Clean sheets


With the New Year having just joined us (finally), there's plenty of resolutions and promises being thrown around the air which are inspiring and always a sign of a new beginning. In the Little's household we've never been one to set ourselves goals and resolutions with a likely chance of achieving them. I suppose this can be seen in two minds, on the one hand we'd rather not be reminded of our fails like when we cave in and eat chocolate every day, but on the other hand, maybe we're not setting about and pushing ourselves to things further than what we think we're capable of doing. Because we're always the first in the queue to stay content.
If last year taught us anything (actually it taught us a lot - and it made us a hell of a lot stronger), it's to change things when we become unhappy. I asked myself this week if I actually knew what happy meant, and it wasn't until Little B said 'things could be better, but they could be a far lot worse' that completely stuck in my head. He was so right. I felt like I'd spent the last few months thinking about being happy, rather than actually being happy. With social media and the internet thrown in our faces daily with happy pictures of this that and the other, we can sometimes get lost in other peoples lives, wishing we were holidaying with them, or enjoying a tub of Ben & Jerry's at 10pm (we're guilty of this!) when really we should be enjoying what we have. In our own lives.


Since my Frankie diary arrived (thanks brother), I've taken it upon myself daily to note down any quotes I've found on the internet (seriously cannot get enough of my iPad - and it's swanky Caseable case*!). One's that relate to life, our life and help us push ourselves for better things, but also to appreciate what we already have. We've always been grateful people, and we're hugely thankful for our incredible parents for bringing us up this way, but this year we're really taking it upon ourselves to find the smallest of beautiful things in life. I mean we all have our flaws and have things we'd rather change (non dry skin please) but we must live with it, so we're going to embrace it. And that is the only main thing, if anything, that we're going to promise ourselves this year - to take better care of our bodies. So today I'm going to thank my ears, because they still give me the opportunity to listen to the simple sounds of the trees blowing in the wind and the noise of Little B's car pulling up onto the drive after work. Tell me, what are you grateful for today?

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  1. Absolutely loved reading this post! It is difficult sometimes, but you really need to try to focus on the good things in your life - and how fortunate we actually are. I felt so blessed over Christmas, just having my family around me. It was the best, and I'm always grateful for that. xx

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  2. This was a beautifully written post and wonderful to read. Very inspiring and I might take a leaf from your book and write down all those quotes I see on tumblr and Pinterest and do screenshot to my phone but forget to actually go back and read again.

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  3. Oh clean sheets, you had me there, isn't that the best feeling!
    Anywhoo, I totally agree with you, I didn't really have any goals for new year, I just wanted to work harder at everything I do. We are SO lucky to have so many things, our health, for most of us a lovely home, lots of food and great friends, who could ask for more? I also chose to volunteer this year, working at my local hospital giving hand treatments to those undergoing procedures in hospital.

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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  4. This was such a nice and fresh post to read! So true! I suppose you usually overlook the little quotes and things in life, but maybe I should take leaf out of your book and learn to love the little things. I have set goals and challenges for the new year, however this post has made me think about what I want a little more, so thank you.

    Chels | HumbleHonesty.com | YouTube

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  5. This is a nice post to read, and something that rings true too. We spend so much time wishing we were living out someone elses life, when actually we don't see the true things. Like I'm posting millions of puppy pictures on facebook and it all looks fun and fluffy, but actually I'm covered in holes from being teething-bitten and I'm toilet training is a NIGHTMARE, not to mention the worry I've had with emergency vets. And its the same for everyone and everything I suppose. I'm gonna take a leaf out of your book and vow to appreciate the right now.

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  6. Katy you always write posts so beautifully. xo

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  7. I love this post, in fact I love all of your lifestyle posts. This one is so inspiring.
    Spencer and I are always wanting more and never realising that what we actually have is happiness :) xx

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  8. Something I read once which always stuck with me was "Happiness is learning to be content with what you don't have". I try to always remember that, although at times I wonder if it's a bit pessimistic?!

    - Tabitha at Scared Toast x

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  9. That diary! Stunning! Happy New Year to all of you :)

    Dominique Home x

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  10. I am pretty sure the last two years I have said aghhh I want a Frankie Diary and still havn't been proactive enough to order one. I did get some cool stuff from Kikki-K though!

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  11. My only goal for 2014 it to also to stop thinking about being happy, and just be happy. I hope 2014 brings you lots of happy moments Katy! Your "Dear 2013" post was so honest and lovely and sad. So glad you found the courage to change jobs, I've had similar experiences with the dread that comes the day before work, it's not healthy nor fun xx

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