Christmas, my birthday and a new year ahead

My new year goals

Well hello everyone. A very Happy Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful break and throughly enjoyed your festive period.

Welcome back.

So. Are you ready to get going with it all again?

A new year and new plans A new year with our new plans The new year ahead for our family - 2018

Family Christmas

Let me first start with our Christmas Day, which was pretty busy and a little hectic, but also SO lovely. We hosted Christmas for both sets of parents – Dave and my Mum cooked the dinner and everything was delicious and very special indeed. It was nice for the Grandparents to see the twins waking up on Christmas morning and open their presents (even if it was 5.30am!). Harry & Lottie got some wonderful new things, including new scooters and bikes.

The ‘Chrimb Limbo’ bit in-between (as I am sure it will always now be referred to!) was really, really chilled for us. We didn’t see any more family in that time and spent most of it watching movies, eating chocolate and generally chilling together/playing with new toys. The twins have been incredibly well behaved throughout the break and perhaps a sign that they are growing up more than I have ever noticed before. It has also been nice for us to be with Dave so much too – and really enjoy quality time with him.

My birthday

My birthday was on Christmas Eve and I celebrated turning 39 – meaning that I am now in the last year of my 30’s. Whilst the big 4-0- feels as though it is now VERY fast approaching I feel happy with my life and not at all too phased with ‘numbers’ – although please remind me that, this time next year won’t you, when I am sobbing into my hands?! 

The New Year ahead

So hello to 2018!

Gasp. A new year.

I always feel an overwhelming sense of immense pressure in the New Year to be a better human being, more productive, successful, fit, happier and healthier than ever before…and actually it’s a tough time of year to step up the pace. In the first half of January we usually have little money left over after Christmas, my diet is terrible, I feel more tired due to a lack of routine, plus the weather is bleak. So all of this doesn’t actually bode well for making (and sticking to) new resolutions.


Saying that there are some small things I’m aiming for over the next 12 months. Firstly, I will pick up my weekly gym routine again because I did this pretty much from September 2017 onwards (when the twins started full-time school) and I have felt better as a result of the exercise. My health is important to me and staying fit and active.

We also want to book a summer family holiday too this year because we need to plan in more of that precious family time away from our daily stress and routine. We didn’t go away to the sun in 2017 (we had a ski holiday instead) and so we’d like to do a beach holiday in 2018. Dave and I are just discussing and searching out good family places to go. I will keep you posted.

The new year - 2018 and us A new year for our family A new year in blogging and for life as a Mum A new year of plans and organising

Work-wise I am VERY excited to get going with it all once again. Whilst I throughly enjoyed the Christmas break and being offline a lot, I’ve genuinely missed the buzz of it all. My mind has been whirring. In 2018 I am aiming to build upon the work of the last few months of 2017 – expanding into more fashion and family lifestyle content – as well as improving my photography.

I do realise now though (after much thought and soul-searching recently) that my passion completely lies in blogging and not solely via Instagram, so I am going to put more energy in 2018 into regularly producing weekly blog content. Instagram will still be my favourite social media channel (and I continue to get a lot of pleasure out of it) but the process of ‘making’ a complete blog post from that initial idea to publish is the bit that keeps my spark alive for this whole influencing-thing. Blog posts allow me to escape, try new things, push myself creatively and share content that I love to share here on my blog…where I make all the rules.

I thus feel excited for what’s coming next for me this year. After 4 years of being on this crazy ride now I have actually never felt as well-rounded, confident, happy and less-pressurised to follow/be the crowd than ever before.

One very important factor for me for this year though is that I am not going to work with a brand that doesn’t suit my lifestyle. I’ll only accept and share sponsored content that I truly believe in/would buy/want myself. Whilst it is important for me to still earn the pennies via this job, I want my blog to be something that people trust and believe in – and love to read. So if I do take on a project you will know that it’s something I truly endorse and that there were plenty other things I politely said ‘no thanks’ to.

There will also be FAR more chatty content and my musings on here once again too, as I go through my busy daily-life as a Mum of boy & girl twins. I love to sit down at my iMac and just write copious amounts of words and I absolutely want to get back to that again. Hey, it’s why I started – it’s why I’m still here.

So thanks for coming back, for sticking with me and for your love. And cheers to us all to a New Year.

Love, Jess x











Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. January 1, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Happy new year, Jess!! I think your plans for 2018 sound brilliant. And I think we all trust your opinion and know you only share what you love. That always comes across x

    • Jess
      January 2, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Happy new year to you too! And thanks lovely that really, really means a lot xx

  2. January 2, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Happy New Year Jess! Glad you had a great Christmas and your plans sounds great. I too want to get back to basics with my blog and really enjoy writing once again. I keep thinking “shall I push to be a YouTube superstar?” and whilst I enjoy making the odd video, it’s not for me really, I’d rather watch other peoples’! Hope 2018 is a good one for you x

    • Jess
      January 2, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      I felt the same! Everyone has been saying how big YouTube is and yet it’s not for me. I love your blog and am looking forward to reading more in 2018 xx happy new year!

  3. January 2, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Happy new year (and happy birthday!), Jess! You look absolutely fab in this photos, love the outfit and your hair colour is on point (I will take these pics to my next hair appointment). Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you x

    • Jess
      January 3, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Thanks! You have made my day! Really appreciate the lovely comment 🙂 Happy new year to you and here’s to 2018 xx

  4. January 3, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Lovely post Jess and sounds as if you have had a lovely time away from your computer over Christmas. And happy birthday too, I am pretty sure you will rock at being 40. As someone who is approaching 44 very soon, I can definitely say that being in your forties is pretty awesome. Lots of love and luck for the coming year x

    • Jess
      January 3, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks Tracey and I hope you and your family had a wonderful break too 🙂 Much appreciated xx

  5. January 4, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Happy new year Jess, I hope you had a lovely Christmas break with your family. I love your blog and your photos and always find it so uplifting and interesting to read. I look forward to seeing what else you write about over the coming year. I need to give myself a kick up the bum when it comes to my blog. I just haven’t felt inspired or motivated so I hope that comes back. xx

    • Jess
      January 4, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Happy new year lovely! And I hope you guys had a good one. Thanks for the lovely, lovely comment – you’re a sweetie! I find that my motivation comes and goes but I feel ready for a good year ahead! Looking forward to hearing more from you this year xx

  6. January 9, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Just found your blog and it’s great! I will be following you now for style tips and blog inspiration to help me get my new, and not terribly pretty, blog off the ground!
    Happy New year!

    • Jess
      January 9, 2018 / 6:59 pm

      SO kind! Many thanks and good luck getting yours going xx

  7. January 10, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Happy new year lovely lady

    • Jess
      January 18, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      You too lovely!!!! xx

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