2018: The Year of Just Living

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Well, I suppose I need to start with ‘happy new year!’ since this is my first blog post of 2018 (and first in a while, for that matter). Although I haven’t been around on my blog, those of you that follow me elsewhere will know that I’m still posting regularly on my youtube channel and, of course, my Instagram these days. I haven’t stopped blogging, but instead I’ve just been really enjoying chatting away on youtube and sharing bits of our life that are harder to capture in a blog post. 

This week I shared this video on why I’m not doing resolutions this year. I had some lovely comments on the video and I wanted to put some of these thoughts into blog format too. It's good to chat away to the camera but sometimes it's just easier to fully get across your thoughts in a blog post...

MAISY MEOW PARENTING AND LIFESTYLE BLOG UKBased on the last few years, I feel like calling something a ‘resolution’ is almost like the kiss of death that makes it bound to fail by the end of January. I can’t think of any of my past resolutions that have stuck around longer than a month or so. I actually think things have more of a chance of ‘sticking’ if you start them on a random day of the week, at least then you know you’re doing it for a good reason and not just because you need to have some kind of resolution every year. 

I feel like various things in the last year have shown me a whole new perspective on things and, now, writing a list of all the things I want in 2018 just feels a bit wrong.

When I look back over the last few years, I’ve always been looking forward to the next thing. Whether that’s finally finishing our house renovation, going on holiday, Oliver sleeping through the night .. there’s always something that we’re working towards. It’s even more apparent with a baby – when I look back at every stage, I was always waiting for the next stage rather than just enjoying him as he was and now that he’s achieved all his baby milestones, I kind of want to go back and relive each one and appreciate it more. 

‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans’

A list of resolutions almost feels like a list of things I need to achieve before I can be happy and just live my life. When does it ever stop? At the end of every list of goals, comes a new list of goals. We are always making plans for the next thing, instead of just living.

This year I want to just stop, and enjoy life as it is just now. After all, what I have just now is something that, years ago, I was looking forward to. This was on my list of goals - a house, a baby, a family.


I never want to take things for granted and I want to remember that for every little thing I have in my life, there's someone out there who is wishing that they had it. When I get up super early in the morning with Oliver, when I'm stressing over the mess of the house  - there's someone who is wishing they had the privilege of waking up to a beautiful little baby in the morning, or was lucky enough to have a house for their family. I don't ever want to forget that way of thinking. They say 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone' and it's true, but I want to try my absolute best to appreciate every little thing I have while I'm lucky enough to have it. 

So this year all I want to do is to live in the moment. It’s great having things to look forward to, but not when it’s at the expense of enjoying your life as it is. I want to just stop, and appreciate what I have just now because I am so, so lucky to have this. I'll appreciate the early mornings with Oliver - it's just more time with my favourite person. I'll put my phone away more and just be in the room with the people who are there. This is a time in my life that I’ll always look back on in years to come and I want to make sure I soak up every single moment of it.  

Are any of you making a change like this in 2018?

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1 comment on "2018: The Year of Just Living"
  1. Love this! I do love resolutions and I'm usually quite good at sticking to them - I find it helps me focus! But they're definitely not for everyone. Just living sounds like the perfect mantra to have :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x


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