Last week, for one day at least, the sun came out. And it was warm. I almost considered taking my coat off and walking around in just my t-shirt. I KNOW! I am ker-ay-zee. I was also carrying a baby in a sling which may or may not have contributed to my feeling warm.
And then I spotted the first flower in our garden and I felt the sudden need to be out there, wellies and gardening gloves on, clearing up after a long, long winter.
Getting the garden in shape was my first personal challenge. My mum helped me hack back the bushes not long after Little M was born, and throughout the summer I weeded and pruned whenever Little M allowed me I could. I just about stayed on top of it, but that could also be said of the laundry and housework.
Now Little M has an established routine I have time in the day (especially at weekends when Mr TOPP is around) to get out there and be productive. The house is mostly clean and tidy, we have never run out of clothes to wear, so all that’s left is the garden, and then I will truly be a domestic goddess. *ahem*
I have big plans for the garden, including a vegetable patch, but I know myself well enough to start out small. So this month, I aim to achieve the following:
1. cut back the clematis
2. reshape bay tree
3. dig up dead stuff (this is a technical gardening term)
4. clear a path to the compost bin
There are a gazillion other jobs that need doing, but if I listed them all here I would be setting myself up for a big old fail in March. And that would not be any fun.
If you took part in February’s challenge, don’t forget to tell us how you got on here.
Want to join in? You are very welcome. Just set yourself a goal for the next month – your very own Personal Challenge for February.
At the beginning of the month, decide what it is that you want to achieve over the next thirty days. It could be anything: losing a couple of pounds, getting the weeding done, making something, learning a new skill. Whatever you like. Putting my management hat on for a second: make sure it is something you can actually achieve in a month. Be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based).
Write a post about what you want to achieve and why. If you link back to this post then others can join in too – you can use the badge if you like. Make sure you put the link to your post on the linky list at the bottom of this post (it’s open for two weeks). Use the opportunity to seek advice from/help out/support fellow bloggers. Then spend the next month attempting to achieve your goal. At the end of the month I’ll be back to let you know how I have got on with my personal challenge and there will be another linky for you to share your success. So come back and tell us how you got on and we can all give you a pat on the back.