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My 2018 Guidelines

Last year, I took part in 17 for 2017, but I cannot thing of 18 goals for 2018. Instead, I’m making plans for different areas of my life. I’ve actually borrowed the term ‘guidelines’ from the Quietwatercraft blog, as I really liked her philosophy when it came to goals and the new year. Basically, there will be no beating myself up if I don’t achieve them, they are just things I would like to aim for!


Continue last year’s goals of sorting through cupboards etc. on a regular basis, and also try to keep organised with paperwork. I hate paperwork, and filing, I really have to be in the right mood to do it, although it feels good once it’s all done. (I would definitely be fired from an office job!) I need to get better at letting things go, such as the clothes my daughter has grown out of which are cute but will never fit her again!


Try to plan days out together-too often Mr C gets a day off and we spend half of the day planning where to go! I also need to help my daughter prepare for going to school, especially in the fine motor skills department (and listening to instructions!)


Continue to lose weight, and find ways to get more exercise into my routine. Pretty simple really, in theory! I’m not putting numbers on it this time, I just want to do my best.


Now that I have a permanent job, I’d like to start saving on a regular basis. I also want to keep working on being frugal when it is appropriate, for example meal planning and keeping an eye out for bargains on items we need (kids clothes and shoes I’m talking about you!)


I’d like to expand my business more this year. I only decided to start it up in September, and quickly got involved in a craft fair, so I haven’t done much in the way of advertising or working on sales. I’m considering opening up an Etsy shop, and also hoping to have a range of ‘ready made’ products for sale rather than just custom orders. I’ve already signed up for an Easter fair too. Currently, I don’t work (my day job!) on Fridays so I need to make good use of my time and plan ahead so that it becomes a full ‘business’ day.


Branch out a little more with crops, including growing sweetcorn and probably brussels sprouts, as well as all of the things we grew last year. We also need to tackle the weeds more strategically, including laying weedproof membrane around the raspberries. We think a decent quality battery strimmer might help, as there are places the mower really doesn’t cope well with. I’d also like to order some nematodes to deal with the slugs.


I have a new Silhouette Cameo 3 machine which I would like to learn to use to enhance my cardmaking. I think I’d also like to sign up to some kind of course. I do enjoy studying (always have) and it would be nice to do a course that was for me rather than for work. I am keeping an eye on Craftsy for potential options.


My blog is quite important to me, so I’d like to keep posting regularly. I’m not going to try and ‘force’ posts though, as I would rather try and write quality material as and when ideas hit me so that I keep enjoying it. I also plan to improve on my reading of other blogs as I miss a lot of posts. If you have any suggestions/systems that work for you for making sure you get around all of your followed blogs then let me know. I currently follow the best part of 500 blogs and that is a lot of reading to try and do!

I think that’s all for now (apart from winning the lottery), but I may well add to/change/get rid of some of these as the year progresses. We also need to either get a larger house, or extend ours, so we will see whether or not that is something we can do this year. I didn’t include that in my list as some things are just out of your control-such as whether or not the bank says yes or no to a mortgage, and whether or not planning permission gets granted!

What are your hopes and dreams for 2018? Feel free to leave a link, as I haven’t made it around all of the blogs I follow yet this year.


48 thoughts on “My 2018 Guidelines

  1. That does sound ambitious, but with common sense–good luck with whatever you wish to do, and also with having compassion for yourself when it all becomes a bit imperfect–!


  2. Hello, MrsCraft! My blog visiting is dreadful, so I’ll be the last person to offer any assistance there! I do get around eventually though!
    Guidelines is a nice term – nothing set in stone or anything, but still something to work towards… I may borrow that term myself! πŸ˜€
    Here’s to a fabulous 2018… including that Lottery win! It is doable! πŸ˜€

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  3. There is just always so much to do. Things here are piling up and while I always knew my DH would get around to it someday I did not pester him to do things, but …now he isn’t here and it is overwhelming. If it is to be it is up to me . Today I loaded fire wood on the porch. Only a couple of wheelbarrow loads but you got to start somewhere.

