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The Chill is in the Air

The chill is in the air. It has been extremely cold in Cheshire this week. We were in Milan over the weekend, and it did not feel half as cold as it does here. It was chilly enough to pop a jacket and maybe a scarf on but it was just moderate chill, nothing like what we have here at all. I even had some sunshine on my birthday. But I have to forget about Milan, and accept the fact that over here in Cheshire, it is freezing!

 

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Whenever I am out, I am always eager to get home to a warm house. I love the fact that our heating system can be set to go on and off at various times. It definitely makes my life a lot easier; I don’t need to run and down the stairs to pop the heating on, and it keeps the house nice and warm for longer because it comes up at times when the warmth is needed.

We have never had a boiler breakdown (touch wood) and I am super grateful for that. It could be because we have our boiler serviced by good heating engineers every year, as recommended. I did skip a year one time though but it was not intentional. Running after 2 toddlers all day can be extremely exhausting, I tend to forget most of the things that need to be done, and that year I forgot to have the boiler serviced. I remember the following year, which was last year, and got it done immediately by a professional heating engineer. So do check to see when next your boiler is due for a service to avoid an annoying boiler breakdown.

 

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Have you had a boiler breakdown before? How did you cope?

Sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

 

 

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Baby, it’s cold outside! It is painfully cold at the moment. I finding it extremely hard to get out of bed with the darkness and the chill in the air. I wish I could stay under my duvet, with a cup of tea, all day, but that is not my reality. My reality is, I need to get stuff done, which means my wake-up time is usually on or before 7am.

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How are you all coping with cold? I am indoors most of the time, so I am nice and warm. And when I need to step out, I make sure I am well layered up. I just recovered from an annoying flu (my first ever full blown flu), so I am not in the mood for any more sickness. If you spot me out and about, I will be rocking my many layers of clothing.

On cold days like this, I am grateful I work from home. It is a lot harder to earn a living working for yourself, that I know, but the pros outweigh the cons massively for me. And I appreciate that so much more in the winter months.

I am currently typing out this post from the comfort of my sofa, wearing my new fluffy nightgown, and I am happy with where I am at in life. I turn 30 in a few days, and I feel like I am in a good place. I can’t imagine any other job that could allow me work in my nightgown, so the flexibility of my job is the best part of it.

Speaking of nightgowns, I think I would need to get some shopping done. I am in need of some new pyjamas and nightgowns. I have a bit of an obsession with nightwear collections, but for someone who spends a great deal of time in my nightwear, I like to have quite a few. I have my eye on a few womens nightgowns by David Nieper, I need to check them out. In the winter months, I like my nightgowns thick and fluffy to retain the body heat, and David Nieper has a couple of warm fleece nightgowns that tick all the right boxes. I can picture myself wearing some of these comfy/stylish pieces already!

 

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How are you keeping warm in this cold weather? Are you obsessed with your nightwear like I am? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have an amazing week

 

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How to make sure you keep your new year resolutions

By now you may have realized how difficult it is to keep the freaking new year resolutions right? It is usually fine for the first few days and even weeks. You are optimistic about the future and you have probably even seen yourself achieve your goals and aspirations for the new year.

 

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Fast forward to the second week and your enthusiasm is waning and you begin to wonder if you’ll ever keep your resolutions. Trust me, we have all been there.

Since the year is still fresh (this is only the second week), here are 3 ways you can make sure that you keep your new year’s resolutions.

 

  1. Have a clear purpose

Ever wondered about how easy it is to do the things you want to do compared to doing things you know you have to do?

When a goal is backed up with a clear reason why you should to reach that goal, you would do whatever it takes to achieve it. Purpose acts like a fuel that will move you to reach your goal. The clearer and more deeply attached you are to your purpose, the greater the enthusiasm and determination you have to make sure you are always on track.

Action Step #1

If you feel like you are slacking in your new year resolutions department, then re-assess your purpose for your resolutions and get in tuned with the reason why you want to achieve your goal.

 

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  1. Set milestones

The outcome you desire for the year could seem so far way, especially when you know that you have less than 365 days to the end of the year. Knowing that there is a lot of time for you to patch up your goal will make you slow down your progress. This is because you’ll feel like you have a lot of time on your hands to make sure that you fulfill your resolutions.

Setting up achievable “mini-goals” that will get you closer to your new year’s resolution is a great way to pace yourself and encourage you to keep putting in the work until you achieve your new year’s resolution.

Action Step #2

Break down your resolutions into smaller goals that you can work towards achieving daily, weekly or monthly. This will help make your resolutions more achievable, with clear milestones to work towards.

 

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  1. Reward yourself as you make steps to achieving your goal

Keeping a resolution or working towards a goal can be really hard. Most times, it is energy-sapping. If you don’t encourage or motivate yourself to keep going, you will want to abandon your new year’s resolution. Motivation is the key that can help keep you going.

When you are motivated, you are more prone to taking action. As you keep going, you start gathering momentum until it becomes a part of you.

Action Step #3

Reward yourself every time you make a step towards fulfilling your resolutions or nail your daily, weekly or monthly target.

The reward doesn’t have to be a big one. It could be anything like taking yourself out to the movies, treating yourself to a massage, or even enjoying a nice jar of freshly baked cookies.

Do you have any resolutions for 2017? How do you plan to keep them?