It's 2017 people, and that means its time for optimism and planning. This year will be better than last year... it's important to believe it, even if you're proved wrong by the end of the month. So, what's about to change for 2017? When coming up with New Year resolutions, you can end up with a long list. So instead, I'm thinking about what's hot and not for 2017. This helps me: \tPrioritize. What's THE most important thing I want to achieve this year? \tAdd and Delete. Don't just add a whole bunch of new stuff to your life, and don't omit everything either. Find a balance - what's hot and not for 2017. \tSliding Scale. Maybe something new isn't quite what you thought it would be? Maybe it slides down the scale. That's OK... organic fluidity baby. Without further ado, here's my plan for a better year - what's hot and not for 2017? 120°F Time Unfortunately Santa did not bring me a time machine as requested - I was obviously on the naughty list. After spending every moment of 2016 in the company of the Twins I can safely say I am going insane. I will be investing in time to myself, and get a regular babysitter/nanny for a couple of afternoons of freedom. I am more than excited about this, cue little mom jig... 101°F Photography Blogging is a multi-skilled endeavor and it's time to up my game. My husband was kind enough to kit me out with all sorts of computer and photography goodies for my December birthday, so I'm pretty much at 'all the gear and no idea' stage. 2017 is officially going to be prettier than 2016. (I know you noticed the new look of the site already ;) 98°F Walking More walking for the me and the dog, we both need more fresh air and exercise. Our dog is getting so fat from all the highchair appetizers, her legs are starting to disappear, intervention required. Any walking at all by the Twins would also be good, come on twinkies... you're 13months, you can do it. Of course once walking is mastered my walking is going to be upgraded to running, in two opposite directions at once. 83°F House Plants In the past, we haven't been big on house plants. Partly because I have a talent for killing them, partly because we used to travel a lot and this often finished off the ones I hadn't already murdered. Now we have three kids we're just not so jet set... so, project house plant commences. They look great and they are increase air quality, win win. There will no doubt be casualties along the way, but we'll get there. 72°F Black Black accents in the home - picture frame, coffee tables, door handles, window frames... yes, everything is looking cool in black right now. And it doesn't stop there - when I left my profession as an Architect I made an effort to wear less black. I thought I needed more color in my life but I was wrong. I want my black back and because I don't practice Architecture at the moment I'm not even a cliche. 68°F Sleep I have three kids and I'm tired. I've spent the past few months trying to get more sleep, but whether I get it or not, I'm still tired anyway. So, I've come to the conclusion that when you're in your mid thirties and you have three kids you are going to be more tired than you were ten years ago. That's OK, take it easy when you need to and stop freaking out about getting more sleep, because frankly it's not going to happen any time soon. 54°F The Gym Following 'To Gym or Not to Gym?' I did quit my membership, and I have no plans to return just yet. It's difficult to find the time to go, and your conscience tortures you all day long until you get there. Having said that, I do want to be healthy and fit - see 'walking' above, and I want to get back into yoga... it's been a while and I miss it. Good for the body and the mind. 49°F Illness We have spent the past three months battling cold after cold. Strep throat, ear infections, weazing, rashes... ugh. I'm done. Everyone is on the mend now and I'm ordering the whole family to stay that way. More fun, less snot please. 41°F Meat We eat too much of it. All of us. I'm not going vegetarian just yet, but I will be eating less meat in 2017. If you're not aware of the impact mass farming is having our environment and ecosystem, I highly recommend doing some reading. The basics are covered on whyeatlessmeat.com and if you haven't seen the documentary Cowspiracy I highly recommend it, quite the eye opener. My Mom is going to read this in horror because I grew up on a beef farm, which she still runs. Sorry Mom. 32°F Super Mom I put my hands up... I tried it and it's not healthy. You can't do it all. So, along with 'time' as featured above, I am going to stop doing it all. I'm not picking up the shoes that are constantly scattered all over the house - put them somewhere tidy yourself. I'm not picking up your knickers from the kitchen floor every morning (don't ask), do it yourself. Tidy your own room; I'm not the only person that can make a bed; and it is possible for a man to work the washing machine. Goodbye Super Mom, welcome Delegator. So come on, spill the beans, what's hot and not for 2017 in your life?