Live for the moment: my new outlook on life

Live for the moment

In my New Year’s Resolutions post, which you can read here, I outlined that the first (of my 2015 resolutions) was going to be:

1. To live every day ‘in the moment’.

Essentially I mean that I want to enjoy my life to the full. To have pure fun with my family – my twins and lovely Hubby, and not get too stressed or upset about silly things, like housework, or the twins behaviour.

Because lets face it…it is FAR TOO EASY to do.

Someone won’t eat their lunch (the twins, not Hubby obviously!) and so there’s stress. Or one twin won’t get dressed – and we are all late. It is all too easy to get angry and become annoyed and then there’s tension. Or shouting.

And when you’ve had a whole day like that, sighing a lot, moaning about it, and been complaining, it starts to get you down. As soon as Hubby walks in from work I’m there telling him how much of a tough day it’s been.

So with this goal for 2015 specifically I am talking about not wishing their lives away, wishing for easier times.

I wrote a poem about it a few months back, and I still mean it all.

I can’t believe that they are two-years-old now, and that their baby years are gone. Long gone. Already. And so many friends and family with older, grown-up children tell you not to wish it all away. Because it goes super fast, and when it’s gone, you REALLY miss it.

So I am going to try to do this.

I pledge to enjoy every single moment and not regret anything. To try my best to relax and let things go a little more. To essentially enjoy myself to the max.

Now before you think I’ve gone all zen – there is something I really quite like about all this thinking. It’s calming. Reflective. Makes you really think.

It’s good for the soul.

We’re all rushing about here, there and everywhere. Trying to achieve a better life. Striving for more. But are we really having fun? Belly-laughing fun? Or savouring those amazing moments with our children?

Perhaps not all the time.

So I want to take these moments – and step back and enjoy them for what they are. Rather than rushing past it to get to the next thing.

Like tonight Lottie stroked my arm and kissed me. That was so wonderful. And today Harry said “Yes of course Mummy, I do” which made Hubby and I laugh out loud because he sounded so grown-up.

I love these quotes I found on Pinterest. It’s so true.




And on that note – I will end with this one. Which I will try and live by as much as I can!


For all original sources of the above quotes, please click on my Pinterest Board here.



  1. LittleOandMe
    January 1, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Love this post, I am going to follow your advice! I get so caught up with housework and toddler tantrums that I forgot to just enjoy my days spent with Oliver.
    Thank you or reminding me of whats important
    Happy new year x

    • Jess
      January 1, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you. Lots of good luck. I am sure it’s easier to say and very hard to do – but I am going to try really hard this year. Thanks for the comment. Hope you come back and let me know how you go. Jess xx

  2. January 1, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Love the Mary Poppins quote at the end, this is definitely one to remember when I’m worn out! X

    • Jess
      January 1, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Cute isn’t it?? Going to print it off and frame it! x

  3. January 2, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    So true, it is so easy to get frustrated but really does it really matter if you are late or if someone doesn’t eat everything? Nope. I need to try and become more laid back too, so glad I read this! xx

    • January 2, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Let’s try together!! I know it’s a hard one, but its such a nicer way to live! Good luck. Jess x

  4. January 2, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    Love this post I am trying so hard to be the same i get far to stressed far to easily i feel like we don’t have enough fun anymore!

    • January 2, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      That’s exactly me. I am too caught up in the day-to-day and getting through it, that I am forgetting to enjoy myself more and just have some fun 🙂 Jess xx

  5. January 2, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Love love that Mary Poppins quote, always have. I’m also going to try and do 100 says of happiness on Instagram to make me look for the happy times!

    • January 2, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Great plan!! I can’t wait to see your pics. Jess xx

  6. January 2, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    So true, before you know it they will be 9 then 14 I still cant believe how quickly its passed. But we have enjoyed every minute, travelled, laughed and enjoyed life. Have a great year Jess x

    • January 2, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Sarah – you and your family always look like the enjoy life and I’m definitely hoping to be like that too. Jess xx

  7. January 2, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    This is fab Jess, love the quotes. It’s so easy to get bogged down in every day life when really we all need to just enjoy as much as we can. You have such a gorgeous family and it must make you happy just to look at them sometimes.Enjoy the fun this year and I will enjoy reading about it! Happy New Year xx

    • January 2, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Happy New Year to you too!! Thanks for the comment. I am really lucky to have what I have, and you quickly forget that sometimes. Here’s to super memories and laughter on the way! Jess xx

  8. January 2, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Great advice – so important to live in the moment and enjoy the little things. It can be too easy to get distracted and not enjoy the here and now. Good luck with managing to stay focused and hope 2015 will be a good year for you 🙂

    • January 3, 2015 / 8:25 am

      Oh thank you so much. You too. Look forward to hearing more from you this year. Jess x

  9. January 3, 2015 / 6:57 am

    This is a brilliant aim for any parent. You are right. It is easy to wish the time away. To be more mindful of the moment is something that I need to do more. Good luck with it. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • January 3, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thanks, and I realise that it will be a tough goal – but changing my mindset is already having a positive effect on me. Jess x

  10. January 3, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Good on you Jess! This is such a lovely, positive post!!

    Hard to do at times but — as I have experienced recently — the tiny, day to day, niggles pale into insignificance when something life threatening/changing happens. It really gives you a kick and makes you remember to treasure every moment. Even the ones that we would normally find stressful or annoying. Because things can change in a heartbeat and then we’d give anything to have those days back again.

    Happy new year to you lovely — I hope to meet you, for real, in 2015! X

    • January 3, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Exactly. Too true. I hope your situation improves. Thinking of you. Thanks for commenting, Jess xx

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