Hello, Happy New Year to you all. I did have great intentions of writing a few amazing blogs over the festive period, but to be honest, I haven’t been able to sit down for a few weeks, not even for a couple of minutes! So that has been quite difficult to even think about writing! You see I decided to go to a lovely concert with my son in one of my favourite places, Manchester, and just after my early evening meal, a car decided it would be a good idea to reverse into me, while I was standing on the pavement! It has been a very difficult 3 weeks I am not going to lie. The first week was agony, and the second week I was the grumpiest I honestly think I have ever been. But by the 3rd week I was back to my usual self of thinking positive, believing in good things, and generally counting down to the chimes of midnight. Yes those fireworks going off at midnight on NYE, and boy I was looking forward to it. Don’t get me wrong 2016 was a great year for me in lots of ways, but what with the last 3 weeks being as they were, I think it was safe to look ahead with a smile and optimism.
The good news is that while I was recovering, I ate a whole box of Ferrero Rocher, during a film, I honestly didn’t feel bad, it was just something I had to do! While I was scrolling at everyone’s posts I noticed, of course, a lot of New Year resolutions. The usual going to eat clean, going to get fit, and going to not drink, same old same old. There were, however, some lovely posts on how people had set themselves little challenges. This got me thinking about myself.

Photo via Not on the High Street

I had decided a year ago, after seeing a school playground mum pass away at such a young age, (3 years older than me) that I was going to set myself very small challenges and see if I could stick to them. One of them was to go to the LDF,(London Design Festival) which I achieved, and others were to set up my blog yay! and many other little things. The point is it worked! I did achieve these small challenges because they didn’t seem too big, to begin with. So this got me thinking that when we are at home, and we look around at all the things that annoy us, like storage, or lack of, and clutter, and how to organise our rooms better, that maybe we feel like we do with our New Years resolutions. We think big and so it all falls down after a short while because it just seems so overwhelming. In order to achieve what we are looking for in our homes, maybe it’s just that we have to set ourselves little challenges, and keep on doing little things, which by the end of the year, we can look back, smile, and say yes that worked!

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If you’re worried about how you’re going to keep on top of the Study for the next year, then write down what are the negative things that always make it look a mess. Is it the fact there are too many things in there that hasn’t been decluttered? Is it because everyone in your household uses it for separate things, and it’s hard to accommodate everyone’s needs? whatever it is, think small. Think about little ways to improve that space so you can fall in love with it again. Sometimes the only way to go is to rip the whole room out and start again. New colours, new walls, new ideas, and a chance to completely box everything up and be harsh on what goes back in that room. I completely understand that logic, and as an Interior Stylist, enthusiast, this excites me because it’s so good to be able to dress a room all over again. Sometimes though our budget won’t allow that and we have to think of other ways to put a smile on our face when we walk in that room. If paying out money to help sort your room out is not on the cards, then think about changing the furniture around to suit the need of the room. Think about small challenges to help keep it on top form. Then go back to it again and see if it worked? I am going to set myself Interior home challenges which I will share with you this year. It’s good to try, remember the saying ‘If you never try you will never know’



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  1. Dannii

    January 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Oh my god. We are so many forerro Roche this Christmas it was madness. Definitely worth all the calories though πŸ™‚

  2. Sabina Sher

    January 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I have also eaten a whole box of Ferrero Rocher before and it was just a normal day, no Christmas excuse or anything! haha

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Sometimes it just has to be done πŸ™‚

  3. Elodie

    January 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I’m so sorry you had to end 2016 on such a bad note! But hey, eating Ferrero Rochers in front of a film is a nice way to relax and recover! Hope 2017 is incredible for you!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      It honestly was so good πŸ™‚

      1. Bonner

        January 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        I have so got to make some of those for chtasrmis thanks for sharing hope you have a fab week can't wait to see what other recipes you come up with over the next couple of weeks:)

  4. Sarah - let them be small

    January 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    oh my, I hope you are OK, how scary for that car to reverse into you. Good work with the Ferroro rocher though πŸ™‚

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      yeah the whole chocolate thing powered me through πŸ™‚

  5. Louise

    January 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Oh god what a horrible thing to experience over Christmas! Well done you though for sticking to your previous resolutions!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Louise

  6. Sarah Bailey

    January 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    My goodness, I am so sorry to hear about the car reversing into you, that must have been so frightening! I’m glad you are feeling better and I love your idea of setting small challenges. This generally works better for me as I don’t get overwhelmed and it is so rewarding to actually meet the challenges you set for yourself.

