland –
Elizabeth and I are down on the list to do this later in the year so I know that this will be achievable
8) Do some volunteer work –
My plans to volunteer in the school never happened when I realised that with my blog, Elizabeth’s care and Blogs Up North I just didnt have time. I have however helped out on all of the school trips including two trips to the farm and one to the beach.
9) Do some exercise with the girls –
My birthday saw my family contribute towards a new bike and with the bicycle trailer attached I used to do the school run. That was until some bugger stole it a few weeks ago.
10) Loose at least 3 stone –
I wish I could tick this one off but at least I am 2/3rds of the way there. I have only one stone left to lose before the end of the year and I know I will do it.
11) Run the 10k in less than an hour –
Ok this is just not going to happen. Although I did the race for life and the Great Manchester 10k the heat and the amount of runners meant that I just didnt stand a chance!
12) Raise over £1000 for charity –
So far this year we have raised £565 for Macmillan for the 10k Run, £310 for Cancer research with Race for Life and we will be raising money for Clic Sargent at Blog On so I hope to reach this target by the end of the month.
13) Fix up some bits around the house –
All in all not bad for six months