Taking back control

There's definitely something about summer.

Every year, at this time, I'm much more inspired to write a list of resolutions than I ever am at New Year. I think I see things more clearly in summer, whereas no one's really in their right mind just after Christmas.

When the sunny days come I have so much more energy and motivation. So this year, as usual, I'm harnessing that awesome power to take back control!

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I'm sure I'm not alone in letting guilt build up - whether it's over eating habits, lack of exercise, spending, or the nagging feeling that my home really could be a bit cleaner and tidier.

Or if you're like me, all of the above.

Right now, I'm at a time of new beginnings. I just got a new job (yay, me!) and can't wait to get started. Not only is it an awesome job at a fantastic company, I'll be back working in my city and can reclaim a bit more of my life - let alone not spending out on travel anymore.

It's also helped me see that I really can be capable of doing what I set my mind to, and that's always a nice thing to be reminded of. 

So I'm going to start DOING more. Even if it's things I don't want to do (like spending a Sunday cleaning bathrooms), because I know how good it'll feel when it's done, and frankly, how much worse I'll feel if it's not done.

This summer I'm going to make an effort to eat more at home, for both my bank balance and my enjoyment. I'm going to eat more (natural) colourful food, and less of the stuff I know I should cut back on. I think the 80/20 rule is good for me to aim for.

I'm going to work harder to budget, and make my money go further. I just discovered The Frugal Cottage through Eleanor at Creative Countryside, and I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye on Nicola's posts for tips on this.

Working closer to home means no more free gym membership for me (boo), but I'm closer to the common for a run in the evening (yay!). This is something I'm going to get out and do more with J.

This summer I'm going to let go of the guilt that I've put on myself and take back the control. It's a pretty awesome feeling.

I know I can do it, I've just got to do it!

Does anyone else have any summer resolutions or goals?