19 for 2019

Organiser, flowers and crayons on a white desk

Last year I wrote a post about my goals for 2018 and I found it really helpful to keep me on track throughout the year. I didn't put too much pressure on myself to achieve them by a certain date or anything, and it certainly wasn't a "new year, new me" type of thing. It was just a list of things that I hoped to achieve, most of which I thought could be ongoing in years to come. I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would do the same thing this year. I've already written down my 19 for 2019 in my bullet journal but I thought I would share them here as well. So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2019:

  1. Continue to drink plenty of water.

    I started making an effort to drink more water last year. Now, most days I drink 2-3 litres of water a day, so I would like to continue doing this in 2019.

  2. Exercise more.

    I was feeling really motivated at the end of last year, just before Christmas. Now I feel ready to get back to that point and get my body moving more. Joel got me a new Fitbit for Christmas so I'm sure it will help keep me on track.

  3. Read more books.

    This was one of my goals last year as well, and I managed to read 13 books which is a lot more than I have read in a while. My goal for this year is to read at least 12 books. It can be so hard to find the time to read, especially if you have little people - I try to go to bed a little bit earlier now so I can spend some time reading and winding down before I go to sleep.

  4. Improve photography & editing.

    This is something I wanted to do last year and I definitely want to continue it this year. I am so passionate about photography and I'd love to spend more time playing with editing so I can learn how to create magical photos.

  5. Write more on my blog and keep a journal.

    I love writing on my blog as it is a wonderful creative outlet for me, and I want to keep a journal for myself as well to write down anything that is on my mind.

  6. Take more time to be creative.

    Whether it's doing hobbies in my spare time or for my shop I want to slow down and take more time to be creative this year.

  7. Practice drawing and painting.

    I used to love drawing, and I would carry a sketch book with me everywhere. I would like to get back to doing this, and also spend some time practising and improving my watercolour skills.

  8. Worry less and learn to be more confident in myself. Enough said.

  9. Get organised.

    This year is going to be a big one for our little family, so I really want to be on top of things. I'm going to continue decluttering the house and go from there.

  10. Start dancing lessons again.

  11. Be more present.

    Recently I have been enjoying taking a few moments to look out the window in the morning to see the sunrise.

  12. Document everything - good and bad.

  13. Grow plants from seedlings.

    I started doing this last year by growing some herbs on our kitchen windowsill. After we move, I'd like to grow a little indoor herb garden and create a little fairy/gnome garden with Elijah.

  14. Get outdoors more.

    I feel like getting outside and getting some fresh air each day is so good for my soul.

  15. Practice hand lettering.

  16. Spend more quality time with my family and friends.

  17. Focus on getting fitter, stronger and healthier on a physical and mental level.

  18. Improve my Italian.

    Again this is something that I started doing last year and I would like to continue in 2019.

  19. Start to get my body ready for another baby.

    I want to make sure I'm getting enough nutrients and work on building up my core strength by doing pilates.

So, those are my 19 goals for 2019. What are your goals for this year? What would you like to achieve? Let me know in the comments and we can all support each other and work towards our goals together.

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Getting Organised, Memories & The ABC’s of Genuine Happiness

A few days ago I realised that all the photos and videos of Elijah as a newborn I have on my phone weren't backed up to my computer. This confused me because I regularly sync and backup my iPhone. After doing a little digging, I discovered what the issue was and have managed to start transferring everything to my computer.

It's not completely done yet, and it's not an easy task because I have thousands of photos and hundreds of videos from the past almost 3 years. Literally. I'm not sure if it's normal to have as many photos and videos as I do, maybe it's a mum thing? Or maybe not. Maybe it's just the type of person that I am, I love taking photos and capturing memories. We only have one life, and we are so lucky to have the technology that we do these days that so many of us probably take for granted. But honestly, I am almost embarrassed to admit just how many there were - over 10,000 photos and almost 400 videos.

I would be interested to know how many photos and videos other people have in their camera roll at the moment, just for reassurance if anything. Please do let me know in the comments to help me feel a bit more normal.

Anyway, while sorting through some of them (and trying to make extra space on my phone for new photos) I found a note I had saved and I thought it was too good not to share.

spring flowers

The ABC's of Genuine Happiness


Accept your reality.

Be present. Be bold.

Create something exciting.

Drink plenty of water. Dance.

Exercise daily. Eat fresh foods.

Feel your emotions. Face fear.

Go outside and observe nature. Give.

Hug often. Help others.

Ignite your passions.

Jump through your comfort zone.

Kiss passionately. Keep looking forward.

Laugh. Love. Learn to let go.

Meditate daily. Make goals.

Never give up on what you want.

Own a pet. Observe beauty.

Pray. Paint. Play an instrument.

Quit a bad habit.  Quiet your mind.

Read. Relax. Reinvent yourself.

Smile. Sleep. Simplify.

Take power naps. Talk wisely.

Unleash your strengths.

Vent. Visualise your dreams.

Walk. Write. Watch the sunset.

Xerox your smiling face.

Yell less. Yield to your thoughts.

Zap negativity.


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I have been feeling a bit low for a while now, and it really helped me to read this and remember what is important in life. I truly believe that if there is a secret to genuine happiness this would be exactly it.


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Hello and welcome to my blog.

I thought I would begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I'm Mrs Warburton, also known as Amanda. I have a wonderful husband, called Joel and a gorgeous little boy, called Elijah who is a cheeky little monkey.

Some of the things I love the most are exploring, going on adventures and capturing memories with my little family. I can't get out of bed without my morning coffee (lovingly made by my husband). I love dancing, reading, baking and all things crafty. And last but not least...I am a chocoholic. That pretty much sums me up.

My family on on my wedding day

I have been blogging for a few years now (you might recognise me on Instagram or Twitter) but, for a long while I had been feeling uninspired and underwhelmed with my blog. So after giving it a lot of thought, I recently decided a fresh start is exactly what I need.

This blog is a place for me to share the little things and the big things. I hope you will join me on this journey and follow our adventures.


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