2016 – a bumpy start and looking forward

Hello and happy new year! I hope you’re well and had a good Christmas and New Year break. Christmas feels like a million years ago already. I’d planned to be back a lot sooner, but last week my Dad was rushed to hospital and we spent last week feeling uncertain about the future. I thought about sharing the story of what happened but found it too difficult, so for now I’ll just say that thankfully he’s home and slowly recovering and I am incredibly grateful for all the support received from our family and friends. Nothing like an unexpected phone call and scary news to put things into perspective!

Things are slowly going back to some form of normality, if a little different, so I thought I’d try and kick start with a post about my hopes and goals for 2016.

Goals for the year ahead - This Little Space of Mine

While I do have goals, which I’ll come on to, this year I’m focusing on a theme of how I’d like to live my life, look after myself and see the world. The theme/idea is to not take things too seriously. Oh the irony; I really wasn’t sure what to do with this theme, but I still applies. Last week I noticed that when a loved one is sick everything stops. Literally everything. All those life admin tasks, work, washing, eating, watching TV, craft and even sleep. It all stopped. And not because there wasn’t time; time was limited, but more just a complete lack of energy or motivation. But when life goes back to normal it makes you think about all those things I thought were important, but really weren’t. Things like sending back an ASOS order a week later than I had planned made no difference whatsoever to my life, nor did not cashing a cheque I received from an aunt for my birthday or not doing the washing on the day I had planned. I guess it’s been a lesson in how much control we really have over our lives and taking it all with a pinch of salt.

So I’m going to stick with my theme of not taking life too seriously. I’d begun applying it back in October after it came to me in one of those light bulb moments and I’ve felt far more stronger for applying it to situations, instead of getting stressed that something hasn’t worked out as I wanted to. Ultimately, I guess we have to ask ourselves is it really important? I sometimes think of Freddie and how life is so straightforward for him – his concerns revolve around food, water, cuddles, going for a mooch outside and playing with his toys. Simple, simple, simple. While our lives are obviously more complex than a cat, perhaps we can take something from it.

If you’d like to read more about applying a theme to your year, I really liked Anne Ditmeyer’s post about the subject and how she plans to make it work for her in 2016.

Onto my goals, I’ve broken them down into home, crafts and me.


After the initial move and settling in, house tasks largely slowed down at the end of the year; there were other things going on, plus it gave us time to enjoy the house and think about what we wanted to do next. Our plans at the moment are…

  • We’re already underway with this, but getting our dining room in order would be good. It has been a dumping ground since we moved but we’ve now picked out the furniture we’d like and begun work on some super storage for our under stairs cupboard, so watch this space.
  • Learn more about gardening and get our garden looking good. When we bought our house we knew that our garden would take a back seat for a while, but 2016 is the year it’ll get some attention. There is a heck of a lot of weeding to do, the decking to tidy up, garden furniture to buy and I’d like to also plant some new flowers and have my own herb garden.
  • Frame all the lovely pictures and prints we have.


I’d like to keep my crafting plans fairly loose; historically I’ve always been guided with projects that catch my eye and I enjoy having that freedom. That being said, there are a couple of specific crafts I have in mind.

  • Learn how to knit socks. Mum bought me everything I need to get started so it’s just a case of getting on with it now.
  • Challenge myself to make a cardigan or jumper just for me. I’ve got my eye on a few patterns and it’s just a case of when. I’d imagine I might go for this towards the end of the year.
  • Enjoy The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along cross stitch project. My first year-long project since my sky blanket and I’m looking forward to seeing the first pattern this Friday!


Obviously I can’t forget about me and looking after myself – something I’m not the best at. The theme of not taking things too seriously will absolutely help me but I also want to spend time on the following:

  • Enjoying the relationships I have with my friends and family; now, more than ever, is this so important to me. I have a wonderful group of people in my life and I don’t want to take them for granted.
  • Think about my health – my diet, how much I exercise etc. There’s definitely more I can be doing and I’d like to improve this area of my life (and see what kind of impact it has) this year.
  • Read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine’s a year in books.

I’m still working on my blog and career goals for 2016, but I’m excited and determined to be brave this year with what I’d like to achieve. What I do know is that without even realising it, I doubled my traffic and social media follower count in the last year. I’m so proud of that and pleased with the direction This Little Space of Mine is going in. I took a bit of time out over the summer when we moved house and, while I was concerned about what the break would do, I came back fully focused and that focus is paying off with what feels like consistent content. Thank you so much for reading, commenting and encouraging me!

Goals for the year ahead - This Little Space of Mine

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016 and thank you for reading.

Do you have any similar goals or themes for the year? I’d love to hear if any of ours match!

Leanne x

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6 Comments on 2016 – a bumpy start and looking forward

  1. claireabellemakes
    14/01/2016 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve been thinking of you and your Dad every day.

    I like your goals for the year ahead. Changing the way one thinks about something is a powerful thing. I resolved to live more positively a few years ago and it has been immensely beneficial to how I view the world and cope with situations.

    Big hugs for the days ahead and you know I’m always at the end of the phone if you need me x

    • Leanne Beale
      14/01/2016 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you lovely lady! He’s a fighter and is improving every day. πŸ™‚
      I like the idea of that, nothing beats a bit of positivity. Thanks for all your kindness xxx

  2. Eleanor
    15/01/2016 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

    Sorry to hear your year started out so terrifying and stressful, but I’m glad things are beginning to look up. Having a positive attitude is a great way to cope when things get difficult, but remember it’s OK to have a wobble.
    You’re going to love knitting socks – I squeal with delight whenever I get to ‘turn a heel’. It’s definitely the best bit. There are loads of patterns on Ravelry and there’s a thing called Sock Wars as well – it’s like a chain knitting thing where you race people to get socks finished. If you receive a pair before you’ve finished yours, you send the unfinished socks to the next person on the list and they have to finish them before they receive any more socks. I think that’s how it works! It sounds a bit stressful to me mind so maybe just some relaxed knitting in front of the telly to see you through to Spring?!


    • Leanne Beale
      15/01/2016 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Eleanor. πŸ™‚ Oooo sock wars sounds good, but yeh could be a little hectic for me as a beginner! I love that it exists though and I’ll pop over to Ravelry to look it up. Excited to learn how to make them though. πŸ™‚ x

  3. Emily Bailey
    20/01/2016 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Really nice goals! I also have the desire to learn to knit. I’d love to be able to knit socks and jumpers but I know that I have to find the time for this. Me and my family is also preparing for a big move and this is something really important for us as we live in a rental apartment for 10 years. Now for the first time we will live in our own house. After we move there and we are settled, I will try to pay more attention to crafts and gardening! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚ Greets!

    • Leanne Beale
      21/01/2016 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Emily, thanks for commenting on my post – nice to meet you. πŸ™‚ Ooo maybe you could start your knitting learning with a scarf or ‘little’ projects before moving on to bigger projects? That’ll help build your confidence. I started with Innocent’s knitted hats as they were really little and taught me a lot. πŸ™‚ xx