Spring is the time of plans and projects

― Leo Tolstoy. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

I love this quote and enjoy having a bit of a spring clean. In fact, I read somewhere that spring cleaning is actually good for your mental health and it releases endorphins. My WOTY this year was plan and it’s fully something I want to embrace, this prompt felt like a good opportunity to review these plans.

So my plans were:

Food plansMostly on track (I have been following a monthly plan)
Exercise planSome variations but still an increase, so I don’t want to beat myself up about it too much.
Budget planMostly on track, with everything going up in value we probably need to readjust a little.
Blog Post PlanMostly on track with the introduction of Tile Tales on Monday, followed by Book Reviews on Tuesday, WQW participation and #Writephoto Thursdays.
Research for the new novelTime limitations have caused some issues with this but it’s still in the pipeline.
My Goodreads book reviewsMostly on track.
More Writing (ideally finish first draft of one novel and start first draft of the second).Time limitations have caused some issues with this but I hope to be back on track asap.

I also planned to revive my travel ambitions this year (if time and covid allowed), and luckily that has proven to be the case (although I am sticking with the UK for the moment). We took a brilliant trip to London earlier in March. I was hoping to visit the tower but we decided with our little guy it would be too much so we’ve saved that for another time.

We have a wonderful trip to Skye booked for later in the year. Two very different holidays.

I haven’t totally achieved all my targets but I think I have made good progress and I’m happy with that.

Have you set yourself any plans for this year? If so, I’d love to hear them.


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I Write For…

“When she was doing other things—schoolwork, chores, exercising—Madi had to work to keep herself interested. Writing was the opposite. Finishing a blog always left her more ‘full’ than empty.”

― Danika Stone

I write for myself,
I write for my pleasure,
I write to create
Something I can treasure.

I write to have been
I write to be seen
I write to meet others
Whose knowledge I can glean

I write for expression,
I write to escape,
I write to explore
The ever-changing landscape

I write as my passion,
I write to feel free,
I write to show the world
A little piece of me.

When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play. Martin Yan

Why do you write?

My friend Hui told me the greeting for Chinese New Year is “Gong Hei Fat Choy” (apologies if I have got that wrong) which I think translates to something like “wishing you prosperity”. So to all those beginning the Chinese New Year Celebrations for the Year of the Tiger, I wish you prosperity.

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Much Love.