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  4. All the best for 2018. I had a little chuckle about the paper work at home. I have a mountain to tackle and do like to try and keep the kiddos things moving through. It is the bank statements that get me. Funny my day job at the moment involves a lot of filiing!

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    1. Thank you, I tend to let mine turn into a mountain. I’m really organised at work though and file things really carefully (working at two different sites means I pretty much work out of a box Lol!)

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  5. Firstly Happy New Year to you and your family. Next you may be interested in a Blog my a lady called Shirley. She gives away a free cutting file every four to six weeks and there are some lovely ones on her site. The are all done as both SVG files and DXF files. DXF is what Silhouette uses. Also do not think you cannot use free svg files as they can be converted very easily in a free downloadable program called Inkscape. If you need any help please feel free to contact me. I am not in the least bit technical but I have used these accessories for a long time now so could talk you through in normal language lol.

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  6. Love those guidelines! I have no system for reading the blogs I follow. There is just not enough time. I also try not to beat myself up for not getting everything done. Sometimes in life you just have to be content with what you get done and not worry about what is left.

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  7. Funny how a word makes a difference. The term guidelines is a good one and I’m all for calling things by a word that works best for us – I know there is huge power in it, but at the same time, I’m also sad how many people find the word goal off putting and don’t benefit from taking time to look at what they want to achieve. Enjoy working towards your guidelines or abandoning them if you so choose.

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  8. LOVED this post, for it filled me with encouragement to do something similar.
    Currently … I don’t have any goals or plans as such – I tend to work on a system of ‘this is what I’d like to try to achieve today’ – which I suppose could be called a goal or plan – but in my head, it’s way more looser than that. BUT …. I fell like I’m letting myself down and really should try a little harder, so perhaps I should take the encouragement you’ve laid out before me and take it as a sign post. I need to follow that sign post and try as hard as possible, to travel along a road I’ve not driven along.
    I’m going to buy a planner, and set things down on that planner so that it, itself, is a reminder of what I want to achieve. It will be sitting on my desk so that each time I sit down, I can see my ‘plan’ for that day.
    You will be my guiding light. Our roads are different, but I can see your light shining brightly.
    Love you oodles Mrs.C. ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Best of luck with your planner, and enjoy setting your goals. I need them to help me aim for something, otherwise I feel like I just drift. I’m glad it’s inspired you, really glad as one reason why I blog is to hopefully inspire others. X x

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  9. I have never beaten myself up for not achieving New Years goals. Often, life gets in the way of the best intentions. The New Years Resolutions or goals I make for the new year are definitely things I want to do in the new year, are just that; things I would like to do in the new year. I think you have the right attitude this year. And if things get done, great. If not, it’s not the end of the world. There is always the next year, right? I liked your idea of 17 in 2017 and would like to try to rework my list for 18 in 2018. I have lots of one thing I like to do, like getting my scrapbook kits down, and WIP’s down, so I am going to try to list them in that way. I need to sit down and do that or March will be here, LOL. Good luck with all the things you want to accomplish in 2018. I am looking forward to seeing what you create with your new Silhouette πŸ™‚

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  10. I am certain all of those guidelines will be achieved Mrs C… and most certainly can recommend the sweet corn and sprouts.. And still picking the sprouts, leeks and parsnips too..
    And I am sure your business enterprise will take off too.. I mean who could not fail to love what you make.
    Enjoy your start to the new year my friend.. Enjoy

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    1. Thank you, I will definitely be trying new things. I don’t like sprouts but Mr C does (and so does my daughter, who is at the age where bottom burps are the funniest thing ever! πŸ˜‚) x

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      1. Yes, I have a lovely recipe on my blog for red cabbage.. and I usually make a lot all at once and freeze in small containers for pulling out the freezer when needed.. It came in handy as that extra veg at Christmas.. πŸ™‚

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