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks sarah it was, but you know it makes you stronger, and I am ready to face the world again, now I can sit down πŸ™‚ I cant wait for what 2017 brings πŸ™‚

  7. stephanie

    January 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Sorry to hear your 2016 ended the way it did, but hope 2017 is a lot better for you! x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you x

  8. Miracle Max

    January 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Setting small challenges is what I tend to do, much more achievable. Sorry to hear about the way 2016 ended for you. Jo x

  9. hannah

    January 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    That Ferrero Rocher display reminds me a lot of the christmas tree that was in front of Cardiff Castle

  10. Ana De- Jesus

    January 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    So sorry to hear about the school mum passing away and the car reversing into you. Still well done for making it to the design festival xx

  11. Helen Costello

    January 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Off that sounds painful – Hope you are fully recovered now and 2017 is a much better year for you from beginning to end. Ferrero Rocher are calorie free aren’t they? πŸ˜‰

  12. Leah Lander-Shafik

    January 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I have been doing this for 20 years! I call it my 10 achievable tasks! this year I have roped in my wife and we’re doing 17 in 17! x


    January 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I agree setting up small challenges can help you achieve and also motivates you more and more as you achieve each small goal.

  14. Rhian Westbury

    January 6, 2017 at 9:38 am

    You definitely deserved the chocolate after being hit, I hope you’re recovering and feeling better! x

  15. Baby Isabella

    January 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    We tend to focus on small goals too and like putting ourselves out of our comfort zone to push us. Its important to have goals though x

  16. denajayne

    January 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    It’s so easy to eat a box of ferrero rochers during a film! I don’t blame you xo

  17. Nikki

    January 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I really need to try and set mysef some mini goals this year too. I am too guilty of leaving clutter around the house so think thats a good idea for me to start!

  18. Hayley Warren

    January 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I hope 2017 works out a lot better for you, with lots of ferero rocher!

  19. melissa major

    January 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    haha I can eat a whole box of ferrero rochers during a film too, they taste amazing

  20. Jodie Whitham

    January 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Happy new year! Sorry to hear you had a bad end to the year, but love to hear how positive you are. Also sorry to hear of the death of the playground mum (not sure whether close to), nice to hear it encouraged you to look at setting goals. Suppose it makes you realise how precious life is! x

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      January 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Jodie, I wasn’t really close, but it was such a shock, and made me realise I needed to set myself goals. Thanks for reading my blog πŸ™‚

  21. francesca

    January 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’ proud of you for eating the entire box of rockers hahaha!! Sorry to hear that such a tragic event made you rethink although sometimes these things kick us up the ass too! I find starting small helps me to reach my goals but I’m also a bit of a risk taker in some regards too!

  22. Tanya Brannan

    January 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! You really have been in the wars. Hopefully 2017 is a much better and luckier year for you! And well done on the Ferrero Rocher, I would have given up after too hehehe

  23. JB

    January 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about the car reversing into you – what a way to end 2016. Here is to better 2017! I am also setting up a few goals for this year will see how it all works out for me
    Jb // xx

  24. nicol

    January 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    ooo interior home challenges sounds good. i do agree with that saying. it fits with a lot of things and I’m going to it more often

  25. Yaya

    January 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    OMG! What a nightmare to have a car back up into you! I hope you are better now and I hope 2017 is a great year! xx

  26. Kira

    January 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I love being able to rearrange a room, I do it to mine all the time. It’s nice to have a fresh view even if you can’t change the room at all!

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      January 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

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