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New years reflections and resolutions 2019/20

As we head in to 2020, I want to wish all my readers a really happy, healthy and successful new year!

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In this blog post, I am going to share my new years reflections and resolutions 2019/20.

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What went well in 2019? My new years reflections.

1. Eco Thrifty Living the book was born!

This year has been a big one for me. I achieved a life long dream of becoming an author!

One of my biggest fears about writing a book was that no-one would buy it and that it would be a waste of my time. In the end I decided whether anyone bought it or not I had to do it. I didn’t want to live my life wondering what if, if I hadn’t and I’m so glad I finally went ahead and did it.

Of course my book would never have happened without a few key people, who I am really thankful to. Thank you to my husband, my mum, my dad, my kids. My friends, and Di who designed the cover, Molly who took the cover photo and Kim who convinced me to get on and write!

2. I sold some copies of my book and got some lovely reviews.

I have sold 285 copies of Eco Thrifty Living the book*ad* since publishing it! Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy and taken a chance on a new author. I also have a request – please, please, please leave me a review on Amazon, as the more reviews the book has, the more people will feel able to make an informed choice about buying it.

Thank you to everyone who has reviewed my book including: Cass from The Diary of a Frugal Family, Jane from Shoestring Cottage, Clive from Inspirationalise, Pip from A Refuge For Daffodils, Vicky from Homegrown and Foraged and, Farn from Costing the Earth

3. I was on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour!

I am very grateful to everyone who interviewed me this year including Lynn from Mrs Mummypenny (see episode 50), The Savvy Sisters, Gina from Gypsy Soul and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (I’m about half way in) . Radio 4 also filmed me and asked me questions for this blog post about Christmas: 9 tips for a greener Christmas .

Being on Radio 4 Woman’s hour was amazing. It is a show I have admired for a long time and I was really grateful to have the opportunity to be on it.

4. #CutTheWrap

A few years ago I had the idea to do a campaign encouraging people to swap single use wrapping paper for reusable and more sustainable options. This was the year I did it!

Thank you to everyone who joined in and blogged about it. To find out more read here: #CutTheWrap and Use wrapping paper alternatives and here: 3 top tips for how to have an eco-friendly Christmas on a budget . Plus a uni student included me in a video report on wrapping paper at Christmas .

5. Sponsors

Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored a post on the blog! This year sponsored posts included:

What are my goals for next year?

1. Veganuary

I am going to give Veganuary a go this year. There are various things that made me decide to give it a go. The final straw was reading Operation Sustainable Human *ad* sent to me by the author in a book swap. He sent me a copy of his book and I sent him a copy of mine.

At the moment I don’t plan to become a vegan long term. I just want to use it as a learning experience for now about how to eat more plant based foods.

Are you up for the challenge? Come and join me.

2. Running

I’ve set myself two big running goals this year. I’ve signed up to do a half marathon and a marathon in my home town! I have run a half before but not the full one.

I’m not putting myself under too much pressure with running and just plan to do the training, see how it goes and do what I can do.

3. I want to publish my next book by May 2020

My next book is going to be called the Eco Thrifty Kitchen and is about reducing kitchen waste. I have already written most of it, so need to make the time to finish it!

I’m making this public commitment to help me focus on getting it done. I’m really excited about getting the book out there. Everyone needs to eat and my hope is that lots of people will find it to be a useful resource.

Before you go

Before I end this post I want to say that although it celebrates my highs of 2019, that of course there were also lows. It is easy to paint a picture of a perfect life online, but my life is far from perfect. I am blessed in lots of ways, but I also have challenges, as we all do.

Despite challenges whether personal, national or international, it is my hope that 2020 is a year that is filled with solutions! Let’s make this year, the year that we all take actions however big or small to help avert climate disaster and to make the world a better place for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has read and supported the blog this year. You are all appreciated and I hope you have a great 2020!